SUNY Ulster is one of 11 schools in New York to receive this designation.
SUNY Ulster Receives 2019-2020 Military Spouse Friendly Designation
June 17, 2019 – Stone Ridge, NY – SUNY Ulster has been named a Military Spouse Friendly School® for 2019-2020. SUNY Ulster is one of 11 schools in New York to receive this designation, which showcases schools that best support the unique challenges and obligations faced by military spouses. This designation is in addition to the college’s standard Military Friendly® designation, which it has received since 2009 and held Gold status in since 2018.
Military Spouse Friendly® is the designation for schools providing the best post-secondary education experiences for spouses of service members. The list was created using data from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations to create a comprehensive guide for military spouses looking to further their education. Methodology is based on initial Military Friendly ratings, academic credibility, support offered, current populations of military spouses, and more. This year, 196 U.S. schools earned the designation.
SUNY Ulster provides military spouses the same one-on-one services provided to veterans and service members. Spouses are supported throughout the application process and completion of all necessary documents, including the FAFSA and military benefits. Military spouses are invited to join the SUNY Ulster Veteran/Military Club and are given access to the Battle Buddy Center, where student veterans, spouses, and dependents can connect and work on projects. The college works with outside agencies, including the Ulster County Veterans Agency and the Veterans Administration, to ensure veterans and military family members receive necessary services.
SUNY Ulster is an approved educational institution under the Veteran's Educational Assistance Act (GI Bill) and the Dependent's Act. SUNY Ulster also cofounded the Veterans Consortium of the Hudson Valley for Higher Education, a culmination of 38 colleges working together on best practices for veteran students.
Manuel Torres, SUNY Ulster’s Veterans Service Coordinator, says, "Our veterans, military spouses, and dependents are an important part of our community. The success of our veteran and military members is possible because of the support and sacrifices made by their spouses. It is our duty and honor to show our appreciation by providing the best possible service to our military spouses. When veterans, military spouses, and dependents succeed, we all succeed.”
Interested veterans and their families can learn more about SUNY Ulster opportunities offered to them at http://www.sunyulster.edu/admissions/military/.