Planning for and Applying to College
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC
) is a free service of the State of North Carolina that helps students plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC
is a partnership of Pathways, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.
Through the University of North Carolina Online prospective and current students can access comprehensive descriptions of and contact information for more than 300 online programs offered by UNC
College Navigator is a free consumer information tool provided by the National Center for Education Statistics that is designed to help students, parents, counselors and others obtain and compare information on colleges and universities throughout the United States.
College Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend.
The College Affordability and Transparency Center is an online service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. At this website you will find information about tuition and net prices at postsecondary institutions. The site highlights institutions with high and low tuition and fees as well as high and low net prices (the price of attendance minus grant and scholarship aid). It also shows institutions where tuition and fees and net prices are increasing at the highest rates.
College Reality Check is an online resource produced by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The goal of the website is to share facts and figures that students, parents, and counselors should weigh in making decisions about college. These factors include colleges’ graduation rates and net price, how much it will take each month to pay off student loans, and how much a graduate might potentially earn.
Military Education Benefits and Financial Aid
The VA is your main source of up-to-date information on the GI Bill and other federal education benefits. You can also apply for your benefits from a link on this site.
Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation and is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. Federal Student Aid is also responsible for developing and processing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA
). For federal student aid information specific to active duty and veteran members of the armed services refer to http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/military.
The North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs offers a scholarship program in appreciation for the service and sacrifices of North Carolina’s war veterans. A four-year scholarship program at approved schools in North Carolina has been established for the qualifying natural or adopted (before age 15) children of certain class categories of deceased, disabled, combat or POW
For more information on all North Carolina need and merit-based scholarship and grant programs please refer to the College Foundation of North Carolina website.
The North Carolina Heroes Fund awards monetary grants to North Carolina Veterans and North Carolina National Guard and Reserve members who are experiencing financial hardship connected with their military service. The North Carolina Heroes Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the men and women of North Carolina who support us.
The American Legion offers a number of scholarships and other resources to assist young people in their pursuit of higher education. There are opportunities for everyone, including family of wartime veterans and participants in Legion programs.
has a number of national scholarship programs including four specific to Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reserves and two specific to children and grandchildren of Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reserves.
and one of its major supporters, Sport Clips Haircut, partner to help our veterans and their families through the VFW
“Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship.” This scholarship provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt.
Founded in 2008, the Tillman Scholars program supports our nation’s active-duty service members, veterans and military spouses by investing in their higher education. The scholarship covers educational expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses. But scholars receive much more than just funding. Our program unites the best talent and leadership in the military to make a significant, positive impact on our country and our local communities.
Student Veterans of America and Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems have partnered to provide a scholarship to U.S. Army veterans pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited four-year college or university. Two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to promote collegiate level studies to a deserving U.S. Army veteran.
General Education Related Information
Joint Services Transcript
Community College of the Air Force
The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are now producing a Joint Services Transcript. The Air Force issues transcripts separately through the Community College of the Air Force. All transcripts can be requested online.
The accreditation database is a resource of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE
). The database is provided by OPE
as a public service and OPE
recommends it be used as one source of qualitative information.
is a higher education organization that comprises approximately 1,800 accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and higher-education related associations, organizations, and corporations. ACE
collaborates with the Department of Defense to review military training and experiences and recommend appropriate college credit for members of the Armed Forces.
functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for service members worldwide. Approximately 1,900 higher education institutions are SOC
members and agree to adhere to the SOC
Criteria of reasonable transfer of credit, reduced academic residency, academic credit for military training and experience, and academic credit for nationally recognized testing programs.
Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
The Leadership Scholar Program (LSP
) assists Marines in gaining admission to over 200 universities and colleges around the country. To be eligible to participate, Marines must be high school graduates and possess a minimum combined score of a 70 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT
) and a General Technical (GT) score of 115 or higher. Applicants are screened to ensure they meet the requirements of the institution to which they wish to apply and then forwarded to the admissions office for a final decision. Marines usually start the application process at least 12 months before leaving active duty.
The mission of Student Veterans of America (SVA
) is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. SVA
is a non-profit coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the “boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically.
orks Online is a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information. NCW
orks Online also includes a section dedicated to federal and state Veterans Services.
Launched by the NC Governor’s Office in spring 2015, NC Military Pipeline is a public-private online resource that matches employers seeking talent with transitioning service members or veterans. The website provides users with various tools including a resume builder, a search engine that allows a person to view jobs that match his or her military skills, and the option to receive daily updates regarding new jobs.
My Next Move for Veterans is designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers. The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military. Veterans can also take advantage of the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience.
The Occupational Outlook Handbooks is provided by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS
). The profiles featured in the handbook cover hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, how to prepare for that job/field, pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS
employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
serves America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.
The U.S. Veteran Administration VA for Vets website is a dedicated career support program VA careers for veterans that includes an integrated job search and career building platform.
