Mason Designated Military Friendly School

Posted: September 23, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

By Erin Cushing

Mason has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine, according to an announcement made by the magazine on Sept. 12. Mason also earned this distinction from the magazine in 2009 and 2010.

“Mason recognizes and values the life experience and diversity our veteran student population brings to campus,” says Jennifer Connors, director of Mason’s Office of Military Services.

“We are committed to veteran student success and will continue to find opportunities to enhance and support the veteran community,” she adds.

G.I. Jobs, which is targeted to military personnel who are moving into civilian life, reviewed more than 8,000 schools across the country to compile its 2012 Military Friendly Schools list. Schools are judged based on their efforts to recruit and enroll military and veteran students in three areas: administrative and academic programs and policies such as U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approval to accept the GI Bill; financial assistance such as tuition benefits; and the number of military and veteran students already enrolled. Schools are also judged on their academic accreditations.

Mason was praised by the magazine for its various programs and services offered through the Office of Military Services. A summary of those programs is below:

  • Battle Buddies Program − A mentoring program that matches a new military or veteran student with another, more experienced student in their major or program of study to provide insight into the program and offer advice on courses, professors and other academic concerns.
  • Career Services for Military and Veterans − Provides counseling and resources to help military and veteran students find fulfilling careers outside of the military.
  • The Veterans Society − A social and professional student-led group that advocates for student veterans and engages them in networking and social activities.
  • Military Alliance Program − A faculty and staff training program that orients Mason personnel with military and veteran student issues, including benefits, resources and possible transition challenges. Later training sessions provide opportunities for faculty and staff to participate in student mentoring, advocacy and community outreach events.
  • Army ROTC Program − A college course designed to produce students with the skills and leadership training to become officers in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.
  • Acceptance of the Post-9/11 GI Bill − Provides financial support for education and housing to individuals who served at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or who were honorably discharged after 30 days of service.
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance Program − A benefit paid to eligible members of the armed forces in accordance with their division’s rules. Service members can potentially have up to 100 percent of their tuition paid for through this program.
  • Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program − Provides education benefits for spouses and dependents of military personnel killed, missing in action, taken prisoner or disabled by 90 percent as a result of military service in an armed conflict.

More information about the many programs offered by the Office of Military Services can be found here.

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