G.I. Jobs, the premiere magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has designated 13 Northeast Ohio colleges and universities as "2012 Military Friendly Schools"
The G.I. Jobs 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.
The list includes: Baldwin Wallace, College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Malone University, Notre Dame College, Lakeland Community College Lorain County Community College and the University of Akron.
Links to each of Ohio's 2012 Military Friendly Schools
It's the second year in a row that Notre Dame has been designated.
"Notre Dame is proud to once again be designated as a military-friendly institution," said Rob Davis, dean of the Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs.
"This distinction illustrates the College's dedication to veterans, who attend Notre Dame because of the resources and personal attention we provide in order to ease the transition from military to academic life."
See profiles of veterans attending Notre Dame College
Notre Dame College, like the other 1,517 institutions on this year's list, prioritizes the recruitment of students with military experience. The College participates in the optional Yellow Ribbon Program, offering veterans benefits in addition to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which provides financial support based on the cost of the State's public institutions.
The Yellow Ribbon Program fills the gap between the Veteran Administration's benefit and the tuition cost at a veteran's private college of choice if that cost is higher. This level of benefit is reserved for those who have served at least 36 months on active duty or served at least 30 continuous days and were discharged due to a service-related injury.
After the post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefit is applied, NDC waives half of the remaining tuition with the VA matching this additional funding. This enables qualified students to essentially attend Notre Dame College tuition-free.
"The College is grateful for all the sacrifices our servicemen and women make," Davis said. "We are proud to be their educational home and help them pursue their career goals when they return from service. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors that commitment."
The list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students.