Welcome to the Louisiana military and veteran student resource and information portal!
The LDVA is committed to military and veteran students and their families’ higher education goals through benefits assistance as well as campus support through LaVetCorps veteran centers located on campuses across Louisiana.
This is a starting point for information and resources on higher education.
Today, service members, veterans and family members have options when pursuing higher education. For many, the benefits available to our military allow for a choice from a variety of higher education institutions including community colleges, universities, private, non-profit schools or for profit schools. Whether using military/veteran benefits or not, it is vitally important to be aware of these options, as well as the many resources available to support the success of the military-affiliated student.
Higher education is both a time and financial commitment. Successfully completing a degree program requires thought and planning. When considering an educational path:
Louisiana Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly Campus Designation – In 2015, a law passed that established criteria to certify an institution of higher learning as a Louisiana Governor’s Veteran Friendly Campus. Veteran Supportive Campuses meet mandatory criteria to better serve the needs of service members and veterans. Criteria includes waiver of application fees for veterans, special orientation sessions, priority class scheduling, deployment readmission policies and other important services to support military and veteran education success.
Pursuant to R.S. 17:3138.5 (Act 232 of the 2015 Legislative Session) regarding the Governor’s Military and Veteran Friendly Campus designation, the Board of Regents has certified 26 institutions as military and veteran friendly for the 2018-2019 academic year.
VA Principles of Excellence Program – The VA has established Principles of Excellence guidelines for veterans and service members. These principles are designed to ensure that educational institutions provide meaningful information to service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members about the cost and quality of educational institutions. Find a participating educational institution.
DoD Voluntary Education Partnership – The Department of Defense keeps a list of higher learning institutions that participate in its Voluntary Education Partnership for those who are receiving benefits from its Tuition Assistance program. You can search for higher learning institutions by state.
Pursuing higher education can sometimes be a stressful and challenging experience. Fortunately, there are many resources to support students throughout their time in school.
Disability Resource Centers – Most schools have a Disability Resource Center open to all students. These centers can be very helpful in identifying and arranging accommodations for people who learn in different ways (e.g. dyslexia or conditions caused by visible or invisible wounds of war). They can often provide testing and then work with students and professors to support the student’s success in the classroom.
Vocational Rehabilitation – Both the state of Louisiana and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offer Vocational Rehabilitation programs. These programs focus on helping people prepare for and be successful in the workplace and in school. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for one of these programs.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Vocational Rehabilitation