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4 Year Public School Address: 802 Industrial Drive, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 Admission Phone: 877-268-4636 Financial Aid Phone: 800-664-2681 Military Contact Name: Fred Kaiser Military Contact Phone: 248-526-2629 Military Contact Email:

Need to Know Facts about this School: • The Top 5 Programs offered are: 1. Bachelor of Science, Major in Integrated Leadership Studies 2. Bachelor of Science, Option in Community Development 3. Bachelor of Science, Major in Administration 4. Master of Science in Administration – Choose from 11 different concentrations 5. Master of Public Administration • This school offers online courses. • CMU tuition costs for the 2014 academic year: 370.00 per credit hour for most undergraduate degree programs and $487.00 per credit hour for most graduate degree programs. • CMU is a Yellow Ribbon paricitpant, who offers benefits to 300 students per academic year. CMU also offers Military Transfer Credit for certain completed coursework. More details are available at

Admission Requirements Application for Admission to Undergraduate Study Global Campus programs have two types of admission status at the undergraduate level, regular and special, which may be granted to qualified applicants. Admission is valid only if you register for coursework within one calendar year of your effective admission date. Application for Admission to Graduate Study Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an institution which has received regional accreditation or recognized standing (recognized at the time the student attended). The Application for Admission form should be completed online ( or submitted to the program center office with the appropriate application fee. A student should request that the registrar of ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions attended send one official transcript directly to CMU’s Global Campus. Current admission criteria are delineated in detail in the 2013-2014 CMU Global Campus Bulletin, which may be found at the following online location:

Why is this School the Right Choice for Military or Family Members At over 45 centers from Hawaii to the East Coast, including 19 military installations and online, Central Michigan University’s Global Campus makes it possible for military and DoD civilian personnel to complete a degree or certificate program. At last count, 79 Air Force generals, 41 Army generals, 12 Marine generals, 4 Navy admirals, 17 National Guard generals, and 2 Coast Guard admirals all graduated from Central Michigan University’s Global Campus. This number is constantly changing as more and more military men and women turn to CMU for a quality, applied education that can lead to career advancement. Degrees For All Levels Whether it’s an undergraduate degree program, a master’s degree, or doctorate, CMU has what active-duty students need – quality degrees from an accredited university, convenient times, flexible formats, and services designed for the adult learner. Transfer Credit CMU accepts applicable transfer credit from many military schools including: Army CGSC-ILE Program, Defense Acquisitions University, National Defense University, Air University, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Army Management and Staff College, Army Logistics and Management College, and other military credits based on recommendations of the ACE Military Guide Online. Military Tuition Rate CMU has been repeatedly named a military-friendly university by GI Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine. Military students should take full advantage of both our military tuition discounted rate and our Veterans’ Resource Center. Active-duty military spouses, dependent children, veterans, and DoD employees can also benefit from our military tuition rate. Complete eligibility requirements are available at 01041172





The rewards of going back to school are many; furthering your education can boost your earning power, help you climb the career ladder and widen the range of jobs available to you. Although military spouses face frequent relocations and other challenges that can make it harder to complete an education program, assistance is available. Check out these tips and resources that can help you get back in the classroom and reap the many rewards of investing in yourself, your career and your future.

Questions to consider

The Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program is designed to help military spouses define their career goals and offers support with information about education programs and financial aid options. SECO consultants are bachelor- and master-level advisors and counselors who can help you

Getting an education when you’re a military spouse

Although military spouses face frequent relocations and other challenges that can make it harder to complete an education program, assistance is available. consider the options for going back to school and discuss how a particular license, certification or degree program will help you reach your goals. Here are some questions you may want to discuss with an SECO consultant: • What is your career goal? An ideal goal is something that interests you professionally and personally and offers a desirable work and life balance, pay level and job satisfaction. • Do you have the education to reach your career goal? If not, what type of license, certification or course of study do you need to meet your goal? The

Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Department of Labor’s (DoL) CareerOneStop website list the education and training needed for portable career occupations. • What are your personal goals? Will going back to school help you reach them? Do you enjoy learning new things? Will you enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from finishing a degree? Do you need more education to qualify for a new job or advance along the career ladders that interest you most? • What new opportunities does

continuing higher education provide? Going back to school can point you toward careers you may not have considered before. A license, certificate or degree may present new opportunities for advancement within your chosen field. • What is the job market in your chosen field? Are there many openings in your field? Are there jobs available in the geographic location where you will most likely live as a military family? If there are few job openings, you may decide that it’s not worth the time and money to pursue education in that career field, or you may want to look into a related program of study leading to more plentiful or lucrative jobs. Also consider whether that job market is expected to grow, shrink or stay about the same five to 10 years down the road. Visit DoL’s CareerOneStop website for job market forecasts and salary information for various geographic areas. See SCHOOL continued on page 8


