Veterans Education at Albertus Magnus College

Veterans thrive and grow at Albertus. Service is saluted, respected, and nurtured through a convenient Professional and Graduate Studies (PGS) and the traditional undergraduate experience.

Whether learning is done in the classroom, online, or a blend of both, Albertus is a Veteran-friendly culture where VA benefits are maximized and student success is ensured.

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Veteran Financial Assistance

Albertus Magnus College is there every step of the way for our Veterans, who bring life experience including problem-solving skills to the classroom, whether it is in-person or online.

Financial challenges should not be an obstacle. Check out financial aid information and scholarship opportunities to help get you to “Yes.”

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Perception and Quality

Badges of Distinction

Albertus Magnus College is a 2019-2020 Military Friendly Gold School

Military Friendly ©

Military Friendly© designation creates better outcomes for veterans. By setting a standard, then promoting it, positive reinforcement is provided for American organizations to invest in programs that improve the lives of veterans. Albertus Magnus College is pleased to be among this distinguished list of colleges and universities.

Albertus Magnus College is a Yellow Ribbon Program Participant

Yellow Ribbon Program Participant

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding.

Albertus Magnus College is a 2019-2020 Military Friendly Spouse School

Military Friendly © Spouse

Albertus Magnus College is on the list of schools that have instituted policies to address the concerns and needs of military spouses and their families. We have constructed our admissions, retention, career counseling, and mentoring programs to help alleviate the difficulties faced by military spouses. There are flexible learning options and degree continuation programs that are designed to accommodate deployments and relocation.

Experience Being a Fearless Falcon: the Albertus Veteran Family

Meet Jesse Ede ’20 who took a non-traditional path to fulfill his educational dream. See how Albertus played an important role in his inspiring story.

Here at Albertus Magnus College, we take a hands-on approach and a personal interest in Veterans to help them transition their skills and succeed both in the classroom and in a civilian career. We foster and nurture a positive experience because a Veteran's real-life knowledge and skills matter.

Timothy Kessell, LT, USCG (ret.), Albertus' Veteran Advisor

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Timothy Kessell, LT, USCG (ret.), Albertus's Veteran Advisor

(203) 672-6764

Originally from Weatherly, PA, Lieutenant Tim Kessell reported to Coast Guard Recruit Basic Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey in August, 1998. Upon basic training graduation, he served as a crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter BEAR homeported in Portsmouth, VA, conducting vital national security deployments throughout the North Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. In the summer of 1999, his crew deployed with the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet to the Adriatic Sea in combat support of “Operation Allied Force”, NATO's military campaign against the forces of the former Republic of Yugoslavia during the NATO Kosovo campaign.

In 2000, Lieutenant Kessell was selected to attend the Coast Guard’s elite Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School, earning his designation as Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer #513. Upon graduation, he reported for duty to AIRSTA Elizabeth City in North Carolina (2000-2005), where he performed hundreds of search and rescue missions, including support of Hurricane Katrina response operations in the Gulf Coast region in 2005. Later that year, he was offered an opportunity to return to the Aviation Technical Training Center as an “A” School Instructor where he had the privilege of training and mentoring the Coast Guard’s future Helicopter Rescue Swimmers.

Selected for Officer Candidate School in 2009, Lieutenant Kessell began his commissioned officer career upon reporting to Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, CT as the Incident Management Division Chief supporting nine Sector sub-units and Cutters. In 2012, he reported to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. His Academy tours included duty as regional Admissions Officer, Assistant Director of Operations, International Cadet Exchange Program Manager, Coast Guard Academy Preparatory School Manager, and finally as the Associate Director of Recruiting where he was responsible for the Coast Guard Academy’s national talent acquisition strategy of our country’s top students.

Lieutenant Kessell retired from the U.S. Coast Guard in the summer of 2020. His personal awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Coast Guard Letters of Commendation, and various other unit and service ribbons. He is authorized to wear the Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Aircrew insignia. Lieutenant Kessell holds a BA in Political Science from American Public University System, an advanced certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University, and is currently seeking a Master’s degree in Education. He lives in the shoreline town of Madison, CT with his wife Melissa and their 12-year-old son, Nate.

Katie Santacroce, School Certifying Official at Albertus Magnus College

203-672-6657, ext. 6657

I am a proud spouse of a dedicated Military member and because of this I will say that I am incredibly lucky to be a part of the Albertus Magnus College Family. In a world of constant change, my experience at Albertus has been great. Everyone has shown care, support, and understanding through all of this. What a great College to be a part of!

Geraldine Wooten

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The Veteran experience at Albertus takes many forms – in the classroom and at events. Mentorship matters.

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