Lake Superior State University recently renewed its long-standing annual tuition agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The collaboration, dating to 2009, encourages active duty personnel, their spouses, and dependents to pursue higher education at LSSU by lowering the cost of study to do so.
“Every year I look forward to continuing this alliance because it epitomizes our mission of enhancing the quality of life of the Great Lakes region, reinforces community partnership that’s part of our strategic plan, and furthers our vison of identifying potential, enabling success, and driving social mobility,” said LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “As military veteran, I’m thrilled to support this win-win accord—the Coast Guard serves the greater good and it’s only right that LSSU, housed on a former Army fort and established in 1946 for World War II veterans, gives back to them.”
The compact aligns LSSU tuition with the allowable amount offered by the Coast Guard’s tuition assistance program for Sector Sault participants. More than 100 Coast Guard-LSSU students have taken advantage of the opportunity since 2009, translating to more than $200,000 in benefits.
“Lake Superior State University’s flexibility and proximity to the sector provide our active duty members and their families with an uncommon capability to advance their education and careers,” said Sault Sector Commander Capt. Anthony Jones. “More so, our relationship with the Sault Ste. Marie community is strengthened through our partnership with LSSU, whose students and staff are such predominant fixtures in the city’s life, and we appreciate our ongoing partnership with the university.”