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Program Office: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education

CFDA Number: 84.116G
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: CEVSS

Program Description

This program encourages model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students.

Types of Projects

Grant are awarded under this program for a period of three years.

Required grant activities include:

  1. Establishing a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success on the campus of the institution to provide a single point of contact to coordinate comprehensive support services for veteran students;
  2. Establishing a veteran student support team, including representatives from the offices of the institution responsible for admissions, registration, financial aid, veterans benefits, academic advising, student health, personal or mental health counseling, career advising, disabilities services, and any other office of the institution that provides support to veteran students on campus;
  3. Providing a coordinator whose primary responsibility is to coordinate the model program;
  4. Monitoring the rates of veteran student enrollment, persistence, and completion; and
  5. Developing a plan to sustain the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success after the grant period.

Other authorized activities for support of veteran students:

  1. Outreach and recruitment of such students;
  2. Supportive instructional services for such students, which may include--
    • personal, academic, and career counseling, as an ongoing part of the program;
    • tutoring and academic skill-building instruction assistance, as needed; and
    • assistance with special admissions and transfer of credit from previous postsecondary education or experience.
  3. Assistance in obtaining student financial aid;
  4. Housing support for veteran students living in institutional facilities and commuting veteran students;
  5. Cultural events, academic programs, orientation programs, and other activities designed to ease the transition to campus life for veteran students;
  6. Support for veteran student organizations and veteran student support groups on campus;
  7. Coordination of academic advising and admissions counseling with military bases and national guard units in the area; and
  8. Other support services the institution determines to be necessary to ensure the success of veterans in achieving educational and career goals.

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