Our Mission

Enabling veterans to complete their education and join the workforce.

Our primary focus is on retention and graduation. Aurora gives grants to colleges, universities and community colleges to create programs in support of student veterans. Our secondary focus is on helping veterans enter the workforce. Aurora's Internship Program works with organizations in the public and private sectors to establish paid internships for students veterans.  In both academia and industry, we support our returning veterans, joining them on the journey from "boots to books to business."

The Challenge

Today's vets on campus differ from those of the World War II era. While that generation had their college plans interrupted by a call to serve, today's veteran is more likely to view education as a temporary stop between military service and entry to America's workforce as a civilian.  For them, graduation is not necessarily the goal.  In fact, studies show that only between 10% and 30% of veterans on campus earn their degree.  Aligning that statistic with the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (funded at nearly $80 billion) shows a very low return on our taxpayer investment.  In today's economy, we need every skilled, certified, and degreed person to contribute their talents and leadership abilities.  Our Nation's Heroes are a vital component to American prosperity.

References:
From Soldier to Student
From Soldier to Student II
Promising Practices in Veteran Education
SERV
Diplomas and Dropouts

Download our 2012 Annual Report.