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Kutztown University Supports Veterans During Government Shutdown

October 14, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's bursar's office announced that KU student veterans using military benefits to assist them in their payment of tuition and required fees will not be adversely affected by the government shutdown or delay in government payments to the university, when valid proof or support documenting the benefit is supplied within the appropriate time frame of invoicing.

"I'm very happy that KU has a contingency plan already in place to assist our student veterans and family members whose education benefits may be negatively affected by this government shutdown," said Tania Brown, the coordinator of veterans and transfer Services at KU. "Education is important to service members and is central to their success not only at home and in the workplace, but also in their military careers. The ability to speak and write well, think critically and understand broad concepts are necessary for advancement. KU's proactive approach to meeting their needs demonstrates our commitment to education and to the call of duty."

KU's military friendly policies recently earned the university the designation of Military Friendly School, by Victory Media. As a 2014 Military Friendly School, KU is ranked in the top 20% of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are working to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Current initiatives of KU's Veterans Services are adopting a staff and faculty awareness training program, developing a website for incumbent students, planning the annual Military and Veterans Meet and Greet and strengthening relationships with community organizations that serve veterans. Future goals include monitoring the rates of veteran student enrollment, persistence and completion.

The new Veterans Center, which is currently under construction and projected to open in spring 2014, will be the central hub for student veterans and their family members to obtain resources, study, network and socialize. The center will also serve as a referral service to on-campus and off-campus resources.

If a veteran or student using military benefits has concerns regarding their tuition or required fees, they can reach out to the bursar's office at 610-683-4133 or bursar@kutztown.edu for guidance, or to schedule a one-on-one meeting. Student veterans can also contact Ms. T. Brown, the coordinator of veterans and transfer services, at 484-646-4145 or brown@kutztown.edu, for assistance.