15 Military Friendly Colleges in Connecticut

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Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in Connecticut

There are many military friendly colleges in Connecticut. According to the VA, in 2017, 853 CT schools received Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 77,000 students totaling over $491 million dollars.

There are six active programs offering benefits for veterans’ education. If eligible, all of these may be used to help fund a college education.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • All Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program (MGIB-AD)
  • Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Post Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

The most used benefit program is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. At Connecticut colleges, 80% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2017 veterans eaRNING aid at CT colleges
Post 9 / 114,407
MGIB – AD102
MIGB – SR624
REAP2
DEA392
VEAP0

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA

 

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These 15 military friendly colleges in Connecticut are listed based on the total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in the 2017 / 2018 school year. All of the data cited from the National Center for Education Statistics. Many of these schools take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the colleges and the VA pay the tuition and mandatory fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1University of New Haven
300 Boston Post Road | West Haven, CT 06516


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $4.57M

The U of New Haven was recently ranked one of the “Best Colleges for Veterans” by US News & World Report. This makes it a prime candidate for the “Military Friendly Colleges in Connecticut” list. Their Veteran Success Advisers assist military and veteran students from registration through graduation. The school’s Veteran Success Center is a special lounge and study space for military and veteran students. The lounge offers access to computers and free printing.

The UNH provides early course registration for military and veteran students and does offer credit for military training. The school is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers an unlimited number of students per year an unlimited max contribution each year, per student.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad:$18,400
Grad: $27,138

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 206
Grad: 29

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 77%
Part Time: 33%

2 Post University
800 Country Club Rd | Waterbury, CT 06723


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.91M

Post has been providing education benefits to military personnel and their families since 1976. As part of the school’s Military Program, they assign specially trained Military Finance Specialists to assist military members and veterans in using educational benefits.

Post is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers an unlimited school contribution each year an unlimited number of students. The school offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,692
Grad: $3,456

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 548
Grad: 97

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 45%
Part Time: 29%

3 Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street | New Haven, CT 06515


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.05M

SCSU is committed to meeting the needs of all its students. The Office for Veterans Students was created in 1975 to help the hundreds of Vietnam veterans flooding into college. This office assists military members and veterans with all aspects of student life. SCSU’s Veterans’ Center offers a meeting place with computers and comfortable furniture where students can study, socialize or relax between classes.

The school offers and participates in several tuition programs for service members and veterans, including tuition assistance, tuition waivers, and Tuition Assistance Top Up for active duty military.

SCSU’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program is limited to 50 students per academic year on a first come first served basis with an unlimited contribution per year, per student. Military training may be accepted for credit.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $10,153
Grad: $9,760

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 169
Grad: 35

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 73%
Part Time: 33%

4 Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.97M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $16,055
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 123
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 69%
Part Time: 76%

5 University of Connecticut
352 Mansfield Road | Storrs, CT 06269


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.95M

UConn has been ranked as a “Best for Vets College” by the Military times and a “Best College for Veterans” by U.S. News and World Report. UConn’s Veterans Affairs & Military Programs (VAMP) helps military and veteran students to adjust to student life.

The UConn participates in the Yellow Ribbon Project. They waive the application fees for veterans and those currently serving in the military. This covers both the undergraduate application and the graduate school application. The University also offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $11,087
Grad: $8,959

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 125
Grad: 64

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 94%
Part Time: 36%

6 Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley St | New Britain, CT 06050


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.35M

CCSU is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. The Office of Veterans Affairs assists veterans, service members, and dependents with the transition from military life to campus culture. CCSU’s Veterans Drop In Center is a place for student veterans to study, network, utilize computers. Students can also have lunch, share conversation, and participate in the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) as well as other veteran related activities.

The school offers credit for military training and participates in and offers many military specific tuition policies.

CCSU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers 50 students per year an unlimited school contribution each year, per student.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $8,196
Grad: $5,924

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 144
Grad: 30

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 72%
Part Time: 29%

7 University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Ave | West Hartford, CT 06117


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.18M

Hartford offers a dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families. They also have a student veteran organization. The school offers credit for military training.

Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program is available on a first come, first serve basis up to 100 students and offers a max contribution of $8,112.49 per year, per student.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $24,329
Grad: $14,644

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 41
Grad: 31

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 75%
Part Time: 67%

8Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street | Danbury, CT 06810


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.87M

WCSU offers a full variety of degree programs, internships, and Veterans Affairs education benefits expertise. Their Student Veterans Organization (SVO) is comprised of student veterans who wish to support and serve other veterans. The SVO club offers four semi private workstations equipped with computers, a TV lounge, and snacks.

WSCU participates in the CT State Veterans Tuition Waiver program and offers credit for military services.

The school is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Project and offers up to 25 students per year up to $23,927 per student, per year.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,583
Grad: $8,387

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 125
Grad: 21

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 74%
Part Time: 61%

9 Lincoln Technical Institute-East Windsor


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.76M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $12,174
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 63
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 73%
Part Time: 74%

10 Eastern Connecticut State University
83 Windham St | Willimantic, Ct 06226


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.65M

Eastern Connecticut State University helps veterans in making the transition from their military service to higher education. Eastern’s VA Certifying staff can assist veterans with obtaining educational benefits that are available to them. Eastern also supports veterans through their Veterans Education and Transition Services Center. The school offers credit for military training and experience.

ECSU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers 25 students per year an unlimited school contribution.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,907
Grad: $8,871

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 77
Grad: 5

Full Time: 77%
Part Time: 86%

11 Gateway Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.63M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,329
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 146
Grad: N/A

Full Time: 55%
Part Time: 49%

12 Naugatuck Valley Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.45M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,840
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 118
Grad: N/A

Full Time: 61%
Part Time: 44%

13 Middlesex Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.36M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,482
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 105
Grad: N/A

Full Time: 55%
Part Time: 44%

14 Three Rivers Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.32M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,974
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 110
Grad: N/A

Full Time: 55%
Part Time: 38%

15 Porter and Chester Institute of Hamden


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.29M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $15,431
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 19
Grad: N/A

Full Time: 64%
Part Time: 53%

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