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Veterans and those serving in the military deserve better


University president pulls out all the stops to help.

After attending a conference in Washington, DC that focused on the education industry’s relationship with veterans and those serving in the military, one university president decided that his school would do more for those who serve their country in the armed forces. Don Kassner, president of Andrew Jackson University, an accredited online degree-granting institution, surprised the university’s board with a proposal to help those former and current members of the military who are interested in college. Kassner’s proposal included waiving all application and enrollment fees, a grant to cover all books, and for those awaiting their VA benefits, a tuition deferral plan. Kassner suggested this special treatment be extended to anyone on active duty, veterans, and the armed forces’ active reservists.

Board member Joseph Schmoke, a former Marine, heartily endorsed Kassner’s proposal. With the board behind him, Kassner also proposed that veterans and service personnel interested in enrolling in Andrew Jackson University be given training to help them succeed as online students. He also plans on introducing mentoring and tutoring services for military enrollees.

When asked what prompted these ideas, Kassner replied, “I’m so thankful to all those who have served our country and kept America safe. There is no way that I can ever repay them for what they have done. But I can make certain that my team at Andrew Jackson University does everything we can to support the soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines and Coastguardsmen who set their sights on a college education.”

Schmoke, Kassner, and Joe Peek, the university’s bursar and an active reservist himself, said the proposals would be instituted without delay. Kassner commented he was sorry the plight of those in the military who seek assistance and help in enrolling in, and paying for, college was not brought to his attention sooner.

About Andrew Jackson University (AJU)
AJU, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accredited institution, offers self-paced online courses that lead to one of eleven degrees. AJU has found that many in the military are interested in the university’s associate, bachelor and master degrees in criminal justice. With headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, AJU has students worldwide, many of them serving in the armed forces. Call 800-429-9300 or see



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