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Ten Tips for College Seeking Veterans

These tips are courtesy of the National Association of Veterans’ Programs Administrator (NAVPA) and Aims Community College.

  1. Start by applying. Whether you are a first time college student or a transfer student, your first step is to visit www.aims.edu/prospective/how-to-get-started and follow the steps to get started at Aims. Provide your military transcripts or official transcripts from previous colleges to have prior coursework considered for transfer. 

  2. Meet with the Aims Veteran Services Office. You will be asked to provide various documents (such as Certificate of Eligibility) and complete different forms so your enrollment can be certified to the VA. 

  3. Get your GI Bill® benefits. There are many different programs and a wide variety of education benefits offered by the VA. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® (including Transfer of Benefits), Montgomery GI Bill®, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, to name a few. Additionally, individual states offer varying opportunities to National Guardsmen (some of the benefits come with different levels of eligibility). You can find a wealth of information – as well as the application for benefits - at the GI Bill® website. 

  4. Apply for financial aid. All students can apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www.fafsa.gov. This aid can be for grants, loans, and/or work-study. 

  5. Apply for scholarships. There are many types of scholarships available based on merit or academics, as well as private and general scholarships by area of interest. Some scholarships are specifically for veterans. Visit www.aims.edu/student/finaid/scholarships and check with your advisor to be sure your scholarship works well with veterans education benefits.  

  6. Meet Assessment Testing at the Aims Testing Center. The Accuplacer Placement Exam is the most common way that new students meet assessment testing. The Accuplacer is a three-part placement exam that consists of reading comprehension, sentence skills and math. It is untimed and free to take the first time for Aims students. Visit www.aims.edu/student/testing/tests/accuplacer or call (970) 339-6533 for more information or to find study materials. Once you have met your assessment requirements and completed the online New Student Orientation you can make an appointment to see your advisor.

  7. Choose an area of study. Aims has over 200 accredited degrees and certificates to choose from. Take our Who Are You? Quiz at www.aims.edu/academics/who-are-you/ to find what you love to do.

  8. Meet with your advisor. Your advisor will assist you in developing a suitable educational plan, making your course selections and determining your major. This person will get to know you and empower you in decision-making skills in education, career and life choices. 

  9. Connect with other veterans on campus. Contact the Aims Veterans Services Office and meet other veterans, do peer-to-peer networking and get connected with resources. Or get involved with one of the Veterans clubs on campus (more information is in this brochure).

  10. Get career training and develop skills. Aims Career Services is here to support you with your resume, cover letter and interviewing skills. 

    These tips are courtesy of the National Association of Veterans’ Programs Administrator (NAVPA) and Aims Community College.