Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list for 2010 compiled by G.I. Jobs. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.
Tens of billions of dollars in tuition money in the Post-9/11 GI Bill make it easier for veterans to pay for college, but it is often difficult to find the right institution or academic program. "Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend," said Rich McCormack, publisher of the Pittsburgh-based G.I. Jobs.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has designated Lawrence Tech as a "Yellow Ribbon School" for its 25 percent match of the GI Bill funds available to any veteran.
Lawrence Tech also offers military discounts to all active military, inactive, reserve or retired military - 25 percent off tuition and fees for undergraduate students and 16 percent off for graduate programs.
"We have a veterans affairs coordinator who works one-on-one with all of our veterans to ensure their benefits are applied correctly and that their transition is seamless," said Lisa Kujawa, assistant provost for enrollment management at Lawrence Tech.
This year the Office of Student Affairs at Lawrence Tech is adding a veterans student club and a veterans support group.
Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations. The list was compiled through exhaustive research of more than 7,000 schools nationwide.
The 2010 Military-Friendly School List can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
A new Web site, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, will launch in September with interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their educational needs.
Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.