UNO Waives Application Fee for Military Veterans
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 16:08
People often say it’s the little things in life, and while waiving the application fee to apply to University of Nebraska at Omaha for military students might not seem like breaking news, for the many military and veteran students here, it’s something to celebrate.
The announcement officially broke June 19, but the next day it got some real attention when Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, an alumnus and veteran himself, commended the University of Nebraska at Omaha for the waiver. Hagel even chose to attend UNO because it was a leading university for veteran students, and the commitment hasn’t ended. Military Times magazine has even ranked UNO as the sixth most military friendly school in the country.
The fee waiver wouldn’t have been possible without the Military and Veteran University Services Office (MaV USO). Created in November 2012, and dedicated by Hagel, the office is run by Jennifer Carroll, a veteran herself.
“We’re always looking for ways to remove potential barriers for our military and veteran students,” Carroll said. “When we proposed the idea, the administration was 100 percent on board, and all that was left was to actually draft the proposal and get it approved.”
The waiver takes effect for military students enrolled this fall, and applies to those that might have applied for this semester before the announcement. If it still seems like a minor change, it’s just a part of a short but productive history by the MaV USO office.
Their role is as a one-stop destination for all military and veteran needs and to advocate for military, veterans and their dependents. This includes providing comprehensive student support services and student programming for successful recruitment, transition, academic progress monitoring, graduation and career creation. They also provide a relaxing place for fellow military and veteran students to congregate.
MaV USO has an office at Offutt Air Force Base that can help advise students in the online Bachelor of General studies degree, as well as give financial aid information and more. They also facilitate individual student needs, including a flexible deployment policy that helps keep students that may be called up for duty from losing their registration status, and possibly to allow them to keep their current course workload on hold until they can resume again.
“Last semester, we started a new partnership with the Nebraska Department of Labor, as well,” Carroll said. “Every Monday, they would send people to help our student-veterans with resume writing, job search strategies and even interviewing skills.”
While every student has to balance between finances, homework, family and more, military students and veterans often have unique life experiences or situations that make MaV USO’s services invaluable to them.
“We also try to have some fun things for our students,” Carroll explained, “A lot of people just like to hang out in the office and have a good time, and that just shows how closely connected we all are.”