Top Veteran Friendly Schools by State: Michigan

Top Veteran Friendly Schools: Michigan

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has awarded Veteran Friendly School status to 63 institutions of higher education for the 2021-2022 school year. This program recognizes postsecondary institutions that are committed to supporting the needs of military-connected students.

Since its inception in 2013, the Veteran Friendly School (VFS) program has increased in popularity. The program has had a steady increase in the number of schools dedicated to enrolling student veterans and ensuring that these students are supported throughout their entire educational journey. The Top Veteran Friendly Schools of Michigan help military-connected students transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown.

The program awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze level status to institutions of higher education based on seven criteria. Gold-level certification requires six or more of the criteria, while Silver schools must complete four and Bronze schools, three. The criteria to become a Top Veteran Friendly School are:

  • Veteran-specific website
  • Established process for identifying student veterans
  • System to evaluate and award credit based on military training and experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation system for student veteran academic retention, transfer and graduation rates
  • Active student-operated veterans club or association
  • Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising and/or outcome monitoring
  • On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact

Michigan Veteran Friendly Schools Awardees

The list for the 2021-2022 school year includes 63 universities, colleges, and trade schools across the state of Michigan. Awardees range from a boat-building school to community colleges to major universities.

These schools can be found in the CollegeRecon School Finder as well.

GOLD

  1. Alma College
  2. Central Michigan University
  3. Cleary University
  4. Concordia University, Ann Arbor
  5. Davenport University
  6. Delta College
  7. Eastern Michigan University
  8. Ferris State University
  9. Global Information Technology
  10. Grand Valley State University
  11. Henry Ford College
  12. Jackson College
  13. Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  14. Lake Superior State University
  15. Lansing Community College
  16. MIAT College of Technology
  17. Macomb Community College
  18. Michigan State University
  19. Michigan Technological University
  20. Mid-Michigan College
  21. Montcalm Community College
  22. Muskegon Community College
  23. Northern Michigan University
  24. Northwood University
  25. Oakland Community College
  26. Oakland University
  27. Olivet College
  28. Saginaw Valley State University
  29. Schoolcraft College
  30. University of Detroit Mercy
  31. University of Michigan
  32. University of Michigan-Dearborn
  33. University of Michigan-Flint
  34. Walsh College
  35. Washtenaw Community College
  36. Wayne State University
  37. Western Michigan University

SILVER

  1. Aquinas College
  2. Baker College
  3. Bay de Noc Community College
  4. Calvin University
  5. Compass College of Cinematic Arts
  6. Detroit School for Digital Technology
  7. Finlandia University
  8. Focus: HOPE
  9. Glen Oaks Community College
  10. Gogebic Community College
  11. Grace Christian University
  12. Grand Rapids Community College
  13. Kettering University
  14. Kirtland Community College
  15. Lake Michigan College
  16. Madonna University
  17. Monroe County Community College
  18. North Country Heavy Equipment School
  19. Rochester University
  20. Clair County Community College
  21. Suburban CDL
  22. West Shore Community College
  23. Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School

BRONZE

  1. Great Lakes Boat Building School
  2. North Central Michigan College
  3. Southwestern Michigan College

 

 

Education Questions Answered by Peers: February 2022

Education Questions Answered by Peers: February 2022

At CollegeRecon, we meet lots of people every week who have questions about their benefits. Sometimes they ask on our website, and at other times we field questions from social media groups.

This month’s question comes from a Facebook group, and we intend to highlight some of the best responses, along with our own.

The Question

Does anyone have or are seeking an MPH (Masters in Public Health)? I am looking for a good school that’s not very expensive. – A military spouse

Peer Submitted Answers

“I don’t have advice on schools…but make sure they are CEPH accredited. That’s the gold standard in PH [public health] and it’s hard to get the good jobs coming from a non-CEPH accredited school.”

So, what is a CEPH accreditation? According to the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the nationally recognized accrediting body for both schools of public health and public health programs.

“If you get an MPH, definitely look at Industrial Hygienist – GS jobs. They’re always hiring and always a need on bases.”

The “GS” in this answer refers to a federal “General Schedule” job. Someone with a GS job is an employee of the federal government and they can serve in various locations around the world. This answer also indicates that there is a consistent need for Industrial Hygienists in GS positions to work on military installations.

“I’m currently working on my MPH in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at University of South Carolina. They have online options and offer various concentrations within their program.”

This peer answer offered a great insight: do not rule out online programs. Online programs are just as rigorous and must meet the same accreditation requirements as in-person courses. The only difference is, it takes a motivated and strong-willed student to succeed in an online learning environment.

SEE ALSO: Getting Your Master’s Degree Online

Other schools that received honorable mentions by your peers for their MPH programs were:

  • Liberty University
  • George Washington University
  • University of West Florida
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Louisiana State University – Shreveport
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins
  • University of South Florida

Our Answer

The Master’s in Public Health degree continues to grow in popularity, in no small part because of the pandemic. 

It is not known if the one who asked the question is using any GI Bill benefits, but there is a great tool that I recommend to find college programs.

The College Recon School Finder tool can help you narrow down a list of schools that may have the degree you’re looking for. In this case, the degree is an MPH.

For this search, I opened the tool and immediately went to the Filters column. Under the Educational Goals section, I selected a “Master’s Degree”. Then, I selected “Public Administration” for the Area of Study. This gave me 301 results.

Next, under the Type of School section, I selected “Public” because the question indicated that they were looking for a less expensive school. This reduced the results down to 210 schools.

Then, under the Veteran & Military Programs section, I selected both “Yellow Ribbon” and “Reduced Tuition”. The search resulted in 52 colleges that matched my selections.  You can customize your results and reduce them further.

From this point, I just sift through the results and determine which schools have the MPH program I’m seeking. The first one I found on the list is the University of Utah’s Master of Public Health program.

Here are a few others:

  1. University of North Dakota MPH
  2. Florida State University MPH
  3. Old Dominion University MPH
  4. Indiana State University MPH

After searching through 11 of the 52 results, these were the first five that had an MPH program. This process can be replicated any number of times based on your educational plans.

Final Thoughts

Keep in mind that even though there may not be a college or university in your backyard that offers the program you’re looking for, many institutes of higher learning do offer online programs. In fact, a few of the examples above had online options for the Master of Public Health programs.

So, if you, like the one who asked the question above, know exactly what you’re looking for, use the CollegeRecon School Search tool to find schools that suit your needs.

 

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Technological Colleges and Universities for Military & Veterans

What is a Technological School and is it a Good Fit for Me?

A technological college or university offers specialized post-secondary education in a specific technological discipline. A college will offer undergraduate degrees including associate and bachelor’s degrees. A university will offer undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees, including master’s and doctoral degrees.

While an education rooted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has come to the forefront of education in recent years, technological colleges and universities have been touting the benefits of this education for decades. A technological school specializes in:

  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Applied science
  • Natural sciences

Technological vs Technical

Although the terms “technological” and “technical” may be used interchangeably with some institutes of higher education, there are distinct differences. Theory and practical application are hallmarks of both technological and technical schools. Both technological and technical schools are also well known for students developing knowledge through real-life experience. However, technical schools have a stronger focus on training in a specific career while technological schools typically cast a wider net with their academics. Technical schools typically offer trades and manual arts such as woodworking, welding, cosmetology, etc. which are not readily found in technological schools. Technological schools tend to focus more on evolving technology, engineering, and other applied sciences.

4 Great Technological Colleges and Universities for Veterans and Military

New England: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT) is perhaps the most well known technological university in the US. It was founded in 1861 and consistently ranks high on best of lists including:

  • #2 in National Universities (US News)
  • #2 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

MIT has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. MIT is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Mid-West: Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological University was founded in 1932. Established during an innovation explosion that would change the world, the Fords provided space next to their Model T assembly plant. With this LTU realized the dream of preparing leaders for the new technical era and this still holds true almost 100 years later.

Lawrence Technological University ranks high on best of lists including:

  • #37 in Regional Universities Midwest (US News)
  • #43 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #61 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Best Value Colleges in Michigan (Niche)
  • #40 in Best Colleges for Architecture in America (Niche)

Lawrence Technological University is a GI Bill approved school, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. LTU is approved for Tuition Assistance and is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program.

Southeast: Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology (or Georgia Tech) is a technology focused college in Atlanta, Ga, and one of the top research universities in the USA. Georgia Tech consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #38 in National Universities (US News)
  • #16 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #4 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #10 in Top Public Schools (US News)

Georgia Tech is a GI Bill approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Georgia Tech proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

West Coast: California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is located in beautiful Pasadena, California. Companies such as Intel, Compaq, and Hotmail were founded by Caltech alumni. Cal Tech consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #9 in National Universities (US News)
  • #15 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #11 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

Cal Tech is a GI Bill approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

 

 

 

VA Approved Flight Training: An Overview

Looking at VA Approved Flight Training

You probably already know that your VA education benefits can help pay for flight training. However, you may not have any details about how it all works. For example, you may be wondering,

Can the GI Bill be used to pay for flight training?

Are there VA approved flight schools?

What benefits are included for flight training through VA schools?

If you’ve asked any of these questions and are interested in getting your commercial pilot license, then read on to discover some programs available and how to apply your VA education benefits to pay for training.

VA Approved Flight Training

You can use your GI Bill to pay for flight training, provided you meet certain requirements. 

All of these must be true to qualify:

  • You must qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill, and
  • You must have a private pilot’s license, and
  • Have a second-class medical certificate valid for second-class privileges – or a first-class medical certificate if you want to get the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate

Please note, the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program can not be used to pay for flight training. However, the Fry Scholarship can pay for flight training.

Available Benefits Based on Program

There are some differences between the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill when it comes to available benefits.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

You will be reimbursed for 60% of the approved fees that may be charged by your flight school.

Additionally, your MGIB entitlement will be charged at the rate of one (1) month for each $2,150 paid. So, hypothetically, if you are in flight training and you have 36 months of MGIB entitlement remaining, then the max amount you can receive for that training is $77,400. 

Post-9/11 GI Bill

If you’re using the Post-9/11 GI Bill to pay for flight training, the payment you receive depends on a few factors:

  1. You level of eligibility, which is a percentage based on how long you served, and
  2. How much entitlement you have left for training, and
  3. The type of school and program in which you’re enrolled.

Here are some details regarding how the program you attend determines the benefits available. If you are enrolled in:

  • A degree program that contains flight training at a public college or university. The VA will pay for up to the full in-state tuition and fees. You may also get a monthly housing allowance and money to cover books and supplies.
  • A degree program that contains flight training at a private college or university. The VA will pay for the “net cost of tuition and fees” up to a yearly limit. The limit depends on your level of eligibility and the amount of benefit remaining. A housing allowance and money for books are available, as is the ability to use the Yellow Ribbon Program at participating schools.
  • A vocational program at a stand-alone Part 141 pilot school. The VA pays for the net cost of training up to a yearly limit. In this option, there is no housing allowance available, nor is there extra money for books and supplies.

Keep in mind, these requirements largely apply to stand-alone schools that are not colleges and universities.

Regardless of which school you plan to attend, your VA education benefits can help pay for the following flight qualifications:

  • Rotary wing
  • B747-400
  • Dual Engine
  • Flight Engineer

Applying for VA Education Benefits

To get started on the path to your commercial pilot license, you will need to apply for VA education benefits. There are multiple ways to do this:

  1. Apply Online! Follow the link to the GI BIll application page, fill out a short questionnaire, and get the process started.
  2. Apply by Mail. Call 888.442.4551, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, and request an application be sent to you through the mail. Once you fill it out, mail it to the VA regional claims processing office that is located in the same region as your school. Here’s a list of regional claims processing offices to explore.
  3. Apply In Person. If you are able, go to a VA regional office to have a VA employee help you fill out an application for benefits. Here’s a list of VA regional offices near you. You can also work with your school’s certifying official for help with the application.

As of right now, it takes the VA an average of 30 days to make a decision regarding your education benefits. So, keep that in mind when enrolling in a flight program.

Colleges & Universities with VA Approved Flight Training

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle is a world-class, private university that offers degree programs for veteran and military students. 

Additionally, Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, FL and Prescott, AZ campuses offer Bachelor’s degrees in Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew subject areas. So, students have the opportunity to get a degree and obtain a commercial pilot’s license at Embry-Riddle University.

Embry-Riddle offers two ground schools: Commercial Pilot Fixed Wing and Private Pilot Fixed Wing. The ERAU campuses for which these programs apply are located in Daytona Beach, Florida and Prescott, Arizona.

Embry-Riddle also participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program, and the university offers college credit for military experience.

Colorado Northwestern Community College

Colorado Northwestern Community College is a public, 2-year school located in Rangely, Colorado. Colorado Northwestern does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, but they are approved for Tuition Assistance, and they have GI Bill approved programs.

Additionally, CNCC offers an associate degree program that covers the Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew subject areas.

University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College

The University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College is a public two-year college that offers technical programs, university transfer programs, and other specialized programs serving central Arkansas.

This school also offers an associate’s degree program covering the Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew subject areas.

The Pulaski Technical College does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, however they are approved for Tuition Assistance, and they offer credit for military service.

Texas State Technical College – Waco

The Texas State Technical College is a military- and veteran-focused technical college that offers a vast array of two-year degree programs.

One of them happens to cover the commercial and professional pilot subject areas. While TSTC does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the school does offer GI Bill approved programs. It also offers college credit for military experience, which is helpful for service members in transition.

Central Texas College – Main Campus

The main campus of Central Texas College is a two-year public college located in Killeen, Texas.

The CTC main campus offers a professional and commercial pilots program that can lead students to the acquisition of their professional pilot’s license.

Central Texas College participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as the Tuition Assistance Program.

Additionally, eligible military-affiliated students can use the Texas Hazlewood Act, which is a benefit from the state of Texas that provides qualified veterans, spouses, and dependent children with up to 150 credit hours of tuition exemption.

More Colleges & Universities with Flight Training

The following schools also offer some form of flight training. This list has been populated from CollegeRecon’s School Finder searching by the “Aviation” subject area.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of North Dakota

Cochise Community College

Sacramento City College

Mt. San Antonio College

Aims Community College

Middle Georgia State University

Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell

Community College of Beaver County

Palo Alto College

Mountain View College

Letourneau University – Longview

Green River College

Lewis University

California Baptist University

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Big Bend Community College

Honolulu Community College

Vincennes University

Lansing Community College

Orange Coast College

Indian Hills Community College

Southwestern Illinois College

Guilford Technical Community College

Sinclair Community College

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Portland Community College

Lane Community College

Salt Lake Community College

Cypress College

Mercer County Community College

Wallace State Community College

Yavapai College

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Palomar College

Metropolitan State University of Denver

St. Petersburg College – Clearwater

Palm Beach State College

Polk State College

Miami-Dade College

Broward College

Jacksonville University

University of Dubuque

Iowa Central Community College

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Lewis and Clark Community College

Kishwaukee College

Hutchinson Community College

Eastern Kentucky University

Louisiana Tech University Ruston

North Shore Community College

Eastern Michigan University

Western Michigan University

Jackson College

Northwestern Michigan College

Oakland Community College

Lake Superior College

Inver Hills Community College

University of Central Missouri

Saint Louis University

Delta State University

Rocky Mountain College

Lenoir Community College

Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute

County College of Morris

San Juan College

College of Southern Nevada

Dutchess Community College

Jamestown Community College

Northern Oklahoma College

Central Oregon Community College

Treasure Valley Community College

Lehigh Carbon Community College

Luzerne County Community College

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

San Jacinto Community College

Midland College

Tarleton State University

Baylor University

Central Washington University

Farmingdale State College

Utah State University – Logan

Indiana State University

Westminster College – Utah

Utah Valley University

Vermont Technical College – Randolph Center

Clover Park Technical College

Walla Walla University

Gateway Technical College

Fox Valley Technical College

Casper College

Quincy University

 

The colleges and universities listed above have some form of flight training curriculum. Be advised, they may not all be the full curriculum, where some schools may only offer rotary wing training, while others only offer fixed wing. Check with the school first to verify that the training you’re looking for is available.

Conclusion

Our transportation infrastructure depends upon those who have pilots licenses. Air travel is currently the fastest form of transportation used by businesses to move people and products around the world. 

According to the Department of Labor, the median income for airline and commercial pilots was over $130,000 in 2020. Furthermore, the job outlook is expected to grow at 13% until 2030, which is faster than the national average.

If you’ve ever considered becoming a pilot, now is a great time to get that training. Find a school that suits your needs, and apply the GI Bill benefits to secure your future!

(Image courtesy of SFIO CRACHO via Shutterstock)

 

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Debating the 90/10 Rule in Veteran Education

Three Sides of Two Coins: The 90/10 Dilemma

In October, 2021, the Department of Education (DoE) began rewriting regulations that could negatively impact for-profit schools. It is possible that the DoE could create tighter restrictions by imposing limitations on what for-profit schools can count as “non-federal revenue sources”. These limitations, both current and projected, form the basis of the 90/10 Rule.

The 90/10 Rule

Conceptually, the rule is simple: for-profit schools can receive no more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal “Title IX” student aid programs. 

The inverse of that statement is: for profit schools are expected to make at least 10 percent of their revenue from other than federal sources.

Currently, the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance programs do not count as federal student aid classified by Title IX definitions. Which means that any VA benefits received by any school do not count against the 90% limit on federal funding. They count towards the 10% of non-federally funded revenue.

However, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 plans to expand those definitions to include ALL federal education benefit programs, like those used by military and veteran students. The law is set to take effect in 2023.

Debating the 90/10 Rule

Advocates for this change, which includes some veterans’ organizations, are excited that the “90/10 loophole” will be closed by congressional action. The “loophole”, to which it is commonly referred, alludes to the predatory practice of some for-profit institutions who heavily incentivise the recruitment of military and veteran students.

This predation on veteran students does not seem to be isolated. Some states like Maryland have passed their own state-level limitations on for-profit schools in response to these problems. Maryland’s new education law will also take effect in 2023.

Organizations like Veterans Education Success have taken a strong stance against for-profit institutions, claiming that the 90/10 Rule “gives for-profit colleges an incentive to see service members as nothing more than dollar signs in uniform”. 

The Veterans Education Success also released an article documenting the findings by the Department of Education that for-profit colleges used the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance programs to “skirt the 90/10 regulation”. You can find the article here: New Analysis Finds Many For-Profit Colleges Skirt Federal Funding Limits (Dec. 2016).

