The University of Montevallo again designated as a friendly military school

The University of Montevallo has been designated as military friendly School for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 cycles – a designation the university has received on several occasions in the past.

“The Office of Veterans and Military Affairs is thrilled to receive this honor,” said Traci Crenshaw, Director of the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs. “Our office is only three years old and we serve almost 10% of the University of Montevallothe student base of.

“This is truly a campus award, we could not serve our students with such exceptional service without the support of UM’s Student Support Office, Student Accounts Office, and Registrar’s Office.”

More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey, less than half of which received Military Friendly recognition, according to Military Friendly.

“This is incredibly exciting news, and we’re so excited to join you in celebrating,” said Kayla Lopez, spokesperson for Military Friendly. “We want to thank you for your hard work and dedication to the military community.”

Founded in 2003, the Military Friendly program creates civilian opportunities for veterans, according to Military Friendly. By setting a standard, promoting it, and raising the bar over time, it provides long-term positive reinforcement for American organizations to invest in programs that improve the lives of veterans. It is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort, and success in creating lasting and meaningful benefits for the military community.

Military Friendly Schools, a sub-branch of Military Friendly focused on military opportunities through higher education, evaluates public data sources and responses to an annual survey to determine which schools merit a military friendly designation. The Military-Friendly Schools Survey is the longest-running and most comprehensive examination of college and university investments in military and veteran students.

The public data sources used to verify facilities have at least three of the following federal programs in effect and in good standing:

  • Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Post-9/11 GI Bill provision)
  • Formal commitment to the Eight Keys to Veteran Success
  • VA Principles of Excellence
  • Federal Financial Aid Purchase Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for tuition assistance
  • Veterans Success On Campus (VSOC) Program
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Network

They also use public data sources to check whether institutions have federal precautionary flags against them, such as:

  • The number of student veteran complaints reported by the VA is greater than or equal to 5% of the total number of veterans enrolled in the school.
  • The facility is currently or was under one or more federal precautionary flags within the past 12 months.
  • The institution’s accreditation has not been suspended.
  • The institution’s federal programs have not been suspended.

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