Brenau University academic deans meet with Kings Bay students and faculty to maintain campus-to-campus relationships in the 136-year-old institution.
Brenau University academic deans meet with Kings Bay students and faculty to maintain campus-to-campus relationships in the 136-year-old institution.

Brenau Celebrates Military-friendly Status with Tuition Cut for Civilians at Kings Bay Navy Base Campus

Nov 6, 2014
Brenau Staff

Fresh off of its ascension to a top spot in a national publication’s “Best Schools for Veterans” among comprehensive higher education institutions in the Southeast, Brenau University announced that it will reduce tuition for all students, including non-active duty military and civilian students, to equal the rate available to military personnel for all graduate and undergraduate classes offered through the Navy College program on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

The new $250 per-credit-hour flat rate for all courses reduces the university’s normal tuition rates by about 32 percent for undergraduate courses and 35 percent for graduate courses. The rates apply immediately for all on-ground and online courses offered through the Kings Bay campus in terms that start after Jan. 1, 2015. Registration is now open for new applicants and current students.

To enroll in the Brenau University courses offered on the submarine base, students need not be affiliated with the military. Brenau courses are open to everyone at the new rate.

“Now these same discounts are available to anyone in the South Georgia/North Florida coastal community who wants to go to college on the beautiful Kings Bay campus,” said Brenau University President Ed Schrader. “This is in keeping with Brenau’s military- and veteran-friendly heritage because a vast number of citizens in the region are either veterans themselves or have family members who are veterans. This considerable additional discount reflects Brenau’s commitment to serving our military and civilian students at Kings Bay and the surrounding communities by providing a high-quality education at an affordable cost.”

The reduced rates are available only at the Kings Bay campus. Brenau officials explained that the university was able to launch the new rates there because Brenau operates on the military base with lower operational overhead as part of the Navy College program.

A view of the Kings Bay Navy base where Brenau has provided undergraduate and graduate studies for almost three decades.
A view of the Kings Bay Navy base where Brenau has provided undergraduate and graduate studies for almost three decades.

Along with the tuition discounts, Brenau’s academic administration, which usually requires classes to have at least eight registered students, granted permission for the Kings Bay campus to honor on-ground courses regardless of class size. This means that courses with as few as two students will be taught on-ground. Students enrolled as the only student in an on-ground course will be permitted to complete the class as an independent study, depending on availability of instructors to oversee the individual projects.

Based in Gainesville, Georgia, with other Georgia campuses in Gainesville, Fairburn, Norcross and Augusta, Brenau has operated on the submarine base for about 29 years as part of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System, created in 1972 to provide flexible higher education opportunities for military personnel who have difficulty completing college degrees because of frequent base-to-base transfers and erratic schedules. More than 1,400 people have received graduate and undergraduate diplomas from Brenau at Kings Bay since the program began in 1985. Previously, Brenau operated a program in cooperation with the Navy in Athens, Georgia, at the Naval advanced training facility – then located on the University of Georgia campus – for officers involved in logistics.

Brenau, which consistently ranks overall among the top tier comprehensive Southeastern universities in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of colleges and universities in the United States, jumped ahead of all other schools in Georgia in the “Best Schools for Veterans” category. At No. 12, Brenau was 12 spots ahead of the next highest-ranked Georgia institution in its category.

Brenau’s seven-week semester format for Kings Bay classes includes courses on tracks for MBAs with specialties in accounting, management, health care, human resource management, project management, and finance, as well as undergraduate studies in accounting, marketing, organizational leadership, human resource management, and business administration.

“Brenau University is genuinely proud of its association with the Navy at Kings Bay and with the extraordinary men and women who have come through our portals there for more than a quarter of a century,” Schrader said. “I have said often that Kings Bay students are not ‘among’ the best of our students in terms of academic performance; they are the best.”

As part of the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine program, for example, many of the sailors and support personnel already haven some transferable credit from military training or college credits in scientific disciplines such as nuclear engineering, science and math.

“As prospective students for Brenau, they are looking for additional skills and knowledge to improve their lives and career prospects,” Schrader said. “You do not have to sell them on higher education.”

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