However, critics of the legislation, to include the Veterans Education Project, are speaking out about what they consider an unfair targeting of for-profit institutions.

The Opposition to the 90/10 Rule’s Existence

The Veterans Education Project published a punchy response, titled Collateral Damage, in which the VEP decried the 90/10 rule as outdated. It is a good title and one that advertises their opposition well.

The rationale for the policy is that a worthwhile educational provider should be able to attract other sources of revenue beyond federal grants and loans, and that students should be willing to put some of their own money toward their education.

The VEP refers to the notion of a student or family contribution as having “skin in the game”, which, in my opinion, has got to be the most-repeated phrase threaded throughout their 23-page response to the 90/10 Rule. 

Even so, one of their most concise arguments, and one that makes a lot of sense, highlights the inconsistencies between the 90/10 Rule and other federal rules. The meat of their argument revolves around the use of the Student Aid Index, a new name coming in 2022 for the current Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The EFC is calculated for federal aid by projecting the amount of money the student or the student’s family can contribute to higher education. The VEP cites the Department of Education data indicating that 40% of undergraduate students have an EFC of $0. 

This means that if a student can’t contribute any money toward their education, and is then required to take out federal funding, then the for-profit schools must charge a higher price for education to ensure that the federal loans only account for 90% of the total revenue.

When framed in that manner, the “skin in the game” paradigm makes little sense. However, it is all about framing and rhetoric, as both advocates and opponents to the 90/10 Rule argue for what they think is best for the student.

A History of Best Intentions

Land-Grant College Act of 1862

Federal involvement in education can be traced back to the 19th century with the Land-Grant College Act of 1862. Also known as the Morrill Act, this legislation provided federal land grants to states in order to finance the establishment of colleges.

The Morrill Act granted 30,000 acres of land to each state for each congressional seat it possessed. Some states sold the land to start schools, while others gave the money to existing colleges to create agriculture and mechanic (A&M) schools.

As an interesting note, all land-grant schools were required to have military training as part of their curriculum, which led to the formation of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944

In June, 1944, President Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act which gave WWII veterans money for college, unemployment insurance, and housing. It is the first instance of federal money being given for the purposes of financing higher education.

Since the establishment of the GI Bill of Rights in 1944, the possibility of making access to college more equitable has gained tremendous attention. The reasoning, it is supposed, is that if the federal government can grant college money to veterans, then why can’t it do the same for lower income students.

The Growing Beast of Financial Aid

In 1958, Congress passed the National Defense Education Act which gave low-interest loans to college students. If, after graduating, students became teachers, then their loan debts were cancelled.

In 1972, legislators determined that funding aid directly to the student, rather than to the colleges and universities, was the best way to make higher education more accessible to low income families.

This is also the year that the legislative verbiage changed from “higher education” to the more inclusive “postsecondary education”. The goal was to highlight that there were other options available besides the full-time, four-year college experience.

As it relates to the 90/10 Rule debate, it was also in 1972 that for-profit schools, also called proprietary schools, were granted full rights to participate in the Title IX programs.

The Proliferation of Education Profiteering

From a business standpoint, it is not surprising that for-profit institutions are responsive to policies impacting federal student aid. Their livelihood depends on it.

From the early 1970s and throughout the 1980s and 1990’s, the for-profit industry exploded as a result of their inclusion in federal programs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. Hundreds of for-profit schools emerged, many in low-income metropolitan areas. 

These schools not only offered programs in business, but they also brought other vital training that would feed employment opportunities to those disadvantaged students. Programs in welding, mechanics, truck driving, and other trades certainly helped keep some people away from poverty.

So, what’s the big deal?

As in every business industry, there were some for-profit schools that abused the federal aid programs, which obviously prompted a legislative response. As a result of this bad publicity and congressional intervention, the for-profit industry shrank considerably.

But that didn’t eliminate the problem. It just eliminated the number of players in the education game that provide learning opportunities to students around the country. This, on its face, is the foundation of VEP’s objection to the 90/10 rule. 

They argue that most for-profit schools offer legitimate learning opportunities, which is true. The VEP also argues that the instruction received at for-profit schools, which ties directly to student outcomes, is comparable to public and private colleges and universities that are not proprietary in nature.

Another part of the VEP’s argument is rightfully focused on the provable outcomes faced by students at these public and private universities. Not every student that starts a program finishes it. Not every student that graduates goes on to make a middle-class income. Many do, but not all. 

So, by comparing the outcomes between both the for-profit schools and the gargantuan non-profit university systems around the country, the VEP has created the image of equal-footing between proprietary schools and every other school.

But are they equal?

All schools that remain eligible to receive VA benefits on behalf of their veteran students must adhere to rigid protocols and regulations. There is now this idea that for-profit institutions are being unfairly targeted for simply being “for-profit”. When you read the VEP’s rebuttal of the 90/10 Rule, you get the sense that they stopped just short of labeling the current legislation as “prejudicial”.

In a sense, all legislation is prejudicial, as it judges some things to be good and others to be bad. It accepts certain social and universal behaviors, and it rejects others. So, the legislation that places limitations on for-profit schools should not be seen as unfairly targeting proprietary institutions, despite what the VEP says.

Legislation changes, which is why they wrote Collateral Damage. They have every right to be concerned, but so does the government.

A Different Perspective

If you take a satellite view of the situation, here’s what it looks like to me. The federal government, through taxation and legislation, funds the federal student aid programs that make up a hefty portion of the annual budget.

This means that the taxpayers are the ones who ultimately fund the education grants and loans issued by the federal government. The money doesn’t care if it ends up in the vaults of a non-profit or the coffers of a for-profit school. The distinction, and the reason for federal intervention on behalf of the taxpayer, lies in the category in which each school falls.

When federal funding is granted to students and used at non-profit institutions, there is an understanding that the school brings value to the outcome of the student’s life, even if they fail. Even if they do not make a billion dollars over the course of their life. These institutions are not-for-profit, even if they do in fact make a profit. It’s how they’re classified.

Now, when federal funding, or taxpayer funding, is granted to a student and used at a for-profit institution, there is the understanding that the school is a business first, and an institute of higher learning second. When student outcomes, like graduating and making decent money, are less than what was advertised, then there is a consumer concern. 

For-profit schools are run like a business, because they are, in fact, businesses. And yet, they are businesses that draw most of their revenue from the federal government through student aid. In essence, taxpayer funding is paying for a large majority of the revenue received by for-profit schools.

Because of this, it seems to weaken the notion that for-profit schools should be somehow protected from the forces of the market. They are businesses, so shouldn’t they live and die based on the market’s desire for their products?

The answer should be “yes”.

These proprietary institutions should want their education services to be desirable enough to attract consumers of all kinds, not just the veterans. But, since many for-profit schools have tied their very existence to programs like the GI Bill, they are in danger of closing if they can not update their policies before the changes take effect.

Countdown to 2023

It must be known that I am not for or against proprietary schools. I think they have a place in society and educate thousands of students every year. In fact, in today’s terms, wouldn’t Plato’s Academy be considered for-profit?

The fundamental flaw that I see in the argument against the 90/10 Rule is that for-profit institutions want more than anything to have the protections of their non-profit counterparts. This is understandable, but all of their problems exist at a legal level.

No one forced these proprietary schools to organize and register themselves as “for-profit”. It was an entrepreneurial drive that founded most proprietary schools. I will also concede, though, that forming a nonprofit college or university is much harder to do. Which means that the decision to become a for-profit institution was done with the knowledge that they will operate both in the realms of business and education for the duration of their existence.

Students First

Ultimately, it’s about what is best for the student. Whether those students are veterans, come from homes below the poverty line, or even if they hail from other countries, no one wants to have a poor education. 

To my mind, education is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in their lives. I believe that an educated citizenry is the foundation of a free society. Knowledge should be available for everyone.

It is foolish, however, to think that education will cause everyone to agree on everything. Humans have disagreed on most things for as long as we’ve walked this planet. But education does grant the freedom to think differently, and even dissent from what is popular at the time.

This extends to the 90/10 debate. I believe that both sides are arguing for what’s best, both for their students and, as it directly ties to their livelihood, their schools. I don’t want to see good schools go under because of a whimsical legislative change. But I also don’t want to see bad schools continue to dupe students and taxpayers.

This debate is sure to heat up as we draw closer to the deadline. In 2022, there will certainly be significant developments as the Department of Education rewrites the rules for federal student aid.

Make sure you follow CollegeRecon and sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about the changes ahead!

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Top 10 Yellow Ribbon MBA Programs

The Top Yellow Ribbon MBA Schools

To obtain a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) demonstrates professional mastery in the business arena. Many veterans find that transitioning into the business world to be a natural step after the completion of their service to the country.

CollegeRecon has created a list of the top 10 MBA programs for veterans.

RELATED: How to Determine if Business School is Right for You

Choosing the Top 10

There are thousands of colleges in the United States, and sifting through them all is a huge undertaking. The Wall Street Journal 2022 College Ranking List formed the foundation of our analysis. Based on their results, we present to you the best schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Wall Street Journal’s Methodology

The Wall Street Journal’s College Ranking focuses on student success and learning achievement. The WSJ looks for key indicators that illuminate issues related to student engagement, interaction with teachers, and overall satisfaction with their education.

The Wall Street Journal’s methodology encompasses four important areas of analysis:

  1. Resources – “Does the college have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?”
  2. Engagement – “Does the college effectively engage with students?”
  3. Outcomes – “Does the college generate good and appropriate outputs?”
  4. Environment – Is the college providing a good learning environment for all students?”

The results of their survey helped determine which schools were better than others relating to these key areas. For more information, read the full Wall Street Journal College Rankings 2022 methodology.

RELATED: Vet Success on Campus

CollegeRecon’s Top 10 Yellow Ribbon MBA Schools

After sorting the schools by program, we eliminated the ones that did not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. So, the schools that follow are the top schools, in order of the WSJ ranking, that do participate in this VA program.

#10: Rice University

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program at the maximum possible level. To that end, once your Chapter 33 annual cap has been exceeded, Rice Business school covers half the remaining costs with a Yellow Ribbon Scholarship.

This could mean that eligible veterans may have their FULL tuition covered by the Jones School of Business.

Additionally, the university hosts the Rice Business Veterans Association which provides assistance to transitioning veterans and their families.

#9: Washington University in Saint Louis

Each year, Washington University offers 150 graduate business students the max allowable contributions through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Participation is first-come, first-served. So if you intend on using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you must let the school know as early as possible.

Washington University also hosts a Student Veteran Association (SVA) chapter that offers support and assistance for military-connected students. 

Specifically for MBA students, the Olin Veterans Association (OVA) assists the Olin Business School veteran students transition into the business world

#8: Columbia University

Columbia University’s graduate school of Business allows an unlimited number of students to participate in its Yellow Ribbon Program. The maximum contribution amount the school will pay per student is $20,000.

Furthermore, to receive veterans benefits at Columbia, students must submit a Veterans Request for Certification for each term they’d like to receive benefits. This is not an automatic process at Columbia.

The Columbia Business School hosts the Military in Business Association (MiBA) veteran student group. This community offers support to Columbia’s veteran population by providing advocacy and skills development through their network of professionals.

#7: University of Pennsylvania

Penn’s prestigious Wharton School of Business allows for unlimited Yellow Ribbon Program availability for veterans in their MBA program. Additionally, Wharton students can receive up to $20,000 provided by Penn to match their VA contributions.

The VA provided Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted to the School Certifying Official, which is located in the Registrar’s office.

The Wharton Business School is also home to the Veterans Club, which offers community and support to its veteran student population. This is an important aspect of life at Wharton, where only about 5% of the students are veterans.

#6: Cornell University

All degree granting schools at Cornell University voluntarily participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. For graduate students, there is a limit to the number of participants each year.

Veteran students must qualify for a 100% entitlement as demonstrated with their VA Certificate of Eligibility. To notify the school of your Yellow Ribbon eligibility, complete Cornell’s Yellow Ribbon program application.

Cornell University maintains a robust Military Community offering programs and services to military and veteran students.

#5: Northwestern University

Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management allows for unlimited participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It also has a maximum contribution of $18,000.

In addition to accepting every VA educational benefit, Northwestern also accepts the Illinois Veteran Grant and Tuition Assistance.

Moreover, the school hosts the Northwestern University Veterans Association, NUVA, which provides resources and support to its veteran students. Those resources include:

Check out Northwestern’s impressive page for Student Veterans’ Resources.

#4: Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School maintains the annual tuition cap of $10,000 for 25 eligible veteran students. The VA will match that $10,000 and apply it towards tuition.

Johns Hopkins eagerly directs their students with information about Scholarships for MBA Students to ensure their successful completion of their MBA program.

The Carey Student Veteran Network is a support group led by students to provide networking support to military and veteran students. The CSVN partners with local organizations like FourBlock, 6th Branch, the Mission Continues, and Team River Runner, to help veteran students transition into academic and professional success.

#3: Brown University

Brown’s annual Yellow Ribbon Program contribution to graduate veteran students is $7,500. This support also extends to spouses and dependents who are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Brown University Student Veterans Society (BUSVS) has helped foster a supportive veteran community since 2009. The BUSVS plays an integral part of raising awareness for issues faced by veterans in their student community.

Brown University is also home to PAVE, the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education group. This is a peer support program that connects new military-connected students with student veterans already on campus. This approach plugs veteran students into the pipeline of resources and support during their academic journey.

#2: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT’s Sloan School of Management allows 30 students into their Yellow Ribbon Program. Sloan also offers up to $20,000 per student annually in their partnership with the VA.

The MIT Sloan Veterans Club helps veteran business students transition to academic life by offering support and counseling. It also offers access to exclusive networking and job opportunities.

#1: Harvard University

The Harvard Business School grants unlimited Yellow Ribbon access to veteran students in their MBA programs. The maximum contribution, which will also be matched by the VA, is $20,000 per year.

Harvard’s Armed Forces Alumni Association assists student veterans with professional development and job search resources. The club also helps raise awareness for the military-connected students on Harvard’s Business School campus.

From Battlefields to Business

Our nation’s veterans endure tremendous stress during their military service. It is not surprising that many veterans transition into the Business arena, for they have the grit and leadership skills necessary to succeed.

Earning an MBA, especially through any of these superb institutes of higher learning, will distinguish you from others in the business world. The VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program will assist with your education goals.

Get started on the path of your choosing today!

 

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10 Top Law Schools with Yellow Ribbon Programs

The Top Yellow Ribbon Law Schools

Not all colleges and universities are created equal. While attending college is a dream for most people, choosing where to apply can be a tough challenge.

For this reason, CollegeRecon compiled a list of the top ten law schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiative that can extend the duration of GI Bill benefits.

RELATED: Veteran’s Guide for Going to Law School

Choosing the Top 10

There are thousands of colleges in the United States, and sifting through them all is a huge undertaking. The Wall Street Journal 2022 College Ranking List formed the foundation of our analysis. Based on their results, we present to you the best schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Wall Street Journal’s Methodology

The Wall Street Journal’s College Ranking focuses on student success and learning achievement. The WSJ looks for key indicators that illuminate issues related to student engagement, interaction with teachers, and overall satisfaction with their education.

The methodology emcompasses four important areas of analysis:

  1. Resources – “Does the college have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?”
  2. Engagement – “Does the college effectively engage with students?”
  3. Outcomes – “Does the college generate good and appropriate outputs?”
  4. Environment – Is the college providing a good learning environment for all students?”

The results of their survey helped determine which schools were better than others relating to these key areas. For more information, read the full Wall Street Journal College Rankings 2022 methodology.

RELATED: Vet Success on Campus

CollegeRecon’s Top 10 Yellow Ribbon Law Schools

After sorting the schools by program, we eliminated the ones that did not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. So, the schools that follow are the top schools, in order of the WSJ ranking, that do participate in this VA program.

#10: Michigan State University

The Student Veterans Resource Center at MSU promotes educational and career advancement of military students. MSU ensures that veterans have the resources they need to get a quality education. These include:

  1. Financial Aid application support
  2. Transition services
  3. Career development
  4. Employment and Internship opportunities
  5. VA benefit and health assistance
  6. Space for meetings, studying, and socializing

Additionally, the MSU Disabled Veterans Assistance Program allows for “new and returning veterans with a military related disability who are Michigan residents working on their first baccalaureate degree” to qualify for a full-cost financial aid package without loans.

#9: University of California – Santa Barbara

The UCSB Veteran Resource Center exists to support Veterans in their transition and academically. They will help you apply for education benefits with the VA, find housing for you and your family, and offer general counseling during your academic career.

There is also an active Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter at UCSB. This great Veteran community is an invaluable resource on the path to your degree.

#8: Tulane University

The Student Veterans Services (SVS) office provides veteran students with assistance while attending school. Tulane’s SVS department also acts as a liaison between the student and the regional VA office.

In 2019 Tulane University implemented a requirement that all student veterans using VA education benefits must complete a mandatory Veterans Enrollment Form. A new form is required each semester, and it appears to be in addition to, not a replacement of, other reporting required by the VA.

#7: University of Richmond

This school offers a maximum of $5,000 to each of 25 student veterans for the school year. This is the amount that will be matched by the VA. The funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For consideration, you must

  • Be accepted into a degree program, AND
  • Submit a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to the School Certifying Official (SCO)

There doesn’t appear to be a specific office for assisting student veterans. The Yellow Ribbon Program contact is from the Registrar’s Office.

#6: University of Wisconsin – Madison

The University Veteran Services (UVS) encourages their student veterans to apply for both the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Wisconsin GI Bill

Additionally, UW-Madison has their own Benefit Eligibility Survey that they recommend student veterans take. This survey gathers information and offers specific guidance to the student regarding federal and state benefits that may apply.

You will also need a Certificate of Eligibility to secure a spot in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Space is limited, but it will cover fees for non-resident students eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

#5: University of Miami

The office of Veteran Student Services helps veteran students transition from the service to campus life. The university offers services such as:

  • The UM Counseling Center – offers specific programs  to the veteran student population
  • The Toppel Career Center – offers specific veteran student programs and career advising
  • Academic Resource Center – offers tutoring services
  • Student Health Service – assists with medical and insurance needs

The UM Law School offers a maximum of 15 Yellow Ribbon grants per year. These grants apply to Fall and Spring semesters only.

#4: Boston University

Boston University Veterans Services acts as an intermediary between the university and the VA. Once you are certified, your eligibility will automatically be certified each semester, which is a great benefit.

