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VA Expands Fry Scholarship to Surviving Spouses of Servicemembers Who Died on Active Duty

10/20/2014 03:15 PM EDT


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on Monday, November 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 ('Choice Act').


The State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency is pleased to be partnered with Cisco, New Horizons, Futures, Inc., Pearson Vue, Davenport University, Capella University and others to offer Cisco Network Training to our veterans here in Michigan Click here for details..

Veterans are encouraged to create profiles on the USITPipeline and Michigan Talent Connect systems so that we can connect them to the appropriate partners/programs/resources to help them pursue careers in IT.

"This first cohort is focusing on Cisco Certified Network Associate training and certification," said Christopher Knapp, Information Technology and Media Talent Director. "However, the USITPipeline system maps to a total of 12 career pathways related to IT. There is always a wide range of IT jobs being posted on Michigan Talent Connect and we want people to take full advantage of these resources."

The program will provide, at no cost to veterans, ANSI-accredited Cisco training and preparation leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) certification to veterans with IT skills, as well as virtual access to Cisco Learning Labs.

 For more information on Shifting Careers: IT Network Certification for Veterans, visit the Veterans’ Services Division at Employers and service members who are interested in participating in this program can register by creating their account at

Out-of-State Veterans Pay In-State Tuition Rates



Big news announced last week: Tuition pledge says veterans from ANY state will pay in-state tuition only. The Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan announced all of the Michigan 15 public universities are providing in-state tuition for all veterans regardless of residency or active duty status. This is a big deal. For example, it costs roughly $13,100 for in-state tuition and fees at the University of Michigan, compared to nearly $40,400 for out-of-state tuition and fees.



The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a robust education benefits program rivaling the WWII Era GI Bill of Rights.  Benefits for those who have served on active duty after
September 10, 2001, can include up to 100% tuition and fees, a housing
allowance, books and supplies stipends, benefit transferability and more. 
After almost four years, we have seen over 990k beneficiaries take advantage of
this great program at over 9,000 training or educational institutions.


However,as comprehensive as the Post-9/11 GI Bill is, we have many Veterans who do not qualify for the program.  They may have served before 9/11, used up their benefits, were unable to use them before they expired, or served in the Guard or Reserve under orders not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  While we do have programs that address these situations, there are additional resources
available to fill in the gaps where federal benefits leave off.


Several states offer Veterans education benefits and programs of their own, in
addition, or as an alternative to federal GI Bill benefits. A few examples:  Texas residents who have used all of their GI Bill benefits can have their tuition waived at public schools if they were honorably discharged and served 181 days of active duty military service.  Colorado offers public in-state tuition rates to all Servicemembers who qualify for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  In West Virginia, National Guard members pay the in-state tuition rate even if they haven’t established residency. 


The American Legion hosts a state-by-state listing of education benefits.  Keep in
mind state benefits are not static-more and more states are passing legislation
to offer in-state tuition to Veterans, making their schools more welcoming and
accessible to Veterans. 
The Post-9/11 GI Bill Facebook pagekeeps an eye on this kind of legislation, and frequently posts information about education benefits at the state and even the school level. I encourage you to explore these resources and pass them along to your Veteran contacts so they may fully take advantage of all available benefits.  Additionally, there are numerous scholarships and programs available for military spouses and dependents. The Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program works to provide military spouses with comprehensive resources and tools to strengthen their education and career opportunities. Trained counselors help spouses identify their career interests and aptitudes. They provide information about today’s job market and work opportunities, including portable skills and careers, entrepreneurship and federal employment options. Counselors help spouses learn about education options and licensing or credentialing requirements. They also help spouses identify, compare and weigh the costs of potential schools and programs to help them reach their career goals.



Curtis L. Coy


From the days when Owen Cleary, son of the University's founder, served in the United States Army during World War I, Cleary University has been committed to the veterans who have served our country.

Support Services

  • An active Student Veterans Association made up of students both on-ground and online. 
  • Job search efforts supported by hosting on-campus events such as veterans-only career fairs and seminars.
  • Access to free counseling through a licensed counselor who specializes in PTSD, adjustment issues, anxiety, and depression.

Financial Support

Veterans are asked to accept all grants for which they are eligible and Cleary University will cover at least 30% of the costs through a tuition grant. We even cover the cost of textbooks!


For more information, click on the link below.



WSWVETS is a tax deductible Charity through our Fiscal Sponsor (click here for details)

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TIP: Be sure to identify yourself as a "veteran" because you may gain access to resources you were unaware existed!

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