Shorter University Policies for Military Service Members
MILITARY STUDENT TUITION – ONLINE COURSES
- Tuition rates for online classes for all Military Students pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s level programs are discounted by 20%. Note that servicemembers cannot receive the discount while simultaneously receiving other military benefits and cannot be applied retroactively.
- The following would qualify as Military Students: Current service members who have completed basic training, veterans who have received an honorable/general discharge, Department of Defense employees, and spouses of Military students. Pursuant to Article I. Section IV. Paragraph I of the Constitution of the State of Georgia only the union of man and women shall be recognized as marriage.
Shorter University limits academic residency to no more than 25 percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate degrees for active-duty servicemembers. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty servicemembers are enrolled. Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.
ALTERNATIVE CREDIT POLICY
MILITARY CREDIT EVALUATIONS
Shorter University evaluates credits for prior military experience based on the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) guidebook, Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Military students who want their military work and experience evaluated for possible credit should submit military transcripts, certificates of completion, diplomas, or documentation from their branch of the service. Active-service members should submit Form DD295. Non-active service members should submit form DD214.You can order your military transcript from your branch of the military below:
ARMY AARTS TRANSCRIPT
Requests may be mailed, faxed, or submitted online.
Phone: 1-866-297-4427 (TOLL-FREE)
NAVY/MARINE CORPS SMART TRANSCRIPT
Requests may be mailed or faxed.
Phone: 1-877-253-7122 (TOLL-FREE)
AIR FORCE CCAF TRANSCRIPT
Requests accepted by mail only.
COAST GUARD USCG TRANSCRIPT
Requests accepted by mail only.
PRIOR LEARNING AND EXPERIENCE
In addition to credit for military training, Shorter University gives credit for other forms of prior learning. These forms of credit include the following:
- College-level examination program (CLEP)
- DANTES Subject Standardized Test Scores (DSST) [These are accepted by CAPP]
- Excelsior Exams [These are accepted by CAPP]
- Credit for Military Training [See paragraph 2 above]
MILITARY DEPLOYMENT POLICY
Students who cannot attend school due to military service should:
- Contact the instructor to see if they are able to continue and to complete their coursework while deployed.
- Contact their advisor to discuss how a deployment may impact their education and to provide information on their options.
- An academic plan will be put into place for the student prior to deployment.
Students who are deployed may request an administrative withdrawal that will note the reason of the withdrawal as military. Military personnel that need to repeat a course due to deployment will not be charged for the repeated course.
Students who withdrawal for deployment reasons will be guaranteed readmission under the following conditions:
- The student must give written or verbal notice of such service to his or her academic advisor, military liaison, or the registrar. This notice may come from the student or from an appropriate officer of the U.S. Armed Forces or from a U.S. Department of Defense official. Notice is not required if precluded by military necessity. The requirement to give notice may be fulfilled at the time that the student seeks readmission by submitting an attestation that the student performed the service.
- The student must give written or verbal notice of their intent to return to Shorter University to his or her academic advisor, military liaison, or the registrar within three years after the completion of the period of service. A student who is hospitalized or convalescing due to an illness or injury incurred or aggravated during the performance of service must notify the school within two years after the end of the period needed for recovery from the illness or injury.
- The cumulative length of the absence and of all previous absences from Shorter University for military service may not exceed five years. The student’s cumulative length of absences period does not include any period of service that is specified in 34 CFR 668.18 (e).
- The student cannot have received a dishonorable or bad conduct discharge or have been sentenced in a court-martial.
Students who meet these conditions will be re-admitted on the following terms:
- Students will receive credit toward the course from which they withdrew, allowing them to retake those classes without charge. If that class is no longer offered, the student will receive a credit toward any course considered most similar to the original course by the institution.
- The student is eligible to re-enroll in the same program in which he or she was enrolled at the time of the withdrawal. If that program is no longer offered, the student may enroll in whatever program is most similar to the original program, or any other program offered at time of readmission, granted program requirements have been met.
- If re-admitted to the same program, the student’s tuition and fees for the first academic year in which the student returns will be the same as those that would have been charged during the year that the student left the school.
- Any re-enrollment fees or deposit requirements will be waived.
MILITARY SUPPORT OFFICE
The Military Liaison Office at Shorter University serves as the point of contact for service members, veterans, and family members seeking information about academic counseling, financial aid counseling, and student support services. The military liaison may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MILITARY AND VETERAN BENEFITS COUNSELOR
Our benefits counselor provides student guidance on any military and veteran benefits you may qualify and ensures benefits are processed swiftly and smoothly. Our benefits counselor can be reached at email@example.com.
MILITARY AND VETERAN ACADEMIC ADVISING
Our online academic advisors can guide military students through their academic career and advise on the specific needs of military students. Our advisors can be reached by calling 1-800-868-6980, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reference the 2016-2017 Course Catalog starting on page 23.