Veterans Stipend Program Expands Nationwide

Union Institute & University is expanding its Veterans in Union living allowance stipend opportunity nationwide to offer students across the country the chance to take advantage of this unique opportunity developed as a means of assistance for its Veteran student body.

“This stipend opportunity assists veterans in the completion of their undergraduate, master’s or Ph.D. degrees. The unique program targets those who have served our country and need additional support to fulfill their educational goals. To add a flexible option, it may also be used for supplemental expenses,” explains Kimbrea Browning, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Key among veterans concerns is education without breaking the bank.”

The Union Institute & University Veterans in Union program answered the call to assist veterans in this transition in 2015 with an initial $293,000 grant from an anonymous foundation to serve Ohio veterans.

“The success of the first two years determined the need to expand the program nationwide,” said Browning. “Union specializes in adult education. Founded 53 years ago, in 1964, Union has perfected the adult delivery model. We understand the unique needs of the adult learner. We offer veterans what a traditional bricks and mortar university can’t: specialized distance-learning programs that combine online and classroom coursework with high-touch faculty attention, designed for students regardless of where they live and work.”

In addition to the supplemental funding, veterans will find success through utilizing the following resources:

1. A virtual Veterans Resource Center

2. Personalized attention from university team staff who understand the unique needs of veterans

3. Personalized student success services, including ADA, academic and writing support, lifestyle transition social services

4. Consistent progress monitoring

5. Monthly career transition seminars

6. Career coaching/military friendly employer matching

7. Graduation and employment guidance

Union is a Yellow Ribbon university, is in the Top 25 percent ranking of Military Friendly Institutions recognized by Victory Media in Higher Learning, and accepts previous credits and experience including ACE Credits, Dantes, CLEP, and more. In addition, Union is listed on the U.S. Department of Education’ Eight Keys to Veterans’ Success site; and is part of a very critical two-year independently funded agreement with the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs office for on-site VITAL counseling services.

UI&U is a member of the VA sponsored Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) that is building a network of private and public organizations that offer resources for veteran education, career skills training and employment. Other partnerships include the Ohio National Guard, area congressional offices, the Ohio State Military One Source/Inter-Service Family Assistance program, and the Tri-State Veteran Community Alliance.