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Area veterans, who are interested in going back to school, can get a taste of college life through the Renewal – Veterans Education and Transition Services (R-VETS) Program offered for free at Marywood University.

According to Robert Tuffy, Lackawanna County’s Director of Veterans Affairs, the R-VETS initiative is designed to provide college access to veterans interested in pursuing post secondary education. They will be able to take free introductory courses in the areas of math, English and writing. Current Marywood student veterans can also utilize the program.

The program was offered this fall and is scheduled for the spring and summer 2014 sessions. It is open to a maximum of 15 participants.

Aside from it being tuition-free, R-VETS also provides all supplies, books and other materials. It is taught by experienced faculty with the courses offered during the evenings or weekends.

The program does not use any VA education benefits, ensuring that the veteran has full entitlement once they enroll in a post secondary education program.

To be eligible, an interested individual must have an honorable discharge or be currently serving in the military.

The enrollment requirements are: a completed R-VETS application, a copy of DD241 or a copy of one’s most recent military orders, a copy of the individual’s high school transcripts or GED certificate, and all college transcripts. Prior to acceptance into the program, all candidates will be required to take a placement exam.

All inquiries on R-VETS should be directed to James Tiger, program coordinator, Marywood University, at (570) 961-4746.

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