8:49 a.m. PDT September 9, 2016
Western Oregon University recently began waiving the $60 undergraduate and graduate application fees for current members of the armed services and former members who were honorably discharged.
“As a veteran … I am pleased that the university has continued to expand its services and support for America’s veterans and current members of the armed services,” Andrew Holbert, coordinator of the WOU Veterans Success Center, said. “This is a great school that provides all students, including veterans, a high quality education with tremendous personalized support services.”
Holbert said it is hard when you get out of the military and haven’t been in school in years.
“When I got out (of the military), it was $60 to just apply to go to college,” he said. “That almost scared me away from college in general.”
Holbert came up with the idea from his experience.
“Our goal is to lead .. be the forerunners of being ‘military friendly,'” he said. “I don’t want that to just be a generic term.”
There are about 175 veterans enrolled at Western. Veterans can receive aid with scholarships, housing, job searches, counseling, and more.
The university has been recognized in the past by GI Jobs Magazine as a “GI Friendly campus.”
For more information, go to wou.edu/veterans or call 503-838-9246.
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