Boston University accepts 52 Yellow Ribbon Program participants each year, totalling $7,000 each ($3,500 from BU plus $3,500 from the VA). Once all the slots are filled, BU opens a waitlist that is populated chronologically based on when the applications are submitted.

Please note, being placed on the waitlist does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

#3: University of California – Berkeley

UC Berkeley’s Veteran Benefits office is located in the Office of the Registrar. In addition to providing assistance to veteran students and their families, they assist eligible students apply for the California Department of Veterans Affairs College Fee Waiver (Cal Vet) program.

To be eligible as a graduate student, i.e. law school, you must meet basic requirements (undergrad degree and minimum 3.0 GPA). However, there are limited spots in the program, and there are tons of applicants. There are also departmental requirements that must be satisfied.

Check out the Cal Veteran Services Center for graduate students to view their recommendations and requirements.

#2: Northwestern University

Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law allows for unlimited participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It also has a maximum contribution of $99,999, which is one big reason why Northwestern is at the top of our list.

In addition to accepting every VA educational benefit, Northwestern also accepts the Illinois Veteran Grant and Tuition Assistance.

Moreover, the school hosts the Northwestern University Veterans Association, NUVA, which provides resources and support to its veteran students. Those resources include:

Check out Northwestern’s impressive page for Student Veterans’ Resources.

#1: Harvard University

The Harvard Law School is one of the nation’s most prestigious schools, and it proudly participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program. This allows Harvard to offer additional funding to veterans for tuition and fees that exceed those covered by the GI Bill.

Harvard University has pledged to contribute the maximum amount matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs for all eligible veterans. For more information, check out Harvard’s VA and Military Benefits page.

Law School Within Reach

If you’ve dreamed of becoming a lawyer and legal professional, the schools listed above are the best ones that participate in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program. 

Furthermore, many of these schools offer benefits outside of the VA that can ensure you earn your coveted Juris Doctor or LLM. You can get there by using every benefit available to you!

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Air Force ROTC Scholarships and Colleges

Take Your Career to the Next Level with the Air Force ROTC Scholarship

The Air Force ROTC program develops tomorrow’s leaders by preparing college students to become officers in the U.S. Air Force.

Opportunity Beyond Education

In addition to the amazing benefits offered by the Air Force ROTC program, students get hands-on leadership development through classes and exercises. 

As soon as you complete your degree and commission into the Air Force, you will immediately serve at the Manager career level.

Additionally, you receive excellent pay and benefits that include healthcare, housing allowance, and travel opportunities.

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Air Force ROTC Program Requirements

Academic

Cadets are held to the highest academic standards. You must be willing to put in the time and effort to successfully complete your studies.

Fitness

All ROTC cadets must meet the weight and fitness standards established by the U.S. Air Force. This is not only for professionalism and appearance in uniform, but also for mission readiness.

Medical

All cadets must pass a Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) medical exam.

Enlisted Requirements

The Air Force ROTC program offers several options for current active-duty enlisted personnel. Since the program requirements change frequently, consult the Enlisted Commissioning Programs website for the most up-to-date information.

The Service Commitments

After completing their degree and accepting a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force, you can expect a service commitment.

Most officers incur a four-year active-duty service commitment, while Pilots have a 10-year commitment. Those serving as Combat Systems Officers or Air Battle Managers take on a six year service obligation upon completion of training.

Nursing graduates accept a commission into the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve for four active years after completing their licensing exam.

Air Force ROTC Scholarship Options

High School Scholarships

There are three scholarship types for high school students.

    1. Type 1 – This scholarship pays full tuition (100%) and any authorized fees at any public or private institution with an AFROTC detachment. Cadets with this scholarship will also receive stipends for monthly living expenses and books.
    2. Type 2 – This scholarship pays up to $18,000 per year in college tuition, along with any authorized fees at any institution with an AFROTC detachment. Type 2 recipients will also receive monthly stipends for books and living expenses.
    3. Type 7 – This scholarship also covers full tuition expenses (100%), but only at public institutions with an AFROTC detachment. The monthly expense and books stipends also apply to Type 7 recipients.

NOTE: Air Force ROTC Scholarships do NOT cover room and board.

The annual book stipend is $900 per academic year, and the monthly stipend increases based on a student’s status:

    • Freshman = $300
    • Sophomore = $350
    • Junior = $450
    • Senior = $500

All High School Scholarship recipients are entitled to have their travel expenses covered from their home of record to their AFROTC detachment’s location. 

The Scholarship application window is open through January 13, 2022. Apply now!

Enlisted Airman Scholarship

There are two scholarship options for currently enlisted Airmen.

First, the Airman Scholarship & Commissioning Program (ASCP) allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship for up to $18,000 per academic year.

ASCP candidates will enroll in the AFROTC program as a cadet and become full-time college students. They will receive a monthly textbook allowance and stipend for living expenses.

Next is the Scholarships for Outstanding Airmen to ROTC (SOAR) program. The SOAR program allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and attend college full-time. This scholarship is also worth up to $18,000 per academic year.

For either of the Enlisted Airmen Scholarship options, all cadets must complete their bachelor’s degrees and commissioning requirements within four years. Additionally, the time spent at school does NOT count towards their total Time in Service (TIS).

The annual book stipend is $900 per academic year, and the monthly stipend increases based on a student’s status:

    • Freshman = $300
    • Sophomore = $350
    • Junior = $450
    • Senior = $500

Moreover, many prior-service enlisted members separate from active-duty and attend college with their GI Bill benefits. Get started and apply now!

College Student Scholarships

There are even scholarships available for you if you’re already in a military friendly college or other institutions. Freshman and sophomore students may be eligible for the In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP).

The ICSP awards scholarships based on merit during either the Fall or Spring selection phases.

There are three types of scholarships within the ICSP:

    1. Type 1 – This is reserved for the Commanders’ In-College Scholarships (CICS) which are offered to cadets pursuing a technical major. It covers 100% of tuition costs at any public or private institution with an AFROTC detachment. An annual book stipend and monthly expense stipend are included.
    2. Type 2 – This is awarded to cadets selected through the ICSP and pays up to $18,000 of tuition per academic year. An annual book stipend and monthly expense stipend are included.
    3. Nursing – The Air Force Nursing Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to undergraduate sophomores and juniors. Applicants must be accepted to a nursing program at a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Check out the College Student Scholarship types and their requirements. Apply now!

Air Force ROTC Non-Scholarship Options

Cadets in ROTC are not limited to only those seeking the scholarship option. 

While most students are seeking education funding, applicants who are not selected or choose not to apply for AFROTC scholarships can still participate in the ROTC program. By doing so, it is possible that they will be considered for other scholarship opportunities as they arise.

Even if you’re not applying for the ROTC scholarship, you should still submit your application online. Doing so does does two things:

  1. It shows your intent to participate in the AFROTC program
  2. It puts you in contact with an AFROTC admissions officer.

To apply, head to the Air Force ROTC Account Request page to get the process moving.

Another option is to sign up for AFROTC classes when you arrive at college.

Air Force ROTC Colleges and Universities

The following lists all the current colleges and universities with Air Force ROTC Detachments.

The host university is linked and has the ROTC detachment. Those institutions bulleted under each host university are those that participate through the linked school.

For more information about any of the detachments, follow the links to their main page. This list is for information purposes only, so please contact each ROTC detachment directly for assistance.

Alabama

Auburn University

  • Southern Union State Community College

University of Alabama

  • Marion Military Institute
  • Shelton State Community College
  • Stillman College
  • University of West Alabama

Samford University

  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • Jefferson State Community College
  • Miles College
  • University of Alabama – Birmingham
  • University of Montevallo

University of South Alabama

  • Spring Hill College
  • University of Mobile

Tuskegee University

Troy University

Alabama State University

  • Auburn University – Montgomery
  • Faulkner University
  • Huntingdon College
  • Troy University Montgomery

Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Wayland Baptist University
  • Alaska Pacific University

Arizona

University of Arizona

  • Pima Community College

Arizona State University

  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Gateway Community College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Maricopa Community School District
  • Mesa Community College
  • Paradise Valley Community College
  • Park University
  • Phoenix College
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • Arizona Christian University
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • Southern Mountain Community College

Northern Arizona University

  • Coconino Community College

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott

Arkansas

University of Arkansas

  • John Brown University
  • Northeast Arkansas Community College
  • University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

California

California State University – Fresno

  • Reedley College
  • Merced College

California State University – San Bernardino

  • Barstow College
  • California State Polytechnic University
  • Chaffey Community College
  • College of the Desert
  • Crafton Hills Community College
  • Mount San Antonio College
  • Riverside Community College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Victor Valley College
  • Saddleback College
  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of La Verne
  • University of California – Riverside
  • Antelope Valley College
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Chapman University
  • California Baptist University
  • Loma Linda University
  • University of the Redlands
  • Mt. San Jacinto Community College

Loyola-Marymount University

  • Biola University
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Marymount Palos Verdes College
  • Mount Saint Mary
  • National University
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • Webster University
  • West Los Angeles College
  • Westmont College
  • College of the Canyons
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Whittier College
  • The Master’s University

San Jose State University

  • De Anza College
  • Foothill College
  • Menlo College
  • Mission College
  • Ohlone College
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanford University
  • West Valley College
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • San Jose City College

University of California – Los Angeles

  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University – Long Beach
  • California State University – Dominguez Hills
  • California State University – Fullerton
  • California State University – Los Angeles
  • California State University – Northridge
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Moorpark College
  • Santa Monica College
  • University of California – Santa Barbara

University of Southern California

  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Claremont University – The Graduate School
  • Compton Community College
  • Cypress College
  • East Los Angeles College
  • El Camino College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Golden West College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Hope International University
  • Long Beach City College
  • Occidental College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Scripps College
  • Ventura College
  • Fullerton College

San Diego State University

  • California State University – San Marcos
  • San Diego Christian College
  • Cuyamaca Community College
  • Grossmont Community College
  • Mira Costa College
  • Palomar College
  • Point Loma Nazarene College
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego Miramar College
  • Southwestern College
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of San Diego
  • California Western School of Law
  • Alliant International University: California School of Management and Leadership
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – San Diego

University of California – Berkeley

  • Canada College
  • Chabot College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • College of Alameda
  • Notre Dame De Namur University
  • College of San Mateo
  • Contra Costa College
  • Diablo Valley College
  • Dominican University of California
  • Holy Names University
  • Laney College
  • Las Positas College
  • Los Medanos College
  • Merritt College
  • Mills College
  • Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Samuel Merritt College
  • San Francisco State University
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Solano County Community College
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of San Francisco
  • California State University – East Bay
  • Berkeley City College
  • California Maritime Academy
  • Hartnell Community College

California State University – Sacramento

  • American River Community College
  • Cosumnes River Community College
  • Delta Community College Stockton
  • Sacramento City Community College
  • Sierra Community College
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of the Pacific
  • Yuba College
  • William Jessup University – Rocklin
  • Drexel University – Sacramento
  • Folsom Lake College

Colorado

Colorado State University

  • Aims Community College
  • Front Range Community College
  • University of Northern Colorado

University of Colorado – Boulder

  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Denver University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado Health Science Center
  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado – Denver
  • Colorado Technical University

Devry University – Denver

Connecticut

University of Connecticut

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Eastern Connecticut State
  • University of Hartford
  • Connecticut College

Yale University

  • Fairfield University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • University of New Haven
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Connecticut State University

Delaware

University of Delaware

  • Delaware State University
  • Delaware Technical and Community College
  • Wilmington College

District of Columbia

Howard University

  • University of the District of Columbia

Georgia

University of Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton State College
  • Emory University
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Spelman College
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Mercer University Atlanta
  • State University of West Georgia
  • Morehouse College

Valdosta State University

  • Georgia Military College
  • Park University

Hawaii

University of Hawaii – Manda

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Honolulu Community College
  • Kapiolani Community College
  • Leeward Community College
  • University of Hawaii – West Oahu
  • Windward Community College

Idaho

University of Idaho

Lewis-Clark State College

Illinois

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Parkland College

Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Chicago State University
  • Elmhurst College
  • College of Dupage
  • Governors State University
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • North Central College
  • North Park University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Wheaton College
  • Depaul University

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

  • John A. Logan
  • Southeast Missouri State University

Saint Louis University

  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • McKendree University
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
  • Lindenwood University – Belleville

Indiana

Indiana University

  • Butler University
  • Depauw University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Indiana State University

  • Ivy Tech Community College

Purdue University

University of Notre Dame

  • Bethel College
  • Holy Cross
  • Indiana University at South Bend
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • Valparaiso University
  • Trine University

University of Louisville

  • Indiana University Southeast

Iowa

Iowa State University

  • Drake University
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Grandview University

University of Iowa

  • Coe College
  • Kirkwood Community College

University of Nebraska – Omaha

  • Iowa Western Community College – Council Bluff

Marquette University

  • Upper Iowa University

Kansas

Kansas State University

  • Manhattan Christian College
  • Washburn University
  • Barton Community College – Fort Riley
  • Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus

University of Kansas

  • Baker University
  • Mid-America Nazarene College
  • University of Saint Mary
  • Benedictine College
  • Donnelly College
  • Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Johnson County Community College

Kentucky

University of Kentucky

  • Asbury University
  • Centre College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Georgetown College
  • Kentucky State University
  • Transylvania University
  • Bluegrass Community & Technical College

University of Louisville

  • Bellarmine University
  • Jefferson Community College
  • Spalding University

University of Cincinnati

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Thomas More College
  • Gateway Community and Technical College

Tennessee State University

  • Western Kentucky University

Louisiana

Louisiana Tech University

  • Grambling State University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Northwestern State University

Louisiana State University

  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Baton Rouge Community College

Tulane University

  • Delgado Community College
  • Dillard University
  • Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • University of Holy Cross
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • University of New Orleans
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Maine

University of New Hampshire

  • University of Southern Maine

Maryland

University of Maryland

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Bowie State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Prince George’s Community College
  • Towson State University
  • University of Maryland – University College
  • University of Massachusetts – Baltimore County
  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland
  • Goucher College
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore

Massachusetts

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Becker College
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Worcester State College
  • Quinsigamond Community College

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

  • Merrimack College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Salem State University
  • Gordon College

Boston University

  • Boston College
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Simmons University
  • University of Massachusetts – Boston
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • New England School of Law
  • Emmanuel College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Harvard University
  • Tufts University
  • Wellesley College

University of Massachusetts

  • Amherst College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State University
  • Bay Path University
  • American International College
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • Springfield College
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • Holyoke Community College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Williams College
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

University of New Hampshire

  • Fitchburgh State University

Michigan

Michigan State University

  • Lansing Community College
  • Michigan State University – School of Law
  • Western Michigan University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Olivet College

University of Michigan

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • University of Michigan – Flint
  • Wayne State University
  • Spring Arbor University

Michigan Technological University

  • Finlandia University

Minnesota

University of Saint Thomas

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Augsburg College
  • Bethel University
  • Century College
  • St. Catherine University
  • Concordia University – St. Paul
  • Hamline University
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Macalester College
  • Normandale Community College
  • North Central University
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • University of Northwestern
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Minnesota – Duluth

  • College of Saint Scholastica
  • Lake Superior College

North Dakota State University

  • Concordia College – Moorhead
  • Minnesota State University – Moorhead
  • University of Minnesota – Crookston

Mississippi

Mississippi State University

  • Mississippi University for Women

University of Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

  • William Carey University
  • Pearl River Community College

Jackson State University

  • Belhaven University
  • Hinds Community College
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • Tougaloo College

Missouri

Saint Louis University

  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Washington University
  • Webster University
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Lindenwood University

University of Missouri – Columbia

  • Columbia College
  • University of Central Missouri
  • Stephens College
  • Westminster College
  • William Woods University
  • Central Methodist University

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

  • Southeast Missouri State University

Montana

Montana State University

Nebraska

University of Nebraska – Omaha

  • Clarkson College
  • College of Saint Mary
  • Creighton University
  • Grace University
  • Bellevue University
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Nebraska Methodist College

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

  • Concordia University
  • Doane College
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nevada

University of Nevada – Las Vegas

  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Nevada State College

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Franklin Pierce College
  • Keene State College
  • New England College
  • University of New Hampshire – Manchester
  • Plymouth State College
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Granite State College

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

  • Rivier University
  • Southern New Hampshire University

New Jersey

Rutgers University

  • Devry University, Inc
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Middlesex County Community College
  • Monmouth University
  • Princeton University
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Union County College

The New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Essex County College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Ramapo College

Saint Joseph’s University

  • Rutgers University – Camden
  • Rowan University

New Mexico

New Mexico State University

University of New Mexico

  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • College of Santa Fe
  • National American University
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

New York

Cornell University

  • Elmira College
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY at Binghamton University
  • SUNY at Cortland

Syracuse University

  • Cazenovia College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Onondaga Community College
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • Hamilton College
  • Utica College
  • Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Morrisville State College
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University

Clarkson University

  • Saint Lawrence University
  • State University of New York – Potsdam
  • State University of New York – Canton

Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • Genesee Community College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Nazareth College of Rochester
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Saint John Fisher College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • University of Rochester

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Adirondack Community College
  • Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Albany School of Law
  • Albany Medical College
  • Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Empire State College
  • Fulton/Montgomery Community College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Russell Sage College
  • Sage College of Albany
  • Schenectady City Community College
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • SUNY at Albany
  • SUNY AG & Tech College – Cobleskill
  • College of Saint Rose
  • Union College
  • Excelsior College
  • Maria College

Manhattan College

  • Barnard College
  • Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Columbia University
  • CUNY Bernard Baruch College
  • Lehman College
  • Dowling College
  • Fordham University
  • Hofstra University
  • Long Island University
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Saint Francis College
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas College
  • Saint John’s University
  • SUNY at Stony Brook
  • SUNY College at Old Westbury
  • Farmingdale State University SUNY
  • Iona College
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • City College of New York City
  • Queens College of the City of New York
  • Polytechnic University – Brooklyn Campus
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Mercy College
  • New York Law School
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Saint Joseph’s College

North Carolina

Duke University

  • North Carolina Central University

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Davidson College
  • Livingstone College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • Gaston College

North Carolina State University

  • Meredith College
  • Peace College
  • Saint Augustine’s University
  • Shaw University
  • Bennett College

East Carolina University

North Carolina A&T State University

  • Elon University
  • Greensboro College
  • Guilford College
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • High Point College
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Salem College
  • Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Randolph Community College

Fayetteville State University

  • Methodist University
  • The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Campbell University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College

