College Planning & Management

JUN 2012

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Business MANAGING HIGHER ED The Academic Road From Military to Management Colleges and universities can help service members achieve their academic and career goals. BY DR. THOMAS M. MCGOVERN N EARLY 2,000,000 SERVICE members have been deployed under Operation Enduring Free- dom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) since 2001. These service members are now returning from active duty in search of homes, jobs, and an education. As a result, colleges and universities are working harder than ever to meet veterans' postsecondary education needs. Some colleges have made great improvements in supporting veteran and active service members since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was implemented in 2009, while others still have a long way to go. Therefore, it is important for service men and women to do their homework when choosing a college that will best meet their needs. The Post-9/11 GI Bill Defi ned According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), "the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides fi nancial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 56 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2012 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill." Some of the numerous benefi ts offered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill include up to 100 percent tuition and fee coverage, a monthly living (housing) stipend, up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies, a one- time relocation allowance, and the option to transfer benefi ts to family members. WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

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