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UW to help veterans impacted by shutdown

Oct 6, 2013 - From staff reports

More than 400 veterans are students at the university, and the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Veterans Services Center help connect them with a variety of federally funded programs to support their education.

The University of Wyoming will work to help military veterans attending UW continue their studies, regardless of what happens with federally funded programs affected by the government shutdown, UW President Bob Sternberg says.

The president has issued a directive that no veterans will be forced to leave UW or to have their studies curtailed because of inability to pay expenses to the university, including tuition and residence hall costs, due to the shutdown.

And the university will take steps to assist veterans who have relied upon monthly stipends under the GI Bill to cover off-campus rent and other living expenses.

"We will do our best to find a way to tide them over, the details

as yet to be determined," Sternberg says. "Our objective is to make sure all veterans will be able to continue their studies uninterrupted, regardless of what happens with the federal shutdown."

More than 400 veterans are students at UW, and the university's Office of Student Financial Aid and the Veterans Services Center help connect them with a variety of federally funded programs to support their education.

Both offices will continue to keep the students updated on developments regarding the shutdown's effect on their benefits.

The university expects to review each veteran's needs, and a customized variety of resources will be employed to help address each student's immediate financial needs.

Students with immediate financial concerns should contact Student Financial Aid Director Joanna Carter at jcarte22@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-6726. For other information about veterans services, the UW Veterans Services Center is located in Room 23 of Knight Hall, under the direction of Marty Martinez.

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