Education website launched for NJ Veterans

Website to Promote Higher Education for New Jersey Veterans

Launched by Independent College Fund of New Jersey

They were responsible for the safety of our nation, and we can now return the favor by safeguarding their futures. The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) will be launching a new website dedicated to assisting and encouraging post 9-11 veterans and family members’ pursuit of higher education, on Veteran’s Day, November 11, at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The Higher Education for NJ Veterans website will aid prospective students and their families by providing accurate and accessible information about independent higher education and the programs that are available within the State of New Jersey.

“The government is helping the veterans financially, but dependable information about higher education isn’t always easy to access,” said John B. Wilson, president of the ICFNJ. “This website will improve the chances for veterans pursuing relevant degree programs to achieve their educational goals.”

According to The Fund for Veterans Education, 375,000 troops from the military complete their service each year, and 90 percent of enlisted soldiers do not have college degrees. As of Fall 2011, ICFNJ member institutions had enrolled over 800 veteran students. The majority of New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities are participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps offset some or all of the costs that are not covered by the GI Bill.

The project was awarded a $25,000 challenge grant from the Foundation for Independent Higher Education. Additional support was provided by Pfizer, DRS Technologies, The George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust, The Provident Bank Foundation, The Council of Independent Colleges, Baumeister & Samuels, P.C., United Way of Hudson County, Fairleigh Dickinson University ACE and the Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Grant.

The launch is scheduled for Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2011, at 1:00 PM. The event will be held in the Bissinger Room of Howe Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

About the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ)

The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) was founded in 1953 to secure financial support for the state’s private colleges and universities. The Fund is a cooperative effort between business and academic leaders who recognize the important role our institutions play in building New Jersey’s economy.

ICFNJ helps its 14-member institutions partner with the corporate community to fulfill the goal of educating students who contribute to the economic, ethical and intellectual aspirations of the State of New Jersey.

ICFNJ is a tax-exempt, non-profit New Jersey corporation and has been ruled “not a private foundation” by the Internal Revenue Service. It is a 501 c 3 organization and all gifts to it may be tax deductible under present federal law.

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