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Resources for veterans

The University has a variety of resources on campus to serve veterans and service members. Contact us if you have any questions.

The Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships helping build a diverse community of leaders committed to service. The Tillman Scholarship covers direct study-related expenses—including tuition and fees, books, and a living stipend—for eligible service members, veterans, or military spouses who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degrees as a full-time student at a public or private U.S.-based accredited institution.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is one of fifteen institutions from around the country that serves as a University Partner for the Tillman Scholars Program. This means that applicants for the Tillman Scholars program compete in a separate pool of applicants for University Partner schools.

We have had the honor of having seven students selected as Tillman Scholars since 2012. We will email student veterans when the application is available each year. We also hold information sessions with Tillman Scholars to discuss the process.

The Student Veterans Association (SVA) is located in the Veterans Transition Center (VTC), and is a non-partisan, student-led veterans group at the University. The SVA exists to support the veterans of our country's Armed Forces and our main goal is to help student veterans transition from military to civilian life. We provide student veterans with a place where they can meet other student veterans in a friendly atmosphere.

We are proud to have a staff member in office from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Veterans Program every other Thursday from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

If you need assistance related to medical benefits, employment, family assistance, transition issues, and additional veterans benefits and programs, contact Duane Bauer at 651-757-1594 or duane.bauer@state.mn.us, or stop in during his office hours.

University of Minnesota Career Services has great information specific to student veterans to help them prepare for their careers or explore their career options.

Students at the University of Minnesota have access to several mental health options on campus. Student Counseling Services and Boynton Mental Health Clinic are great resources.  

Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL) is a collaboration between the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and higher education institutions.

Students can connect with the VITAL program through the Minneapolis VA Medical Center which offers individualized support from transition patient advocates and case managers. The VA Medical Center's goal is to ensure veteran students have the support they need to succeed.  For more information call Bradley Foss at 612-250-9627 or visit the Minneapolis VA Health Care System website.