To provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.
All veterans will succeed in higher education, achieve their academic goals, and gain meaningful employment.
What We Do
Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student-veteran groups on college campuses across the globe. Here are some of the things SVA Headquarters staffers do daily:
The heart of SVA is the student-led chapter. SVA supports a network of over 1,300 schools and over 500,000 student veterans. At the individual level, SVA empowers veterans to be informed consumers of higher education and make the most of the transition to civilian life.
SVA has awarded over $1 million to 111 SVA Scholars since 2011. Thanks to corporate sponsors, SVA is supporting new scholars every semester. View open scholarships.
Train Tomorrow’s Leaders
The annual Leadership Institute Series offers Local Leadership Summits in every region of the country and culminates with the Leadership Institute, a highly-selective colloquium of SVA’s best students. The sessions offer chapter management, budgeting, and strategic planning skills.
Build Vet Centers
A Vet Center is the place on campus for student veterans to study and socialize. In two years, SVA has awarded $553,000 to 61 chapters to build Vet Centers. In 2016, SVA will build a a Vet Center on 50 more campuses.
Tell Your Story
SVA’s communications team shares the successes of student veterans across the country by engaging in strategic media opportunities, and by telling the stories of our chapters and members.
Protect the G.I. Bill
SVA is a guardian and steward of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, and SVA founders had an important part in the bill’s genesis. SVA’s Government Affairs team advises lawmakers and advocates in eight issue areas such as student debt and STEM fields.
Conduct Groundbreaking Research
The initial Million Records Project (MRP) offered facts to policymakers, service providers, colleges, and the public. SVA has launched two new research initiatives: The National Veteran Education Success Tracker (NVEST) adds education levels, majors and completion rates of Bill recipients and The SVA Spotlight survey provides annual demographic insights.
Plan the SVA Annual National Conference
The SVA National Conference is the nation’s largest gathering of student veterans. Attend the 2017 National Conference in Anaheim, California on January 5-8 and enjoy testimonials from 2016.
Develop Sustainable Support
SVA’s development team builds corporate partnerships that fund student-veteran success.
Build an Alumni Network
Being a student veteran and an SVA member does not end at graduation. The alumni network keeps student veterans connected for a lifetime and facilitates mentorship opportunities.
SVA is not affiliated, connected, associated, sponsored or approved in any way with the School of Visual Arts in New York, nor is it sponsored or approved by the School of Visual Arts.
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