Resource Center for Student Veterans & Military-Connected Students

CGI is committed to helping veteran, active-duty, guard and reserve personnel achieve their education goals and maximize military education benefits. When transitioning into graduate student life, veterans may feel limited in their academic options due to family, career or other location obstacles that may restrict them from attending courses on campus. This is where Cummings Graduate Institute can help. As CGI is a 100% online institution, our Resource Center for Student Veterans & Military Connected Students is an online space CGI created on the cgi.edu website to host any veteran supportive information and needs. In addition to CGI's online resource center, CGI has dedicated shared space in its new facility that veteran students are welcome to use if they need to have a space in an in-person office setting. But as 100% of CGI students are online and a majority are located outside of Arizona, CGI created the online resource center for Veterans to be inclusive of our in-state and out of state students.

Cummings Graduate Institute honors Air Force benefits, Army benefits, Coast Guard benefits, Marine Corps benefits, and Navy benefits as well as military spouse benefits. It is our ultimate goal to give service-members the opportunity to receive life-changing healthcare career training.

When transitioning into graduate student life, veterans may feel limited in their academic options due to family, career or other location obstacles that may restrict them from attending courses on campus. This is where Cummings Graduate Institute can help. Those who need a more flexible schedule to complete their education can find here at Cummings Graduate Institute.

Cummings Graduate Institute strives to provide online students with the same resources as their on-campus peers. Students enrolled in CGI online courses should expect to have access to resources such as writing support, academic advising, counseling and veteran-specific resources.

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Financial Aid and Assistance for Student Veterans & Military-Connected Students

Financial Aid and Assistance for Student Veterans & Military-Connected Students

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) is committed to helping veteran, active-duty, guard and reserve personnel achieve their education goals and maximize military education benefits. Our goal is to make education as affordable possible for all of our students. We take pride in offering tuition discounts and waived degree and non-degree seeking admissions application fees to veteran and military-connected students. With no out-of-state tuition, no hidden fees, and flexible payment options, our competitive tuition has nothing to hide.

Individuals entitled to VA benefits under the education programs (chapters 30, 33, 35, and 1606) as well as the Veteran Readiness & Employment program (chapter 31) can use their benefits to attend the Doctor of Behavioral Health program at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.

CGI honors Air Force benefits, Army benefits, Coast Guard benefits, Marine Corps benefits, and Navy benefits as well as military spouse benefits. It is our ultimate goal to give service members the opportunity to receive life-changing healthcare career training.

For a list of VA Educational Benefits offerings at CGI, please visit: https://cgi.edu/tuition/va-education-benefits/

 

Student Veteran Outside Support Services

Student Veterans of America

Through their robust website, the Student Veterans of America not only support their on campus students, but also those going to school online. From their active social media presence to a myriad of online opportunities, they support all student veterans regardless of the attendance venue.

Vet Center Program

Coming back from a deployment is never easy and it becomes difficult if the veteran decides to enroll in school right away. One of the services offered is readjustment counseling for those returning from a qualifying combat zone, along with their family members. Other services include bereavement counseling, sexual trauma counseling and a Veteran Hotline. The Vet Centers are community centric and located away from VA facilities for confidentiality purposes.

Veterans on Campus: Support Training

Through their robust website, the Student Veterans of America not only support their on campus students, but also those going to school online. From their active social media presence to a myriad of online opportunities, they support all student veterans regardless of the attendance venue.

Military to College Transition Resources

Transitioning back to a civilian life is hard enough for many veterans but going to school online at the same time can compound the issues they face. But through an online program called half of us, they can get support if they are feeling angry or at a loss of what to do. Part of the site is videos of students like them that have faced the same issues and have overcome them. Students who need to talk to someone right away can call 1-800-273-talk (8255).

Veteran Support Hotlines

Sometimes veterans may need to talk to someone right away about issues they may be currently having; sometimes it can be a matter of life or death. Fortunately, there are people—other veterans—that stand ready to help. Vets 4 Warriors is one of those organizations. To contact them call (1-855-838-8255), or text or chat live online.

 

Health & Wellness for Student Veterans & Military- Connected Students

CGI Disability Support Services

Cummings Graduate Institute is dedicated to serving degree seeking and non-degree students with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodations for everyone to be successful in furthering their education at this institution. Students with disabilities are encouraged to disclose and submit a Disability Notification and Accommodation Form at least/minimum of two (2) weeks before the start date of classes or immediately after diagnosis.

The Director of the DBH Program reviews all requests for accommodations and may require documentation of disability to determine whether the disability identified falls under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Director of the DBH Program makes reasonable accommodations that can be made without fundamentally altering the essential nature of the DBH academic program requirements and if the student can be successful in our program. The Director of the DBH Program notifies the student in writing of the accommodation request status including approved accommodations for educational purposes. Appropriate faculty and select Institute staff members with an educational need to know will also be informed of any approved accommodations.

A student may choose to attempt a class without accommodations and to self-identify later in the process. However, if the student opts for this approach, any grades that have been earned without the use of accommodations remain as published.

Disability records are kept confidential and separate from academic records.

In addition, registration with Disability Services may take place at any point during the term. Once the student has provided the appropriate documentation, the accommodations can be instituted.

The Cummings Graduate Institute does not discriminate based on disability. Cummings Graduate Institute is committed to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and all other applicable laws prohibiting disability discrimination.

MyHealtheVet

One of the most important ways to access VA health care is My HealtheVet, the no-cost, online Personal Health Record that empowers Veterans to become informed partners in their health care. With My HealtheVet, America’s Veterans can access trusted, secure, and current health and benefits information as well as record, track and store important health and military history information at their convenience. https://www.myhealth.va.gov/

VetSuccess on Campus

VetSuccess on Campus for short, this branch of the Department of Veteran Affairs strives to help veterans make the transition to the college world whether going to school on or off campus. VSOC Counselors stand ready to make sure veterans have what they need to be successful at reaching their education and employment goals. All listed on this web page have their email listed, so even online-only students can contact them.

Suicide Prevention Hotline

Suicide Prevention Hotline – Help is available for student veterans in crisis. They can call anytime of the day or night for help at 1-800-273-8255 or make contact through the live chat.

Military Onesource

Military Onesource is a one-stop shop that is beneficial to online students. They have eight different categories dealing with veterans and their families from health and wellness, to relationships and education and employment to name three of the ones more applicable to the online student. Plus, they have nine different categories in their quick access list. A valuable resource for any veteran student regardless of venue. And for student veterans needing confidential help, they have an access point for that too.

For more information on student veteran and military-connected student services, please email veterans@cgi.edu.

 

8 Keys to Veterans' Success

Cummings Graduate Institute is proud to be a signatory to the 8 Keys of Veterans' Success through the Department of Education. Cummings Graduate Institute is committed to implement the promising practices outlined in the 8 Keys, as follows:

  1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success.
  2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
  3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
  4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size).
  5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
  6. Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
  7. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
  8. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.

The Principles of Excellence

Cummings Graduate Institute is pleased to be a signatory to The Principles of Excellence by the Departments of Defense, Education, and Veterans Affairs (VA). Thus forward, CGI will adhere to the following guidelines for our student veterans and military-connected students:

  1. Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
  2. Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries.
  3. End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
  4. Accommodate Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
  5. Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
  6. Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
  7. Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.