April 8, 2013
University honored for its programs for veterans, service members
MSU Denver continues to prove it is one of Colorado’s—and the nation’s—choice schools for military veterans after earning recent recognition for its services and programs.
In March, the MSU Denver School of Business was one of five Colorado institutions of higher education ranked on the Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Business Schools” list. MSU Denver, which was 52nd as a "Best for Vets" College in 2011, was ranked No. 34 on the list of 62 business schools.
About 100 business schools completed a 60-question survey asking about academic policies, financial aid, and academic and career support for veterans. The responses were combined and evaluated with answers given in a more rigorous survey of colleges and universities late last year.
The recognition comes on the heels of other achievements.
In January, the University was one of nine Colorado schools listed in Military Advanced Education’s 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities.
Most recently, the Veteran Education Benefits team—a joint effort of the Registrar’s and Bursar’s offices—achieved a perfect score on their annual Veterans Affairs compliance audit on March 12 and 13.
The audit ensures that University employees understand and adhere to the laws and that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs payments to students and the school are based on accurate enrollment information. Administrative officials say an error-free audit is an impressive accomplishment, given the complexity of the VA program and the large number beneficiaries— between 800 and 1,000 students.
Ted Jimenez, associate registrar – veterans education benefits, says there are five VA education benefits that can be used at MSU Denver, with the most complex being the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which has seven benefit levels depending on service periods. Benefits include educational entitlements for tuition and fees, tutorial assistance, work-study, advance payment and loans, book stipends and housing allowance.
In February, Veteran/Military Student Services team members attended the Veteran Symposium for Higher Education at the University of Louisville, where they gave a presentation on a new student orientation program tailored for veterans.
“Veterans are nontraditional students and MSU Denver does a great job of meeting the needs of this student type,” Jimenez says. “We have affordable tuition and small class sizes; both are appealing to veterans/military and their dependents.”
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