Our nation has long relied on, respected, and rewarded the men and women of our armed forces. From an educational perspective, the Post 9/11 GI Bill—like its iconic post World War II predecessor—funds their college tuition.
Nichols has put on its marching boots to increase our enrollment of these deserving vets and to provide the support that they need. For the past four years, we’ve won recognition as a Military Friendly school by the respected veterans advocacy group Victory Media. That distinction places us among 800 higher education institutions from the thousands of schools the organization reviewed.
We waive application fees and grant credit for military experience, and as a Yellow Ribbon college, we add to the financial aid of veterans beyond the $23,000 they receive annually through the G.I. Bill.
It’s helped also that our intimate campus provides close contact between these older students and their teachers and counselors, a number of whom have served in the armed forces. Our extensive leadership programs pick up where military training leaves off.
We’ve learned along the way to streamline the connection between our registrar’s office and the federal government to cut the red tape of transitioning to college. And we’re aiming to move up to the Silver level of Military Friendly schools and to join an elite group of just a few hundred peers nationwide.
Along those lines, we’ve been implementing an eight-part program recommended by the U.S. Department of Education that includes working with community organizations and local veterans agencies and increasing the connectedness of our veteran students with organizations and people on campus.
We also realize that we are getting much in return. Our veteran undergraduates serve as positive role models for their younger peers and provide good sounding boards for life beyond graduation. On a higher level, they convey the importance and value of service to our country, and we think that’s important.