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‘Tis the season to take advantage of military-friendly programs By Alice Swan

Now that the holidays are over, use the start of the new year to focus on your goals for 2014. There are a number of organizations offering financial assistance for service members, military spouses (and their children) whose plans include continuing their education or seeing a child off to college or other school. Some deadlines are fast approaching. Here is a quick list, along with links to other scholarship resources:

Defense Commissary Agency’s Scholarships for Military Children Program

Stop by your nearest commissary to pick up an application or visit to learn more about this continuing education opportunity. All applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to your local store by Feb. 28. While this is an installationpacked area, you can only apply at one commissary. The scholarship program is open to all dependent unmarried children under 23 years old of active duty personnel, Reserve or Guard and retired military members, as well as survivors of service members who died on active duty or survivors of individuals who died

Other Scholarship information resources: • Beyond the Yellow Ribbon scholarships

• MilitaryOneClick scholarship

• Military Officers Association of America Member_Benefits/Educational_Assistance/ Educational_Assistance.html

• National Military Family Association

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The Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship olarship program is available for dependent unmarried children 23 and under of a parent arent who has died or become disabled through their active military service sincee Sept. 11, sher House 2001. Overseen by the Fisher Foundation, the scholarship awards are funded by proceeds from thee book “Of Thee I Sing. A Letter to My Daughters,” by President Barack Obama, as hips and private well as corporate sponsorships donations. Applications will be accepted until March 15. Visit www.militaryscholar. w.militaryscholar. ation. org/legacy for more information.

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The ThanksUSA organization’s zation’s mission is to create ways for all Americans ericans to be able to “thank” the men and women omen of the United States armed forces. Onee way ThanksUSA shows that appreciation is by offering needbased college or university and technical and vocational school scholarships rships for children and spouses of service members. embers. Applications will be accepted ccepted from April 1 ormation on the prothrough May 15. More information gram is available at scholarships.html. Visit the website and register to receive an email reminder when the scholarship applicaring. tion process opens this spring. Local military spouses are also eligible for an additional ThanksUSA scholarship offered by the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and NVCC’s Student rding to the website. Financial Aid Office, according meo/ThanksUSA scholThe $4,000 Linda J. Romeo/ThanksUSA ale military spouse residarship is awarded to a female ing in the National Capitall Region who is attendhanksUSA scholarship ing NVCC. Submit a ThanksUSA lected to receive funds application. Applicants selected ntal NVCC scholarship will complete a supplemental application.



Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals (Graduate Private University) 6810 Deerpath Road, Suite 100 Elkridge, Maryland 21075

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Admission Phone: 410-516-2300 Financial Aid Phone: 410-516-8028 Military Programs Contact: Gail Rauenzahn

4 Need to Know Facts about this School: • Online Courses are Available! • The Top 5 graduate degrees offered are: Systems Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Environmental Engineering Science, and Management • Tuition Costs for the 2013-2014 academic year is $3,330 per course. Additional fees are a $75 application fee, $100 graduation fee, and $330 per course transfer credit fee. • JHU EP is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. They offer six Yellow ribbon awards in the amount of $500.00 each.

Admission Requirements General admission requirements for master’s degree candidates and others seeking graduate status are as follows: applicants must be in the last semester of undergraduate study or hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In considering applications to the Systems Engineering program, both academic record and experience will be considered. Students must complete the master’s degree within five years from the start of the first course in the program. Only one grade of C can count toward the master’s degree. Please note that the programs may also have additional admission requirements specific to the academic program of study. Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals offers Graduate Programs in the following disciplines: Applied and Computational Mathematics, Applied

Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, Bioinformatics, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Science, Environmental Planning and Management, Information Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Technical Management.

