Veteran Center

LaGarian S. Class of 2018, Military Servicemember

National University’s Veteran Center is here to advocate for military-affiliated students, support transition from military life to higher education, and create connection among active duty, veteran, reserve, and dependent students. Here you will find a community that creates lifelong connections with other military students and staff, who will encourage you from your first class to graduation and beyond.

Veteran Center (Spectrum Campus)

9980 Lightwave Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
858/541-7780
veterancenter@nu.edu
Hours of Operation: (M – TH) 9:00am – 7:30pm & (F) 9:00am – 3:00pm

Virtual Veteran Center

Every military-affiliated student at NU has access to our online community via their Blackboard home page. Please login and check the Organizations section on the right-hand panel. If you have trouble finding the link, email us at veterancenter@nu.edu for more information.


Most students have questions about how they will pay for college. Military-affiliated students are no different, except you may have additional funding options available. Most funding is dependent on your current military status and specifics of your service, and the following guides will help you get started.NOTE: Veteran Center staff and peer mentors are not VA certifying officials and do not have access to your certification status. If you have questions specifically related to a current or upcoming VA course certification, then please contact the National University Veterans Affairs office.

Active Duty Veteran (separated from service)
Military Funding Tuition Assistance

Post 9/11*

Post 9/11

Montgomery GI Bill

VA Vocational Rehabilitation

National University Grants & Scholarships Military Tuition Scholarship

San Diego Padres Scholarship

Veterans Victory Scholarship

San Diego Padres Scholarship

Other Grants & Scholarships Federal Financial Aid

Check local bases & other military affiliated organizations

Federal Financial Aid

Check local bases & other military affiliated organizations

  • Tuition Assistance – Active duty service members can apply for Tuition Assistance (TA) by contacting their command Education Officer and completing their WebTA course (this may be different depending on branch of service). For next steps, see a military enrollment advisor. You can also visit National University’s Tuition Assistance webpage for more information.
  • Tuition Assistance Top Up – Active duty students can use Top Up benefits concurrently with TA. Top-up is limited to 36 months of payments. For example, if you are paid Top-up for a three-month course, you use three of the 36 months.
  • Post 9/11 – To be eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, an applicant must have served for at least 90 days and still be on active duty or been honorably discharged or discharged for a disability related to serving. For more information or to apply click here.

IMPORTANT: Post 9/11 can be used while on active duty but there are a couple of things to remember:

  • Active Duty or spouses of active duty members will NOT receive a monthly housing stipend while enrolled and active duty.
  • Any portion of the 36 months entitlement will be automatically deducted from the number of months of Post 9/11 benefits used while active duty. For example: If a student uses 2 months of benefits while on active duty, when they become a veteran, they will have 34 months of benefits remaining.
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill STEM – As of August 1, 2019, VA will begin extending educational benefits to students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs who have or are about to exhaust their entitlement.

Vocational Rehabilitation – Students that have received a VA rating can apply for these benefits. Vocational Rehabilitation also abbreviated VR or Voc Rehab, is a process which enables persons with functional, psychological, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or impairments or health disabilities to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining, or returning to employment or other useful occupation. To apply, click here, log in, or create an account.

Scholarships

NOTE: All National University scholarships and grants are administered through the Financial Aid Office. The information here is provided for convenience only and is subject to change without notice in line with Financial Aid policies and applicable state and federal law.

  • Military Tuition Scholarship– Scholarship of up to $2,500 award is available to military personnel, including active duty, reservists, national guardsmen/ women, their spouses, and their dependents. The scholarship is intended to benefit educationally and economically disadvantaged personnel and their family members who have demonstrated financial need.
  • Veterans Victory Scholarship– Scholarship of up to $5,000 is awarded to veterans based on academic or community achievement and financial need. This award is considered a “last money” scholarship and is designed to supplement military GI Bill® Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 educational benefits when those benefits are exhausted during the current National University degree program.
  • San Diego Padres Scholarship – National University and the San Diego Padres will award two servicemembers or veterans from each military branch – Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and the Coast Guard – with $5,000 scholarships toward a degree at NU.
  • Our Student Veterans Organization (SVO) has compiled a list of military and veteran-specific scholarships, including internal and external funding.

Transitioning to college life can be difficult for any student to make and veterans are no different. While your background and training in the military may serve you well in some areas of higher education, there are often differing expectations and social norms between the two settings. The Veteran Center is here to help!

Veteran Center Peer Mentors

  • The Veteran Center employs a team of peer mentors who are current NU student veterans and making this same transition. They are also all using their VA Educational Benefits and have experience helping students in funding, transition, and careers. You can reach a Veteran Center Peer Mentor by coming into the center, phone, or e-mail.

