Lake Superior State University recently renewed its time-honored annual tuition agreement with the Michigan National Guard. The collaboration, now in its 12th year, welcomes active drilling members of the Michigan Army National Guard and Michigan Air National Guard to pursue an undergraduate degree at LSSU at a reduced tuition.
Participants pay $250 per credit hour, saving more than half of LSSU’s regular rate of $560 per credit hour for fall 2022 and spring 2023 and almost one-third the standard price of $373 per credit hour for winter 2022 and summer 2023. The compact aligns LSSU tuition with the allowable amount offered by the National Guard’s federal tuition assistance program.
“We uphold this important tradition again for many reasons. It’s not only in the best interests of both Lake Superior State University and the Michigan National Guard but also is the patriotic thing to do,” said LSSU President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley. “On a personal level, this alliance means the world to me because when I served in the Illinois Army National Guard, I participated in something similar at Eastern Illinois University. More essentially, initiatives like this reinforce LSSU’s community partnerships, which form a cornerstone of our strategic plan. Furthermore, Lake State was established in 1946 on the site of a former Army fort for World War II veterans. So it’s fitting to continue to give back to soldiers who take an oath to serve our country.”
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, added, “These 12 years of partnership between Lake Superior State University and the Michigan National Guard have delivered tremendous opportunity for our soldiers and airmen who selflessly volunteer to serve their community, state, and nation whenever called upon. I am thrilled to renew this tuition agreement with President Hanley and LSSU—their support offers a more skilled and highly trained force and is another example of why Michigan is an ideal place for veterans and service members to thrive as they pursue their goals.”