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North Park Praised For Supporting Veterans

GI Jobs Magazine

CHICAGO (August 21, 2009) – North Park University’s commitment to providing American veterans a high-quality education has led GI Jobs magazine to name it a “Military Friendly School for 2010.”

The publication, which works in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), awards the designation to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools it says “are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.”

The university will be listed in the magazine’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools that will be published in September. GI Jobs awarded the designation after polling more than 7,000 schools nationwide on their programs. Efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students are part of the criteria for receiving the designation.

Methodology for the list was developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College, and Lincoln Technical Institute.  

“At North Park we recognize the significant contribution and sacrifice veterans make, and we believe the North Park educational experience can be of tremendous assistance to veterans as they prepare for the next phase of their lives,” says Mark Olson, dean of enrollment and director of church relations.

North Park’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program is evidence of the University’s commitment to helping military personnel and veterans. The program, which is part of The Post 9/11 GI Bill, allows degree-granting institutions in the United States to enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses for qualifying students, and the VA will match the same amount as the institution. “Not all schools want to do it because it is an extra expense,” says Alice Busan, who is North Park’s VA certifying official.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. Busan says 14 students attend North Park under the GI Bill, and five are participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which begins this semester.