Why is this Program the right choice for Military Members or Military Family Members? Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals (EP) offers flexible programs for active duty military professionals, veterans and family members. With ten degree programs available online, it is even easier to complete a graduate education with EP even if you and/or your family are stationed across the country or if you are deployed. EP’s on-site programs are designed with the working adult in mind. Courses are scheduled during weekday evenings and Saturdays. EP offers courses in eight convenient locations in the Baltimore/DC area and southern Maryland. Students learn from top engineers and applied scientists within the private and public sectors of their fields. Our faculty incorporate the latest trends and use their own work experience to make courses relevant and applicable to each student’s profession. 1039198










• Is this the best time to go back to school? Consider family and work responsibilities, as well as education benefits, which may be available through your military spouse. Does it make sense to go back to school at this time in your life?

Bachelor’s degree. Four-year colleges or universities award a Bachelor of Arts or Science to students who complete about 40 classes. Advanced degree. Advanced degrees are awarded for completing a program in a specific field of study or profession beyond the requirements of a bachelor’s degree.

Choosing a program of study

Help for common obstacles

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Depending on the career path you choose, you may need to seek a professional license or earn a certification, a degree from a two- or four-year college, or a graduate degree. Certification. Some skilled professions are taught at community colleges or technical schools. The requirements for certification are set by professional and industry organizations. Make sure the school is accredited, licensed and respected by employers. Workforce development initiatives coordinated in partnership with local employers, community colleges and technical schools, and local CareerOneStop centers can provide expert advice. Associate degree. Earn an associate degree, in most cases, after completing about 20 classes. Typically, students will earn an associate degree from a two-year community college. 8

You may be concerned about fitting school into your life. Fortunately, there are resources available to help military spouses overcome some obstacles to a higher education. Frequent relocation. Will you be able to transfer your credits from one institution to another if you move? What if you can’t find a similar degree program in your new location? Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and distance learning programs—such as the Great Plains IDEA University Passport Program—let you continue your studies without losing credit if you move. With distance learning, course work is delivered electronically or through the mail. Participating schools also accept each other’s academic credit through reciprocal academic partnership agreements—ideal for your mobile military lifestyle.

Cost. Going back to school can be expensive; in addition to program costs, there may be book, transportation and child care expenses. If going back to school means leaving your job or reducing your hours, you will need to factor in the lost income to make the decision. The following programs may help offset some of the costs: Military Spouse Career Advancement Account. MyCAA is a program for military spouses that can help cover the costs—up to $4,000—if you are seeking an associate degree or a license or credential. Post-9/11 GI Bill. Eligible military personnel may be able to transfer some or all of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse. Scholarships. The American Legion’s Need a Lift is a comprehensive educational financial aid resource. SECO counselors have additional referral information. In-state college tuition. Many state colleges and universities offer nonresident active-duty service members and their families in-state tuition rates if they are stationed in their state. Visit the U.S. Army education website or call the state Department of Education agency where your military spouse is stationed to find out if you’re eligible.

Federal financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education provides billions of dollars in financial aid to qualified students each year. Education loans. Depending on your income, you may qualify for a lowinterest student loan, payable after you finish the degree. Loans are available through the federal government, privately through many banks and through other lending institutions. Spouse education assistance programs. Each military service branch offers financial assistance to spouses who reside with service members stationed overseas. Assistance is awarded based on financial need. Contact a SECO consultant, online or at 800-342-9647, for more information on financial aid, scholarships, grants and loans. Many websites also provide advice on making college affordable. Be sure to look at financial aid programs at the Department of Education and use the Know Before You Owe student loan consumer awareness tool to compare the cost of education before you enroll in a program of study. -Military OneSource,


3 or 4 Year Law School 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW Building 52, Washington, DC 20008 Admission Contact: Vivian W. Canty Admission Phone: 202-274-7341 Admission Email: Financial Aid Phone: 202-274-6276

Imagine working side be side with distinguished attorney-professors on real cases. For those who want to make a difference, who like being part of a spirited community providing legal services to our most vulnerable residents, there’s no better legal education. As the only public law school in the nation’s capital, it’s affordable too - with numerous scholarship opportunities. To learn more, visit our website at, e-mail us at or call 202-274-7341.

