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USA TODAY SPECIAL EDITION

JOBS & EDUCATION

Ohio State University

BEST COLLEGES FOR VETERANS College Factual, which provides data for the annual USA TODAY College Guide, ranks the 10 best schools for veterans based on 24 factors including affordability, veteran population, resources for veterans and veteran satisfaction. 1. Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio 2. Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 3. University of Maryland College Park, Md.

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covers tuition and fees many of my classmates up to an amount set by are young enough to be law each academic year my children,” he said. “Veteran applicants known as the “national “I’ve been to war a lot. At often have overmaximum.” In 2017, that first, that made me feel amount was $22,805.34. like an outsider, but over come significant To help afford AU, time I stopped feeling adversity ... we which costs more to that way.” attend than the national Putnam used the hope to signifimaximum allowable Post-9/11 GI Bill to earn cantly increase the amount, Putnam was a bachelor’s degree able to take advantage in broadcast journalopportunities for of the Yellow Ribbon ism from American individuals who Program, a GI Bill University’s School of enhancement that helps Communication this have served.” pay costs that aren’t year. The Post-9/11 GI — Michael Kotlikoff, covered by the Post-9/11 Bill, passed in 2010, is Cornell Provost GI Bill at out-of-state a benefit for those who colleges, private schools served at least 90 agor graduate schools. For gregate active-duty days Putnam, 90 percent of after Sept. 10, 2001, or his tuition was covered by the Post-9/11 were honorably discharged after serving 30 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon program. (He continuous days. Veterans can use the bill didn’t receive a full ride because he was to pay for schooling or on-the-job training four months shy of the 36 months of active programs. It covers tuition and fees for duty after Sept. 10, 2001, needed to qualify public colleges, and for private schools, it

for full tuition coverage.) But as comprehensive as the Post-9/11 GI Bill has been, the federal government recently made significant changes to the benefit to further help service men and women attain an education, especially those who have served since Sept. 11, 2001. In August, President Donald Trump signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in more than a decade. The law, also known as the Forever GI Bill, immediately removed a 15-year time limit on the use of GI Bill benefits. The measure also increased financial assistance for thousands serving in the National Guard and Reserve, building on a 2008 law that guaranteed veterans a full scholarship to any in-state public university, or a similar cash amount to attend private colleges. However, the new program only applies to those who left active duty on or after Jan. 1, 2013. Those who left before that CO N T I N U E D

4. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. 5. University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 6. University of Florida Gainesville, Fla. 7. Bellevue University Bellevue, Neb. 8. University of Southern California Los Angeles, Calif. 9. University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Md. 10. George Mason University Fairfax, Va. For the full list, visit collegefactual. com/rankings/veterans

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VETERANS AFFAIRS 2017  

VETERANS AFFAIRS 2017