From earning while you learn to learning while you serve, Medaille is with you every step of the way as you consider your educational options and pursue a college degree. Read on for ten ways in which Medaille supports veterans in their transition from military to college life.
Veteran Benefit Checklist and Veteran FAQ
(Amherst and Rochester students only)
1. The Veteran Education Tuition Scholarship (VETS)
Freedom isn't free, but your private education could be. In conjunction with recent changes to the G.I. Bill, Medaille College is now offering all honorably discharged veterans up to $10,000 to attend Medaille College. You deserve to be rewarded for your service, and Medaille is proud to educate leaders such as yourself who have sacrificed so much for your country and Western New York. Some restrictions apply. To determine if you are eligible please contact the SAGE Financial Aid Office at 716.932.2610 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Veterans' Corner
To many, a small room with a few comfortable chairs and windows that look out on the campus might not seem like a particularly big deal. To the military veterans enrolled at Medaille, it's a place to spend time with people who understand. This student lounge also offers a private space for student veterans seeking a peaceful setting. The space also features a computer workstation that allows our service members and their families to communicate with those far and near using Skype technology.
3. Yellow Ribbon Program
Don't worry about the new Post-9/11 GI Bill $17,500 tuition cap. Medaille College has voluntarily entered into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund tuition expenses for veterans who exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Since Medaille College has elected the maximum amount of benefits allowed under this program, students whose tuition is more than the new Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition cap will be covered by the Yellow Ribbon Program agreement between Medaille College and the VA. This will allow qualifying veterans to attend Medaille College without incurring expenses related to tuition or fees. To see if you qualify, please contact the VA or review your Certificate of Eligibility Form you receive from the VA. It will indicate if you are Yellow Ribbon eligible.
4. Earn Your Degree Online While You Serve
No matter where you are, we are right there with you. A life in the military is often a life on the move, so you need an education that can move with you. At Medaille College, you can earn your degree anytime, anywhere you can get on the internet. No matter where you're stationed, from Alaska to Afghanistan, you will be able to pursue a degree of distinction from Medaille College. Earn a bachelor's degree through one of these online programs:
5. Credit Hours for Military Training and Experience
Medaille College is a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participant, which means the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs will work hard to make sure you get the most academic credit possible for your military service experience. As an SOC member, Medaille College has committed to the following:
- Credit for Military Training and Experience: recognize and use ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience
- Credit for Nationally-Recognized Testing Programs: award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) General and Subject Exams, (DANTES) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE)
- Reasonable Transfer of Credit: avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid coursework duplication.
We leave no veteran behind. Need help obtaining your SMART (Navy and Marines), AARTS (Army), CCAF (Air Force) or CGI (Coast Guard) military transcripts? We are here to help. Contact the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs with any questions.
6. Campus Culture
Medaille College's Student Veterans Alliance formed the first Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter in the Buffalo, N.Y. region. The student-based veterans organization has assisted many of its members acclimate to the Medaille College community. Peer mentoring and sharing of advice and experiences present in the organization helps its members successfully transition from military life to civilian life. Student Veterans of America is a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the United States who provide peer-to-peer networks for veterans. They coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.
7. Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program
If you are interested in joining the Army, Medaille College has an ROTC Army program that is available for attending students. Army ROTC is a college program that can pay for school while preparing you to be an officer in either the Active, Reserve or National Guard component of the U.S. Army upon completion of your college degree. Medaille College has a special cross-enrollment, tuition-free arrangement for students desiring leadership education through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program. It is important to keep in mind that enrolling in a ROTC course does not commit you to serve unless you have received a ROTC scholarship, grant, or any other funding. For more details, as well as scholarship and other financial assistance information on this program, contact the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs at (716) 932-2543 or email email@example.com
8. Military Friendly Withdrawal and Re-admission Policy
As a military friendly school Medaille College has established a withdrawal policy for students called to active duty. If you are called to active duty as a result of the events of September 11th, 2001, Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan or any other call to active duty, you are encouraged to withdraw from all Medaille College courses. Medaille's military withdrawal policy allows you to do so without penalty. And if you cannot arrange to stay enrolled online while you are gone, you don't have to worry about readmission. If you have not taken classes elsewhere you have up to 24 months to re-enroll in classes without having to reapply. That means you can enroll online even while you are deployed.