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UTSA’s commitment to supporting military-affiliated students has once again been recognized by Military Times. The publication included UTSA in its 2021 list of Best for Vets: Colleges.

More than 300 schools were evaluated through the latest Best for Vets: Colleges survey, which included more than 70 questions seeking details about the school’s costs, programs, policies, and services that impact military-connected students. Federal data from the U.S. Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, and Defense was also considered.

Leading up to 2020, the university’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (VMA) added new programming including priority registration and tailored orientation for veterans, veteran resource fairs, and professional development and wellness workshops.

During a trying pandemic year, the VMA team continued to check items off its to-do list stretching back to the establishment of the Center for Military Affiliated Students. They launched the first veteran and military-affiliated scholarship program in the university’s history and created walkthrough videos for students pursuing G.I. Bill and Hazlewood benefits. They also implemented new student benefit workshops and revamped the Chapter 33 certification process to drastically mitigate the instances of students encountering unintentional debts through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VMA wants to ensure every military-affiliated student at UTSA has the resources and support necessary to succeed in their studies and beyond.

A few more items will be crossed off the list soon. VMA will be better serving UTSA’s military-affiliated students on both the digital platform through a website redesign that’s expected to be finished in July, and in-person through additional space dedicated to Roadrunners with military connections opening later this summer.

About 15% of UTSA’s total student population—or 5,000 students—are active-duty military members, veterans, reserves/guard, ROTC and military-connected family members. Of those 5,000 students, 70% are military dependents.

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