Central Texas College’s (CTC’s) commitment to serving veterans and military families has been acknowledged for the ninth consecutive year as the school earned a ranking among the top Military Times Best for Vets colleges. CTC was ranked 10th among the best online and non-traditional schools for military veterans on the Best for Vets: College 2019 list. The rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey – the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. It is also a result of a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies. Of the near-500 schools participating in this year’s survey, only 208 were among the final rankings.

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to disclose academic outcome and input data, describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus and meticulously document a wide array of services, special policies, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

“Military Times' Best for Vets designation is trusted throughout the veteran community as the mark of excellence for schools and other organizations that work with veterans, service members and military families,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. “The honor is earned through a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served.”

At the time of the survey, CTC reported a military enrollment of 18,283 (an overall enrollment of 30,167) which represents an unduplicated 12-month headcount for the 2017-18 academic year. CTC also reported a 59 percent military student retention rate and a graduation/transfer rate of 14 percent.

CTC’s top 10 ranking was also attributed to its’ credit-per-hour rate being below the established tuition assistance cap of $250 and under the G.I. Bill cap. CTC’s full out-of-state tuition for all programs is also lower than the nationwide cap of $17,500 per school year. Other factors were the school’s signed policy agreements to adhere to the Principles of Excellence, Eight Keys to Veterans’ Success and the most recent Defense Department Memorandum of Understanding.

In addition, Military Times credited CTC for its’ VetSuccess Center on campus. Housed on the central campus in Killeen, the CTC VetSuccess Center was established to specifically handle veterans’ issues, its acceptance and granting of credits for military training recommended by the American Council on Education credits and the school’s participation in the College Credit for Heroes program which offers college credit to military veterans for their military training and experience.

“CTC is a perfect fit for veterans and students connected to the military based on our tuition, flexibility, locations across the country and relentless efforts to meet the needs of service members seeking to continue their education,” said Jim Yeonopolus, CTC chancellor. “Not only do we value their service to our country, we also value veterans and military personnel as students. CTC’s administration, faculty and staff will remain steadfast in their dedication to these students.”