AMHERST, Mass. – MilitaryFriendly.com has recognized the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a leader in recruiting and supporting veterans in their post-service education.
The website, a division of Victory Media, rates colleges and companies with leading programs for veterans, members of the armed forces leaving military service and military spouses. Institutions of higher learning competed for the title by completing an extensive survey covering 10 indicators of success, including:
Support for student veterans on campus
Graduation and employment outcomes
Military spouse policies
Percentage of military and veteran students
Tuition assistance for military and veteran students
UMass Amherst has full-time veterans counselors on staff, Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, career placement, child care facilities, campus and social networking events for veterans and policies allowing students to receive refunds on tuition and fees if they are called to active service.
The campus has renewed its efforts to recruit and serve veterans since the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 significantly expanded benefits for people serving since Sept. 11, 2001. For qualifying veterans, the expanded GI Bill covers the full in-state cost of any public college or university. The Yellow Ribbon aspect of the program provides funding for additional out-of-state tuition costs. UMass Amherst currently serves more than 400 student veterans. In addition to services provided to all students, veterans receive direct support from the Veteran Services Office and the Student Veterans Resource Center in Dickinson Hall.
Criteria for consideration and more information can be found at https://militaryfriendly.com.