North Dakota

North Dakota State University

  • Park University
  • Mayville State University

University of North Dakota

Ohio

Bowling Green State University

  • Heidelberg University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • The University of Findlay
  • Tiffin University
  • University of Toledo
  • Lourdes University

Kent State University

  • University of Akron
  • Cleveland State University
  • Mount Union College
  • Youngstown State University
  • Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Hiram College

Miami University of Ohio

  • Miami University, Middletown Branch

Wright State University

  • Cedarville University
  • Central State University
  • Sinclair Community College
  • University of Dayton
  • Urbana University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Park University (Wright Patterson)
  • Antioch College
  • Antioch Midwest University
  • Clark State Community College
  • Edison Community College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Wright Patterson AFB
  • Kettering College
  • Miami-Jacobs Career College
  • Southern State Community College
  • Union Institute and University
  • Wittenberg University

Ohio State University

  • Capital University
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Otterbein College
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • Ohio Christian University
  • Ohio Dominican University

Ohio University

University of Cincinnati

  • Chatfield College
  • Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • College of Mount Saint Joseph
  • Wilmington College
  • Xavier University
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Athenaeum of Ohio
  • Cincinnati Christian University
  • God’s Bible School and College
  • Good Samaritan College of Nursing
  • Hebrew Union College

University of Pittsburgh

  • Franciscan University (Ohio)

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

  • Langston University
  • Northern Oklahoma College
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Rogers State College
  • Tulsa Community College
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Tulsa

University of Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Oklahoma City Community College
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Rose State College

Oregon

Oregon State University

  • Linn Benton Community College
  • University of Oregon
  • Western Oregon University
  • Lane Community College
  • Corban University
  • Bushnell University

University of Portland

  • Clackamas Community College
  • George Fox University
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Linfield University
  • Mount Hood Community College
  • Pacific University
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland State University
  • Reed University
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Oregon Institute of Technology – Portland Metro

Pennsylvania

Penn State University

  • Penn State University – Altoona

University of Pittsburgh

  • Carlow University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chatham College
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Duquesne University
  • La Roche College
  • Point Park University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Vincent
  • University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg
  • Washington and Jefferson College
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn State – New Kensington
  • Penn State – Greater Allegheny

Saint Joseph’s University

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern University
  • La Salle University
  • Penn State University – Brandywine
  • Penn State University – Abington
  • Cairn University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of the Sciences Philadelphia
  • Valley Forge Military Junior College
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University
  • Widener University
  • Cheney University of Pennsylvania
  • Bryn Athyn College
  • Cabrini College
  • Neumann College
  • Haverford College

Wilkes University

  • Bloomsburg University
  • Misericordia University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • King’s College
  • Luzerne County Community College
  • Marywood University
  • Penn State –  Hazleton
  • Penn State – Wilkes-Barre
  • Penn State – Worthington Scranton
  • University of Scranton
  • Penn State – Schuylkill

West Virginia University

  • Waynesburg University (PA)

Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Brown University

South Carolina

The Citadel

Clemson University

  • Anderson University
  • Southern Wesleyan College
  • Tri County Technical College

Charleston Southern University

  • College of Charleston
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Citadel – Evening College

University of South Carolina

  • Benedict College
  • Claflin University
  • South Carolina State University
  • University of South Carolina – Sumter
  • University of South Carolina – Union
  • University of South Carolina – Aiken
  • University of South Carolina – Beaufort
  • University of South Carolina – Spartanburg
  • MIdlands Technical College

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

  • Winthrop University (SC)

South Dakota

South Dakota State University

  • Dakota State University
  • Augustana College
  • University of Sioux Falls

Tennessee

University of Memphis

  • Christian Brothers University
  • Lemoyne-Owen College
  • Rhodes College
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College

Tennessee State University

  • Fisk University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Technical University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Volunteer State Community College
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Belmont University
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Columbia State Community College

University of Tennessee

  • Pellissippi State Technical Community College

Texas

Texas A&M University

Baylor University

  • McLennan Community College
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Texas Tech University – Waco

Texas Tech University

  • Lubbock Christian University
  • South Plains College
  • Wayland Baptist University

University of Texas – Austin

  • Austin Community College
  • Concordia University at Austin
  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Saint Edward’s University
  • Park University

University of North Texas

  • Midwestern State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • North Central Texas College
  • Collin College
  • Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • University of Dallas
  • Southwestern University

Texas State University

  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Wayland Baptist University – San Antonio

University of Texas – San Antonio

  • Alamo Community College District Junior College
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Palo Alto College – Alamo District Consortium
  • San Antonio College – Alamo District Consortium
  • St. Mary’s University
  • St. Philip’s College
  • Trinity University
  • University of Texas – Health Science Center
  • University of the Incarnate Word College

Texas Christian University

  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Tarrant County Junior College
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Weatherford College
  • Tarleton State University

Angelo State University

University of Houston

  • Rice University
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Community College
  • Texas Southern University
  • Lone Star College
  • University of Houston – Clearlake
  • University of Houston – Downtown
  • South Texas College of Law
  • University of Houston – Victoria
  • University of Saint Thomas – Houston
  • University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Houston
  • Prairie View A&M University

New Mexico State University

  • University of Texas at El Paso

Utah

University of Utah

  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Weber State University
  • Westminster College
  • Park University
  • Los Business College

Brigham Young University

  • Utah Valley University

Utah State University

Vermont

Norwich University

  • Northern Vermont University
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Vermont School of Law
  • University of Vermont
  • Vermont Technical College
  • Community College of Vermont

Virginia

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Virginia Military Institute

  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Washington and Lee University

University of Virginia

  • James Madison University
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Liberty University

Howard University

  • Marymount University

University of Maryland

  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Northern Virginia Community College

Washington

Central Washington University

Washington State University

  • Whitworth University

University of Washington

  • Bellevue College
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Highline Community College
  • North Seattle Community College
  • Seattle Central Community College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Shoreline Community College
  • South Seattle Community College
  • Saint Martin’s University
  • Cascadia Community College
  • Northeast University
  • Pierce College
  • Green River Community College
  • Olympic College

University of Portland

  • Clark College
  • Washington State University – Vancouver

West Virginia

West Virginia University

  • Fairmont State University

University of Maryland

  • Shepherd College (WV)

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • Edgewood College
  • Maranatha Baptist University
  • Madison Area Technical College

Marquette University

  • Alverno College
  • Carroll University
  • Carthage College
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Mount Mary College
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin – Waukesha
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

University of Saint Thomas

  • University of Wisconsin – Stout

University of Minnesota – Duluth

  • University of Wisconsin – Superior

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

  • Park University

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

  • Central University of Bayamon
  • Interamerican University – Arecibo
  • Interamerican University – Barranquitas
  • Interamerican University – Bayamon
  • Interamerican University – Fajardo
  • Interamerican University – Guayama
  • Interamerican University – Law Faculty
  • Interamerican University – Metro Campus
  • Interamerican University – Optometry School
  • Interamerican University – Ponce
  • Interamerican University – San German
  • Metropolitan University
  • Polytechnic University
  • University of Sacred Heart
  • Universidad Del Este
  • University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon
  • University of Puerto Rico – Carolina
  • University of Puerto Rico – Cayey
  • University of Puerto Rico – Humacao
  • University of Puerto Rico – Medical Science Center
  • University of Turabo
  • American University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

  • Catholic University of Puerto Rico – Ponce
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Conclusion

As you can see already, there are over 1,100 colleges and universities through which you can advance your education and your career.

Apply now for your future in the Air Force!

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Vet Success on Campus

Vet Success on Campus

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created the Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) program to help veterans, servicemembers, and their qualified dependents. VSOC aims to help their target populations successfully transition into college life. The ultimate goal is to have VSOC students successfully complete their education and enter into the labor market fully prepared for viable careers.

The VSOC program is designed to help all qualified participants, and especially veterans, achieve success by providing outreach and transition services.

What is the VSOC Program?

Vet Success On Campus is designed to help its students succeed during their time as college students through a variety of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling. The VSOC program provides a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to each school that offers the program. A VA Vet Center Outreach Coordinator is also provided to provide peer counseling and referral services. Recognizing that college life is vastly different from serving in the military, VSOC Counselors help to ensure that veterans receive the support and assistance needed to pursue their educational and employment goals.

VSOC Counselors are easily accessible on campuses with the aim to quickly resolve any problems that could potentially interfere with a student’s educational success. From health concerns, to educational hurdles, to disability accommodations, VSOC aims to assist and empower their students in every way possible. The VSOC program began as a pilot program in 2009 at the University of South Florida. Since then, the program has expanded and currently supports 104 schools across the country. These schools are served by 87 VSOC Counselors. Please see below for a list of current VSOC locations and contact information.

List of Vet Success on Campus Counselors

ALABAMA

Troy University – Arika Dolman, Arika.Dolman@va.gov
University of Alabama – Lisa Fells, Lisa.Fells@va.gov

ALASKA

University of Alaska, Anchorage – Gwendolyn Hoskins, Gwendolyn.Hoskins@va.gov

ARIZONA

Arizona State University- Troy Rundle, Troy.Rundle@va.gov

ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas – open
Northwest Arkansas Community College – open

CALIFORNIA

California State University, Long Beach- Lois Daz, Lois.Daz@va.gov
Long Beach City College- Lois Daz, Lois.Daz@va.gov
Mt. San Antonio College- Maura Kazden, Maura.Kazden@va.gov
Citrus College- Maura Kazden, Maura.Kazden@va.gov
Saddleback College- Kelandra Anthony Kelandra.Anthony@va.gov
Irvine Valley College- Kelandra Anthony, Kelandra.Anthony@va.gov
Pasadena City College- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
Los Angeles City College- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
California State University, Los Angeles- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
University of California, Los Angeles- Deana Garay, Deana.Garay@va.gov
Santa Monica Community College- Deana Garay, Deana.Garay@va.gov
American River College- open
San Diego State University- Ryan Morris, Ryan.Morris377@va.gov
Mira Costa College- Alizabeth Dang, Alizabeth.Dang@va.gov

COLORADO

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs- Julie Zook,   Julie.Zook@va.gov 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

George Washington University- Glenn Cassis, Glenn.Cassis@va.gov

FLORIDA

Northwest Florida State College- Maronda Clark, Maronda.Clark@va.gov
University of West Florida- Becky Baisden, Rebecca.Baisden@va.gov
University of South Florida- Jeanine Frederick, Jeanine.Frederick@va.gov
Florida State University- Jenn Stovall, Jennifer.Stovall@va.gov
Tallahassee Community College- Jenn Stovall, Jennifer.Stovall@va.gov
Florida International University- Marquay Smith, Marquay.Smith@va.gov
University of Florida- Patricia Carswell, Patricia.Carswell@va.gov
Santa Fe College- Patricia Carswell, Patricia.Carswell@va.gov
Florida State College at Jacksonville- Brittany Beimourtrusting, Brittany.Beimourtrusting@va.gov

GEORGIA

Kennesaw State University- Margo Thompson, Margo.Thompson@va.gov

HAWAII

Hawaii Pacific University- Gwen Dang, Gwen.Dang@va.gov
Leeward Community College- Selina Higa, Selina.Higa@va.gov
University of Hawaii, Manoa- Selina Higa ,Selina.Higa@va.gov

IDAHO

Boise State University- Sean Burlile, Sean.Burlile@va.gov

ILLINOIS

Southwestern Illinois College- open
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign- Delmar Rhodes, Delmar.Rhodes1@va.gov

KANSAS

Johnson County Community College- Jonathan Grant,  Jonathan.Grant@va.gov
University of Kansas- Angela Brazil, Angela.Brazil@va.gov

KENTUCKY

Eastern Kentucky University- Steven Johnson, Steven.C.Johnson@va.gov
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College- Shannon Francis,   Shannon.Francis@va.gov
University of Kentucky- Joel Andrade, Joel.Andrade@va.gov
Bluegrass Community & Technical College- Joel Andrade, Joel.Andrade@va.gov

MARYLAND

University of Maryland, Global Campus- Diane Wilson, Diane.Wilson2@va.gov

MICHIGAN

Kalamazoo Valley Community College- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Kellogg Community College- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Western Michigan University- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Eastern Michigan University- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov
Washtenaw Community College- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov

MISSISSIPPI

University of Southern Mississippi- Steven Welch,  Steven.Welch@va.gov

MISSOURI

Webster University, St. Louis- Jason Blakemore, Jason.Blakemore@va.gov

NEBRASKA

Bellevue University- Melvin Neail, Melvin.Neail@va.gov
University of Nebraska, Omaha- Melvin Neail, Melvin.Neail@va.gov

NEVADA

University of Nevada, Las Vegas- Justin Whipple, Justin.Whipple@va.gov

NEW JERSEY

Rutgers University- Valerie Williams, Valerie.Williams1@va.gov
Middlesex County College- Valerie Williams, Valerie.Williams1@va.gov

NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico- Philip Maranon, Philip.Maranon@va.gov

NEW YORK

Syracuse University- Philip Maranon, Philip.Maranon@va.gov
Nassau Community College- Leslie Monsen, Leslie.Monsen@va.gov
Suffolk County Community College- Leslie Monsen, Leslie.Monsen@va.gov

NORTH CAROLINA

East Carolina University- Jaqueline Henry, Jaqueline.Henry@va.gov
Fayetteville Technical Community College- April C. Riley,   April.Riley@va.gov

OHIO

Cleveland State University-George Ackerman, George.Ackerman@va.gov
The Ohio State University- Edward Mathews, Edward.Mathews2@va.gov
University of Cincinnati- Jill Cochran, Jill.Cochran@va.gov

OKLAHOMA

Cameron University- Alfred Finch,  Alfred.Finch@va.gov

OREGON

Portland State University- Alexandra Birmingham, Alexandra.Birmingham@va.gov

PENNSYLVANIA

Harrisburg Area Community College- Gail Hrobuchak, Gail.Hrobuchak@va.gov

RHODE ISLAND

Community College of Rhode Island- Micaela Black-Estrella, Micaela.Black@va.gov
Rhode Island College- Micaela Black-Estrella, Micaela.Black@va.gov

SOUTH CAROLINA

Midlands Technical College- Catina Booker, Catina.Booker@va.gov

TENNESSEE

Middle Tennessee State University- Heather Conrad, Heather.Conrad@va.gov
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville- Christina Hicks, Christina.Hicks2@va.gov

TEXAS

University of Texas, San Antonio- Wendy Foster, Wendy.Foster@va.gov
Sam Houston State University- Roberta Ardoin, Roberta.Ardoin@va.gov
San Antonio College- Sylvia Rodriguez, Sylvia.Rodriguez1@va.gov
Lone Star College System, University Park- open
Houston Community College- Chandra Arceneaux, Chandra.Arceneaux@va.gov 
University of Houston- Ralph Harrison, Ralph.Harrison@va.gov
Texas A&M University, Central Texas- Greg Primas, Gregory.Primas@va.gov
Tarrant County College, South- Ronald Christy, Ronald.Christy@va.gov
Tarrant County College, Northeast- Denise Edwards, Denise.Edwards@va.gov
Central Texas College- James Morgan, James.Morgan3@va.gov
Texas A&M University, College Station- Jimmy Rogers, Jim.Rogers2@va.gov
Austin Community College- Brad Robichaux, Brad.Robichaux@va.gov
University of Texas, Arlington- Tyrrell Biggers, Tyrrell.Biggers@va.gov

UTAH

Salt Lake Community College- Mike Foster, Michael.Foster@va.gov
University of Utah- Jason Carter, Jason.Carter2@va.gov
Weber State University- Drew Bickel, Drew.Bickel@va.gov

VIRGINIA

George Mason University- Valerie Smith Valerie.Smith11@va.gov
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria- Johnathan.Keefe, Johnathan.Keefe@va.gov
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale- Johnathan.Keefe, Johnathan.Keefe@va.gov
Norfolk State University- Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett, Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Norfolk- Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett, Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake- Latwice Foster, Latwice.Foster@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth- Latwice Foster, Latwice.Foster@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach- open
Old Dominion University – Jerry Roth, Jerry.Roth@va.gov
ECPI University – open
Liberty University – Lora Nichols, Lora.Nichols@va.gov
St. Leo University, South Hampton – open

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – Patrick Grube,  Patrick.Grube@va.gov

 

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Army ROTC Scholarships and List of Colleges

Army ROTC: Scholarships, Colleges and Requirements

There are a number of paths to becoming a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. One of the most well-known is the Army ROTC scholarship program. ROTC is an acronym for Reserve Officer Training Corps. This program is available at over 1,100 military friendly colleges and universities nationwide. Some of these schools you may have heard of:

Army ROTC Scholarships

One of the most attractive prospects of the ROTC program is the ability for students to attend college with no tuition debt. Scholarships and stipends in Army ROTC pay for college courses and help students focus on getting their degree.

ROTC scholarships pay full tuition!

These scholarships are available for:

  • High school students
  • Students currently in college
  • Enlisted soldiers who wish to become commissioned officers but do not meet the education requirements.

Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, NOT on financial need.

Since the cost of tuition is not standard across the country, the amount of tuition paid by each scholarship depends on the school you attend. The ROTC program is intended to pay full tuition expenses in exchange for service in the Army after graduation, as an officer in either the Active or Reserve Components.

Army ROTC Scholarships consist of:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you qualify
  • A $420 monthly stipend
  • $600 per semester for books ($1200 annually)
  • Language Courses – up to $3,000 per academic year to study strategic languages

Use this location tool to find Army ROTC Colleges.

The application window for each scholarship year ends in early February. So, for students graduating high school in 2022, your application window will open later this year and close in February 2022.

Four-Year College Scholarships

This option is mainly for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Read the following information on Requirements and Commitments.

Three-Year College Scholarships

This program is available for students already enrolled in college with three academic years remaining. The following page covers the program’s Requirements.

Two-Year College Scholarships

This program is tailored to those students who have already completed half of their degree and only have two academic years remaining. Here are the Requirements for the program.

Hip Pocket Scholarships

The Army ROTC program also has a Green to Gold Hip Pocket Scholarship Program that provides selected Soldiers the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree requirements and obtain a commission by participating in the ROTC program. 

Each year, division commanders may nominate deserving Soldiers for two, three, and four year Green to Gold scholarships. Here are the enrollment options for Green to Gold:

    • Green to Gold Scholarship Option – For Soldiers who are considering leaving Active Duty to attend college while receiving full tuition or room and board, flat rate book payment and a monthly stipend.
    • Green to Gold Active Duty Option – For Soldiers who want to remain on Active Duty and attend college.
    • Green to Gold Non-Scholarship – For Soldiers who are considering leaving Active Duty to attend college while receiving a monthly stipend.

