DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2016) - Daytona State College has again been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the DSC again earns prestigious Military Friendly School designationmilitary and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title through an evaluation of 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

More than 1,300 veterans attended Daytona State last year. With a Veterans Center on the Daytona Beach Campus and staff veteran liaisons on the college's regional campuses, servicemen and women can receive assistance with everything from filing for GI Bill benefits and other student services to receiving referrals for further academic and personal assistance both inside and outside the college.

The college also has adopted a policy to grant credit to students with military training, experience or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE). Depending on the type of prior learning experience, credits can be applied toward a veteran student's general education requirements or counted as elective credit. The policy was the result of a bill passed by the Florida Legislature outlining the process for all Florida College System institutions to award academic credit to eligible members of the United States Armed Forces.

Daytona State veteran students also enjoy:

  • Priority registration
  • Fee waivers for Purple Heart or other superior combat decoration recipients
  • Veteran-specific new-student orientations
  • In-state tuition, whether or not they are Florida residents
  • Free writing and mathematics tutoring in the Veterans Center
  • Eligibility to join the Falcon Veterans Society student club
  • Yellow Ribbon Book Scholarship (a $100 subsidy) awarded to up to 25 veterans pursuing degrees or certificates

For more information about veterans services provided by Daytona State, call (386) 506-3545 or (386) 506-3065.

Daytona State will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com. DSC also just earned a second year in the Top 10 Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report.

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MORE: Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls nearly 25,000 students a year at its seven instructional sites, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services/public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more. 

Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times, consistently by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually continues to feature the college in its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.

For enrollment information, visit Admissions’ Frequently Asked Questions page.

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