Men and women in the military face challenges that civilians do not when it comes to selecting a college or university. Military servicemen and women, veterans and members of the reserves must find an institution of higher learning that provides that support and financial benefits they need. Colorado Christian University, with several campuses throughout the state, is proud to announce that it has been named by GI Jobs magazine a one of America’s “Military Friendly Schools” for 2012. The list honors the top 20% of college, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to “embrace America’s service members and veterans as students.” According to Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America, stated, “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the greatest opportunity and overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”
CCU and Military Members
CCU offers academic programs online and on campus; the flexibility offered by CCU allows adult students to pursue a college degree while honoring commitments to work, relocation or deployments. We work with base education services personnel at these locations:
- Buckley AFB (Colorado)
- FE Warren AFB (Wyoming)
- Fort Carson (Colorado)
- Peterson AFB, including the 302nd Air Wing (Colorado)
- Schriever AFB (Colorado)
- United States Air Force Academy (Colorado)
CCU also offers military financial aid through a reduced undergraduate tuition ratefor military service members and their adult dependents. Service members taking undergraduate classes in CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies program will incur no out-of-pocket tuition costs, but courses may require fees unaffected by this policy.
Colorado Christian University is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, which makes it easier to complete college degrees through flexible transfer credit policies and academic residency requirements; as well as credit for military training and experience, and CLEP and DSST testing programs. CCU also participates in the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP), whose goals are as follows:
- Increase enlistment of active-duty and reserve soldiers who are college capable
- Increase the number of soldiers, veterans and reserve members in college
- Increase the use of Montgomery GI Bill education benefits
How the List Was Compiled
Through extensive research and data-driven surveys of over 8,000 American colleges and universities, information was compiled. The schools on the 2012 list (1518 altogether), offer scholarships and discounts to veterans, veterans’ clubs, full-time military staff, military credit and other services to our country’s veterans and active service members. Military Friendly Schools, a website devoted to this list of military friendly schools, provide additional information about the list and how schools make the cut. The site also features interactive tools to help veterans learn more about personal school decisions and how to transition from the military to academia.
Military Experience Conversion to College Credit
The military is a real-life classroom, so, therefore, your experience and training may be worth college credit. The American Council on Education (ACE) created recommendations for colleges to accept military experience and training for course credit. CCU military service personnel and veterans may receive undergraduate college credit for basic training and other formal experience gained while serving. When you enroll, you can order an official transcript from the branch in which you served as transferring credits earned in the military will help you complete your degree more quickly and will save you money.
Army soldiers can request their transcript through the Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS).
Navy sailors and Marines can get their transcript through the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART).
Military friendly schools like Colorado Christian University are proud to have servicemen and women enrolled in their degree programs. Learn more by reading about VA-GI Bill Benefits, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and special undergraduate military tuition assistance.