Download the Hip Pocket Guide to get started. You will also want to check out the Green to Gold Scholarship Application booklet.

 

Army ROTC Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

In order to be accepted for any ROTC Scholarship, you must meet these standards:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Pass the Army fitness test
  • Meet the physical weight and height requirements
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in Army Reserve or Army National Guard

Army ROTC Commitment

By accepting this scholarship, you agree to a commitment of

  • 8 years in the Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard
  • You may be eligible to serve part time while pursuing a civilian career immediately after graduation

Important Dates

Applications opened June 12, 2021. The Army ROTC National Scholarship Board will review applications for the 2021-2022 school year on:

  • Oct. 18-22, 2021
  • Jan. 24-28, 2022
  • Mar. 14-18, 2022

Simultaneous Membership Program

The Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. This option gives you the opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets will serve as officer trainees in the Army Reserve or National Guard while completing college. This option also allows you to earn Army Reserve/National Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.

Army Partnership for Youth Success Program

The Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program is a strategic Army marketing and recruiting program that establishes partnership programs with a cross-section of U.S. industries and public sector agencies. ROTC Cadets enrolled in the PaYS program are eligible for a job interview and possible employment after college requirements and commissioning.

Learn more about the Army PaYS program.

Living Expenses

Army ROTC scholarships provide a $420 per month living allowance for each school year. Non-scholarship Cadets in ROTC advanced courses (juniors & seniors) also receive this allowance.

ROTC FAQs

There is a ton of information on the Army’s ROTC website, but if you’re looking for something specific, the best place to start is their ROTC FAQs webpage. 

If you are curious about what degree programs Cadets can select, or your service obligation after graduation, then check out those FAQs.

GOARMY.COM Account

In order to apply for any of the Army’s ROTC programs, you will need to register for a GoArmy.com Account. Don’t miss another opportunity to get that degree!

Read on to check out the most current list of ROTC colleges and universities!

Army ROTC Colleges List, by state

Follow the links to the ROTC pages for each school. They will provide more specific information for each program.

Alabama

Alabama A&M University

  • Athens State University
  • University of Alabama – Huntsville

Auburn University

Auburn University at Montgomery

  • Alabama State University
  • Huntington College
  • Troy University

Jacksonville State University

Marion Military Institute

The University of Alabama

  • Stillman College

Tuskegee University

University of Alabama – Birmingham

  • Birmingham Southern College
  • Miles College
  • Samford University
  • University of Montevallo

University of North Alabama

University of South Alabama

 

Alaska

University of Alaska – Fairbanks

University of Alaska – Anchorage

Arizona

Arizona State University

  • Grand Canyon University

Northern Arizona University

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott
  • Coconino Community College

University of Arizona

  • Pima Community College

Arkansas

Arkansas State University

  • Harding University
  • Lyon College
  • Arkansas State University – Beebe

University of Arkansas

  • John Brown University
  • Northeastern State University

University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff

  • Henderson State University
  • Ouachita Baptist University

University of Central Arkansas

  • Arkansas Tech University
  • Philander Smith College
  • Hendrix College
  • Central Baptist College

California

California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo

California State University – Fresno

California State University – Fullerton

  • Biola University
  • Cerritos College
  • Chapman University
  • Cypress College
  • Fullerton College
  • Golden West College
  • Mount San Antonio College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Rancho Santiago College
  • Vanguard University
  • Whittier College

Claremont-McKenna College

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • California Baptist University
  • California State Polytechnic University – Pomona
  • California State University – San Bernardino
  • Chaffey College
  • Citrus College
  • Harvey Mudd College – Claremont
  • Loma Linda University – Loma Linda
  • Mount San Antonio College
  • Occidental College
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College – Claremont
  • Scripps College – Claremont
  • University of California at Riverside – Riverside
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Redlands – Redlands

San Diego State University

  • California State University San Marcos
  • Grossmont College
  • Mesa College
  • Mira Costa College
  • Miramar College
  • Palomar College
  • Point Loma Nazarene College
  • Southwestern College
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of San Diego

Santa Clara University

  • Foothills College
  • Mission College
  • San Jose State University
  • Stanford University
  • West Valley College

University of California – Berkeley

  • California State University East Bay
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • Mills College

University of California – Davis

  • California State University – Sacramento
  • Simpson University

University of California – Los Angeles

  • California State – Los Angeles
  • Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles
  • Pepperdine University
  • The Master’s College
  • California State University – Northridge
  • California Lutheran University

University of California – Santa Barbara

  • California State University Channel Islands
  • Westmont College
  • Santa Barbara City College

University of San Francisco

University of Southern California

  • California State University – Dominguez Hills
  • California State University – Long Beach

Colorado

Colorado State University

  • The University of Northern Colorado
  • Front Range Community College – Larimer Campus

University of Colorado – Boulder

  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado Technical University
  • Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado at Denver
  • University of Denver

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado State University of Pueblo
  • Colorado Technical University
  • DeVry University – Colorado Springs Campus
  • National American University
  • Regis University
  • University of Phoenix

Connecticut

University of Connecticut

University of New Haven

Delaware

University of Delaware

  • Delaware State University
  • Wesley College
  • Salisbury State University
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Wilmington College
  • Lincoln University (PA)

D.C.

Georgetown University

  • American University
  • Catholic University of America
  • George Washington University

Howard University

  • University of the District of Columbia
  • Trinity University
  • Corcoran College of Art and Design

Florida

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Bethune-Cookman College
  • Stetson University

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University

Florida Institute of Technology

  • Eastern Florida State College

Florida International University

  • Barry University
  • Broward College
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Memorial University
  • NOVA Southeastern University
  • Miami Dade College
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • University of Miami

Florida Southern College

  • Southeastern University
  • Polk State College

Florida State University

University of Central Florida

University of Florida

  • Santa Fe College
  • University of North Florida

University of South Florida

  • Clearwater Christian College
  • Saint Leo University
  • Saint Pete College

University of Tampa

University of West Florida

Georgia

Columbus State University

Fort Valley State University

  • Albany State University

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Emory University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University

Georgia Military College

  • Georgia College State University
  • Mercer University

Augusta University

  • USC – Aiken
  • Troy University – Augusta
  • Paine College

Georgia Southern University

  • Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Savannah State University

Georgia State University

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Spelman College

University of North Georgia

University of Georgia

Hawaii

University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Brigham Young University – Hawaii
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Hawaii Pacific University

Idaho

Boise State University

  • Brigham Young University – Idaho
  • Idaho State University
  • Northwest Nazarene University

University of Idaho

  • Lewis-Clark State College

Illinois

Eastern Illinois University

Illinois State University

Northern Illinois University

Southern Illinois – Carbondale

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville

  • McKendree College
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Lewis and Clark College

University of Illinois – Chicago

  • Chicago State University
  • DePaul University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Purdue University – Calumet
  • Robert Morris College

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Western Illinois University

  • Monmouth College

Wheaton College

  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Lewis University
  • North Central College
  • Benedictine University
  • Aurora University
  • DeVry University – Addison
  • University of St. Francis
  • Elmhurst College

Loyola University

  • DePaul
  • Northwestern
  • North Park
  • Northeastern
  • Resurrection University

Indiana

Ball State University

  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne
  • Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)

  • Butler University
  • Franklin College
  • Marian College
  • University of Indianapolis

Indiana University at Bloomington

Purdue University

  • Wabash College

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

  • DePauw University
  • Indiana State University
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Southern Indiana

University of Notre Dame

  • Bethel College
  • Holy Cross College
  • Indiana University of South Bend (IUSB)
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • Valparaiso University

Iowa

Iowa State University

  • Drake University
  • Grand View College
  • Buena Vista University

University of Iowa

  • Coe College

University of Northern Iowa

  • University of Dubuque
  • Loras College

Kansas

Kansas State University

Pittsburg State University

  • Wichita State University
  • Garden City Community College

University of Kansas

  • Baker University
  • Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Johnson County Community College
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Mid-American Nazarene College
  • University of Saint Mary College
  • Washburn University of Topeka

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University

  • Union College
  • University of the Cumberlands

Morehead State University

University of Kentucky

  • Asbury University
  • Centre College
  • Transylvania University
  • Georgetown College
  • Midway College
  • Kentucky State University

University of Louisville

  • Bellarmine University
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Spalding University

Western Kentucky University

Louisiana

Grambling State University

  • Louisiana Tech University
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe

Louisiana State University

Northwestern State University

Southern University and A&M College

Tulane University

Maine

University of Maine

  • Colby College
  • Husson College
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine at Augusta

Maryland

Bowie State University

Loyola University Maryland

  • Goucher College
  • Towson State University
  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland

McDaniel College

  • Hood College
  • Mount St. Mary’s University

Morgan State University

  • Coppin State University

The Johns Hopkins University

  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore
  • University of Maryland – Baltimore County

University of Maryland at College Park

  • University of Maryland University College

Massachusetts

Boston University

  • Babson College
  • Bentley College
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater State College
  • Curry College
  • Eastern Nazarene College
  • Fisher College
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Stonehill College
  • University of Massachusetts – Boston
  • University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Endicott College
  • Gordon College
  • Harvard University
  • Salem State College
  • Tufts University
  • Wellesley College

Northeastern University

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Boston College
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Framington State University
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Northeastern University
  • Regis College
  • Simmons College
  • Suffolk University
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology

University of Massachusetts

  • American International College
  • Amherst College
  • Hampshire
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Becker College
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Daniel Webster College
  • Fitchburg State College
  • Nichols College
  • University of Massachusetts – Lowell
  • Worcester State College

Michigan

Central Michigan University

  • Ferris State University at Big Rapids Michigan
  • Northwood University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Alma College

Eastern Michigan University

  • University of Detroit Mercy

Michigan State University

Michigan Technological University

  • Finlandia University

Northern Michigan University

University of Michigan

  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • University of Michigan – Flint
  • Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

  • Calvin College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Davenport University
  • Albion College
  • Cornerstone
  • Hope College
  • Aquinas College
  • Olivet College

Minnesota

Minnesota State University – Mankato

  • Bethany Lutheran College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint John’s University

  • College of Saint Benedict
  • Saint Cloud State University

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

  • Augsburg College
  • Bethel University
  • Concordia University
  • Crown College
  • Hamline University
  • Macalester College
  • Metropolitan State University
  • St. Catherine University
  • North Central University
  • University of Northwestern – St. Paul
  • University of St. Thomas

Mississippi

Alcorn State University

Jackson State University

  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • University of MC School of Nursing

Mississippi State University

University of Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

  • William Carey College

Missouri

Lincoln University

Missouri State University

  • College of the Ozarks
  • Drury University
  • Evangel University
  • Southwest Baptist University

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri Western State University

  • Benedictine College
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Rockhurst College
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC)

Truman State University

University of Central Missouri

University of Missouri – Columbia

  • Central Methodist University
  • Columbia College

Washington University in Saint Louis

  • Lindenwood University
  • University of Missouri Saint Louis
  • Saint Louis University
  • Webster University
  • Missouri Baptist University
  • Maryville University
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Fontbonne University

Montana

Montana State University

  • MSU Billings
  • Rocky Mountain College

University of Montana

  • Carroll College

Nebraska

Creighton University

  • University of Nebraska – Omaha

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

  • University of Nebraska – Kearney
  • Doane University
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Concordia University

Chadron State College

Nevada

University of Nevada – Reno

  • University of Nevada – Las Vegas

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Daniel Webster College
  • Franklin Pierce College
  • Keene State College
  • Plymouth State College
  • Saint Anslem College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine

New Jersey

Princeton University

  • The College of New Jersey
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University – Camden

Rutgers University

Seton Hall University

  • Bloomfield College
  • Caldwell College
  • Drew University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Ramapo College
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • Saint Peter’s College
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Union County College
  • University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ
  • William Paterson University

New Mexico

New Mexico Military Institute

New Mexico State University

University of New Mexico

New York

Canisius College

  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Buffalo State
  • Daemen
  • D’Youville
  • Medaille
  • Hilbert

City University of New York (CUNY)

  • Baruch College
  • Brooklyn College
  • The City College of New York
  • College of Staten Island
  • Hunter College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Lehman College
  • Medgar Evers College
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Queens College
  • York College

Clarkson University

  • SUNY Canton
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • Saint Lawrence University

Cornell University

  • Elmira College
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY Binghamton
  • SUNY College at Cortland

Fordham University

  • Baruch College
  • CUNY Baruch College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • CUNY LaGuardia
  • CUNY Lehman College
  • CUNY York College
  • City College
  • College of Aeronautics
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • College of New Rochelle
  • Columbia University
  • Columbia University Teachers College
  • Cooper Union
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Iona College
  • Long Island University
  • Manhattan College
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marist College
  • Marymount College
  • Mercy College
  • Monroe College
  • Mount Saint Mary’s College
  • New School for Social Research
  • New York Law School
  • New York University
  • Pace University – New York
  • Polytechnic University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Saint Francis College
  • Vassar College
  • Wagner College
  • Marist College
  • SUNY New Paltz

Hofstra University

  • Adelphi University
  • Dowling College
  • Long Island University – C.W. Post
  • Molloy College
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • SUNY Farmingdale
  • SUNY Old Westbury
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Nassau Community College
  • Suffolk Community College

Niagara University

  • Buffalo State College

Rochester Institute of Technology

  • University of Rochester
  • Nazareth College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Saint John Fisher College
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • Finger Lakes Community College

SUNY Brockport

Saint Bonaventure University

  • Houghton College
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • Alfred University
  • SUNY Jamestown Community College
  • SUNY Alfred State

Saint John’s University New York

  • Brooklyn College
  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Columbia University
  • Medgar Evers College
  • Pace University – New York
  • Queens College
  • College of Staten Island
  • Wagner College
  • York College

Siena College

  • Albany Law School
  • College of Saint Rose
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Russell Sage College
  • SUNY Albany
  • Union College

Syracuse University

  • Cazenovia College
  • Colgate University
  • Hamilton College
  • Lemoyne College
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • SUNY College of Environment Science & Forestry
  • SUNY College of Technology
  • SUNY at Morrisville
  • Utica College

North Carolina

Appalachian State University

Campbell University

  • Fayetteville State University
  • Methodist College
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Duke University

  • North Carolina Central University

East Carolina University

Elizabeth City State College

North Carolina A&T State University

  • Elon University
  • Guilford College
  • High Point University
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro

North Carolina State University

Saint Augustine’s University

  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • William Peace University
  • Shaw University

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Davidson College (ROTC Cadets receive 50% room and board)
  • Gardner-Webb University (ROTC Cadets receive 100% room and board)
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Wingate University
  • Winthrop University
  • Central Piedmont Community College

Wake Forest University

  • Salem College
  • Winston-Salem State University

North Dakota

North Dakota State University

  • Concordia College
  • Minnesota State University – Moorhead

University of North Dakota

Ohio

Bowling Green State University

  • Heidelberg College
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Tiffin University
  • University of Findlay
  • University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Mercy College

Capital University

  • Denison University
  • Franklin University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Otterbein University
  • DeVry University
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University

Central State University

  • Cedarville University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Urbana University

John Carroll University

  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland State University
  • Notre Dame College of Ohio
  • Ursuline College

Kent State University

  • Mount Union College
  • Youngstown State University

Ohio University

The Ohio State University

The University of Akron

The University of Toledo

  • Lourdes University, OH
  • Adrian College, MI

University of Cincinnati

University of Dayton

Wright State University

Xavier University

Oklahoma

Cameron University

Oklahoma State University

University of Central Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Oregon

Oregon State University

  • Corban College
  • Western Oregon University
  • Willamette University

University of Oregon

  • Southern Oregon University
  • Eastern Washington University

University of Portland

  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Portland State University
  • Washington State University
  • Eastern Oregon University

Pennsylvania

Bucknell University

  • Bloomsburg University of PA
  • Lycoming College
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Susquehanna University

Dickinson College

  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Gettysburg College
  • Millersville University
  • Pennsylvania State University – Harrisburg

Drexel University

  • LaSalle University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of the Sciences – Philadelphia

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

  • Allegheny College

Gannon University

  • Mercyhurst College
  • Penn State Erie, the Behrend College

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • St. Francis University
  • Mount Aloysius College
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Lehigh University

  • Albright College
  • Alvernia University
  • DeSales University
  • Kutztown University
  • Lafayette College
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Moravian College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Northampton Community College
  • Pennsylvania State University – Berks
  • Pennsylvania State University – Lehigh Valley

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University

  • PSU – Hazleton
  • PSU – Altoona

Shippensburg University

  • Pennsylvania State University – Mont Alto
  • Wilson College

Slippery Rock University

  • Westminster College

Temple University

University of Pittsburgh

  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Duquesne University
  • LaRoche College
  • Point Park University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville Ohio
  • University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Seton Hill University

University of Scranton

  • Baptist Bible College
  • East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Keystone College
  • King’s College
  • Lackawanna College
  • Luzerne County Community College
  • Marywood University
  • Misericordia University
  • Pennsylvania State University – Wilkes-Barre
  • Pennsylvania State University – Worthington
  • Wilkes University

Valley Forge MIlitary College

Widener University

  • Cheyney University
  • Neumann University
  • Penn State Brandywine
  • Pennsylvania State University – Abington
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University

Rhode Island

Providence College

  • Bryant University
  • Brown University
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rhode Island College
  • University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
  • Community College of Rhode Island
  • Bristol Community College

University of Rhode Island

  • Roger Williams University
  • Salve Regina University

South Carolina

Clemson University

  • Anderson College
  • Tri County Tech College

Furman University

  • North Greenville College

Presbyterian College

  • Lander University
  • Newberry College

South Carolina State University

  • Claflin University
  • Denmark Technical
  • Voorhees College

The Citadel

  • Charleston Southern University
  • College of Charleston

University of South Carolina

  • Benedict College
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Francis Marion University
  • Morris College

Wofford College

  • Limestone College
  • University of South Carolina Upstate

South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines

  • Black Hills State University
  • National American University

South Dakota State University

University of South Dakota

  • Mount Marty College

Tennessee

Austin Peay State University

Carson-Newman University

  • Lincoln Memorial University

East Tennessee State University

Middle Tennessee State University

Tennessee Tech University

The University of Memphis

  • Christian Brothers University
  • Rhodes College

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

  • University of Tennessee – Chattanooga

University of Tennessee at Martin

  • Bethel University
  • Freed Hardeman University
  • Lane College
  • Murray State University

