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Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency announces 2022 list of Veteran-Friendly Schools

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency has recognized 63 universities, colleges or trade schools as Veteran-Friendly Schools (VFS) for 2022. The Michigan Veteran-Friendly Schools Program recognizes academic institutions committed to supporting the needs of veterans and military-connected students. These institutions are awarded Gold-, Silver-, and Bronze-level status based on their veteran-centric services and programs. Any academic institution or training facility in Michigan eligible to receive veteran education benefits can apply for the program.

In 2022, four schools increased from Silver to Gold, three increased from Bronze to Silver and one new school joined the program.

See the full list below:


Alma College
Andrews University
Central Michigan University
Cleary University
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Davenport University
Delta College
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Global Information Technology
Gogebic Community College
Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Valley State University
Henry Ford College
Jackson College
Kirtland Community College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Lake Superior State University
Lansing Community College
Macomb Community College
MIAT College of Technology
Michigan Technological University
Mid Michigan College
Montcalm Community College
Mott Community College
Michigan State University
Northern Michigan University
Northwood University
Oakland Community College
Oakland University
Olivet College
Schoolcraft College
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Michigan – Dearborn
University of Michigan – Flint
Walsh College
Washtenaw Community College
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University

Aquinas College
Baker College
Bay de Noc Community College
Compass College of Film and Media
Cooley Law School
Finlandia University
Focus: HOPE
Great Lakes Boat Building School
Glen Oaks Community College
Grace Christian University
Lake Michigan College
Madonna University
Monroe County Community College
North Central Michigan College
North Country Heavy Equipment School
Rochester University
St Clair County Community College
Southwestern Michigan College
Suburban CDL
West Shore Community College

Kettering University

Universities, colleges or trade schools interested in becoming a Veteran-Friendly School must meet the criteria below:
1. Established process for identification of current student veterans
2. Veteran-specific website
3. Active student veteran organization or club
4. Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising, and/or outcome monitoring
5. On-campus veterans’ coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact
6. System to evaluate and award academic credit based on prior military training and experience
7. Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, progress, and graduation rates

Gold level: Complete six or more of the above
Silver level: Complete four of the above
Bronze Level: Complete three of the above

Learn more about the program on the MVAA dashboard.