On Thursday, April 25, from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Xavier University will officially launch its Center for Veterans Affairs. A brief ceremony will be held on the Academic Mall near Alter Hall (inside Alter Hall if raining). Media and the public are welcome.
In November of 2009, Xavier formed an Office of Veterans Affairs with two goals. The first was to promote Xavier University as a military-friendly institution for veterans. Second, it provided support and resources to current students who were veterans, and developed initiatives to support that growing population as they attended Xavier as students and then as alumni.
Xavier has been recognized as a Military-Friendly School every year since the award was instituted. More than eight million military and veterans are seeking a college and this award recognizes Xavier’s commitment to educating them. Xavier’s decision to become a Yellow Ribbon School and a member of the Servicemen’s Opportunities College Consortium also demonstrates its commitment to be a veteran-supportive university. As a Yellow Ribbon School, Xavier is able to cover the entire cost of tuition for eligible veterans. Eligible veterans also receive a monthly housing allowance and a book allowance.
The Veterans Administration Post 9/11 G.I. Bill provides financial support for education and housing to those with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective on August 1, 2009 and is the most comprehensive education benefit package since the GI Bill of 1944. Private institutions such as Xavier can offer veterans educational opportunity funded fully through G.I. Bill educational benefits. Under certain conditions set forward by The Department of Defense, veterans may be able to transfer education benefits to their family members.
For Spring Semester 2013, approximately 125 Xavier students are receiving VA Benefits, spread among undergraduate, the Center for Adult and Part-time Students, Weekend Degree, and graduate level students. Among these, 67 are using Yellow Ribbon benefits, 26 the Chapter 31 benefits, and 18 the Post-9/11 Bill benefits.
Xavier has offered military instruction on campus since 1877. Xavier’s Military Science/ ROTC program is nationally-recognized among the more than 270 ROTC programs nationwide and has earned numerous General MacArthur Awards in recognition of successful cadet training, performance and GPA.