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September 24th, 2009
Texas State honored by G.I. Jobs Magazine

STAFF REPORT

With its efforts to serve, recruit and retain military veterans to its student body, it is no surprise that Texas State has been selected in the top 15 percent nationally for Military Friendly Colleges by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

More than 7,000 schools were surveyed nationwide. The magazine’s method for selection was based on a thorough set of standards and criteria which included certifications, programs and policies, which measured a school’s non-financial efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students.

The magazine also looked at the school’s financial efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students. The category included items like Yellow Ribbon program membership, tuition benefits and the percentage of the overall recruitment budget allocated to recruiting military students.

Texas State offers veterans a wide variety of services, including financial aid advising, personal counseling and job placement, as well as efforts to bring awareness to students, faculty and staff about the presence of armed services veterans on campus.

“This list is especially important now because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So, schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

According to the G.I. Jobs website, schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

The complete list of military friendly campuses selected by G.I. Jobs, go to http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/pr09.aspx. Resources and information regarding veteran services at Texas State can be found at http://www.registrar.txstate.edu/staff-contacts/veterans-affairs.html.

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