Columbus State Opens a Military Service Center on Main Campus

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Continuing its efforts to better serve the local military community, Columbus State University has created a Military Service Center on main campus for all service members.

Students who are veterans, reservists, National Guard members, active duty service members or in the ROTC may utilize a new dedicated computer lab and lounge that is located in the lower level of University Hall.  A grand opening for the center is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 12:30 p.m. and will include David Snow, director of military affairs for the University System of Georgia.

Susan Lovell, director of military enrollment in Columbus State’s Enrollment Services division, said about 15 percent of the university’s existing enrollment is tied to the military.

“We are very proud of our designation as a ‘military-friendly’ school and a yellow-ribbon school,” she said. “We have an office at Fort Benning, staff dedicated to serving the military and many academic-military partnerships. The new Military Service Center is just another way CSU is serving this special population.”

Snow has been encouraging the creation of Military Service Centers throughout the University System of Georgia (USG) and says they add to other USG initiatives that are designed to help military students throughout the state.

For instance, all USG institutions may waive mandatory fees for military students utilizing military tuition assistance programs. Since tuition assistance does not cover fees, this significantly minimizes out-of-pocket costs for military members, Snow said.

“Additionally, the Choice Act of 2014 links public institutions of higher learning’s eligibility for VA educational benefits, namely the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill, to the ability of veterans and ‘covered individuals’ to enroll at in-state rates within 36 months of separation from military service,” Snow said. “Prior to the new law, USG had a waiver for recently separated military, and we already were expanding it to three years. Subsequently, Georgia is one of only two states certified as compliant by the VA. States must be compliant by July 1 to remain eligible for VA educational programs. The Board of Regents’ proactive actions made Georgia a leader on this issue, and I frequently receive calls from other states.”

“Both of these actions are clear examples of USG’s commitment to those who currently serve, have served, and their families,” Snow said.

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