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Welcome Back to School Soldier

veterancollegeGrowing up in the military there was a sign hanging on my kitchen wall. It said “Home is Where the Navy Sends Us”. Well, when it comes to applying for in-state tuition in Florida, now veterans (who were honorably discharged) will qualify for in-state tuition as long as they live in Florida while in school.

Even with in-state tuition, going to school can be costly and we can help you with the next steps to affording your education. The United Way has launched a “Going to College” texting project. Simply visit the website to find the code of the Florida school you want to attend, then text that code to 898-211. You will automatically begin receiving updates reminding you about registration deadlines, options for financial aid and other resources. While it won’t tell you when your class papers are due, it will help you get started on the right foot. You can opt out at any time.

Sometimes vicarious trauma and PTSD can make it hard to take the steps to apply and then to succeed in school. When you begin the process of applying, 2-1-1 can guide you to agencies who understand what you’re going through and provide that extra layer of support. We want you to thrive and succeed, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

2-1-1 can also let you know who to contact for scholarships, VA education benefits, child care subsidies, moving expense assistance for veterans and more.

What’s new at 2-1-1?

WhatsNewIn March at 2-1-1 we added the following programs and agencies to our database for Marion County. Below each agency/program you’ll see “Ask 2-1-1”, these are the key terms you can use to look up the resources on your own via our online database, or when you call 2-1-1 you can mention those terms to the Information and Referral Specialist to get a list of resources for that service in your area. (more…)

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