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U.S. Department of Education: Centers for Veteran Student Success

Deadline: June 23, 2015

The purpose of this program is to encourage institutions of higher education (IHEs) to develop model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students. The program has one absolute priority and one invitational priority:

Absolute priority: Priority is given to project that include the following required activities:

  • Establishing a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success on the campus of the institution to provide a single point of contact to coordinate comprehensive support services for veteran students.
  • Establishing a veteran student support team, including representatives from the offices of the institution responsible for admissions, registration, financial aid, veterans benefits, academic advising, student health, personal or mental health counseling, career advising, disabilities services, and any other office of the institution that provides support to veteran students on campus.
  • Providing a coordinator whose primary responsibility is to coordinate the model program.
  • Monitoring the rates of veteran student enrollment, persistence, and completion.
  • Developing a plan to sustain the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success after the grant period.

Invitational priority: Priority is given to projects that detail specific steps that will be taken to recruit, retain, and graduate veterans from groups with college completion rates that are below the national average—such as English language learners and homeless veterans—as well as veterans who are members of groups that have traditionally been underrepresented in postsecondary education based on race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.

Other authorized activities for support of veteran students include:

  • Outreach and recruitment of such students.
  • Supportive instructional services for such students, which may include personal, academic, and career counseling, as an ongoing part of the program; tutoring and academic skill-building instruction assistance, as needed; and assistance with special admissions and transfer of credit from previous postsecondary education or experience.
  • Assistance in obtaining student financial aid.
  • Housing support for veteran students living in institutional facilities and commuting veteran students.
  • Cultural events, academic programs, orientation programs, and other activities designed to ease the transition to campus life for veteran students.
  • Support for veteran student organizations and veteran student support groups on campus.
  • Coordination of academic advising and admissions counseling with military bases and national guard units in the area.
  • Other support services the institution determines to be necessary to ensure the success of veterans in achieving educational and career goals.

Amount: It is estimated that a total of $4,950,000 will be available to award approximately 15 grants, ranging from $250,000-$500,000 for a duration of 36 months. The estimated average size of awards is $330,000.

Eligibility: Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) are eligible to apply. Previously funded Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success grantees are not eligible for an award.

Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/cevss/applicant.html

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