Vanderbilt University

  • Belmont University
  • Fisk University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Tennessee State University
  • Trevacca Nazarene University
  • Welch College

Texas

Prairie View A&M University

Saint Mary’s University

  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Saint Phillip’s College
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Trinity
  • Northeast Lakeview

Sam Houston State University

Stephen F. Austin State University

  • Angelina College

Tarleton State University

  • Central Texas College
  • Texas A&M University – Central Texas
  • University of Mary Hardin Baylor

Texas A&M University – College Station

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

  • Del Mar College

Texas A&M University – Kingsville

  • Texas A&M International University

Texas Christian University

  • Baylor University

Texas State University

Texas Tech University

  • Lubbock Christian University
  • Wayland Baptist University

The University of Texas at Arlington

  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas A&M at Commerce
  • University of Dallas
  • University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Austin

  • Concordia University at Austin
  • Huston-Tillitson College
  • Saint Edward’s University

University of Houston

  • Houston Baptist University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas Women’s University
  • University of Houston – Downtown
  • University of Saint Thomas
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
  • William Marsh Rice University

University of Texas – El Paso

University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

  • University of Texas at Brownsville
  • South Texas College

University of Texas at San Antonio

  • San Antonio College
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
  • Palo Alto College
  • Northwest Vista College
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • Texas A&M San Antonio

Utah

Brigham Young University

  • Dixie State University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Utah Valley University

University of Utah

  • Westminster College

Weber State University

  • Utah State University

Vermont

Norwich University

  • Dartmouth College

University of Vermont

  • Castleton State College
  • Champlain College
  • Johnson State College
  • Middlebury College
  • Saint Michael’s College

Virginia

College of William and Mary

  • Christopher Newport University

George Mason University

Hampton University

James Madison University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

  • Virginia Wesleyan College

University of Richmond

  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Longwood University
  • Randolph Macon College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Union University

University of Virginia

  • Liberty University

Virginia Military Institute

  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Washington and Lee University

Virginia State University

Virginia Tech

  • Radford University

Washington

Central Washington University

Eastern Washington University

Gonzaga University

  • Whitworth University

Pacific Lutheran University

  • Central Washington University Tacoma – Pierce College
  • St. Martin’s University – Lacey
  • University of Puget Sound – Tacoma
  • University of Washington Tacoma Campus – Tacoma

Seattle University

University of Washington

  • Northwest University
  • Seattle Pacific University

Washington State University

West Virginia

Marshall University

West Virginia State University

  • University of Charleston
  • West Virginia University Institute of Technology

West Virginia University

  • Fairmont State College
  • Waynesburg College

Wisconsin

Marquette University

  • Carroll College
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • University of Wisconsin – Concordia
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

  • Saint Mary’s College of Minnesota
  • Viterbo University
  • Winona State University

University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • Maranatha Baptist University
  • Edgewood College

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

  • Bellin College of Nursing
  • Marian College of Fon Du Lac
  • Ripon College
  • Saint Norbert College
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay

University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stout

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez

  • University of Virgin Islands – St. Croix

University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras

Guam

University of Guam

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Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Where Credit is Due: Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Get credit for your military service and earn a great degree at one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer.

Distinguished Military Careers and the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits. Approximately 1,700 colleges and universities provide military college credit transfer for military experience. To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript. For the Air Force, you will need to obtain your CCAF Transcript instead of the JST.

List of Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

University of Florida

A Leader in Education

As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, UF boasts a 60% graduation rate. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)
  • #6 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #30 in National Universities (US News)

UF is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. The University of Florida also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Arizona State University

Top Ranked

One of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, ASU has a great 60% graduation rate. ASU offers an abundance of campus-based degrees, over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. ASU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

University of Virginia

Top Ranked for Veterans

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

University of California Los Angeles

Best College for Full-Time Undergraduate Students

The University of California Los Angeles is part of the 10-campus University of California system. UCLA is unique in that it does not offer part-time enrollment or evening coursework for undergraduate degree programs. Students must enroll full time and attend daytime classes. The result is a high-quality degree earned from one of the country’s most prestigious universities in a minimal amount of time. UCLA has an amazing 70% graduation rate. UCLA consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#20 in National Universities (US News)

#5 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)

#30 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

#13 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)

#1 in Top Public Schools (US News)

#19 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UCLA participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance. UCLA proudly offers credit for military experience.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Best Historically Black College and University

One of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer is also one of the Best HBCUs. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M or FAMU) offers a variety of campus-based and online degrees including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional programs.

FAMU is a well-known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #20 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #20 in Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America (Niche)
  • #3 in Best HBCU Schools in America (Niche)

Florida A & M is a GI Bill approved school, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. FAMU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Oregon State University

Best Kept Secret

Oregon State University offers an abundance of programs including more than 200 undergraduate-degree programs and over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and offers credit for the CLEP exam. Oregon State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Pennsylvania State University

Best Overall

Pennsylvania State University is a four-year, public institution with multiple campuses spread out through the state of Pennsylvania. The university is also known for its World Campus where students can earn their Penn State degree online, from anywhere in the world! Penn State World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Its campus-based programs include more than 275 undergraduate majors and more than 300 graduate and professional programs.

As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Penn State consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs(US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State World Campus proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

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Top Veteran Friendly Schools: Michigan

Michigan Awards Top Veteran Friendly Schools

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has awarded Veteran Friendly School status to 63 institutions of higher education for the 2021-2022 school year. This program recognizes postsecondary institutions that are committed to supporting the needs of military-connected students.

Veteran Friendly School Program

Since its inception in 2013, the Veteran Friendly School (VFS) program has increased in popularity. The program has had a steady increase in the number of schools dedicated to enrolling student veterans and ensuring that these students are supported throughout their entire educational journey. The Top Veteran Friendly Schools of Michigan help military-connected students transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown.

Award Levels for Veteran Friendly Colleges and Universities

The program awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze level status to institutions of higher education based on seven criteria. Gold-level certification requires six or more of the criteria, while Silver schools must complete four and Bronze schools, three. The criteria to become a Top Veteran Friendly School are:

  • Established process for identifying student veterans
  • Veteran-specific website
  • Active student-operated veterans club or association
  • Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising, and/or outcome monitoring
  • On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact
  • System to evaluate and award credit based on military training and experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation system for student veteran academic retention, transfer, and graduation rates

RELATED: 17 Most Important Veteran Education Benefits

List of Michigan’s Top Veteran Friendly Schools

The list for the 2021-2022 school year includes 63 universities, colleges, and trade schools across the state of Michigan. Awardees range from a boat-building school to community colleges to Big Ten universities.

Gold

  • Alma College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cleary University
  • Concordia University, Ann Arbor
  • Davenport University
  • Delta College
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Global Information Technology
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Henry Ford College
  • Jackson College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Lansing Community College
  • MIAT College of Technology
  • Macomb Community College
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Mid-Michigan College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • Muskegon Community College
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwood University
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oakland University
  • Olivet College
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Schoolcraft College
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Walsh College
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

Silver

  • Aquinas College
  • Baker College
  • Bay de Noc Community College
  • Calvin University
  • Compass College of Cinematic Arts
  • Detroit School for Digital Technology
  • Finlandia University
  • Focus: HOPE
  • Glen Oaks Community College
  • Gogebic Community College
  • Grace Christian University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Kettering University
  • Kirtland Community College
  • Lake Michigan College
  • Madonna University
  • Monroe County Community College
  • North Country Heavy Equipment School
  • Rochester University
  • Clair County Community College
  • Suburban CDL
  • West Shore Community College
  • Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School

Bronze

  • Great Lakes Boat Building School
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Southwestern Michigan College

 

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Wrapping it all up, Michigan has many schools that have received the veteran friendly designation. These schools represent a great opportunity to help veterans and their families obtain an affordable postsecondary education.

It’s also important to note that many of the same schools are Yellow Ribbon Schools as well. If you’re not familiar with the Yellow Ribbon Schools, these are schools that are participating in a federal government administer program that gives veterans an opportunity to receive additional funding at a participating school. The program has several requirements, but the benefits are well worth exploring further.

 

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FTC Puts For-Profit Schools on Notice

For-profit schools often target student veterans using deceptive marketing and administrative schemes.

These predatory schools are lured by the education benefits carried by most student veterans. To them, veterans using their GI Bill benefits are easy money.

FTC Issues Warning to For-Profit Colleges

In a Federal Trade Commission press release, the FTC announced that it is stepping up its efforts to “stop shady practices on campus.”

In doing so, the FTC will issue a Notice of Penalty Offenses to the largest 70 for-profit colleges. These notices are aimed at the false promises made by the colleges concerning job prospects and potential earnings their graduates have.

Violators of these penalty offenses will face severe financial penalties.

“For too long, unscrupulous for-profit schools have preyed on students with impunity, facing no penalties when they defraud their students and drive them into debt,” said FTC chair Lina M. Khan. “The FTC is resurrecting a dormant authority to deter wrongdoing and hold accountable bad actors who abuse students and taxpayers.”

 

Bad Actors Held Accountable

One example of these crackdowns is a man who was recently sentenced to 19 ½ years in prison for running a sham HVAC trade school in Texas.

As reported by MarketWatch in late September, Jonathan Dean Davis “opened” an HVAC school in 2013 and defrauded Veterans of $72 million in GI Bill benefits. He used the money to buy a mansion, a Lamborghini, and a Ferrari.

Another recent occurrence happened when the University of Phoenix agreed to pay $191 million for using deceptive ads that falsely portrayed its connections to companies like AT&T, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Twitter. Students were led to believe that attending the UOP could land them jobs with these tech giants.

Then there’s DeVry University, who paid $100 million to settle charges that it misrepresented the employment and salary prospects for its graduates.

In 2020, College Recon reported that Maryland was the first state to protect veterans from for-profit colleges. Using legislation, the Maryland General Assembly removed “any incentive for an educational institution operating in Maryland to employ deceptive practices that defraud veterans.”

 

Help For Veteran Students

There are tools available to service members, Veterans, and all students to blow the whistle on bad actors.

If a student has a federal student loan and feels like the school misled them or broke the law, they can apply for loan forgiveness through the Department of Education. Using the DoE’s Borrower Defense to Repayment procedures, which could discharge some or all of your federal student loan debt.

Service members should talk with their Personal Financial Managers to get help with college related financial issues. These counselors are usually part of the following organizations:

  • Airman & Family Readiness Center
  • Army Community Service
  • Fleet and Family Support Center
  • Marine Corps Community Services

In addition, many of these counselors can help with matters relating to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Veterans can and should contact the VA’s GI Bill Hotline (888.442.4551) to discuss questions or concerns with their school.

 

Know Before You Go

Before enrolling in any program at any school, for-profit or not, you should gather as much information as you can. 

The Department of Education offers the College Scorecard and the College Navigator tools.

The Federal Trade Commission hosts a Military Consumer website that offers advice on finding and paying for school.

And of course, College Recon offers a College Discovery Platform where you can find School Search and Scholarship Finder tools. 

Using College Recon’s Search Tool, you can narrow your search by filtering for schools that accept Tuition Assistance or are Yellow Ribbon schools. The Scholarship Finder can help service members, veterans, spouses, and military dependents find money for college.

Make these great tools a part of your quest for higher education and avoid predatory for-profit schools.

 

List of Schools Issued FTC Warnings

  • Academy of Art University Foundation
  • Alliant International University, Inc.
  • American Career College, Inc.
  • American Intercontinental University System, Inc. d/b/a American Intercontinental University
  • American Public University System, Inc.
  • American University of Antigua Inc. d/b/a American University of Antigua College of Medicine
  • American University of the Caribbean, Inc.
  • Asa College, Inc.
  • Aspen University, Inc.
  • Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
  • Aveda Institute Inc.
  • Technical Education Services d/b/a Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • Berkeley College Foundation, Inc. d/b/a Berkeley College
  • Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, Inc. d/b/a Bryant & Stratton College
  • Capella University, LLC
  • Carrington College, Inc.
  • Chamberlain University LLC
  • Charter College LLC
  • Colorado Technical University, Inc.
  • Columbia Southern University, Inc.
  • Concorde Career Colleges, Inc.
  • DeVry University, Inc.
  • ECPI University LLC
  • Empire Beauty School
  • Empowerment Schools-Healthcare, Limited d/b/a The College of Health Care Professions
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  • Florida Career Institute, Inc. d/b/a Florida Career College
  • Florida National University, Inc.
  • Fortis Colleges & Institutes
  • Full Sail, LLC d/b/a Full Sail University
  • Galen Health Institutes, Inc. d/b/a Galen College of Nursing
  • Grand Canyon University, Inc.
  • Grantham University, Inc.
  • Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, LLC
  • Jersey College, Inc.
  • Lincoln Technical Institute, Inc
  • Lincoln College of Technology
  • Los Angeles Film School, LLC
  • Mech-Tech College LLC
  • Milan Institute
  • Miller-Motte College
  • Monroe College, Ltd.
  • MyComputerCareer.edu
  • New York Film Academy Ltd.
  • NUC University
  • Paul Mitchell Advanced Education LLC d/b/a Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Post University, Inc.
  • Rasmussen College, LLC d/b/a Rasmussen University
  • Rocky Vista University, LLC
  • Ross Education, LLC d/b/a Ross Medical Education Center
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • San Joaquin Valley College, Inc.
  • School of Visual Arts, LLC
  • South College
  • Southern Careers Institute
  • St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Inc.
  • Strayer University, LLC
  • The Sullivan University System, Inc. d/b/a Sullivan University
  • The University of Phoenix, Inc.
  • Tulsa Welding School
  • United Education Institute
  • Unitek College NCP, LLC
  • Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
  • University of St. Augustine for Heath Sciences, LLC
  • Vista College, LP
  • Vocational Training Institutes, Inc. d/b/a Pima Medical Institute
  • Walden University, LLC
  • Waldorf University
  • West Coast University, Inc.

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Top 7 Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

Not all colleges are not created equal. Find the best fit for your Coast Guard experience at one of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans.

Top Public University: University of Florida

As one of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, UF boasts a 60% graduation rate. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)
  • #6 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #30 in National Universities (US News)

UF is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. The University of Florida also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best for Aviation: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

One of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans is a perfect choice for those in aviation. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has multiple campuses with campus-based and hybrid degrees as well as a renowned Worldwide campus. Keep in mind that Embry Riddle Worldwide has a graduation rate of approximately 25%. This program is designed for serious students only. Embry Riddle Worldwide consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #23 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #29in Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)

Best of Both Worlds: Arizona State University

One of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, ASU has a fantastic 60% graduation rate. ASU ranks high for campus-based programs and for online programs, offering students the best of both worlds. ASU offers an abundance of campus-based degrees, over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. ASU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Kept Secret: Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers an abundance of programs including over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and offers credit for the CLEP exam. Oregon State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Overall: Pennsylvania State University – World Campus

Pennsylvania State University is a four-year, public institution with multiple campuses spread out through the state of Pennsylvania. The university is also known for its World Campus where students can earn their Penn State degree online, from anywhere in the world! Penn State World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Its campus-based programs include more than 275 undergraduate majors and more than 300 graduate and professional programs.

As one of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, Penn State consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs(US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State World Campus proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online HBCU: Hampton University

One of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans is also one of the Best HBCUs. Hampton University offers a variety of online degrees including associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in online 8-week sessions.

Hampton University is a well-known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #5 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (US News)
  • #52 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #58 Most Liberal Colleges in America (Niche)

Hampton University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. Hampton University also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

How We Determine the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

The following features are common practices among the best online military friendly colleges for Coast Guard Veterans:

  • Military Credit Transfer: Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits.  This can result in saving veterans valuable time and money. To get started, request a copy of your military joint services transcript.
  • CLEP: With the College-Level Examination Program, students can earn approximately 3 credits for each successful exam. There are over 30 introductory-level college subject exams including Composition and Literature, World Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science, Math, and Business.  Go here for more on CLEP.
  • DSST: With the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests students have the opportunity to test for credit. There are six categories of exams including Business, Humanities, Math, Physical Science, Social Sciences, and Technology.  Go here for more on DSST Exams.

Additional desirable features among the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans include:

  • Accreditation: Regional accreditation is preferable, but nationally accredited can be acceptable under the right circumstances.
  • GI Bill and Additional Tuition Assistance: Must accept the GI Bill.  They will also take part in additional tuition assistance such as the Yellow Ribbon Program and other funding specifically earmarked for veterans.
  • Graduation Rates: Your prospective school should have a graduation rate of 30% or higher.  The higher the rate the better.
  • Career Assistance: The best schools in terms of job placement will have an excellent network to help students succeed in their chosen career after earning their degree. Post-graduation career assistance can be found in programs such as internships, apprenticeships, strong alumni connections, veteran/student help centers, etc.

 

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Best Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance

Top 8 Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance

You earned it, use it wisely. Here are our Top 8 Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance.

Colorado State University Global

Innovative Online Education

One of the Top Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance is CSU Global. CSU Global is the first 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States. CSU Global has a 50% graduation rate and has consistently received high-ranking accolades including:

  • Gold School of Distinction (BestSchools.com)
  • #1 Top Military Friendly Online College (Guide to Online Schools)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #11 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)

CSU Global is a GI Bill approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Pennsylvania State University World Campus

Best Online Master’s Degree Programs

Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. As one of the Top Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance, Penn State World consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

University of Florida

Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs

As one of the Top Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance, UF has been offering online degrees since 2001 and boasts a 60% graduation rate for its undergraduate degree seeking programs. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs(US News)
  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)
  • #1 College Athletics in America (Niche)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UF participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

University of Central Florida

A Leader in Online Education

Offering online degrees since 1997, the University of Central Florida has been a leader in online education for a quarter-century. As a Top Online School for Military Tuition Assistance, UCF consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #12 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #14 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #27 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Education Programs (US News)
  • Best Hispanic-Serving Institutions in America (Niche)

The University of Central Florida is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Arizona State University

Best Overall

One of the best campus-based schools is also one of the Top Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance. ASU has a 60% graduation rate, offers over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Norwich University

Best Kept Secret

One of the Top Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance is Norwich University. Norwich is the nation’s oldest private military college and the birthplace of ROTC. Offering a smaller but wide variety of online degrees, Norwich has offered distance learning since 1997. Norwich has a fantastic 45% graduation rate and is ranked #62 in Regional Universities North by US News.

