WGU Texas Knows Our Military Matters
On June 22, 1944, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill®, was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, providing World War II veterans a range of benefits, including financial assistance for higher education. Millions of veterans began earning college degrees to secure a better future.
At WGU Texas, we have a long history of giving back and showing our appreciation to veterans. We’re continuing that tradition by supporting the academic and career goals of veterans, active-duty service members and their families, and helping them obtain the quality education they deserve and need to succeed in their careers.
Today, More than 16 percent of WGU Texas’ students are active-duty military personnel, veterans, or dependent family members of military personnel. That’s more than 1,504 currently enrolled and another 736 are WGU Texas graduates.
Back in 2005, the United States Department of Defense approved military tuition assistance for Western Governors University (WGU) students and in the years to follow commended WGU for working diligently to expand access to higher education.
And, our military-friendly status has received national accolades, too, WGU Texas’ parent university has been recognized for ten consecutive years by Military Advanced Education and Transition Magazine for being among the Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities, and for six consecutive years as a Military Friendly® School by militaryfriendly.com.
That’s the foundation of WGU Texas’ military-friendly status. We know our military active duty, reservists and veterans sacrifice much for our country, and when it comes time for them to pursue or finish their degrees, WGU Texas provides strong support networks, along with flexible and affordable programs and career support.
All WGU Texas degree programs are competency-based, providing the flexibility that nontraditional students like veterans and their families need. Designed with employer input to meet the needs of adult learners, competency-based education allows students to take advantage of their knowledge and real-world experience to move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn.
Army veteran Mona Horton graduated from WGU Texas with a B.S. in Health Informatics (now called the B.S. in Health Information Management). After leaving the military, she moved from Florida to Dallas for work in healthcare. “I wanted a better career path for myself and to provide for my daughters,” she said. “One of my military battle buddies asked if I was still interested in going into healthcare IT.” Most of the programs she found for veterans wouldn’t fit her schedule, and quitting her job was not an option. “My buddy asked if I had heard of WGU Texas and the rest is history.” She explains, “The support system keeps me accountable. I get timely assistance. This school has met all of my expectations.”
WGU mentors work one-on-one with students, offering guidance, support, and individualized instruction. While WGU Texas’ degree programs are rigorous and challenging, competency-based learning makes it possible for students to accelerate their programs, saving both time and money. It’s a great way for military members and their families who are often on the move and with highly-demanding schedules to achieve their college degree goals.
And, all degree programs are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for all education benefits offered under the GI Bill®. WGU Texas also offers scholarship opportunities for military members and veterans. Details can be found online here.