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Student Veterans

The number of student veterans more than doubled in the U.S. between 2009 and 2013, and the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other educational benefits are continuing to bring new student veterans to college and university campuses in record numbers.

Because of their experiences, many student veterans have difficulty transitioning to higher education and relating to non-veteran students. According to federal VA statistics, only 15 percent of student veterans are traditionally aged college students (18-22). Most student veterans are between the ages of 24 and 40; many are married and also have children and other responsibilities unlike their fellow students.

You are not alone in the transition. ODVA and your local veteran service office can help you navigate the various educational benefits, scholarships and programs you may qualify for. Most post-secondary institutions (over 80 percent) have a designated point-of-contact for veteran students, such as a veteran coordinator or even a Veteran Resource Center, who can help you adjust and make the most of your college experience.

Explore below for more information about student veterans and the resources available to help you achieve your educational and vocational goals.

Resources and Information

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

National Resource Directory

Resource website that connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them.

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Many Oregon college campuses have a veterans resource center to assist you in all things veteran.

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