EXCEL offers tuition discount to active-duty military

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2011-05-25
HUNTINGTON, Ind.— Thousands of men and women loyally serve this country each year in the armed forces. As a way to say thank you, the EXCEL Adult Degree Programs at Huntington University has lowered the cost of its degree programs for active-duty military personnel.

Beginning with the fall semester, tuition will be reduced from $340 per credit hour to $250 per credit hour for all 100 and 200 level courses for active-duty military personnel and their dependents.

“Huntington University has taken this step in a difficult economy to recognize the contributions our military personnel are making for our country, often at significant personal sacrifice,” said Dr. Rick Upchurch, director of EXCEL. “We are proud to provide a Christ-centered, nationally-recognized educational experience at a price that will make this a viable option for military families.”

Numerous military personnel have enrolled in the EXCEL program since its inception in 1993 because of its reputation for quality education and the high standards it sets for its students.

Senior Master Sgt. John Furge, a 2005 EXCEL graduate, used the program to finish his bachelor’s degree in organization management while continuing his career in the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard in Fort Wayne, Ind. Chief Master Sgt. Tim Tolentino, also of the Fighter Wing, transferred to the program after discovering the convenience of the onsite classes and the quality of the professors.

“The flexibility that I had through Huntington fit perfectly with my schedule especially as a military person. They understood that sometimes duty calls,” said Tolentino, a 2007 graduate. “They took into consideration that we were working people and that we were fitting education into our schedule, but they still made it challenging. They empower you to learn.”

Huntington University offers a wide range of courses online. EXCEL offers associate degree programs in Christian ministry and organizational management in addition to bachelor's degree programs in business administration, human resource management and not-for-profit leadership. Huntington also offers all of those programs onsite in addition to bachelor’s degree programs in marketing, accounting and nursing (RN to BSN). Onsite classes are held one night per week, one subject at a time in Huntington, Columbia City and Wabash, Ind. A 15-credit hour TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate is also offered in an accelerated format in Huntington.

Huntington’s online program has been nationally ranked for online Christian colleges and universities for its student satisfaction, peer and instructional quality, affordability and credibility.

Learn more about the opportunities available through EXCEL’s degree programs at www.huntington.edu/excel.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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