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October 14, 2019

How Does the Forever GI Bill® Work?

The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, also known as the Forever GI Bill®, was signed into law in August 2017. The new bill got its name from one of its most notable updates, the elimination of a 15-year limitation for military veterans to use their education benefits. In this article, we’ll briefly discuss the changes brought about by the Forever GI Bill, as well as six common myths about using your GI Bill benefits.

March 7, 2019

MyCAA: What It Is and How It Benefits Military Spouses

Military spouses have, historically, faced significant barriers when it comes to finding employment. The unpredictability of military life, family responsibilities and difficulty completing education have all been named as reasons that military spouses tend to have lower rates of employment overall than their civilian counterparts. That is all changing, thanks programs like MyCAA.  
 

December 17, 2018

What Does it Really Mean to be a Military-Friendly College?

Many colleges and universities call themselves “military-friendly” and encourage both active-duty military and veterans to enroll. The question is, though, what does it really mean to be military-friendly? In some cases, students have enrolled in “military-friendly” schools only to find that its military students are just another group of students. Other schools have added some services to their offerings, but haven’t made the wholesale changes and concerted effort to serve students from the military that would make it truly military-friendly. The bottom line? Simply welcoming students who are using their military benefits isn’t enough. Colleges and universities need to focus on a few key priorities if they want to market themselves as a military-friendly institution.

August 21, 2018

6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military [Webinar]

For many military families, transitioning into a civilian career can be overwhelming and exhausting. The webinar and Q&A session, “6 Steps for a Successful Career Transition After the Military” by Elizabeth Mimms, CSU career services coordinator, reviews six steps for seeking civilian employment. 

May 24, 2018

Columbia Southern University Ranked Second on List of ‘Most Affordable Military-Friendly Online Schools’

Columbia Southern University recently was ranked No. 2 among the most affordable military-friendly online schools for 2018. The rankings, released by SR Education Group, list 25 college and universities that work to ensure their educational programs are available to military service members. Specifically, these institutions participate in the military Tuition Assistance program and have high military scores. According to SR Education, these scores were determined using a number of factors, including the strength of military culture, prevalence of support services to online students, flexibility and military-specific financial aid.

 

May 10, 2018

Admissions Supervisor Jessica Pena Uses Personal Experience to Support Future Military Students

Recognized as one of the top schools for active-duty military members and veterans, Columbia Southern University’s military student population is approximately 40 percent. To serve students in the military or those with a spouse or parent in the military, CSU employs many staff and faculty who can relate. Take staff member Jessica Pena, for example. She works as a military supervisor in the CSU Admissions Department and is a former military spouse.   

May 8, 2018

Military Spouses May Qualify for Educational Benefits

Military spouses make many sacrifices for their partners’ dedication to service. From months spent apart during deployments to regular long-distance moves, not to mention the struggles that can come from handling all the daily household responsibilities on their own, typically on a limited income, military spouses work hard and deserve a great deal of credit for their commitment to their partners’ service.
 

May 3, 2018

Military Spotlight: Knight Pens Book on Military Leadership

Daryl Hogan is first sergeant in the US Air Force, currently living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing his bachelor’s degree in fire science and his master’s in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University, Daryl says, “My education at CSU definitely provided the foundation that helped propel me to the top of the enlisted structure in the military, the top 1%.”