Capella Military Advance 10K Doctoral Grant

Discussion in 'Military-related education topics' started by rmm0484, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. rmm0484

    rmm0484 Member

    Capella University is pleased to announce a $10,000 grant opportunity for new students with a military affiliation who enroll in a PhD in IT, PhD in Business Management, or DBA program and meet the eligibility requirements.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    Must be a new student starting a PhD in IT, PhD in Business Management, or DBA program at Capella University between April and September 2014. Former students re-applying to the university are also eligible.

    Maintain good academic standing (3.01.04 Academic Standing) and/or good financial aid satisfactory academic progress (3.01.05 FASAP).

    Must successfully pass your first course.
    Must be accepted into an eligible doctoral program in the School of Business & Technology.

    Must provide documentation supporting that you: Are currently serving in the United States military in an active duty, guard, or reserve capacity; are the spouse of an active duty servicemember; have previously served in the U.S. military; are a member of the United States Public Health Survey Commissioned Corps; Are a member of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps; are a civilian employee of the Department of Defense; are a dependent receiving Dependents Education Assistance (DEA, Chapter 35) benefits from the VA.

    Education changes lives. Inspire others to take the next step. Refer them to Capella University

    Randy Johnson MBA, MSIT
    Lead Enrollment Counselor

    Direct Line: 888-579-0927
    Toll Free: 1-888-CAPELLA ext. 4395
    Fax: 888-227-8492
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Capella University
    225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Capella is a for-profit company. It is a business. That makes this a "discount," not a "grant," no matter what they call it.

    I'm surprised you don't need a coupon. Oh, I see you do.

    (I'm cool with for-profit education in general and Capella in particular. But if Chevrolet did this, they wouldn't call it a "grant." It would be a "military discount." That's all.)

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!


    Your comment about Capella University's program bases on the original post is a little harsh, but I definitely agree with you on that. Capella University does not have endowment, instead corporate revenue. If I am not mistaken, they used to refer to the military members receiving 10% discount toward tuition and fees.
  4. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I don't think so. I clearly stated that I like Capella. I just wanted to make it clear that what was happening was a discount, not a grant. The "coupon" comment comes from the need to present proof that you're eligible for the discount.
  5. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    I see both sides of this, but how often do you hear the word "discount" in higher education? IMHO, Capella chose to use the word "grant," because that's the standard term used in higher education.
  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Okay, so here's a test. If the amount in question is, say, $10K, can the student spend that money up front before chipping in any of his/her own? In other words, can I take the "grant" and spend it taking classes, then leave? If so, that's a grant. If not, if I have to spend money along the way and apply the "grant" along the way, it's a discount.

    So let's look. Survey Says: "The $10,000 grant will be applied to each recipient's Capella account equally over 7 consecutive quarters ($1,429 per quarter) during the third week of each quarter."

    It's a military discount, not a grant. This may be a difference without a distinction; I don't know. But this is a for-profit business giving a discount to current and former military members. (It's okay. If you eat at Applebee's , they don't give you the first 10% of the food free, either. They also discount the total.)

    I'm okay with for-profits and I'm especially fond of Capella. But let's call it like it is. There's no shame in offering a discount to military members. And yes, other schools do it. And no, it doesn't seem to hurt their reputations, either. But calling it a "grant" implies all kinds of things, including a prestige simply not applicable in this situation.

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