Savannah Technical College and Georgia Southern University have been designated as military-friendly schools for 2013 by G.I. Jobs magazine.
The list of schools on www.militaryfriendlyschools.com honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students.
This year’s military-friendly schools list criteria incorporate a survey of more than 3,000 student veterans. According to the publication, the feedback they gather provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions based on peer reviews from current students. Now in its fourth year, the list was compiled through research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.
Savannah Tech, located adjacent to Hunter Army Air Field, is the only Georgia college or university to offer classes and enrollment services in the Army Education Center at Fort Stewart. For the academic year that ended June 30, Savannah Technical College enrolled 755 military or veteran students.
“We are honored to serve our military students,” college President Dr. Kathy Love said. “We work hard to support them in the classroom and with services that help them be successful.”
This year, Savannah Tech is participating in the Yellow-Ribbon Scholarship program that offers tuition waivers each year for qualifying out-of-state veterans under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The scholarship covers 50 percent of out-of-state tuition that is not covered under the regular Post 9/11 Tuition and Fee Assistance. In turn, the Veterans Administration will match the scholarship dollar for dollar for the remaining out-of-state tuition charges.
Additionally, active-duty military personnel stationed in Georgia and their family members are eligible for a military-tuition rate, which is the same as in-state tuition. STC waives the application fee to service members and family who have deployed to a forward area (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.). Application fee is waived with proof of overseas deployment beginning January 2007. Soldiers must present their Enlisted Record Brief; immediate family members need military ID and deployment orders or ERB.
Information about services available for military students and families is available at savannahtech.edu/MilitaryFriendly.
Georgia Southern is within driving distance of the U.S. Army’s Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Additionally, Fort Gordon and Robins Air Force Base are within two hours.
“We are honored to once again be recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as one of the most military friendly universities in the country,” Georgia Southern President Dr. Brooks Keel said. “The ranking is the result of a University-wide commitment to provide military personnel with the service and assistance they need and deserve.”
“A school’s inclusion on the 2013 list of military friendly schools shows commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and director for G.I. Jobs. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”