Obtaining a college degree can be challenging. This is particularly true for student veterans who often face many obstacles while returning to civilian life. A lost sense of camaraderie, lack of understanding by the general public and a struggle to adapt to a "normal" way of life can be daunting as student veterans push to get their degrees.
To help our student veterans get past these obstacles, Columbia Southern University has created the Student Veterans Association. This online group offers support services for student veterans and their dependents, a centralized forum containing a variety of resources geared toward the unique needs of veterans.
The main purpose of the CSUSVA is to provide easy-to-use services that address a full range of needs including: financial aid assistance, VA benefits assistance, academic support, disability services, employment assistance, social networking and references to veteran service organizations (VSO).
Some of the benefits of membership in the SVA and CSUSVA are:
CSUSVA priorities include:
CSUSVA is just one student veterans group out of a coalition of more than several hundred Student Veterans of America chapters across the United States. SVA has two major components: the executive staff and student veterans groups. According to the SVA website, member chapters are student groups formed on college and university campuses to provide peer-to-peer networks for veterans who are attending those schools.