For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has been designated a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2016 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
The 2016 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a free, data-driven survey of more than 10,000 Veterans-Administration-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 from schools across the country. This year’s Military Friendly Schools® list criteria also incorporate a survey of more than 4,000 actual student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions based on peer reviews from current students.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, 48 veterans, their spouses, or children were attending Pitt-Greensburg with the assistance of Veterans benefits. Thirty-six of these students were eligible to receive the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Benefits, which provides an amount equal to the cost of attending a public, four-year college such as Pitt-Greensburg at an in-state, undergraduate rate. These students also receive a housing and book allowance. Of the 36, 10 dependents of veterans also were eligible to attend Pitt-Greensburg under the Post-911 Veterans Educational Benefits program and 8 students participated in the Yellow Ribbon program.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 benefit. This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the VA will match the amount.
Pitt-Greensburg waives its $45 application fee for all veterans. It also offers Priority Enrollment for veterans in accordance with the Higher Education Course Scheduling Preference for Veteran Students Act (Act of May 14, 2014, P.L. 667, No. 46; known as Act 46). Enrollment appointments for Veteran Students begin at 8:30 a.m. the Friday before the published Monday enrollment period. They are assigned in order, according to credits completed, meaning the Veteran Students who have completed the highest number of credits will get the earliest enrollment appointments. Act 46 applies to Veteran Students admitted to all for-credit courses and programs offered at the institution.
The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendly.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The more than 1,400 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.