TIFFIN – Based on survey results and Heidelberg University’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans, the university has been named a “military-friendly school” for 2012.
G.I. Jobs has announced its list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.
Heidelberg has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program for about two years, according to Lindsay Sooy, director of admission. “We are pleased to work with local veteran students who are back in the area to help them achieve their academic goals,” she said. “Heidelberg offers an academic environment that is easy for them to navigate because of the personal touches we provide.”
Heidelberg has received inquiries from military students seeking to enroll through assistance from the Yellow Ribbon Program, said Juli Weininger, director of financial aid. “We want to be supportive in providing financial assistance for these students to attend a private institution,” she said. “We welcome them.”
Heidelberg is one of 1,163 institutions nationwide that participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program that provides additional financial aid to veterans beyond the new GI Bill. The GI Bill currently gives qualifying veterans educational benefits capped at the highest public in-state four-year college rate. Participating institutions may pledge funds which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The funds can be used to pay for out-of-state public colleges, private institutions or graduate programs.
The VA anticipates that 460,000 veterans will participate in the first year of the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Many schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more. The list was compiled from research that started in May during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Criteria for making the list included efforts and results in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students and academic accreditations.
On the web: www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.