Ashford University Named to List of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media
By Ashford University Staff
When you serve in the military, finding time to complete a traditional degree program can be challenging. Finding a school that understands and will support you is important. If you're a veteran investing in your career after duty, you want to make sure the university you choose is committed to helping you transition successfully from the classroom to a new civilian career. It's also important to choose a school that makes the most of your hard-earned Tuition Assistance or G.I. Bill benefits.
Many universities recognize this challenge and take steps to become military friendly schools. They make sure to provide prospective students with the information and tools needed to transfer all applicable military benefits to earn credits toward the degree program of the student’s choice. Ashford University has been included in G.I. Jobs magazine's 2015 list of Military Friendly® Schools, thanks to the efforts the University has made to enhance the assistance veterans receive when enrolling in a degree program and in receiving guidance to finding a good job once they graduate.
"Ashford University is dedicated to supporting our nation's military and is honored to be recognized on this list," said Dr. Richard Pattenaude, president and chief executive officer of Ashford University. "Pursuing an education can be difficult for these courageous men and women who are often faced with demanding and dynamic schedules. Ashford's progressive, online, digital platform allows service members to earn their college degrees from anywhere in the world while serving our country."
The Military Friendly® designation is a symbol recognized by service members and their families as a premier source of transparent, data-driven ratings and information about the services and success ratings of higher education and career programs for veterans and those on active duty. Victory Media, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), first developed the Military Friendly® designation in 2001, and has since worked tirelessly to provide military families with the best information about services and institutions who best ensure civilian success after service. The 2015 list represents the best of over 4,000 VA-approved institutions.
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the original G.I. Bill of Rights, or Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, was signed into law in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was designed to give returning WWII veterans a chance to receive an education - instead of immediately flooding the job market – in hopes of avoiding another depression like the one that occurred when soldiers came home from WWI and attempted to find jobs. The original bill ended in 1956, having provided 7.8 million veterans with either a higher education degree or career-focused training. Over the years, the bill has been revamped, with the latest version providing benefits to cover additional educational expenses, such as living costs and money for books.
There are an estimated 22 million veterans living in the United States, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. Of those 22 million, just over 30 percent are soldiers involved in the Gulf War era conflicts, and that percentage is expected to rise to around 55 percent by 2040, according to the department. These new veterans are the candidates who are looking for ways to take advantage of their G.I. Bill benefits and transition from service to civilian life by earning a degree.
Of Ashford University’s student population, over 20 percent is comprised of active-duty military members and veterans. Many of these students take advantage of the online undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by the University because they’re easily accessible, thanks to modern technology. In addition, Ashford offers degree programs that are often a good fit for veterans, thanks to the skills and traits they acquired during their service.
According to CareerCast Veterans Network, some of the top career choices for veterans include software engineer and management. For example, veterans who were involved in solving technical problems while on duty become software developers for companies that need new technology to make the business run. Soldiers who were involved in leading teams during times of conflict may find themselves very successful with a business degree in team or production management. Ashford University offers several Bachelor’s management degrees, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems.
Military personnel can pursue their Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree program at Ashford University while in service or upon dismissal, thanks to the University’s delivery of online education. Specialized military advisors, understand the questions service members and veterans may have. They are dedicated to helping these students transition from on-duty service to being a student. Some benefits for military students at Ashford University are:
- Military Grant – Ashford University offers a Military Grant to eligible members, which reduces the cost for all credits in undergraduate courses to $250 per credit, as well as covering technology fees. Course materials purchased through the University’s bookstore are completely covered.
- Tuition Assistance - Active duty, reservists, and members of the National Guard may be eligible for Tuition Assistance. To determine eligibility, service members must contact their Education Service Officer.
- Yellow Ribbon - The University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, allowing eligible enrolled or newly admitted students to have tuition covered 100 percent through a 50/50 match between the University and Veterans Affairs after all other G.I. Bill benefits have been exhausted.
- Connection to Military Resources – Ashford University helps military and former military students connect with programs like Military Health System, MyHealthEVet, as well as mental health and support resources. Service members in need of assistance, information, or counseling will be introduced to free community programs like Military OneSource run by the Department of Defense, the National Resource Directory connecting wounded veterans and their families with caregivers, as well as the Veterans Crisis Line.
In addition to the convenience of earning a degree online and the assistance programs offered, another feature that attracts many service members to Ashford University is a personal connection with the team of specialized advisors who are there to encourage them every step of the way. It doesn't matter if students are currently in the service or returning to civilian life because these advisors will help them as they complete their chosen degree.
Military service members in active duty and veterans thinking about pursuing a degree should check out the universities listed on the 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. These universities made the list because of the support they show military personnel and their families as they work to earn a degree they can take into a future career.
Written by Lizzie Wann
Lizzie is the Content Director for Bridgepoint Education. She oversees all website content and works closely with New Media, Career Services, and Student Services for Ashford University.