November 14, 2013
Resources for Veterans
USC currently has about 900 veterans at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and is deeply committed to providing veterans with various support services. There are many resources that will help you both initiate your education benefits as well as assist you with the transition to campus life.
Veterans Certification Office: The goal of this office is to help initiate and process your education benefits, namely the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Within the GI Bill programs is the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which provides a maximum of $19,198.31 toward tuition and mandatory fees. This is where the Yellow Ribbon (YR) Program comes in. YR provides additional funding for veterans who wish to attend private institutions. Currently, USC sponsors 20 undergraduate veterans through YR, and many graduate programs participate in the program as well, offering 83 YR spots to graduate students. However, according to Robert Morley, Associate Registrar in the Veterans Certification Office, most undergraduate veterans will receive comprehensive need-based financial aid packages, including need-based grants, which helps offset what is not covered by the GI Bill.
Transfer Success & Veteran Student Program: The veteran program, run by Assistant Director Syreeta Greene, is your “one-stop shop for information and resources” excluding the certification process. The program puts on many events throughout the year for veteran students, including a Fall luau, friends and family tailgate, and a Veteran’s Day celebration. Additionally, the USC Veterans Association is an active student organization on campus, which according to Ms. Greene, “acts as a support network as well as a social and professional network for our veteran students.”
For our complete list of Veteran Services at USC, click here.
We thank you for serving our country, and invite all veterans to apply to become part of the Trojan Family.
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