CTC, UMUC among top colleges for Tuition Assistance users
Central Texas College (CTC) was among the most popular colleges and universities for military personnel using Tuition Assistance (TA). According to the recent Military Times magazine survey, CTC was listed as the fourth most popular overall among all military branches and second most popular school for Army personnel. The top two schools were four-year, for-profit school American Military University (AMU) of the American Public University System followed by the University of Maryland-University College, a public four-year institution.
Military Times requested tuition assistance data on students, course enrollments and funds from all branches of the military including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army National Guard and Coast Guard. While CTC ranked second by the Army (11,238 students), the local community college ranked fourth for Marines (1,002 students) using TA and seventh for Navy personnel (1,588 students). Overall, CTC served 14,557 military students using TA taking 31,420 classes and a completion rate of 75 percent.
Military Times noted more military personnel and their families are using the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill to fund their education while those using TA has dropped 16 percent. Comparing Defense Department information with prior-year data, all services tallied fewer TA students, with the Army accounting for most of the drop at more than 21 percent. Many schools cited the varied and complex restrictions the military branches have added to their TA programs. CTC ranks 28th (4,808 students with 3,476 of those in Texas) among the top schools for students using the G.I. Bill benefit.
“Military Times” began tracking the most popular colleges for active-duty students in 2009. Since then it has seen a sharp increase in those choosing for-profit colleges. Among the top 10 TA schools for soldiers, four of the schools were for-profit, four were private institutions and two were public schools, including CTC. Overall, the top 50 most popular TA schools included 16 for-profits, 15 private schools 18 public schools and one undefined.
CTC offers both online and classroom options for military members with sites on 27 military installations across the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. CTC has sites in 14 countries and three continents covering Europe and the Middle East; 30 sites in the Pacific Far East including Korea, mainland Japan and Okinawa; and Naval ships at sea. In addition to classroom and online classes, CTC also offers alternative education delivery methods such as hybrid or blended courses, courses on compact discs (CDs) and personal digital assistants (PDAs).