Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NAU is military friendly

NAU making higher education more accessible for military personnel, veterans

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (June 29, 2011) — Northern Arizona University will be the first public university in the state to offer Department of Defense tuition assistance for active duty military and National Guard personnel beginning this fall.

“Making education more accessible to veterans is the right thing to do,” said retired Lt. Col. Andrew Griffin, director of NAU’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs. “Service members are in harm’s way on a daily basis serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. They have earned our support in working toward earning a degree.”

NAU’s goal is to be one of the most military and veteran friendly universities in the Southwest, Griffin said.

The Department of Defense offers $250 per credit hour in tuition assistance for qualified active duty military members, the National Guard and reserve forces personnel. Students can save up to $1,000 per class.

The Post 9/11 GI bill provides NAU in-state tuition for all veterans. Eligibility is based on active duty service.

As passed by the Arizona Legislature and adopted by the Arizona Board of Regents, the university also will offer in-state resident tuition rates to all honorably discharged military veterans beginning this fall.

Griffin, an NAU alumnus, said many veterans never use their 9/11 GI Bill benefits “because of the arduous transition from combat to higher education.”

Last year, NAU opened an Office of Military and Veteran Affairs dedicated to guiding the admission, transition, retention, graduation and career services for active duty military members, the National Guard, reserve forces, veterans and their families.

The office operates a one-stop military and veteran center on the Flagstaff campus and is staffed by student veterans. The center, which also may be accessed online, provides assistance or referrals to service departments for students enrolled at any of the university’s extended campuses across the state. NAU also offers a college transition course for veterans.

“Our goal is to help our service men and women easily transition into their higher education career and succeed at NAU,” Griffin said.

For information, visit nau.edu/VeteranAffairs or call 928-523-VETS.

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