VetSuccess.gov is an online resource of the U.S. Veteran Administration designed as a comprehensive one-stop site for veteran and service member employment needs. Veterans can browse job listings, post resumes, and apply for positions directly on the site. Employers can post jobs, view Veteran resumes, and receive job applications.
The eBenefits Employment Center is an online resource of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs designed to help veterans and transitioning service members translate their military skills into new public or private sector careers, learn how to identify their professional strengths, create and post resumes, achieve success in their next job, and much more.
Feds Hire Vets is a U.S. Office of Personnel Management Government-wide Veterans Employment Website that provides federal employment information for veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, and federal hiring officials.
is a Department of Defense organization designed to “promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.” This website includes information for both employers and service members.
Health & Recreation
The National Resource Directory is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Labor and Department of Veterans Affairs. It is a federal government website that connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, families and caregivers to thousands of services and programs at the national, state and local levels that support them during recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.
My HealtheVet is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs online personal health record. It was designed for veterans, active duty service members, their dependents and caregivers. My HealtheVet helps you partner with your health care team and provides opportunities and tools for you to make informed decisions and manage your health care
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Health Care addresses the health care needs of women Veterans and works to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide. We strive to be a national leader in the provision of health care for women, thereby raising the standard of care for all women.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
For over 20 years, Outward Bound has run wilderness expeditions specifically designed for war veterans. Outward Bound draws on the healing benefit of team work, challenge, friendship and the natural world, to help with transitions back into life at home whether you have retired from the military or are home between deployments.
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and reserve service members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more.
Marine for Life is a Marine Corps organization that provides nationwide assistance to Marines who are returning to civilian life, Marine reservists and all Marine veterans throughout their lives. Marine for Life also assists Sailors who have served with Marine Corps units.
The U.S. Army Materiel Command’s Always a Soldier Program provides continuity of support to the warfighters separating from the Armed Forces.
My Army Benefits allows soldiers to find benefits by category (“Education”, “Family Services”, etc.), component (Active, Guard, or Reserve), or state/territory. Just go to the “Benefit Library” section of the website.
Joint Services Support is a benefits and assistance web portal designed specifically for Army and Air National Guard service members, veterans and their families. See “Our Programs” for resources by category, or use the Resource Finder to locate by geography.
As the world’s largest veterans organization, the American Legion provides information and assistance to veterans on a wide range of topics, including health, education, pension and burial benefits, post-traumatic stress disorder, Gulf War illness, VA home loans, and Agent Orange exposure.
assists veterans in seeking discharge upgrades, record corrections, education benefits, disability compensation, pension eligibility and other veterans’ needs. The VFW
’s Military Assistance Program (MAP
) strives to enhance the quality of life for members of the armed forces and their families by identifying critical needs and providing emergency financial aid.
(or American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. The helping hand that AMVETS
extends to veterans and their families takes many forms, such as counseling on education, disability compensation, employment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and pensions and quality of life programs administered on both the federal and local level.
Women Veterans of America (WVA
) works to unite all women veterans and ensure the best possible care is given to women veterans by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centers. WVA
is an advocate for all women veterans and for women currently serving in the military.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV
) is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. DAV
offers free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service; provides outreach concerning its program services to disabled veterans and their families as well as the general public; and represents the interests of disabled veterans and their families before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.
The state of North Carolina provides several veteran benefits through the NC Division of Veterans Affairs including:
• Housing Benefits
• Financial Assistance Benefits
• Employment Benefits
• Education Benefits
• Other State Veteran Benefits
Produced and published by the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs in conjuction with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Commerce, the NC4VETS Resource Guide is designed to assist veterans in learning about state and federal veteran benefits. The guide provides detailed information on resources for veterans regarding employment, education, health care, Veterans Administration benefits, housing, and personal services.
School of Law operates a Veterans Law clinic that provides legal advice to veterans in the community and throughout the state. Under extensive supervision, law students assist veterans and their families with the complexities and technical aspects of filing their claims with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Offices nationwide, the Board of Veterans Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC
) provides resources for student veterans at FSU
as well as those veterans residing in the region. The VBOC
mission is to advance the growth and commercial competitiveness of veteran owned small business enterprises through education and services. Working in concert with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the VBOC
focuses on business development, technology deployment, and e-commerce. The VBOC
staff provides counseling, training, business plan assistance, and resources to help with finance options.
The North Carolina Small Business Center Network was started in 1984 and by 1995 had at least one Small Business Centers at each of the 58 Community Colleges within North Carolina. The system has now expanded to over 60 sites throughout the State and is known as the most expansive state funded technical assistance program in the United States. The objective of the Network is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners.
The Women’s Business Center of North Carolina promotes economic self-sufficiency for all women of North Carolina through entrepreneurship. We are committed to increasing the number and the success rate of women-owned businesses.