UNDATED - The number of veterans on Minnesota college campuses has been steadily rising.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system says system wide enrollment of veterans is up 57% since 2008.  At the St. Cloud Technical and Community College they 242 veterans in 2010, up nearly 72% since 2008.  And at St. Cloud State University they had 637 vets in 2010, up more than 21% since 2008.

Enrollment of veterans is expected to continue to increase as 2,700 members of the Minnesota National Guard return from their deployments in Kuwait and Afghanistan over the next several months.

MnSCU says they're better equipped to help veterans with campus-based veterans centers and a career planning tool called "My Military GPS Life Plan".