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LIU’s Hudson Graduate Centers at Rockland and Westchester Celebrate Merger and Rebranding

Financial aid and support services fuel academic success for veterans studying at LIU

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Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University
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Military Friendly SchoolsOrangeburg, N.Y. – Pursuing higher education can be a difficult undertaking for many veterans returning from military service. Schools such as Long Island University offer a warm welcome, scheduling flexibility, financial aid and extensive support services to veterans seeking an education. That is why, for the second consecutive year, the University's Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland has remained on G.I. Jobs magazine's Military Friendly Schools list.
The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are working the hardest toward embracing America's veterans as students. G.I. Jobs, the magazine for military staff transitioning into civilian life, polled more than 8,000 schools nationwide in compiling the list, which can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012list.

"The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience," said Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America.

"We are proud to recognize the tremendous contributions of those serving in our armed forces," said Dr. Sylvia Blake, Dean and chief operating officer of the Hudson Graduate Centers at Rockland and Westchester. "There are exciting opportunities on campus for our veterans, and we have a dedicated representative to provide help so that our veteran students can learn more about the G.I. educational benefits."

Dawn Martin, senior associate registrar at the University's Brooklyn Campus and an active Army reservist for 23 years with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, provides crucial support to veterans at all the University's campuses, guiding them through the educational process from admission to graduation and career placement. She noted that the Brooklyn Campus and the Hudson Graduate Centers have about 150 military students enrolled in their programs.
"LIU is very proactive in recruiting military students," said Christine M. Richardson, who is studying for a master's in mental health counseling at Rockland. The retired army lieutenant colonel, who served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia, added, "Ms. Martin is fabulous – she always goes out of her way to work with the V.A. and gets issues resolved."

Long Island University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which lets veterans attend private colleges and universities and still receive financial assistance. Participating institutions and the Department of Veterans Affairs split the cost of tuition beyond the maximum state public university tuition, which is the normal extent of G.I. Bill coverage. 

The Hudson Graduate Centers offer partial scholarships to military students , that when combined with the benefits received through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill can cover up to 100% of tuition and fees. Veterans who've already earned a bachelor's degree can transfer their benefits to their spouse or their children. Additionally, the Campus helps military students who are called to active duty make a seamless transition back to the classroom when they return to the campus.
The Hudson Graduate Centers offer flexible, day, evening and weekend course schedules; and a range of support services. Two other Long Island University campuses, the Brooklyn Campus and C.W. Post on Long Island, also were recognized as military friendly schools. 

Last month, the University celebrated the merger and rebranding of its two Hudson Valley campuses. As of Sept. 1, the two campuses are officially renamed Long Island University's Hudson Graduate Centers at Rockland and Westchester. The merger offers students unprecedented convenience, giving them access to educational opportunities, facilities and services on both sides of the Hudson River.

For more information, please contact the Rockland Campus at (845) 359-7200 and the Westchester Campus at (914) 831-2700.

Long Island University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland is located at 70 Route 340, Orangeburg, N.Y. 10962; Long Island University’s Hudson Graduate Center at Westchester is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y. 10577;

Posted 09/23/2011

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