UAS earns recognition

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Military Friendly Schools has named the University of Alaska Southeast among its annual ranking of Military Friendly Schools.

    This designation comes after UAS recently enhanced its commitment to military students with the new College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative (CSPI).  Military Friendly rates institutions based on benchmark standards in academic policy and compliance, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid, graduation, and student support and retention. UAS exceeds the Military Friendly scale standard in every category.

    "I'm very pleased that UAS is again being recognized as a Military Friendly college in 2017, "UAS Chancellor, Richard Caulfield said, "We honor those currently serving in the military as well as veterans, including many who are students and employees at our university.  UAS has a particularly strong relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard and Army National Guard.  The Military Friendly recognition underscores our commitment to providing quality education and training and a supportive environment to members of the military community."

    UAS is working toward bolstering career readiness opportunities for military students with the UAS CSPI. The program is designed for motivated individuals who demonstrate a high caliber of academic and leadership excellence, and who desire to serve their country in the United States Coast Guard.  Students currently enrolled, accepted for enrollment or pending enrollment in a full-time bachelor's degree program at UAS with the desire to complete college and receive a guaranteed commission as an officer in the United States Coast Guard can apply for CSPI.

    Deborah Rydman, career services coordinator/ VA school certifying official said, “As UAS is recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) under federal guidelines, we are able to participate in CSPI with the US Coast Guard. This scholarship program pays up to two years of tuition and fees, approximately $3,600 in monthly salary, and guarantees a job after graduation and an approximate annual salary of $60,000 upon successful completion of Officer Candidate School following graduation.”

    Those who are accepted into this scholarship program will be enlisted into the United States Coast Guard, complete basic training during the summer, and receive full funding for up to two years of college.  Funding includes not only payment of tuition, books, and fees, but a full-time Coast Guard salary, housing allowance, and medical benefits.


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