• The School of Law invites Veterans to apply for Fall 2014! • Tuition Preference for Veterans • The School of Law participates in several Veterans programs • Full-time and Part-time evening JD programs available • Spring OPEN HOUSE March 22, 2014 1041231

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Need to Know Facts about this School: • Graduate Law Degree • 2014 Tuition Rates: $21,240 for full-time nonresident students per year. $10,620 for full-time resident students per year. $15,120 for part-time nonresident students per year. $7,560 for part-time resident students per year. The School of Law provides military members, their spouses and dependants with special tuition rates while attending law school. • Other costs: Student Fees - $645, Books/Supplies - $1400. For the standard UDCDCSL cost of attendance student budget, please visit the ‘Tuition and Fees for Entering Students’ tab on the School of Law website at • UDC Law School is a Yellow Ribbon participant. Yellow Ribbon benefits vary from year to year. Currently, the School of Law has approximately ten (10) students participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Admission Requirements Admission is based upon academic and nonacademic achievements and professional promise. UDC-DCSL considers the applicant’s LSAT score and grades in tandem with other criteria that it believes may provide a more accurate measure of a candidate’s determination, commitment, and potential for success in the study of law. The Admission Committee also considers other submitted application materials, such as the personal statement and essays, recommendations, community service, and employment experience. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Admission Office or to visit for information about visiting the School of Law, sitting in on a class, and attending one of the Law Day-Open House programs (Spring 2014 Open House-March 22) or Information Sessions.

Why is this School the Right Choice for Military or Family Members The David A. Clarke School of Law prides itself on its well-rounded theoretical and practical legal education that will enable students to be effective and ethical advocates, and to represent the legal needs of low-income residents through the school’s legal clinics. The School of Law is a thriving community with a diverse and accomplished student body. The average age of incoming first-year students is 28 years, and women comprise more than half of the students. The School of Law seeks to admit about 150 students to its full- and part-time divisions. The smaller class sizes provide students with an ideal student-to-faculty ration and a rich theoretical and practical learning environment. The student body is welcoming of veterans, as it is comprised of veterans from every branch of the military. The School of Law is also home to the UDC Veterans Legal Service Project (VLSP), a law student-run organization. Among the many projects organized by VLSP, the program allows students the opportunity to provide pro bono assistance to veterans. The School of Law also offers elective courses, such as the Veterans Benefits Law Course and Practicum. Currently, the School of Law participates in veterans programs such as the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Montgomery GI Bill, among others. 1041232




Tuition assistance changes take effect


Off-duty military students attend a class at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. By David Vergun

There will be a cap this year on the number of semester hours that can be taken using Tuition Assistance (TA), as well as tighter TA eligibility rules. Soldiers can use TA one year after graduating from initial entry training, known as IET, said Brig. Gen. David. K. MacEwen, adjutant general of the Army, Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, Ky. Also, soldiers can take up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year. Additionally, TA can be used for a postbaccalaureate degree after completing 10 years of military service, according to MacEwen. If a soldier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree without using TA, then they do not need to wait 10 years to use TA for a postbaccalaureate degree. 10

This policy affects all soldiers in the active and Reserve components. Based on current participation rates, Dr. Pamela L. Raymer, director of the Army Continuing Education System, forecasted the number of soldiers impacted will be as follows: - Those who would have used TA with less than one year’s service after IET: 4,030 active, 3,017 Army National Guard and 1,216 Army Reserve -Soldiers who would normally have taken more than 16 semester hours per year: 20,271 active, 6,206 Guard and 12,007 Reserve -Soldiers with less than 10 years’ service pursuing postbaccalaureate degrees: 1,315 active, 220 Guard and 367 Reserve Other TA policies from 2013 will re-

main in effect in 2014, she said, including allowing soldiers to use up to $250 per semester hour. The cap of 130 semester hours for baccalaureate degree completion and 39 semester hours for a master’s degree remains. This coursework must be from the soldier’s approved degree plan in GoArmyEd, a plan soldiers develop with their education counselor and their home school, she said. Also remaining in effect, according to Raymer, is that TA cannot be used for a second equivalent degree. For instance, if a soldier has a master’s degree, he or she can’t use TA for a second master’s degree. Soldiers still cannot use TA for their “first professional degree;” such degrees include doctorates—Ph.D., M.D. and J.D.

The Department of Education categorizes these degrees as first professional degrees. The Army has fully funded education programs that support these degree programs. Soldiers who have been flagged for adverse action or failure of the Army physical fitness test or weight standards will not be able to use TA, Raymer said. Soldiers may also continue using TA for nondegree language courses published on the Department of Defense’s Strategic Language List as “immediate investment” or “emerging” languages. TA cannot be used for “enduring languages.” To see this list of languages, see a unit education advisor. See TUITION continued on page 11


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Finally, TA is authorized for one postsecondary certificate or diploma, such as welding or computer certification. And, TA can continue to be used for courses leading to initial teacher certification programs. Soldiers who are precluded from using TA or limited by the number of semester hours they’re eligible to take can, nonetheless, use their GI Bill education benefits.

