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A Chance for Education for Returning Soldiers

January 24th, 2011

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By the time military officials are discharged, they may not have the opportunity to attend a traditional postsecondary institution to obtain a degree. Online colleges are giving veterans the opportunity to return to school without having to face mounting student loans, thanks to the Post 9-11/GI Bill.

Recently, San Francisco State (SF State) opened a veterans service center to help individuals who are making the transition from the military to college, according to the Golden Gate Press. The goal of the center is to provide students with counseling resources and information on transferable credits, whether they are taking on-campus or internet-based classes.

"It's important for student veterans to have their own place because we are such a small population," center president and former Marine Young Nguyen told the news source. "The general student population don't understand veteran issues and they can't relate. [The center] is important because it provides camaraderie and a social support structure to ensure student vets' success in school."

This past semester, more than 400 veterans attended SF State. Nearly 400 of their loved ones received benefits from the Post 9-11/GI Bill.

Approximately 4 million students nationwide were enrolled in online classes during the 2008 academic year, according to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium.

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