Norwich is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Oregon State University

Best Kept Secret

Oregon State University offers over 85 online programs. A Top Online School for Military Tuition Assistance, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

American University

Best Liberal College

American University offers a smaller but diverse variety of online degrees. American University has an astounding 75% graduation rate.

  • #1 Most Liberal Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #16 Best Colleges for International Relations in America (Niche)
  • #17 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America (Niche)

American University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Determining the Top Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a program where military service members can receive funds for college while serving.  TA can cover up to 100% of the cost-per-credit hour for your education. Utilizing Military Tuition Assistance at a top online school is an excellent pathway to success.

The following features are common practices among the Top Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance:

  • Accreditation: Regional accreditation is best.
  • Principles of Excellence: The Principles of Excellence requires schools to follow guidelines such as not participating in deceptive practices or aggressive recruiting.
  • Graduation Rates: The best schools will be transparent in their graduation rates. Typical graduation rates are around 50%. Even 30% is considered acceptable but lower than that should raise concerns.
  • Program Availability and Flexibility: consistent availability for the chosen degree program. This allows students to complete their degree while still fulfilling obligations such as military service and family obligations.

 

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Top 10 Careers and Industries for Veterans

Top Careers and Industries for Veterans After Leaving the Military

Inevitably, all things come to an end, to include military service. For a lot of veterans, post-military life is a time of transition and stress. Things such as housing, healthcare, and steady pay that a service member has grown accustomed to, is replaced with uncertainty as they welcomed back into the civilian world. One of the priorities for transiting veterans is to find a career field before their discharge from the military. Many veterans default to the security or law enforcement background due to the training they have received while they were in the service; however, while those are very honorable career fields, it is not for everyone. It is definitely not the default for all veterans.

The best practice for service members, who are getting ready to transition to civilian life, is to plan before their discharge date. To help those veterans who still have not decided on what career field they want to pursue, below is the top ten industries that match their career goals. Hire Heroes USA provided these industries.

Health Care

The broad and ever-expanding healthcare industry (also known as the medical industry or health economy) is the aggregation and integration of various sectors within the economic system that provides medical goods and services to help treat patients with various types of curative, preventive, rehabilitative, and palliative healthcare. Medics, Corpsman, and other military medical professionals often find themselves drawn to this field due to the training compatibility. The salaries are substantial, depending on the specific medical job, and it allows veterans to continue to provide treatment as they did will in the service.

Next Step: Find VA-Approved schools with Health Care Degree Programs

RELATED: Health Information Management Careers for Military, Veterans and Spouses

Government/Public Administration

Many veterans feel the need to continue to serve their country by running for political office or working for the government in another aspect. Being a veteran does help when applying for government jobs. Your military background shows that you already have the skillset and values that government officials need to become successful. It is critical to note that some types of discharges may disqualify you from the government job you are seeking. To ensure that you qualify for the minimum requirements to apply for a job, make sure you contact that job’s HR representative.

Next Step: Find VA-Approved schools with Public Administration Degree Programs

Related: Getting a Degree in Public Administration

 

Defense Contracting

A defense contractor is a business organization, industry, or individual that provides military-related products or services to a government’s military or intelligence department. Effects typically include military or civilian aircraft, ships, vehicles, weaponry, and electronic systems.

In contrast, services can consist of logistics, technical support and training, communications support, and engineering support in cooperation with the government.

This is arguably one of the veterans’ more accessible career paths due to the close relationships between contractors and military personnel. A lot of these relationships form while a service member is still serving, allowing for a smooth transition to the world of defense contracting. Most of the time, the service member is still working with or around the same job field as they did while on Active Duty.

Information Technology

Information technology (IT) uses computers to store, retrieve, transmit, and manipulate data or information systems. IT industries are typically used within the context of business operations as opposed to personal and entertainment technologies. IT is considered to be one of many subsets of information and communications technology (ICT). The IT industry is a high pay, high demand field that many veterans find themselves drawn to, primarily if they worked in the communications or network military occupational specialties.

Next Step: Find VA-Approved schools with Information Technology Degree Programs

RELATED: Getting a Degree in Information Technology

 

Financial Services

The financial services sector provides and maintains financial services to individuals and corporations. This segment of the economy comprises various financial firms, including banks, investment houses, lenders, finance companies, real estate brokers, and insurance companies.

Next Step: Find VA-Approved schools with Finance Degree Programs

 

Education

The Educational Services Industry is composed of a variety of establishments that provide instruction and training on various subjects. These institutions, including schools, colleges, universities, and training centers, are privately or publicly owned. Many veterans feel the need to continue developing and mentoring the community, and education services provide those opportunities.

Next Step: Find VA-Approved schools with Education Degree Programs

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Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is the activity of some government members or corporations who act in an organized fashion to enforce the mandated law by discovering, deterring, rehabilitating, or punishing individuals who violate the laws and societal norms outlining the area in question.

Although the term includes police, courts, and correctional facilities, it is most frequently applied to those who directly engage or participate in patrols or surveillance to dissuade, discover and displace criminal activities, and support those who investigate crimes and capture offenders; a task typically carried out by the designated police, sheriff’s department or other law enforcement organizations.

This field provides a lot of opportunities for service members who served in combat or military police roles. Many police departments often waive veterans’ specific requirements due to their training; however, their department and area depend.

Next Step: Find VA-Approved schools with Information Technology Degree Programs

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Final 3 Industries

The final three industries are Retail, Manufacturing, and Transportation/Warehousing. The listed sectors are just a small portion of the opportunities that Veterans must choose from once they transition from the service. The critical point to remember is to have a plan well in advance before that discharge date arrives.

Next Step: Find VA-Approved schools with Retail and Marketing Degree Programs

 

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Certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

TESOL Certificate: Earn a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Part of our Less School, More Pay series

English is one of the most widely used languages in the world. The fields of science, commerce, aviation, and education (among others) all require a strong knowledge of the English language. Many global careers and international educational institutions are conducted in English. Both industrialized and developing countries often require their students to learn English as a second language in school. Refugees and immigrants to English speaking countries will need to learn and refine their English language skills as they establish themselves in their new homeland. There is thus a considerable demand for qualified teachers of English, both in the United States and abroad.

An education in TESOL enables individuals to work with second language learners in the United States or work internationally teaching English. The majority of TESOL jobs will be offered in educational settings including primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools. Yet, there are also a wide variety of jobs in nontraditional educational settings such as corporate trainings, nonprofit organizations, and government-sponsored programs.

What Makes a Great TESOL Program

A great TESOL program will educate its future teachers how to successfully:

  • develop lessons focusing on critical language structures in support of second language development
  • contextualize instruction based on existing language proficiency and academic strengths
  • plan, implement, and modify appropriate instructional strategies to meet the needs of individual students

TESOL Certificates

A certificate in TESOL can be earned independently or in conjunction with a degree seeking program. Earning a certificate independently from a degree seeking program can typically be accomplished in one year or less.

Earning a TESOL certificate while already possessing an associate or bachelor’s degree will open up a wide range of teaching and employment opportunities above and beyond the variety of opportunities available with a standalone certification.

Jobs with a Certificate in TESOL

TESOL Teacher Assistant

Works with a licensed teacher to give students additional attention and instruction.

Median Annual Salary: $28,000.

Adult TESOL Teacher

Instructs adults in basic skills, such as reading and speaking English. In many programs a degree is not required. Adult TESOL teachers also help students earn their high school equivalent diploma.

Median Annual Salary: $54,000.

Elementary TESOL Teacher

Instructs young students in basic subjects in order to prepare them for future schooling. A bachelor’s degree in any subject is usually required to gain preliminary certification.

Median Annual Salary: $59,000.

Training Specialist

Plans and administers programs that improve the skills and knowledge of their employees.

Median Annual Salary: $61,000.

Schools Offerings TESOL Certificates

Ready to get started on a Certificate Teaching English to Speakers to Other Languages? Check out these great programs at the following schools.  Partner schools may be included as part of promotional efforts.

For more info on what military and veterans should consider when choosing a school, please see The 17 Most Important Veteran Education Benefits.

Biola University

Offers three different TESOL certificates.

    • Graduate Certificate in TESOL – this can be acquired after completing the first year of the M.A. in TESOL, in conjunction with another master’s program, or on its own as a stand-alone program.
    • Undergraduate Certificate in TESOL – this can be acquired as part of an undergraduate degree at Biola.
    • Departmental Entry-Level Certificates – for students who complete one or more classes but do not fulfill the credits required for the above certificates, this certificate specifies the number of contact hours.

Biola University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Multnomah University

Offers an advanced TESOL certificate program. This program is designed for students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree but are not seeking a full degree at this time. Multnomah University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Online TESOL Certificate Programs

Buena Vista University

Offers a graduate certification in TESOL for K-12 teaching. This is a fully online program intended to enhance the skills of educators who hold a degree and teaching license. Buena Vista University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Colorado Christian University

Offers an online, accredited, graduate-level Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) certificate program. Colorado Christian University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Post University Online

Offers a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) program. Post University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

University of Central Florida

Offers an undergraduate Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate and a graduate TEFL certificate. The University of Central Florida participates is a Yellow Ribbon school.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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10 Top VA Approved Graphic Design Schools

Ten Top Graphic Design Schools that are GI Bill® Approved

Our world is becoming more media-centric and visually-oriented every year. A degree in Graphic Design can open a variety of doors. You can work in Digital Media, Advertising, Package Design, Publishing, and more.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Graphic Designers earn an average salary of over $50,000 annually. In addition to entering the traditional job market, you can also freelance, or go into business for yourself. If you choose a more independent path, one advantage you’ll have as a veteran is the ability to attract clients who are either veterans themselves, or support veteran-owned businesses.

Whether you want to study online or in a traditional setting, there are some top-notch programs.  These schools accept the GI Bill and also happen to be Yellow Ribbon Schools. (The list below is alphabetical, not ranked).

California Baptist University

This university runs a flexible, industry-focused program. They have on-campus and online BA and Digital Media programs. Their practice-based approach and campus location connects them directly with professional organizations throughout Southern California. The program emphasizes best practices, latest technologies, ideation, craft, and business acumen, all of which are taught from a Christian worldview.

College for Creative Studies, Detroit

This high profile school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication Design and Advertising Design. The school emphasizes a well-rounded curriculum, industry connections, and a high graduate employment rate. It also offers online learning.

Independence University

This university offers online Associates and Bachelors degrees in Graphic Design. They emphasize applied skills and career preparation. According to their website as of November 10, 2020, their Graphic Design programs are not currently accepting applications. For more information about when the application process will re-open, please check back or contact the school directly.

Liberty University

Liberty University is an accredited Christian College in Lynchburg, Virginia. It offers both residential and 100% online Bachelors and Masters Graphic Design degrees. Its program emphasizes technical skills, production technology, conceptual thinking, and visual problem solving.

Kentucky Wesleyan College

This Graphic Design program offers both an accredited online program and on-campus classes held in the Art Department’s state-of-the-art computer lab. This college emphasizes providing students with a strong foundation in the fundamental skills and concepts in Art and Design, as well as the ongoing development of competitive student portfolios to enhance future job or graduate school applications. Their department offers a merit-based Art Talent Scholarships.

Laguna College of Art and Design

This University, located in Laguna Beach, California, offers Bachelors degrees in Graphic Design and Digital Media. Their award-winning program emphasizes small classes, conceptual thinking, and a multidisciplinary approach to visual problem solving. The program has a partnership with Sony Music.

Rhode Island School of Design

This comprehensive Graphic Design program offers accredited on-campus Bachelor’s and Masters degrees, as well as online certifications. RISD prides itself on pushing the boundaries of the discipline and preparing students to be effective visual communicators who are prepared to work in a wide spectrum of related fields.

Ringling College of Art and Design

This highly competitive program offers a faculty and student-run studio that delivers design solutions for actual clients. This program doesn’t offer distance learning. All classes are held on campus in Sarasota, Florida.

Savannah College of Art and Design

This school offers fully-accredited classes online and on-campus in both Savannah and Atlanta. The program emphasizes career readiness as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and signature networking events. The SCAD faculty is made of of award-winning professionals with years of industry experience.

Southern New Hampshire University

This college offers fully-accredited classes online as well as on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, New Hampshire. The degree includes classes in Media Arts as well as Graphic Design, and the school encourages Graphic Design students to enhance their educations with courses in business, psychology, technology, and other disciplines.

Here’s to turning your creative passion into a profitable profession!

 

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VA-Approved Public Universities in Florida

Featured GI Bill®-Approved Florida Schools: Public Universities

Florida is a fantastic place to live, especially for those with military affiliations. The Sunshine State is an extremely military-friendly state that has an abundance of resources for active duty and veterans. In addition to being well-known for sunny weather, gorgeous beaches, and no state income tax, Florida universities and colleges not only are GI-Bill® approved, but also offer an exceptional education.

University vs. College

The words “university” and “college” are often used interchangeably. There are some notable differences though. A college would typically offer undergraduate degrees including an associate or a bachelor’s. The size of the student body in a college is usually significantly smaller than that of a university. Traditionally, a university is a much larger institution that offers a variety of degrees: undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral/professional. Within a university one would find a variety of colleges that offer specific areas of study: i.e., College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering, etc.

Public vs Private

A public school is a college or university funded primarily by the state government. A private school is a college or university that often (but not always) operates as a nonprofit educational organization. Private schools do not receive their primary funding from a state government. Public colleges and universities are generally larger than private schools.  Public schools will likely have a larger selection of majors and also larger classes than a private school. Private schools usually have a smaller selection of majors but may offer more specialized academic programs. Private schools may have religious affiliations; public schools are always secular.

There are 12 State of Florida public universities, two state colleges, and twenty-six state community colleges. It is of the utmost importance that our service members, past and present, are assisted in every way available to encourage matriculation and foster educational success. These 4 Featured Florida Public Universities all offer exceptional educational enticements to military and veteran students.

University of Central Florida

Once known as a small commuter university, UCF has grown along with the burgeoning metropolis of the greater Orlando area. UCF is renowned for its Online Programs, currently offering over 100 programs including bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate’s, and a wide variety of certificates.

The University of Central Florida and its Online Programs get top accolades for being exceptionally military-friendly and offers as many enticements to military and veteran students as available. UCF is a proud participant in the following programs:

Yellow Ribbon Program

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Approved for Tuition Assistance

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Offers College Credit for Military Experience

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Awards Credit for CLEP Exam

✓YES

Awards Credit for DSST Exam

✓YES

UCF Online

UCF Campus

University of South Florida

Based in Tampa, Florida, USF has strong ties to the military community. Tampa is home to MacDill Air Force base, which houses two major units of the US Air Force in addition to several major tenant units including United States Central Command, United States Special Operations Command, and United States Marine Forces Command Central. The Tampa metro area also has a few Coast Guard stations, including Air Station Clearwater.  Along with UCF, USF gets top accolades for being exceptionally military-friendly and offers as many enticements to military and veteran students as available. USF is a proud participant in the following programs:

Yellow Ribbon Program

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Approved for Tuition Assistance

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Offers College Credit for Military Experience

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Awards Credit for CLEP Exam

✓YES

Awards Credit for DSST Exam

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University of West Florida

UWF is located in Pensacola. Pensacola is known as the Cradle of Naval Aviation, is home to several Navy military bases, and houses the world renowned Blue Angels. In addition, the Pensacola metro area has 4 other military bases. The University of West Florida offers more than 55 undergraduate degree programs, 32 master’s degrees, one specialist degree, and three doctoral degree programs. UWF also gets top accolades for being exceptionally military-friendly and offers as many enticements as available to military and veteran students. UWF is a proud participant in the following programs:

Yellow Ribbon Program

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Approved for Tuition Assistance

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Offers College Credit for Military Experience

✓YES

Awards Credit for CLEP Exam

✓YES

Awards Credit for DSST Exam

✓YES

 

Florida State University

Founded in 1851, FSU offers more than 300 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. FSU gets top accolades for being exceptionally military-friendly and offers many enticements to military and veteran students. FSU is a proud participant in the following programs:

Yellow Ribbon Program

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Approved for Tuition Assistance

✓YES

Offers College Credit for Military Experience

✓YES

Awards Credit for CLEP Exam

✓YES

Awards Credit for DSST Exam

✗NO

 

Honorable mention:

Florida A&M

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is a premier historically black university located in Florida’s state capital. Founded in 1887, FAMU offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Although FAMU does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon program it does offer many other enticements to military and veterans. It is also important to note that FAMU is the only HBCU public university in the state of Florida.

Yellow Ribbon Program

✗NO

Approved for Tuition Assistance

✓YES

Offers College Credit for Military Experience

✓YES

Awards Credit for CLEP Exam

✓YES

Awards Credit for DSST Exam

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Dental Hygiene Degree Options and Career Opportunities

Less School, More Pay: Start a Fantastic Career with an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene

An education as a dental hygienist can open doors to an excellent career with fantastic pay. Dental hygienist jobs span a variety of opportunities including private sector jobs, government employment, and even opportunities with non-profits and outreach programs.

A dental hygienist program can most often be found as an associate or bachelor’s degree education. Dental hygienists work along-side dentists and in some states, they can operate independently as a stand-alone dental health practice. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates employment opportunities for dental hygienists will grow 11% over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. This is especially great career path for military spouses, as they are certain to secure excellent job opportunities across their many moves. Don’t forget about the MyCAA Program for military spouses; for more info click here.

Dental Hygienist Responsibilities and Duties

A dental hygienist’s primary objective is preventative oral healthcare of their patients.

Dental Hygienist Duties

  • Cleaning teeth
    • using tools such as scrapers, polishers, and ultrasonic scalers to remove tartar, plaque, and stains
  • Applying preventative treatments such as fluoride and sealants
  • Examining gums
  • Collecting medical history
  • Educating patients on oral healthcare
  • Taking and developing X-rays of the mouth
  • Delivery of anesthesia

Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene

All states require a minimum education and training at the associate degree level, through a program that has been approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). All accredited dental hygienist programs cover 4 key areas:

  • General education
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Dental sciences
  • Dental hygiene science

Keep in mind that an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene cannot be completed entirely online. Some programs may offer online coursework but hands-on, supervised clinical experience is required of all accredited programs.

All states require dental hygienists to be licensed. After graduation from an accredited program, a student must take and pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE) to earn their license. Each state may also have its own exam. Passing all necessary exams allows one to earn their license as Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH).

Jobs Available With an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene

Community Health Worker

Collects data and discusses oral health concerns with members of specific populations or communities. Median annual salary: $47,000.

