BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - On Tuesday, USCB signed an agreement with the Marine Corps to help speed up the admissions and enrollment process for marines getting out of the military. The "Elite to Elite" program prescreens marines making it an easier transition into college.
"We have a board where we meet so they don't' have to compete with all of the high school seniors, it's a separate program and it's my job to pick the best and the brightest of these great Americans and make it easy for them," said Major General Jensen, Marine Corps Installations East.
"It's a benefit to these students who have given their time, talent and resources to serve our country," said USCB Chancellor Jane Upshaw. "It's the least we could do."
Upshaw says this partnership is a win win for all.
"What they bring isn't on their transcript are leadership experiences they've already had, challenges they've already met that has shaped them in ways that will shape their education experience not only for them but also for the students in class with them," said Upshaw.
Former Marine and current student Brandon Wells says this program is a great idea and will help many in the future.
"When I first got out, I had to do all of this paperwork get the Post 9/11 GI Bill which is what I'm using, get it ready, get everything sent in and sit and wait for it to actually come back and say yes or no," said Wells . "Through this program prior to be getting out I would have already have that info."
He says it would have prevented him from having to sit out a semester.
In addition to this new program, USCB has implemented a number of initiatives to serve all active duty military, veterans and their dependents.
One thing they've done is reduce the tuition for all active duty military students so that their tuition matches what the government gives them so they have no out of pocket expense except for text books.
USCB also educated their financial aid staff on the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help students who qualify. They have also taken extra steps to help out of state veterans with tuition through the "Yellow Ribbon" program.
USCB is now the only university in South Carolina to offer the Elite to Elite program. It is used in colleges throughout North Carolina and the Marine Corps is hoping to take it nation-wide.