MARQUETTE, Mich.—For the fifth straight year, Victory Media Inc. has named Northern Michigan University to its list of Military-Friendly Schools released by G.I. Jobs. The 2014 list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
NMU offers a Veterans Scholarship guaranteeing in-state tuition for all eligible U.S. military veterans pursuing a college degree. The scholarship covers any tuition costs beyond NMU’s in-state rate that are not addressed by veterans’ benefits and NMU’s participation in the federal Yellow Ribbon program.
“As a veteran myself, I’m pleased that Northern can offer financial assistance as a way to thank men and women of all military branches for their unselfish commitment and valuable service to our country,” said NMU President David Haynes, who was a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1965-69. “We want to make it easier for veterans to get a college education, regardless of their home state.”
Northern also offers in-state tuition to active duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel and their dependents. In past rankings, G.I. Jobs has credited NMU for—among other benefits—its status as a VA-approved institution that gives American Council on Education credit for military training and experience, its ROTC program and its membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges consortium.
According to Victory Media, the 2014 list of Military-Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a free, data-driven survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators nationwide. This year’s Military-Friendly Schools list criteria also incorporate a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. For more information, visit www.militaryfriendly.com.