Military Friendly University
Home or Abroad, We Support Our Military
Ease the Transition from Military Life to Civilian Life with Hodges
Welcome to our Military Personnel and their Families! We are so glad that you’ve found Hodges University. Our veteran support programs are one-of-a-kind, and we are here to help you with the sometimes overwhelming transition from Military Life to Civilian Living through our higher education services. We’re a Military Friendly College and proud to serve you as you face your next challenge. Read more about our Military and Veteran Services in this Life In Naples Magazine Article.
See Why Our Military Students Choose
Hodges University to Get Their Degrees
12% of Students Are Military Veterans
Military Times Best:
Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program
Dedicated Veterans Centers
On Both Campuses
Discounted Tuition for Active,
Reserve, and Veteran Service Members
Campus Partner in the Got Your Six Initiative
Online Degree Programs
On Campus Degree Programs
Support Services for Military and Veteran Students
Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center
When you visit Hodges University, we invite you to spend some time at our Veterans Services Center (VSC) where you can see for yourself what life is like at Hodges. The mission of the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center is to provide a welcoming and informative environment for our veterans and their families. At our Veteran Services Office (VSC), you will receive support and information related to education funding as well as guidance regarding the adjustment to student and civilian life. Whether you attend the Naples or Fort Myers Campus, you’ll find Veterans Services Staff ready to help you.
We have found that one of the biggest challenges our student veterans face is finding a sense of belonging and purpose. We understand that many veterans miss the camaraderie they had while in the service and know that you are trying to figure out the next step in your life. The Veterans Services Center staff is here to help you with this challenging transition by providing a place for our military community to meet and talk about their experiences. The opportunity to get to know other military service members will help you find the sense of belonging you need to succeed in your higher education goals.
Rest assured, as you settle back into civilian life, that you are in good company. Earl Hodges, the university’s namesake, was a veteran and was passionate about providing an outstanding education for our veterans, and many of the trustees, faculty, and staff at Hodges U are veterans as well. Our VSC Staff is here to help you make the transition from being a soldier, airman, seaman, or marine to student life. This transition can seem like a lonely path, but at Hodges, you are not alone. As part of the Hodges U family, you’ll find that familiar camaraderie through our military-friendly veteran meetings.
Who is Dr. Peter Thomas?
We named our Veterans Services Center after Dr. Peter Thomas, an award-winning narrator and World War II veteran who was also a Naples Resident from 1996 to 2016. In 1943, after graduating from high school, he joined the United States Army and served with the First Infantry Division in five European campaigns. Thomas received numerous awards for his service, including five battle stars, one for each campaign, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de Guerre, and the Belgian Fourragère.
Thomas spent 13 years as a news anchor for CBS before leaving to pursue his full-time freelance documentary and narration work. Thomas continued his narrative work and has provided voice-over work for numerous television commercials and programs, documentaries, and sports networks such as ESPN. He even provided the voice for the Philips HeartStart automated external defibrillator (AED).
Thomas’s passion for those serving in the military never ceased, and in 2004, Hodges named him its Humanitarian of the Year. In that same year, he was also named an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Although Peter passed away in April 2016, his legacy lives on in the Peter and Stella Thomas Scholarship, which provides financial support to military veterans pursuing undergraduate or master’s degrees.
Veteran Support Extends Beyond the Classroom
Hodges University takes pride in our military and veteran students and it shows. From military friendly designated parking spaces to dedicated rec rooms, we believe in providing a comfortable atmosphere for our military and veteran students while on our campuses. In addition, we provide support services, assistance with our application process, veteran-specific financial aid assistance, and help with designing a pathway for your success. We know the transition from soldier to student isn’t always easy but we are with you every step of the way.
We welcome military spouses and families who are looking for support and a place they can call home while their loved ones are serving in the armed forces. Being a Top Military Friendly College, we offer many of the same services available to veterans to their families as well.
Whether you or your family need support and help with finances, job searches, mental health counseling, or other situations, we are here to assist all of you. Resources available at our private institution include both on-campus and within the community. These resources offer solutions to almost any challenge you may face as a former member of the military. We offer full-time and part-time degree programs, many of which you can take online. So even if you’re not sure how long you’ll be in our area, you can still finish your degree. Focused on your success, we are here to help you create the life you imagine.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Using Your VA Benefits
At Hodges, we know how important it is for you to make the best use of your VA Benefits. We’re experienced in helping you manage the post-9/11 GI Bill application process. Whether you are eligible for 100% benefits or a different benefit level, we are committed to helping you find as many funds as possible for your education. That’s why we also participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs which helps bridge the gaps between the post-9/11 GI Bill and needed financing for your higher education.
Military Tuition Discounts
When you choose Hodges, you’ll receive a tuition discount of $100 per credit hour for veterans who are not eligible for VA education benefits or additional tuition discounts. Most veterans receive an educational benefit between 40 and 100 percent. We base this determination on the amount of time spent in the service.
We also offer tuition discounts to active military. Ask us how you can receive up to $250 reduction per credit hour off our normal tuition rate.
Additionally, our skilled VSC Staff will work hard to help you identify the financial aid for which you qualify so that you can take the next step in achieving Your Success. We are one of a select number of universities that offer services for our military veterans, and we are proud to be here to serve you as you take the next step in your career path.
Christin Olsen - Combat Veteran and Proud Hodges Graduate
What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
My medical retirement was very difficult for me to overcome. I spent months at home feeling down and feeling as if my life was over at 30 years old. I had specific plans and goals for my life. A medical retirement from the career I loved so dearly was not one of them. One day, while in my pajamas, at noon, I noticed my son mimicking what I was doing and that’s when it struck me – this is not the woman I want my son to look up to. So, I started researching local colleges and fell in love with Hodges University. Life is not over for me, it’s just starting!
What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
It means so much. I feel it will open so many doors and help me find a new career that I will love. I feel excited about my future and all that it holds.
Resources and Referral Services
In addition to educational assistance, VSC staff work with veterans who are dealing with transitional issues such as finances, mental health, and job searches. By partnering with both internal and external organizations throughout the community, VSC staff can point students in the right direction when they are facing obstacles.
Support Our Veterans
We offer scholarship programs as well as Veterans Center programs for our military students and their families. If you’d like to support our veterans, click here to contribute:
Veterans Center Contacts
Fort Myers Campus
4501 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: (239) 482-0019
Fax: (888) 320-7431
2647 Professional Circle
Naples, FL 34119
Phone: (239) 513-1122
Fax: (888) 320-7431