Deciding what school to attend is hard enough, but it can be even harder for military veterans who face different challenges than traditional college freshmen. For assistance, veterans can refer to G.I. Jobs 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools. Kent State University is part of this list that honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Kent State has taken many steps to ensure that incoming veterans have all the help they need when making the transition by offering on-campus programs and financial aid. Joshua Rider, financial aid counselor and Veterans Administration certifying officer at Kent State, says the Student Financial Aid Office administers the Ohio National Guard Scholarship, which offers 100 percent paid tuition, and the Ohio War Orphans Scholarship, which offers 80 percent paid tuition. The Student Financial Office also has a Web site dedicated to veterans.
The Adult Student Center also offers one-on-one assistance to veterans to help as they adapt to college life. Open houses are offered at the beginning of each semester for veterans to meet each other and prepare for the school year. Additionally, an adult-student orientation course geared specifically toward veterans was started this fall. Veterans can also participate in the Veterans Campus Club, a student organization that was reinstated this year.