Accelerated Programs for Military Students' Needs
The University of Mary's Accelerated and Distance Education program have been designed for adult learners whose life responsibilities often require changes in schedule. For military personnel this means that the university can accommodate transfers between duty stations and deployment. On-site students can move to the online delivery system upon deployment. Online students can work toward their degree from anywhere Internet access is available. If deployment necessitates discontinuing the program, please see the deployment policy below.
[See Deployment Policy]
The university has gained extensive experience in helping students earn their degree while serving their country, particularly in the past decade as many National Guard and Reserve units have been deployed. Many of these individuals were able to continue their degree program while overseas. On-post students at Fort Riley, Kansas were able to move to the online delivery system without missing any classes. Processes have been developed within the school that provide comprehensive, ongoing support relative to deployment or temporary duty assignments.
At the University of Mary an academic advisor is immediately assigned to each student upon inquiry. The advisor will assist with questions concerning programs of study, planning, policies, procedures, course registration, cost, and completion of degree. Advisors can be contacted by telephone, email, or fax throughout the course of study. The advisors work closely with faculty to identify and reconcile issues specifically related to military service.
The University-Mary Financial Aid Office offers graduate study scholarships to military personnel eligible for tuition assistance through their branch of service.
VA Educational Benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program
The University of Mary offers several educational benefits under the U.S. Department of Veterans
- Chapter 33 known as Post 9/1
- 36 months or more of active duty since 09/10/2001 = 100% of tuition and fees.
- The Yellow Ribbon Program is only applicable to soldiers with 100% and
who are not on active duty.
- Benefits decrease in increments of 10 down to 40%.
- Chapter 30; Montgomery GI Bill.
- Chapter 35; Dependents Educational Assistance;
- Chapter 1607; Montgomery GI Bill – Reserve Educational Assistance.
- Chapter 1606; Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve.
- Chapter 31; VA Vocational Rehabilitation.
Contact the School Certifying Official for assistance; [email protected] More military information may be found at www.benefits.va.gov.
A Military Friendly School
All of these things combine make the University of Mary a "military friendly" school and have garnered recognition at the local, state, and national levels. Several awards were received in 2012: Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Golden Eagle Award; Soldiers Angels Crystal Angel Award; and the Military Ovation's Think Globally Act Locally Award;-and since 2007 U-Mary has been recognized as military friendly by Military Advanced Education and G.I. Jobs magazines. In addition, the university received the 2008 North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Above and Beyond Award.
For more information about the University of Mary's military friendly programs, call 1-800-408-6279, ext. 8128; e-mail [email protected], or visit www.umary.edu/cade