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Marymount Named a Military Friendly School

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Marymount University is honored to be included in G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools ®, an important resource for service people and their dependents who are researching higher-education options.
The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution, based on peer reviews from current students. Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America, points out, “Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.” Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.
Marymount currently enrolls more than 160 military service members, veterans, and their dependents. The University provides many programs and services to meet the unique needs of these students and to ensure that they receive all the benefits to which they are entitled under the G.I. Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. With dedicated personnel and a website with key information and links, Marymount facilitates the application and benefits process.
The Yellow Ribbon Program gives private colleges and universities like Marymount the option to provide additional financial aid for this targeted group, with matching payments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Under this program, Marymount currently (academic year 2011-12) provides up to 60 grants of $2,000 each per year (on a first-come, first-served basis) to eligible veterans pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Veterans Affairs matches that amount, so veterans receive a total of $4,000 a year to attend Marymount through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Recipients are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program grant each year that they are enrolled in their academic program and achieving satisfactory progress toward their degree. This money is in addition to the other benefits included in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
Marymount also enables students who are military reservists that have been mobilized for active duty to return seamlessly to their studies upon completion of their tours, with no need to reapply or pay re-admittance fees. They simply pick up where they were at the time of their mobilization.
In addition, Marymount is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, an association of schools with flexible policies that allow mobile service members and their families to complete degrees rather than just accumulate courses. The University also accepts American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations for military training.

And, on Veterans Day each year, Marymount University sponsors a special luncheon to say, “Thank you,” to its students and employees who are active military service members or veterans.

All of these programs and services, and the recognition from G.I. Jobs magazine, are reflections of Marymount’s commitment to serving those who serve the United States of America.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Military personnel interested in learning more about studying at Marymount can visit http://www.marymount.edu/admissions/military or contact Carolyn Bonilla at 703-284-1521 or e-mail carolyn.bonilla@marymount.edu.