SUNY committee seeks to lower costs, expand access for military students

Photo by Carlo de JesusUniversity at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez is shown in this file photo from Aug. 25, 2017. Rodríguez, an Air Force veteran, will co-chair the new SUNY Veteran and Military Action Council according to an announcement made Tuesday. 
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University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez is shown in this file photo from Aug. 25, 2017. Rodríguez, an Air Force veteran, will co-chair the new SUNY Veteran and Military Action Council according to an announcement made Tuesday. 

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A new State University of New York committee will seek to lower four-year costs for active military students and those on reserve and in the National Guard by $5,000 and allow military service to transfer in for college credit.

SUNY officials announced the new SUNY Veteran and Military Action Council on Tuesday, outlining its goals to improve the college experience for “all current and prospective military-connected students.”

The announcement said the council would work with state agencies and elected leaders and at all SUNY campuses to reduce tuition costs by $5,000 over the course of four years, allow military service to translate to credits and give military-connected students priority class registration.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras in the Veterans’ Day announcement honored the sacrifices of veterans said the committee will focus on the unique needs of military students.

“We want to make SUNY the most inclusive system of higher education for these heroes and their families,” he said.

University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez, an Air Force veteran, will co-chair the council alongside Finger Lakes Community College President Robert Nye.

“My service in the Air Force was a critical part of shaping the person I am today – including making it possible to complete my undergraduate degree,” Rodríguez said in the statement.

 

 

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