Frequently Asked Questions
Academic Boot Camps FAQs
How do I apply?
Start by creating a login and completing the eligibility check at our application portal here.
Who is eligible to apply for a WSP academic boot camp?
If you (1) do not yet have a bachelor’s degree and (2) are an enlisted veteran or service member on active duty or in the reserves or National Guard, we encourage you to apply to WSP. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions about eligibility.
I already have my bachelor's degree and would like to pursue another degree. Can I participate in WSP?
Applicants with bachelor's degrees may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When are your next boot camps?
Our next academic boot camps will run from June-August 2021. You can find the dates and locations of all WSP boot camps here.
Will 2021 academic boot camps occur on-site or virtually?
We anticipate that the majority of 2021 academic boot camps will be virtual. We will regularly update our website and notify applicants in the event that we are able to offer on-site programming for any of our boot camps.
What can I expect from the WSP virtual programming experience?
We strive to provide the same WSP experience whether you attend a virtual or on-site boot camp. You'll learn the same curricula from college faculty and WSP student veteran alumni fellows, just in an online environment. Students from our 2020 virtual courses rated their experience just as highly as our on-site students have. You can view the data from summer 2020 virtual programs here.
What is your admissions timeline?
WSP reviews fully completed applications in the order they are received. Course placements continue until all spots are filled. If you have questions about your submitted application, please contact email@example.com.
How am I placed in a boot camp?
Placement is a time-sensitive process. The earlier that you complete your application, the more likely you are to be placed in your preferred course.
Can I receive college credits for attending WSP?
You do not receive college credits for attending WSP. However, we are happy to provide a letter verifying your participation.
Is there a cost for these boot camps?
Our academic boot camps are offered at no cost (except for travel to and from campus for on-site courses) thanks to support from our generous donors and college and university partners.
Can I attend WSP on PTAD/PTDY?
This is at the discretion of your chain of command. Past active-duty participants have been granted PTAD/PTDY to attend WSP, and we are happy to assist in this process.
Are all of the academic boot camps the same?
There will be slight differences in the overall experience since each school has unique offerings and experiences. However within each content area, courses are mostly the same. For example, a humanities week covers the same skills and content regardless of the college or university.
I participated in a virtual course. Am I eligible to reapply for an on-site course?
Everyone who participates in a virtual course is given preference for the next available on-site course.
What time zone will virtual academic boot camps run in?
Virtual academic boot camps will operate in all continental US time zones, and we will do our best to accommodate your time zone preferences.
What is the time commitment for this program?
This is an immersive academic boot camp that will require you to dedicate a full one to two weeks (depending on which boot camp you are placed in) of your time. We do not advise that participants continue to work their full-time jobs during a boot camp.
The schedules for on-site and virtual boot camps require that your time be fully dedicated to the programming throughout the day and into the evening. NOTE FOR VIRTUAL BOOT CAMPS: It is highly recommended that you take leave, PTAD, TDY, or time off work to accommodate this schedule.
Can I participate in a boot camp while I’m deployed?
This may be possible on a case-by-case basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is WSP addressing the impact of the pandemic on boot camp participation?
We understand that this public health crisis brings unforeseen challenges, including challenges related to childcare, private space, and technology. Please contact email@example.com to let us know about any concerns, limitations, or questions you may have about your ability to participate in a program. We are a family-friendly organization and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Our team would be happy to discuss any accommodations you may need in order to participate.
Are spouses and dependents eligible for WSP?
No. We only serve enlisted veterans and transitioning service members at this time.
On-Site Academic Boot Camps FAQs
Do I have to pay for housing and meals on campus?
No. Housing and meals on campus are provided to participants.
What if I can’t afford to travel to my academic boot camp?
We understand there may be extenuating circumstances in which travel costs make WSP inaccessible to you. If this is the case, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I come to an academic boot camp, do I have to stay on campus?
Yes. Our boot camps are designed to be an immersive experience.
Who can I contact with additional questions?
Please contact email@example.com.
Community College Workshops FAQs
What are Community College Workshops?
These four-hour workshops, held virtually through Zoom, are designed for veterans enrolled in community college or thinking about attending college, but are also helpful for any veteran who would like to brush up on academic and study skills. You do not need to be enrolled in community college to participate.
Who are the workshops for?
These workshops are designed to help enlisted veterans and transitioning service members learn the skills they need to succeed in college. The workshops are taught by veterans who understand the unique challenges and needs that veterans have when transitioning from military service to college.
When are the next workshops?
We hold Community College Workshops monthly during the spring and fall semesters. You can find the latest list of workshops here.
What can I expect from the virtual workshop experience?
Our workshops are held over Zoom in the meeting format so that we can all interact with each other. A one-hour lunch break is built into the schedule. We cover efficient approaches to learning skills that students need to succeed in college, such as reading strategies (what we call Analytical Reading), and skills like note-taking, time management, and effective study habits. We will end the session with Q&A with highly successful WSP alumni who have attended community college and are now currently enrolled in or have graduated from four-year universities.
What time zone will the workshops run in?
Our virtual workshops operate in the US Eastern Standard Time (EST). They typically run from 1 - 4 p.m. EST. Simply adjust for the time difference for your time zone. For example, our 1 p.m. workshop starts at 10 a.m. PST, so that’s when you need to show up if you would like to attend from the PST time zone.
Women Veterans Empowerment Dialogues FAQs
What Are WVEDs?
Women Veterans Empowerment Dialogues, or WVEDs, is a series of informational small group talks given by female or feminine of center veterans. The goal of these talks is to create female and feminine of center spaces that are inclusive and empowering for veterans. Our goals with WVEDs are to attract and better serve more female veterans, grow our female networks, begin having the difficult conversations that are unique to the female veteran experience, and share at large what WSP does for the transitioning veteran. We will be hosting seminars on many topics of interest.
Who can attend the Women Veterans Empowerment Dialogues?
While the content of the talks is focused on the experiences of women veterans, we invite all who identify as female or feminine of center to attend.
How often do the Women Veterans Empowerment Dialogues occur?
We hold these talks once a month during the spring and fall semesters, (January-May and September-December).
Who can I contact with questions or recommendations for WVED topics?
Please email Camilla Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org with any recommendations or questions about WVEDs.