Veterans Success Fund
Supporting student veterans at the University of Minnesota

Unlike traditional college students, many student veterans juggle time full-time schooling with commitments to work and family. Only 15 percent are traditional-aged college students, and nearly half are married and have children. More than 60 percent are the first in their families to attend college.

Student veterans are often exploring new career paths and need funding for internships and other experiential learning opportunities. Temporary crises that are unique to service members and adult learners, like PTSD and family emergencies, can derail progress toward a degree. 

At the U of M, there are approximately 1,000 student veterans. Many of them have received VA benefits to pay for 100 percent of their school costs. But for the others, the average financial gap between VA benefits and the cost of tuition comes to $5,400 per year.

Student veterans need your help

Your gift to the Veterans Success Fund will fill this gap in funding and help more student veterans succeed on their journey to a degree. Make a gift.

“Many student veterans spend very little time on campus. They are older and have a family, a house, and a car. They work night shifts to handle their financial responsibilities at home. There can be a lot of stress, but if there’s one quality that student veterans share, it’s their willingness to work hard.” 

Cole Myers, ‘16 B.S., who served in the Army Special Operations Combat Medicine unit at Fort Bragg and currently works as a project manager at Denver-based Zayo Group