You’ve probably had a barrage of communications already, but I’m going to use my little bloggy platform to remind you about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You probably know it by its catchier nickname, FAFSA. Other than your degree finalization request, which I blogged about in December, the FAFSA may be the most important form you fill out during your college career.
More than 75 percent of degree-seeking NLU students receive some form of financial aid to help pay for their education, and the FAFSA is the basis for all of it. If you plan to take classes in summer 2014 or anytime during the 2014-2015 school year, fill out your FAFSA now! Yes, I’m exclaiming at you! I might even resort to SHOUTY ALL CAPS. It’s that important.
Steve Goodwin, military veteran and Vice President and Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley in Chicago — as well as a Chairman of the National Louis University Veteran’s Program Advisory Council — recently shared important budgeting tips for student veterans to keep in mind.
Military veterans have many transitions to make, including pursuing a college degree, when they return from active duty. Following a sound budgeting process can help to make the financial transition smoother, as well as identifying a military-friendly college or university. Below are some important steps to keep in mind for veterans returning to school.
Affordable Colleges Online recently recognized National Louis University for its broad range of online learning options at an affordable price, granting the University a place on its “Online Colleges in Illinois that Win on Affordability” list.
NLU currently offers online options for nine of its programs across all three of its colleges, at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Learn more here.
Many people ask what sets National Louis University’s Veterans Program apart from others. One of the biggest differentiators is its “wrap around” services. NLU understands that military veterans have many considerations, beyond academics, when returning to college and does its best to support them.
Carlos Martín Jiménez Macías, Consul General of Mexico in Chicago, and Monica Haydee Ramos, NLU Student Success Coach
In October, Carlos Martín Jiménez Macías, the Consul General of Mexico in Chicago, presented National Louis University with an award of $30,000 in scholarships as part of an effort to assist students of Mexican origin. NLU will award 15 scholarships of $2,000 to Harrison Fellows or Pioneer scholars in undergraduate programs.
Christine Quinn, Ph.D., Provost, accepted the award in an official ceremony along with Monica Haydee Ramos, Student Success Coach and coordinator of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) Becas award. Under the leadership of Generosa Lopez-Molina, Ph.D., Vice Provost of Academic Programs and Faculty Development, Ramos applied for the IME award because of the organization’s strong commitment to the community and its investment in students’ success.
As military veterans return from active duty and transition to civilian life again, many are considering returning to college to earn an advanced degree to re-enter the workforce and/or advance their careers. However, returning to or starting school is not always a simple task – especially when it comes to applying for financial aid. Military veterans earn significant financial incentives for their education, but many are not aware of how to take advantage of these benefits. Some institutions, like National Louis University, also offer additional benefits to veterans, beyond those offered through the U.S. government.