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HSU Named Military Friendly

Hardin-Simmons University ranks among the top 15% of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans, and spouses as students.
Hardin-Simmons University ranks among the top 15% of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans, and spouses as students.

Once again, HSU has been named to the list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools, released today, September 10, 2013, is put together as a tool to help military families select schools that best meet their needs.

“We are very pleased that HSU has been recognized once again as a Military Friendly School. Among our alumni and current students are thousands of armed services veterans, reserve, and active duty military personnel. We are very proud of them and proud that HSU continues to be deemed by others as Military Friendly,” says HSU president Dr. Lanny Hall.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows HSU’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” says Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Research findings are compiled and weighted according to the following categories:

  • 30% Military support on campus
  • 20% Academic credibility
  • 14% Percent of military students
  • 10% Academic credit for military service
  • 10% Flexibility for military students
  • 5% Veteran graduation rates
  • 5% Government approvals
  • 5% Student tuition assistance
  • 1% Student survey and employment rates and military spouse policies

HSU has 80 students using the veterans’ benefits this fall semester and those numbers have doubled from just a few years ago. Tammi Outlaw, one of HSU’s two VA certification representatives, says four years ago there were about 40 students using the benefits. “Each year we have more and more actual veterans using the benefits themselves,” says Outlaw, as opposed to veterans who transfer benefits to their spouses and children.

Outlaw is one of two dedicated staff members who help enroll students using VA benefits and who continue to work with those vets and active duty military personnel as long as they are students.

“Adjusting to school after military service can be challenging,” says HSU vice president for Enrollment Management, Vicki House. “We have resources available to help with that transition. Our VA benefits team is ready to serve and support those who have sacrificed and served our country.”

HSU also offers master’s programs for VA students to continue using the benefits after getting his or her undergraduate degree. Plus, the availability of evening programs is another

advantage vets enjoy at HSU, as well as acceptance of CLEP exams, and ACE credit for military training and experience.
Outlaw says HSU also participates in an added-value program for veterans and their family members who are trying to complete their degrees, “When a student using the benefits reaches their cap of $19,198, set by the VA, HSU will give the student $2,000 per year, which is matched by the Veterans Administration’s Yellow Ribbon Program.” She says there is no limit as long as the funds are available and it does not exceed more than 60 students in one year.

HSU also offers the most requested academic programs among veterans: computer science, healthcare, criminal justice, and business.

“Given the excellent relationship we have with Dyess Air Force Base and those who serve there, we are especially pleased to have this recognition,” says Hall.

One veteran who earned his Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in political science at HSU and continued at Logsdon Seminary to pursue a Master of Divinity degree is now employed by HSU. Daniel Martin serves as Coordinator of Prospective Student Services and Admissions at the seminary after serving six years in the U.S. Army.

Martin says HSU’s veterans’ benefits coordinators made the process of using VA benefits easy. “Because of their help and proficiency, I never had to worry about my tuition.”

For more information, visit http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/search/profile.aspx?id=225247.
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