Misericordia University has been awarded the designation of a Top Military-Friendly University by Military Advanced Education in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. Misericordia University is the only college or university in northeastern Pennsylvania to be recognized in the annual publication. The complete guide is available online at www.mae-kmi.com.
“Misericordia University is proud to be recognized by Military Advanced Education for working with our nation’s veterans to help them realize their dreams of achieving an advanced degree,’’ said Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., president of Misericordia University. “Our men and women in the armed services deserve the opportunities they need to succeed in life and in a profession of their choosing after completing their military service. Working closely with our veterans is consistent with our historic mission of providing a high-quality education to motivated students.’’
Military Advanced Education’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions of higher education that go out of their way to give back to the men and women in uniform, according to Military Advanced Education.
Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s colleges and universities for inclusion in the Guide are the flexibility of online learning options, transfer credit acceptance, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, available support for servicemembers’ families, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, and more.
“Our staff used strict criteria to evaluate the submissions of the respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year,’’ said Kelly Fodel, editor, Military Advanced Education. “We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education service officers and transition officers when advising servicemembers about their educational opportunities.’’
Misericordia University was the first institutions of higher education in the region to sign-up to participate in the federal post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act’s Yellow Ribbon Program that was launched in 2008. Misericordia University is one of about 112 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania participating in the program and has made a commitment to provide $4,500 in tuition benefits for each academically qualified veteran that makes application and is accepted to MU.
The new GI Bill affords returning veterans an opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degrees at little to no to cost to them when they enroll in a participating public or private college or university. For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit www.gibill.va.gov/GI_BILL_Info/CH33/Yellow_ribbon.htm.
Misericordia University also automatically offers military students a $2,500 annual McAuley Award, which rewards students for records of service. “Normally, our students must formally apply for a McAuley Award and demonstrate a broad record of service,’’ said Jane Dessoye, veterans’ affairs coordinator at Misericordia University. “Because of our appreciation of a military student’s service to our country, the award is automatically awarded to military students with no formal application required.’’
Military Advanced Education includes a searchable database for veterans to search for colleges and universities that are deemed “military friendly” and noteworthy information about the individual institutions as well.
“I encourage students and education service officers to check out our searchable database online,’’ added Fodel. “We designed this database with the military in mind. We want to help them make informed choices, so we are giving them access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like the schools’ activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information, and important support information.’’