Veteran Center

9388 Lightwave Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
858-541-7780
veterancenter@nu.edu

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Thursday – (9:00am – 7:30pm)
  • Friday – (9:00am – 3:00pm)

Student Life

The National University Student Veteran Organization (NUSVO) was founded in 2017 with the aim to positively contribute to the academic environment, serve as representatives of the University at various venues and to promote community engagement initiatives. In addition, the NUSVO actively engages to support and advocate for student veterans and promote the wellbeing of the local Veteran Community.

The NUSVO is a student run organization founded by veterans for veterans enrolled at NU. They help connect faculty, staff and fellow students by collaborating with departments within the university. Also, they provide community outreach opportunities for students to participate in.
The SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society was founded in 2009 at Colorado State University, and is the only organization recognizing the academic achievements of Active Duty, National Guard, Reservist and Veteran students. SALUTE membership provides formal recognition of a student’s academic achievements and service to our country. Visit their website to learn more about eligibility and ways to join.

Academic Support

NU Student Success

National University’s Student Success team provides a variety of services to support students’ academic, professional, and personal development.

NU Testing Services

National University offers a variety of placement and credit by exam testing services to meet the needs of current and prospective students. Many exams are free or reimbursed for military-affiliated students and can greatly reduce the time to a degree and depletion of educational benefits.

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services promotes disability as an integral part of human experience and is dedicated to creating a fully integrated and inclusive learning community. If you or a fellow student would like to apply for disability accommodations here at NU, please visit their website.

Finances and Housing

211.org National Helplines

211 is the most comprehensive source of local human and social services information in the US and most of Canada. Here you can find your local helpline and get support today.

Cash Course

Cash Course covers many topics such as: borrowing, paying for education, saving, investing, spending, and earning with videos, calculators and tutorials to help you learn more about each topic. When registering, select California and then National University will become a school in the drop down box.

VA Housing Assistance for Veterans

To speak with a VA Homeless Coordinator (even if not homeless yet), you can dial 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) or chat online. You can also visit your local VA Medical Center and ask to speak to the Homeless Coordinator.

Health & Wellness

VA Health Care

With VA health care, you’re covered for regular checkups with your primary care provider and appointments with specialists. To find the nearest VA hospital or medical clinic visit the VA Locator web app.

Veteran Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Service members and Veterans in crisis, as well as their family members and friends, with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text-messaging service.

NU Student Wellness

At National University, we believe holistic wellness is integral to student learning and success. Wellness is a practice that’s cultivated over time. Our Student Wellness staff can help you on campus or online with a variety of issues.

Other helpful organizations:

Team RWB

To enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

REBOOT

To answer the call National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. developed the REBOOT Workshop™, a three-week, cohort-based program that builds the emotional, psychological, social, and professional skills necessary for successful reintegration into civilian life.

Disabled America Veterans

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.

There are many reasons why students attend National University, whether personal growth, career advancement, or developing a new skillset. While your military training and experience is largely an asset in professional settings, many students benefit from meeting with our Veteran Center and Career Center teams to discuss the translation of military, civil, and other experience into a marketable resume and professional narrative.

National University’s Career Services

Our Career Services team offers quality career resources to help students and alumni identify and fulfill their career goals. We will help you define your unique potential for success and foster lifelong professional and career development skills. NU Career Services also offers dedicated veteran career counseling through our Veteran Career Advisor.

Onward to Opportunity

Veterans Career Transition Program, is a free, comprehensive career skills program that provides civilian career training, professional certifications and job placement support to transitioning service members, members of the selected reserves, veterans, and military spouses.

Foundation for Women Warriors

Foundation for Women Warriors is a unique support organization created exclusively for the women veteran community of Southern California. We provide essential programs to empower the resiliency and professional development of Women Warriors. Every step is dedicated to supporting these outstanding women to navigate obstacles and realize their maximum potential after their service career.

Blue Star Families

Founded in 2009 by military spouses with you in mind, we empower military families to thrive by connecting them with their civilian neighbors – both people and organizations – to create strong communities of support.

National University Veteran Center

9980 Lightwave Ave
San Diego, CA 92123
858/541-7780
veterancenter@nu.edu
Hours of Operation: (M – TH) 9:00am – 7:30pm & (F) 9:00am – 3:00pm

Virtual Veteran Center

Every military-affiliated student at NU has access to our online community via their Blackboard home page. Please login and check the Organizations section on the right-hand panel. If you have trouble finding the link or would like to be removed from the organization, email us at veterancenter@nu.edu.