Daytona State College has again been designated a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly School title through an evaluation of 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies.
The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.
More than 1,300 veterans attended Daytona State last year. With a Veterans Center on the Daytona Beach Campus and staff veteran liaisons on the college’s regional campuses, servicemen and women can receive assistance with everything from filing for GI Bill benefits and other student services to receiving referrals for further academic and personal assistance both inside and outside the college.
The college also has adopted a policy to grant credit to students with military training, experience or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE). Depending on the type of prior learning experience, credits can be applied toward a veteran student’s general education requirements or counted as elective credit. The policy was the result of a bill passed by the Florida Legislature outlining the process for all Florida College System institutions to award academic credit to eligible members of the United States Armed Forces.
Daytona State veteran students also enjoy:
- Priority registration
- Fee waivers for Purple Heart or other superior combat decoration recipients
- Veteran-specific new-student orientations
- In-state tuition, whether or not they are Florida residents
- Free writing and mathematics tutoring in the Veterans Center
- Eligibility to join the Falcon Veterans Society student club
- Yellow Ribbon Book Scholarship (a $100 subsidy) awarded to up to 25 veterans pursuing degrees or certificates
Daytona State will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com. DSC also just earned a second year in the Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report.