TU among the nation's best for active military, veterans

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

TU ranks high in military friendly survey

The University of Tulsa has been named among the top 15 percent of military friendly schools in the nation.

According to a survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide, TU is one of the best universities for embracing America’s active military, veterans and their spouses as students and ensuring their success as alumni.

The Military Friendly Schools designation process is based on a data-driven survey of schools that receive Veterans Affairs education funding. Military friendly status is determined through methodology and criteria developed by an academic advisory board comprised of educators from across the country.

TU offers veteran services including one-on-one benefits advising as well as a dedicated veterans center. The Albert E. Schwab Resource Lounge in Fisher Hall features a study area, refreshments donated by Blue Star Mothers and information on veterans benefits and resources.

The university’s Yellow Ribbon Program is an extension of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Admitted applicants who have served at least 36 months of active duty can apply for the program, and those who qualify will receive 100 percent paid tuition. Veterans who have served an aggregate period of 90 days but less than 36 months of active duty may also apply for a percentage of payable benefits. Qualifying veterans can receive a housing allowance to be used for on- or off-campus housing and up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies.

“It is a privilege to work with the men and women of our nation’s military and provide them with an education that will advance their careers,” said TU Provost Roger Blais. “We’re honored to receive this military designation and welcome both active members and veterans to campus.”

Gail Ellis