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Michigan public universities boosting support of military veterans

Posted: November 7th, 2013

Lansing, Mich. -- The Presidents Counci of Sltate Universities of Michigan today announced all of the Michigan 15 public universities are providing in-state tuition for all veterans, regardless of their state of residency or active duty status.

In the past, Michigan’s universities had provided in-state tuition for all active duty military members and their dependents. Now, public universities are committed to providing a similar benefit to veterans, ensuring that all who have and currently serve our nation in the military, from any state in the nation, can attend any of Michigan’s highly regarded public universities at in-state tuition rates.

In addition, Michigan's 15 public universities have joined with the state’s community colleges to establish the Consortium of Michigan Veteran Educators. The consortium shares best practices and provide seamless integration to improve the support and services for our active military and veterans’ population, to increase the number of service members and their families who take advantage of the educational benefits that are available to them and increase graduation rates.

“Michigan’s public universities are providing valuable services to active duty members of the military, veterans, and in many cases, to their dependents,” said Michael A. Boulus, executive director of the President Council. “We are dedicated to supporting active military personnel, veterans and their families. We will be working around the state as we celebrate our military men and women on Veterans Day to make sure the word gets out: Michigan’s universities value veterans and are committed to helping them get degrees that are vital to success in today’s knowledge economy.

“Our universities are committed to doing their part in adopting the right policies and will continue to work to identify and eliminate other obstacles faced by our veterans and their families,” Boulus said.

Universities around the state are holding special activities this week in honor of Veterans Day. Today at LSSU, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the university Counseling Center will have a booth outside the Walker Cisler Center Quarterdeck, where they will be passing out free yellow ribbon pins for students and employees to wear in support of veterans. They will also be holding a by-donation bake sale to support the newly reorganized Student Veterans Association – which also extends its membership to Canadian veterans.

In the evening, from 5-6:30 p.m., LSSU President Tony McLain will host all LSSU students, employees and alumni who are veterans or delayed early-entry program personnel at his home for a social event.

The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan serves as a forum for the presidents and chancellors of the Michigan 15 public universities to discuss and frame positions on key higher education finance and policy issues. Find out more at pcsum.org. -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315, tpink@lssu.edu; John Shibley, 635-2314, jshibley@lssu.edu; Michael Boulus, Presidents Council of State Universities of Michigan, 517-482-1563


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