Dental Hygienist

Examines patients for signs of oral disease and provides preventive care, including oral hygiene. Median annual salary: $76,000.

Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene

A Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene is designed for students who are interested in a dental hygiene career while expanding their education and earning power. Typically, bachelor degree programs will offer a specialty focus such as research, leadership, or focus on a particular population such a pediatric or geriatric patients.

Also popular are degree completion programs. These bachelor degree programs are designed for students who already have their Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene and already have their dental hygiene license. Since a student already has their hands-on qualification through their associate degree training and licensure, a degree completion program could be completed entirely online.

Jobs Available with a Bachelor’s in Dental Hygiene

Health Educator

Teaches people about behaviors that promote oral health and wellness. Median annual salary: $47,000.

Dental Hygienist, Federal

Examines patients for signs of oral disease and provides preventive care, including oral hygiene. Works for a federal organization such as Bureau of Prisons or the Department of Defense. GS8 job, bachelor’s degree required. Median annual salary: $76,000.

Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene

A Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene is a great option if one is interested in teaching, research, or working at an administrative level.

A Master’s Degree in Dental Hygiene typically takes 1-2 years of additional studies and can dramatically increase one’s earning power.

Jobs Available with a Master’s in Dental Hygiene

Dental Hygiene Instructor

Teaches postsecondary dental hygienist programs. Average annual salary: $83,000.

Postsecondary Education Administrator

Plans and coordinates student instruction, administration, and services, as well as other research and educational activities. Average annual salary: $112,000.

Dental Hygienist Degree Programs

Ready to earn your degree in dental hygiene?

Check out these great programs available at our partner schools:

Farmingdale State College

Part of the esteemed SUNY system and offers an Associate of Applied Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. These programs prepare students for licensure in dental hygiene, as well as certification in the administration of local infiltration anesthesia and nitrous oxide analgesia. Farmingdale also offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene for online completion for students continuing their education from the AAS degree. Farmingdale does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon program but does have an excellent Office of Veterans Services which helps veterans navigate the admissions, registration, and financial aid process.

Lone Star College

Offers an Associate of Applied Sciences in Dental Hygiene. They also offer a unique dual enrollment program with Texas Woman’s University where a student can earn a Bachelor of Science degree by taking online courses consecutively with the Lone Star AAS program. Lone Star College does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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University of Arizona Acquires For-Profit Ashford University

UA Acquires For-Profit Institution of Higher Learning, Ashford University

The University of Arizona has acquired for-profit Ashford University, with the aims to develop it into a non-profit that will now be the University of Arizona Global Campus. The Tucson-based university announced the deal as a purchase of $1. In reality, the company that owned Ashford, Zovio, will pay the University of Arizona an upfront payment of $37.5 million, for affiliation and trademark licensing, while the Global Campus will share with Zovio 19.5 percent of a guaranteed $225 million earned in tuition revenue over 15 years. This move comes as UA has been expanding their online presence, and it is not one that everyone is happy about.

Why This Deal is Drawing Criticism

Reputation

University of Arizona faculty have been harshly critical of this acquisition, fearing the damage to the UA’s reputation as a 135 year old institution with a renown for providing quality education. Adding to the sense of bad feeling is the fact that only some of the faculty were made aware of the decision, and were then made to sign nondisclosure agreements about it.

Predatory Recruitment of Vets

Ashford has famously been accused of and investigated for their predatory behavior towards students, and specifically to veterans. In spite of years of these complaints, headed by a nonprofit veteran advocacy group Veterans Education Success, in February of this year the Department of Veterans Affairs decided to allow Ashford to remain eligible for GI Bill benefits.

Ashford has made tens of millions of dollars in GI Bill funds, and therefore relies heavily on the student population of veterans. When for-profit schools like Ashford offer the courses structured in such a way that vets can work into their schedules—courses lasting only five to six weeks versus a traditional semester structure— vets who want to continue their education are ripe to be taken advantage of. Veterans Education Success aims to disrupt institutions like Ashford from achieving this, by offering legal and policy advocacy, and working to “protect the integrity and promise of the GI Bill.”

Lawsuits & Shaky Accreditation

A lawsuit was raised by California’s attorney general against Ashford in 2017 for using illegal business practices to mislead students, alleging the university’s admission counselors were essentially functioning as salespeople being pushed to meet enrollment targets. They also misrepresented what would be covered by the GI Bill, resulting in hundreds of thousands of wasted GI Bill dollars and some vets being hounded over debt. When faced with a loss of GI Bill funds on account of this lawsuit, Ashford moved its headquarters to Arizona. The constant threat of loss of accreditation has put vets at risk of not being able to transfer credits to another institution, as well as being out whatever amount of their GI Bill spent at Ashford.

So Why Make This Purchase?

The University of Arizona administration leading this transition is not concerned with the past lawsuits of Ashford, as the purchase is by the University of Arizona Global campus as a separate legal entity, so Zovio would retain the liability of those. However, this will not be the case for any future lawsuits, and considering that Zovio will continue to be very involved in the running of the Global Campus online programs, including managing marketing and student recruitment and retention, all of which have been red flags against the institution, more lawsuits seem inevitable.

The Global Campus will also be accredited separately, inheriting Ashford’s accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), instead of the University of Arizona’s Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation.

So, what is really changing in this deal? All told, it looks like the University of Arizona is just looking to absorb the company as a cash cow, and not lend much more than its name in affiliation to the running of things. The best case scenario would be for the newly minted University of Arizona Global Campus to strive to better business practices that match its affiliation with UA. Worst case scenario? The reputation, and thereby worth, of traditional UA degrees going down the drain.

 

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NOW is the Time for an Online Degree

NOW is the Time for an Online Degree

If you have ever been on the fence about earning your degree, there is no better time than now to find your ideal online program. Earn a valuable online degree to enhance your knowledge and advance your career, or even change careers altogether! Despite the fact that online programs have been around for decades, have a proven track record of successful education, and are just as rigorous as campus-based learning there is still a lingering stereotype that most employers would prefer a degree from a brick-and-mortar university. COVID-19 is dramatically changing the way people think about distance learning and online degrees. Now is an ideal time to earn your online degree from a reputable school and buck conventions about traditional education expectations!

Why Choose an Online Degree?

Convenience

The convenience of learning from home can be a deciding factor in going to school to earn your degree. Commuting time and availability of necessary classes can often impact the ability to earn a much desired degree and make or break one’s educational career. Distance learning helps students achieve their educational goals by mitigating factors that may otherwise hinder success.

Cost

Online classes are less expensive than a traditional brick-and-mortar. This should come as no surprise as universities will save money maintaining buildings, accommodating student parking, and other expenses that come with increased foot traffic on campus. A student will save a significant amount of money with an online degree yet still have access to most, if not all, on-campus student services. In addition, classes should still be taught by the same highly qualified professionals as the campus based classes. (Pro tip: An online class should be taught by the same or similarly qualified educator as the on campus class. If not, then it is time to find a new class and a new program!)

Choices

Distance education has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past decade and will continue to do so, especially in the wake of COVID-19. The abundance of online degrees is now comparative to what is found for traditional in-person learning at brick-and-mortars. There are a few exceptions for degree programs where students have to perform in-person tasks such as lab hours, clinical rotations, student teaching, etc. With these programs many will be offered as hybrid learning opportunities so students can still reap the benefits of distance learning with limited, required in-person hours. With distance learning, a student can choose their ideal program of study at their favorite university, even if they are thousands of miles away! This is especially noteworthy for students that are part of an active-duty family including active duty service members, spouses, and other dependents that wish to pursue an education from afar.

Education in a Post-COVID 19 World

With the impacts of COVID-19 most schools had a transition to online learning to finish out the semester. The new school year has seen a huge migration to online-only learning including an influx of new degree programs being offered online.

Many universities make zero distinctions on the diploma if it was earned via an online program or through conventional in-person learning. This information will only be discerned from reading a student’s transcripts. Perhaps the fact that the schools themselves make no distinction or intrinsic judgment between online or campus based programs will help evolve acceptance of online education as just as valuable as traditional enrollment.

 

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Strategy for Going to College as a Military Spouse

Strategy for Going to College as a Military Spouse

I bet when you decided to go back to school as a military spouse you never thought you would have to plan for moving and possibly changing colleges before even finishing a degree. That is just one of the many reality’s military spouses face. It is never too late to go back to school or take steps to improve your career. If you are considering going to college, you need to plan strategically so you don’t waste your time and money.

Choose Your Career Path Carefully

Moving every few years is a reality if your military member plans on remaining active duty for the long haul. Strategically pick a career path where your skills and education will be sought after in all sized communities. Picking a transferable career is something most people don’t have to think about, but military spouses need to plan carefully in order to set themselves up for success. Consider careers in the following areas:

  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Dental Assistant
  • Web Designer
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Business Administration
  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Hospitality Management

With the passing of The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, military spouses are now eligible to receive up to $1,000 in reimbursements for re-licensure and certification costs due to a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) across state lines. This makes going to school for a career that requires licensing and certifications maintainable throughout your military journey.

Take Classes in Order of Degree

If you are going for your bachelor’s degree, or even your master’s degree, it is very wise to figure out what classes to take first to get your associate’s degree and work your way up from there.

You never know when you are going to move or have to change schools. Taking classes in order of degree allows credits and degrees to transfer more easily if you have to change schools.

If you can, pick colleges that are online or have online programs so your education can travel with you uninterrupted.  Take in to account the school’s accreditation type as well.  This may help with the transferability of your units.

Online Colleges Are the Way to Go

Picking an online college is going to benefit you in more ways than one. The biggest benefit is that you can learn at your own pace. This allows you to take on more classes if your spouse gets deployed and you find yourself with more time on your hands.

Online colleges are also more affordable and offer more degree options. With the ability to create your own learning schedule you can adapt to whatever life throws your way.

Here Are a Few Military-Friendly Online Schools

Some colleges have paid CollegeRecon for promotional consideration. If you would like to further research school options for online learning, please visit CollegeRecon.com and utilize the search tools.

Take Advantage of Scholarships For Military Spouses

When going to school as a military spouse you have many resources available to you, so take advantage. When applying for scholarships it is important to pay attention to eligibility criteria and deadlines. Don’t forget to start your scholarship search locally by checking with your local Spouses Club to see if they are giving away scholarships and what the requirements are. Here’s a list of military spouse scholarships.  Also, you can use the CollegeRecon Scholarship Finder to find scholarships for military, veterans, spouses and dependents.

Getting a degree will help to increase your earning potential during and after your military adventure. With so many resources available to help pay for college and military-friendly colleges willing to support the military community there really is no better time to start your college journey.

 

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Should Veterans Declare A Major Before Starting College?

Should Veterans Declare A Major Before Starting College?

Conventional wisdom says veterans should declare a major before starting their college or university career.  Actually, that’s not always the case- even if you use a GI Bill.

Choosing a major is a significant milestone in the college process because it identifies your academic focus area and influences the path you take to complete a degree.

The best time to make that decision will depend on your current situation, your academic goals and the career field you are interested in.

5 Reasons to Declare Your Major Before Starting College

  • It can help you narrow down colleges and universities to choose from. Not all schools have all majors. Click here to start looking for schools that offer the major you’re interested in.
  • It might help you get into a particular college. Some schools are more competitive than others. Picking a major they are trying to recruit students for can increase your chances of getting in.
  • Declaring a major can open up scholarship opportunities only available to students pursuing that degree. Click here for information about scholarships for different majors.
  • Some technical degree programs require you to declare a major when you start. These programs can be hard to transfer into later, so declaring you major before starting college can be a good investment.
  • If you’re planning to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer, declaring a pre-professional major before starting gets you on track to get all the required courses you’ll need to move onto the next level of schooling.

5 Reasons to Wait to Declare Your Major

  • Declaring a major, discovering it’s not the right fit, and needing to change it can cost you time and money. Research says around 30% of beginning college students will change their majors within three years. If you’re a veteran using a GI Bill and change majors, you may use up your benefits before you’ve completed a degree.
  • Most schools don’t force you to commit to a major before the end of your sophomore year. Some allow you to begin as undeclared, others ask you to select a broad interest or meta-major such as Business, STEM or Education. Still others allow you to create your own major or double major after you’ve earned a few credits.
  • With an undeclared major, you can explore your interest areas while getting the credits you’ll need, no matter what degree you eventually decide on. Most bachelor degrees require the same foundation of general education courses in math, social sciences, language arts and science.
  • By taking a variety of general education courses and expanding your academic horizons with the freedom of an undeclared major, you may discover a related career field or interest you’d never considered.
  • If you want to pursue a particular degree program, but your GPA isn’t good enough to get you in right away, with an undeclared major, you can take the classes you need to get that GPA up and re-position yourself as a stronger candidate for that program.

5 Things to Consider Before You Decide

  • If you’re using a GI Bill, you have until the end of your sophomore year to commit to a major. According to the VA’s School Certifying Official Handbook, “General Education” courses can be certified before the declaration of a major.
  • Your major may not be as important as the school you attend. An article in the New York Times says students attending selective colleges tend to make more money as a result of the personal and alumni networks they gain, not their majors.
  • A Georgetown University report says that your choice of major doesn’t automatically mean you’ll earn more or less than someone with a different major. Researchers discovered the top 25% of humanities and liberal arts majors make more money than the bottom 25% of engineering majors.
  • Think about why you’re going to college – to get a degree as soon as possible, to get the “college experience”, to explore new ideas and career opportunities, to fulfill a lifelong career dream – your motivation can give you a clue to the best time to declare your major.
  • The decision of whether to declare a major before you start college or to wait until you’re farther along in your university career isn’t one you have to make on your own. Ask friends and family about their experiences, talk to an academic advisor or check in with the veterans’ resource center on campus.

Investing your time, energy and money to get a college or university degree is a big decision with great rewards. Your major plays a role in how you make it happen, and the timing of that decision is a piece of the process.

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Choosing a School: What About For-Profit Schools

Be Savvy Choosing Your College

Your GI Bill money is a hard-earned benefit. Investing it wisely will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Once you know what you want to study and why, you have to decide where you want to enroll. Many U.S. colleges are facing challenges because the college-age population is declining.

Falling demand means tightened budgets and aggressive recruiting. In today’s market, if schools know you’re looking, they’ll market to you heavily. Take their words with a grain of salt.

The best way to avoid spending time and money on a degree or certificate with little or no marketplace value is to arm yourself with information. Make sure you understand some fundamentals, including the difference between the three types of colleges: Public, Private, and For-profit.

Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a College

Research the leadership, reputation, and track record of the colleges you’re interested in attending. Here are some questions to help you make the best choice:

1.) What skills and interests do you have? Find a degree program that plays to your strengths.

2.) What do professionals in the field think or know about the school youre interested in? Contact some and ask.

3.) Will the school recognize your past coursework or training and/or accept your transferred credit?  Make comparisons.

4.) Is the school accredited? Accreditation refers to a third-party assessment that evaluates the quality standards of the program. You’ll need this information to make sure the degree or certificate you’re pursing will be accepted by the professional licensing boards, unions and/or associations you’ll eventually want to join. You should only consider colleges that hold one or more of the three recognized accreditation types: national, regional, and programmatic.

Accreditation for Colleges and Universities

National accreditation usually applies to For-profit schools focused on vocational training. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission specifically endorses online colleges.

Nonprofit Public and Private colleges usually hold regional accreditation.

Programmatic accreditation extends only to specific degree or diploma paths offered at a given school.

In addition to CollegeRecon’s School Finder tool, you can use the US Department of Education’s College Navigator tool and the Council for Higher Education website to see which schools are accredited, and by whom. It’s important to check both the last 2 lists.

5.) Could your credits from the college be transferred to another school if necessary? For-profit schools can close abruptly, and it’s possible a college of any type could decide to discontinue a program. Even if the school stays the same, your plans could change unexpectedly. Be proactive by making sure you that if you had to change schools, you could still pick up where you left off.

6.) Do you need remedial education to succeed in your chosen program?  If you need some basic prerequisites before you get into your major, could you choose to complete them at an inexpensive community college?

7.) How does the program measure up? Take a minute to run it through the GI Bill Comparison Tool

8.) Does the college have veterans resources? Choosing a college that offers hands-on, person-to-person, help navigating the system can be a big plus. Check to see if college you’re  considering has a Veterans Certifying Official.

Public, Private, For-Profit

Once you cover those bases you’ll also want to find out whether the schools you’re looking at are Public, Private, or For-profit. Here are the fundamental differences you’ll want to consider:

Public Colleges get most of their funding from state and local governments and are usually the least expensive option. They also receive some funding from  private donors. Most decisions about running the school are made by a board of directors.

Private Colleges are typically schools that are both Not-for-profit and tax-exempt. Their funding comes from a combination of private donations and tuition. As with public colleges, most decisions are made by a board of directors.  In recent times, a large number of private four-year colleges in the United States have fallen into high risk financially.  Every year a few of them get absorbed by larger schools, or close their doors. Make sure the one you’re looking at is in a stable position.

For-profit Colleges get the bulk of their income from federal loans, and they have to show a profit. Most decisions about running these schools are made by shareholders who won’t hesitate to raise tuition costs, or reduce the money they spend on students to keep the business afloat.

For-profit colleges tend to cater to non-traditional students, which may make practical sense in terms of flexibility, convenience, and vocational focus. Their instructors are often people working in the field, rather than career professors. Some For-profit Colleges are better than others.

90/10 Loophole

If you’re considering a For-profit program, you should know about the 90/10 Loophole.

Under the federal rule, for-profit institutions are required to get at least 10 percent of their revenue from sources other than federal student aid. However, education benefits from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs count toward the 10 percent minimum requirement. As a result, there have been some For-profit schools that have engaged in predatory practices that took advantage of veterans for the sake of GI Bill dollars. There are now movements afoot to have that 90/10 loophole closed. In March of 2020 Maryland became the first state to close it. A group in Oregon is pushing for a similar change.

Other Considerations for a For-Profit School

Here are some other things for you to consider when looking at a For-profit school:

Are their enrollment policies too lenient? Educational institutions are selective. Diploma mills welcome anyone who can scrape up the money to attend.

Are they trying to impress you with huge job placement numbers? Insist on getting more detail to make sure those graduates aren’t just “employed,” but actually working in the field they studied.

Do you know exactly what you’re signing up for?  Don’t let anyone tell you the loan application forms you’re filling out are just a formality.

Don’t wait until you’re enrolled in school to start doing your homework. A little homework on the front end will help ensure you have a better academic experience, a shorter path to success, and an easier transition into your chosen career.

 

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