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Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions

December 30, 1899

Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions


Welcome to the archive of the Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions, which functioned from 2012-2016 as an online resource designed to help higher education institutions build effective programs for military-connected students. This archive contains resources shared by Toolkit users during the site’s operation, including a variety of best practices and models. ACE appreciates the support of The Kresge Foundation in its original grant to establish the Toolkit. For more information, please email

Programs, Services, and Campus Culture

Defining “veteran friendly” involves a variety of factors such as support, admissions, funding, communication, and services. There is tremendous diversity in the framing of veteran friendly programs across academic institutions. A checklist for consideration includes these core elements: 

1. Creating Successful Programs 
2. Academic Support 
3. Campus Culture

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Clearly defined policies are the driving force of protocols, processes, and practices. In supporting the military-connected student, consider how each policy affectsimpacts those who are active, veteran, National Guard, Reserve, or family members.   

1. Admissions 
2. Policy Applications
3. Student Services
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ACE has a long history, dating to its founding in 1918, of serving both military-connected students and the diverse array of colleges and universities that welcome these students as they undertake postsecondary education. There has been tremendous growth in the programs, resources and collaborations across the country.

1. Funding for Institutional Programs 
2. Financial Aid for Students
3. ACE’s Military-Connected Research
4. Professional Associations
5.  State and Government Associations
6. Military and Veteran Associations

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