Support for Veterans

Assumption recognizes that Veterans pursuing a degree may have unique needs beyond their education; needs that the Assumption University community is prepared to meet.

As a Military-Friendly recognized institution of higher learning, Assumption provides a number of programs and services to provide for Veterans' unique needs.

At Assumption, you'll find a community that is thankful for the sacrifices you have made in service to our nation and a community that is committed to your success.

Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Qualified Dependents
Select Assumption faculty, including those who have served, have been trained on how to best advise Service Members, Veterans, and their families (SMVF). Individuals actively serving may face challenges related to training or deployment. Faculty and administration work with SMVF to facilitate degree completion regardless of the challenges presented by their military responsibilities.

Veterans Financial Aid and Benefits Assistance
Assumption University recognizes the barriers related to the timely allocation of funds from government programs providing tuition assistance to Services Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.  While issues almost inevitably arise, key personnel within the administrative hierarchy of the university are working to minimize and eliminate these barriers. Assumption University does not penalize with late fees or unnecessary registration challenges individuals receiving military-affiliated funding when its allocation does not align with the university's schedule.

Below are ways to access additional information about benefits available for SMVF:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill®️:  Service Members may be eligible to transfer all or an unused portion of benefits to their spouse or dependent children. Learn more about this benefit.
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship): This scholarship provides payments to eligible spouses and dependents of Service Members who have died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Learn more about this scholarship.
  • MyCAA is a workforce development program for eligible military spouses who plan to pursue a certificate, license, or associate degree in an occupation or portable career field. Learn more about this program.

Dedicated Staff
Thanks to a Veterans Administration grant, the University funds a work-study position that is filled by a student-Veteran. This individual serves as a resource to Veterans connecting them to various services available on campus. 

For more information please contact Mary Malone, 508-767-7408.

Veterans Liaison Contact Information
Michael H. Rubino, J.D. and Ed.D., General Counsel, 508-767-7156

Mike joined the Marines shortly after graduating from high school.  He served 16 months in Vietnam during 1968 and 1969 and is a Veteran of the Tet Offensive. As a Combat Engineer and Civil Affairs non-commissioned officer, he worked villages and hamlets throughout the greater Danang area and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning from active duty, Mike took advantage of the GI Bill®️ to attend a university.

School Certification Official
Mary Malone, Assistant to the Registrar
508-767-7408, mmalone@assumption.edu

Veterans Success Committee
The Veterans Success Committee meets regularly to develop and enhance programs for Veterans.  Individuals on the committee also work to maintain relationships with student Veterans and support in whatever appropriate ways are necessary to facilitate their success. These individuals include:

  • Mike Rubino, General Counsel, Chair
  • Dean Barnett, Student
  • Susan Cahill, Graduate Admissions
  • Lea Christo, Assistant Professor
  • Nicholas J. Cioe, Director of Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Dan DiTullio, Executive Assistant for Government and Community Relations
  • Mary Malone, Registrar’s Office and VA Certification Officer
  • Linda Rosenlund, Director of Alumni Engagement
  • Susan Scully-Hill, Associate Professor
  • Karen Stoyanoff, Graduate Admissions
  • Tommy Thomas, Student
  • Michael Whitehead, Director of the Physician’s Assistant Studies program.
     

 

PROVIDING FOR VETERANS


Assumption Named a Military Friendly® School

Assumption University is one of the nation’s best institutions for Veterans and has been recognized as a 2019-20 Military Friendly® School. This designation sets the standard for higher education institutions to best serve veterans and their spouses. Learn more about this designation.


Veterans Lounge

Veterans, like most people, flourish in environments with those who understand their background and training. Assumption University worked with student-Veterans and faculty-Veterans on the design and outfitting of a Veterans lounge.  The lounge was designed to provide a central space on campus where Veterans can study, meet with other Veterans, and feel comfortable in an environment that is supportive of their needs.

The Veterans Lounge is located in the Information Technology Center, Room 125 and 126.


Special Ops: SMVF Program

The leadership from the rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and health advocacy programs developed a specialized certificate program (Special Ops: SMVF). This 6-8 course, 18-24 credit online Special Ops: Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families (SMVF) program provides training for individuals in the human services field, arming them with knowledge of relevant issues facing Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.  designed to prepare individuals to work with Service Members, Veterans, and their families in human resource and healthcare industries.


Annual Veterans' Day Observance

Each year, the Assumption University community pauses to recognize and thank Veterans for their selfless sacrifices in service of our country. The event features an alumni guest speaker who served in the Armed Forces and each Veteran in attendance is honored with an Assumption University challenge coin.


W.I.S.E. Program Collaboration

Assumption University is pleased to host the Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE), a lifelong learning institute for older adults in Central Massachusetts who share a love of learning and community engagement. Many WISE members are Veterans who are always willing to lend an ear, or hand, to a fellow service member. The Assumption University WISE program is a member-run organization that values peer learning, participation and leadership. Members develop a full schedule of educational and cultural programs, running from September into June.

First-rate Academics in a Catholic University Setting

Assumption University strives to form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service. Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the University pursues these ambitious goals through a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts that prepares students for professionally and personally rewarding lives of meaning.

Our Mission

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.