Western waives application fee for military

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Western waives application fee for military

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.

Contact Natalie Pate at npate@StatesmanJournal.com, 503-399-6745, or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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