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Resources: Education

Affordable Colleges Online

 https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college.org/college-resource-center/maximize-gi-bill-benefits/ offers views of which colleges are likely to be the best value for the money. 

They focus on the cost of getting to college, as well what happens when you get out, statistics on degrees and more. 

Also Check out a similar resource for military spouses and dependents!

2017 Directory of ND Certifying Officials (1.829 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: January 26, 2017
Army Student Loan Repayments

The Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a special incentive that the Army offers to highly qualified applicants entering the Army. Under the LRP, the Army will repay part of a Soldier's qualifying student loans. This is only available to enlisted Soldiers.

Eligibility Criteria:

Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for employment and/or post-secondary education in current or emerging professions. CTE provides students with competency-based and applied learning opportunities that build academic  knowledge, higher-order reasoning skills, problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of an industry.
High School Diploma/GED

Honorary High School Diploma

  • Honorary High School Diplomas for WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. Designed for those who left high school to serve in these wars.
  • Application is sent to "Department of Public Instruction, Attn: Lynette Norbeck, 600 E. Boulevard 11th Floor, Bismarck ND 58505-0440 Lynette phone number: 701-328-4572.
  • DD214 must accompany application.

Higher Education Resources for Veterans and Their Families

This free 20-page guide includes detailed research by Ron Kness, a 36-year military veteran and expert in the service-to-school transition. The guide also has more than 150 resources with links to (and brief descriptions of) each.

Leave No Veteran Behind

Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and employment services to Veterans who face economic hardship. Through their innovative educational debt relief scholarship, community service, employment training, and job placement programs, LNVB invests in heroes who have honorably served our nation and seek to continue their service as productive citizens in their communities.

Military Culture (1.827 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: December 3, 2015
MOU between NDDVA and NDUS (825.0 KB pdf)

North Dakota University System and North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs are educational partners, committed to providing greater educational opportunities and services for veterans pursuing their educational programs.

MOU NDDVA Commissioner and NDUS Chancellor (825.0 KB pdf)
Date of Meeting: September 6, 2016
MOU NDDVA Commissioner and NDUS Chancellor (825.0 KB pdf)
Date of Meeting: September 6, 2016
National Energy Center of Excellence

The National Energy Center of Excellence, designated by the Department of Energy as the National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center, offers 12 nationally-recognized energy industry degree and training programs with the first beginning in 1970.

Oct 22 2015 VetInfoSession (1.324 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: December 3, 2015
Online Schools in North Dakota
Date of Meeting: November 22, 2016

SkillBuildND is a new program aimed at identifying and funding training opportunities for unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers in North Dakota. Special emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities to Veterans and Native Americans.

SkillBuildND-funded training provides financial assistance for tuition, books, fees, and required training tools to help prepare eligible participants for jobs in North Dakota’s growing oil industry and building trades.

Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

Summary of Benefits

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective October 1, 2013 some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they are eligible for more than one education benefit.

Troops to Teachers
Date of Meeting: October 19, 2016
Troops to Teachers

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.

Accredited schools for the Troops to Teachers Program can be found at this Link.

Tuition Assistance (Army National Guard)


Must be an ARNG Soldier in drilling status and remain in an active drilling status through the end date of the course or be a Soldier serving on Full Time National Guard Duty Operational Support (FTNGDOS) less than 179 days. Commissioned officers also must agree to remain a member of the selected reserve for at least four years after completion of the education or training for which the tuition is paid,


US News University Directory

U.S. News University Directory provides everything you need to increase your earning potential with an online education, online degree program, or traditional on-campus degree. Search associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, online MBA programs, doctoral and PhD degrees, and certificate programs as well. When reviewing the campus-based programs, schools, and online degree programs offered you will be able to select from the largest database of online schools and universities, including many ranked among the best in the nation.

VA Education Programs
Date of Meeting: October 11, 2016
VET Presentation (1.112 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: December 3, 2015
Vocational Rehabilitation

State Resources

The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and increased independence through rehabilitation services. They provide training and employment services to eligible individuals with physical or mental impairments so they can become and remain employed. Services that result in competitive employment are either provided or purchased.

VONAPP Guide (1.593 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: January 15, 2016
VONAPP Guide (1.593 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: January 15, 2016
Wyakin Warrior Foundation

The Wyakin Warrior Foundation is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization providing a full-spectrum education and professional development program for severely wounded, injured, or ill Post 9/11 veterans, designed for collegiate success and resulting in a rewarding career after graduation.  Also known as the Wyakin Wounded Warrior Academy™, the program provides: