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MDVA's Higher Education Veterans Programs helps connect you with educational benefits and resources to succeed in college. We support the success of Veterans, current military members and their families at Minnesota's colleges and universities by providing on-site comprehensive information about benefits and resources as well as creating institutional readiness in support of the unique needs of these students.

This nation-leading program provides staff at colleges and universities throughout Minnesota to help identify and remove barriers to Veterans' enrollment and access to benefits, as well as to create and manage campus Veterans resource centers.

In 2006, the Minnesota Legislature passed a number of initiatives addressing the unique needs of students who are Veterans. In order to assist Minnesota's colleges and universities fulfill these requirements, the MDVA created the Higher Education Veterans Programs. The program consists of a director and regional coordinators located throughout the state.

Minnesota State is a corporate member of the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Initiative. Each of the 37 Minnesota State colleges and universities is also a member of the Service Member Opportunity College consortium and offers a wealth of campus-specific resources to veterans and service members. Minnesota State provides veteran- and service member-oriented information, interactive military-to-college tools, access to military-friendly services and help.

You can check out education, career and life planning, financial, transfer and policy resources or connect directly to any of the 37 Minnesota State colleges and universities.

Access to veteran and service member resources and services is made possible by partnerships between Minnesota State and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Veterans Program, the Minnesota Army National Guard, other branches of the armed services and state and federal agencies.