FAYETTE, Iowa (September 8, 2009) – Upper Iowa University was named to the 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools as determined by G.I. Jobs magazine. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
More than 7,000 educational institutions nationwide were evaluated by an Academic Advisory Committee, consisting of higher education administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College, and Lincoln Technical Institute. Based on survey questions and weightings, the panel assessed each school on academic accreditation, and its efforts and success in recruiting and retaining military and veteran students.
“For over 152 years, Upper Iowa University has been proudly serving the men and women in America’s Armed Forces,” said Sr. Vice President for Academic Extension William Duffy. “Beginning with the Civil War and extending to modern day, our University has a rich and proud heritage of supporting the military student and transitioning veterans.”
With the passage of new legislation, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a profusion of tuition money is now available to military and veteran students to fund their education. Based on length of active duty service, they are entitled to cost of tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance (if not on active duty), and an annual stipend for books and supplies. By publishing the 2010 list of Military Friendly Schools, G.I. Jobs magazine helps military and veteran students determine which schools are not only credible, but where they are likely to be the most successful.
Upper Iowa University offers educational programs to the total military family at the Fayette campus, seventeen off-campus centers, online or independent study. UIU is also a participating member of the Yellow Ribbon program, which allows any military or veteran student enrolled additional funds for their education program without an additional charge to their entitlement should the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition.
“The fact Upper Iowa is recognized as one of the top military-friendly schools in the nation reflects our ongoing commitment to those serving our country,” said Duffy. “We are committed to the total military family and will do what it takes to assist our students in achieving their educational goals.”
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