Comprehensive Review

The intent is to provide TA to soldiers “who are in good standing, meet Army requirements and have no adverse flags,” such as not meeting weight standards, said MacEwen. This portion of the policy has already been implemented. The Army did a “very comprehensive review of the program,” he added. “We found it had gotten a little off track from its original intent, which was to provide for soldiers a part-time, off-duty way to continue their education. So we capped it.” The second part of it was that “we wanted young soldiers to understand the Army and ensure they’re in good standing” before starting TA, so the one-year wait after IET was implemented Jan. 1. The third part was that TA is de-

The changes to the tuition assistance program reflect the Army’s effort to “maximize education support to soldiers” with funding that’s available. signed “to help with lifelong learning. So if TA paid for a four-year degree and a soldier wants a postbaccalaureate degree, we want them to wait until they reach the 10-year mark,” which MacEwen defined as the point they become “careerists.” In this way, TA could be used as a retention tool.

Program Data

Soldiers achieved about a 90-percent completion rate of approximately 413,000 courses in fiscal year 2013 using tuition assistance, according to Raymer. Of the 10 percent who failed to complete their courses, 1 percent were due to military duties and the remainder were caused by failures or withdrawals. In fiscal year 2013, active duty soldiers took an average of 2.71 courses, Guard soldiers took an average of 3.58 courses and Reserve soldiers took an average of 3.40 courses. The average cost per course was $618 for the active force, $571 for the National Guard

and $572 for the Army Reserve. Raymer also noted that in fiscal year 2013, TA funded the completion of 8,525 degrees for active soldiers, 1,359 for Guard soldiers and 1,469 for Reserve soldiers. MacEwen lauded the education advisors who help soldiers formulate their degree plans because this enables them to achieve “good completion rates.”

Some of the 2014 changes to TA came about due to the “fiscally constrained environment,” Raymer said, with a focus on providing funding to meet the intent of a voluntary off-duty education program. Nevertheless, the changes reflect the Army’s effort to “maximize education support to soldiers” with funding that’s available. MacEwen concluded that TA is one of a number of educational opportunities the Army affords with the intent of “lifelong learning, helping soldiers transition to civilian life and, ultimately, helping them become better soldiers. The tweaks we did to the program will serve soldiers well.” -Army News Service


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Important Numbers Admission Phone: 202-687-2691 Military Programs Contact: David Shearman Military Programs Phone: 202-687-2708 Military Programs Email:

5 Need to Know Facts about this School: • Online Courses are Available! • The Top 3 Majors offered are: 1.Georgetown Executive MBA, 2. Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA, 3.Georgetown Executive Master’s in Leadership • Tuition Costs for the 2013-2014 academic year: $ 65,000 - $145,000. • We are Yellow Ribbon Participants and offer $7500 to about 45 students a year. • Unfortunately, we do not offer credit for work experience at this time.


Admission Requirements At Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, we seek individuals who endeavor to enrich the business environment and who also possess diversity in every sense of the word: gender, age, ethnicity, variety of industry and job function, and geographic location. Applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or the equivalent from an international college or university. A business background is not required; however, all applicants should demonstrate high potential for leadership. Additionally, applicants must possess a minimum of eight years of work experience and are required to submit for review a resume, a statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, a letter of support from their current employer, and official transcripts from all academic course work. All applicants also are required to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.

Why is this School the right Choice for Military Members or Military Family Members Georgetown’s executive degree programs are designed to train leaders to identify where their organization stands in relation to the current global environment, shows them how to best position their enterprise for the future success, and equips them with the tools to achieve desired objectives. A combination of course work, residencies and a capstone project provides the framework to attain personal and professional leadership. Our classes are led by experienced faculty who offer practical and applicable knowledge and are equally committed to our students as mentors beyond the classroom. Our students span a wide range of industries and functional areas. Global in nature, our curriculum integrates all functional business areas, and incorporates international consulting projects. It also capitalizes on our location by providing a world view that can only be derived from Georgetown’s access to the key institutions and leaders in Washington, D.C.- the epicenter of global business and policy. 01040345


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