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For Immediate Release
Monday, Oct. 15, 2012


Oakland University offers in-state tuition to all U.S. military veterans


     Rochester, Mich. – With a student population that already includes more than 300 U.S. military veterans, Oakland University is looking to open its doors still wider to men and women who have honorably served their country.

     The Oakland University Board of Trustees has approved a policy that extends in-state tuition rates to any veteran interested in enrolling, regardless of his or her permanent address. In this way, university leaders hope to remove financial barriers that would otherwise inhibit some military personnel from pursuing a college education.

     "Our veterans agree to sacrifice a great deal when they enlist to defend the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. At Oakland, we're striving to demonstrate our deep sense of gratitude to these individuals," said Oakland University President Gary Russi.

     "This new policy we've adopted is one of many ways we look to welcome veterans to our campus, as well as to help ensure that they have access to life-changing opportunities that they likely put on hold in order to serve others."

     The decision to offer in-state tuition to all veterans builds on Oakland's record of highly regarded efforts to recognize and honor military personnel. In fact, for four consecutive years, OU has been named a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs magazine. This recognition is reserved for the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.

     The university is also a charter member of the Michigan Educators Veterans Support Consortium, and participates in numerous veterans support programs across the state and nation.

     To date, military personnel who enroll at Oakland have been entitled to priority registration and are eligible to receive college credit for certain types of military training. Once they complete their studies, veteran graduates receive red, white and blue honor cords at commencement.

     "This policy adoption is the right thing to do, and we're pleased that it also has significant potential to benefit our total student population," Russi added. "The diversity of experiences and life lessons that our veterans have gained are important, and can truly enrich the learning experiences of non-military students with whom these men and women come into contact."

     To learn more about veteran services at Oakland University, visit oakland.edu/veterans. To learn more about Oakland University and the nearly 300 undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate educational opportunities it offers, visit oakland.edu/visit.

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Oakland University is a doctoral, research-intensive university located in Oakland County, Michigan. The university has 139 bachelor's degree programs and 127 graduate degree and certificate programs. Dedicated to delivering a distinctive undergraduate experience that is complemented by the strength of its graduate offerings and research accomplishments, Oakland University is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and the Schools of Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Engineering and Computer Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and The Honors College. Visit Oakland University on the Web at oakland.edu.