Central Texas College (CTC) was chosen the most popular school by active-duty soldiers who use tuition assistance to pay for their higher education. In a survey compiled by Military Times “Edge” magazine, CTC was number one for Army personnel and third overall by military personnel for the fiscal year 2010. Four-year schools the American Public University System and the University System of Maryland finished first and second respectively.
Military Times requested tuition assistance data on students, course enrollments and funds from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army National Guard and Coast Guard. The Air Force information included data for the active-duty Air National Guard. The lists were combined and named college systems were grouped together to determine which schools served the most tuition assistance users in fiscal 2010.
Eighty percent of more than 300,000 service members using tuition assistance in fiscal 2010 enrolled in just 50 school systems. Many of these schools, including CTC, have adapted and/or designed programs to meet the special needs of military students. Those needs include access in dispersed or sometimes dangerous locations, flexibility to accommodate unpredictable schedules and support staff to navigate tuition assistance and transfer credit issues.
According to “Edge,” CTC represents a good value in education. CTC taught 6.5 percent of tuition assistance-funded courses in 2010 but only used 4.7 percent of tuition assistance funds.
CTC offers both online and classroom options for military members with sites on 25 military installations across the continental U.S. and Alaska and Hawaii as well as 17 countries in Europe and the Middle East; 30 sites in the Pacific Far East including Korea, mainland Japan and Okinawa; and Naval ships at sea. In addition to classroom and online classes, CTC also offers alternative education delivery methods such as hybrid courses, courses on compact discs (CDs) and personal digital assistants (PDAs).