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Annual ‘Military Friendly’ College List Gives Vets a Boost

With some 1.5 million troops expected to be discharged soon from the U.S. armed forces, a veteran’s group Tuesday launched its annual list of “Military Friendly Schools.” About one third of the men and women set to depart the ranks are projected to enroll in colleges by using the GI Bill, say student-veteran advocates. The latest college analysis from Victory Media, originator of the “Military Friendly” name, was posted at GIJobs.com, offering a free, online portal for scouting more than 4,000 schools approved to accept GI Bill tuition benefits.

Through the site’s “Schools Matchmaker” tool, prospective students can generate a customized, short list of colleges that meet individual needs. The 2015 list separates out some 1,500 colleges at which administrators took time to fill out Victory Media’s questionnaires, allowing a portion to earn the “Military Friendly” designation, said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and nine-year Navy veteran. “That’s important,” Collins said. “Student-veterans can see which of those schools have voluntarily taken our assessment and have been pre-vetted.”

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