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Understanding your

 Military Friendly® Designation.

Every institution dedicates itself to the military and veteran community when they participate in the Military Friendly® Schools Survey. Understanding where you need to improve is important. We are here to help. Click on your designation below to find out more. 

Find out how to expand and improve you military program and ensure you meet the requirements of the survey.

Not-Friendly

Sometimes we need the veteran's voice on your campus and they have to net-promote the institution. Find out why and how to hear from your military community.

Pending VSS

Institutions are put on the Bad Actors list for a number of reason. Understand why and what it means for your Designation potential.

Bad Actor 

If you have any questions please go to MilitaryFriendly.com/Suppport and the survey team would be happy to assist. 

Survey Support

 Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.

Hundreds of institutions do not receive the designation because of things they can fix right now. Here is a break down of the most common reasons.

Not-Friendly 

Countless institutions do not complete their survey. Make sure you submit the survey and if you want confirmation, send the Survey Team an email!

Incomplete

         One of the most important components of the Survey is meeting the metrical                   benchmarks. Many institutions fall short or do not even fill this sections out. An 

institution must meet 3/6 of the benchmarks below:

  • Graduation rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
  • 1 year retention rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
  • 2 year retention rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
  • Loan default rate for all students or veteran students alone is 20% or lower
  • Job placement rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
  • Transfer rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher


Metrical Benchmarks

Federal Caution Flags are found via public databases. You can see if your

institution is flagged on https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool. If you do not believe that your institution should have these flags, contact the VA directly. 


  • Heightened Cash Monitoring (F/S Late/Missing)
  • Heightened Cash Monitoring (Audit Late/Missing)
  • Heightened Cash Monitoring (Financial Responsibility)
  • Flight Program - Suspended for 85/15 violation
  • Heightened Cash Monitoring (Administrative Capability)





Federal Caution Flags 

Institution will not be designated Military Friendly® if it has their accreditation on probation, regardless of reason. 

Academic accreditation

 on probation

When certain institutions fall slightly short of the requirements they have an opportunity to earn the designation through the voice of their military community.

Pending Veteran Student Survey

If you are eligible for the for the VSS, you will be notified. Upon notification that you are able to participate, you begin the steps below. 

What is the Veteran Student Survey process?

The simple survey will come with a link, similiar to to the Military Friendly® Schools Survey. The participants can answer as little as one question, or as much as ten. 

Send out the link to your military community.

Your military community on campus must net-promote your institution. During the limited amount of time you have to get either 500 responses or 20% of your military community. If you get the required score and responses, your designation will change to Military Friendly®. 

Encourage and wait!

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Bad actors are determined on the basis of multiple standards. With the idea that we are and will only promote “better for veterans” institutions, the Survey Team took a hard look at who is taking the survey and who should not be designated regardless of metrics. 


Bad Actor


  • Violations of Dept. of Education laws and regulations regarding Veterans, the GI Bill, or any other action (That may not involve Veterans) that the DoE considers negative.
  • Violations of Dept. of Veteran Affairs laws and regulations regarding Veterans, the GI Bill, or any other action that the VA considers negative.
  • Accreditation issues or loss of Accreditation on any level due to findings of the Dept. of Education.
  • For-Profit entity that takes advantage of students with predatory practices.
  • Federal Flag/Student Complaints (Heightened cash monitoring for example)
  • Title IV Violations
  • Association with a holding company that has been labeled a Bad-Actor
  • Falsification of statistics, metrics or information. 


Possible reasons to be on the Bad Actors List

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