Iowa Wesleyan University Enhances Opportunities with Rock Island Arsenal

Iowa Wesleyan University and Rock Island Arsenal (RIA) officers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last month. This MOU provides flexibility to active duty military members, veterans, and their families who may be seeking a college degree.

The MOU was signed by Colonel Todd J. Allison, Garrison Commander, and Dr. DeWayne Frazier, University Provost, accompanied by the IW Online staff. Dr. Frazier said, “Iowa Wesleyan has long supported the U.S. armed forces; we are pleased to continue this important work with the Rock Island Arsenal. We are proud of our collaboration through the MOU with the Arsenal on making education more accessible and attainable for the individuals employed at the facility.”

Highlights that will serve the troop as they work toward their educational goals include:

  • Reduced tuition rates for undergraduate classes: over 40% discount for Active Duty, and 30% discount for veterans, civilian employees of the RIA, and military spouses or dependent.
  • Reduced tuition rates for Master of Arts classes: over 50% discount for Active Duty and 30% discount for veterans, civilian employees of the RIA, and military spouses or dependents.
  • Additional tuition discount rates for Active Duy Military members seeking a Master of Education degree.
  • Flexibility for soldiers and civilian employees when mission requirements interrupt student progress.

RIA Education Services Specialist, Mary Hansarik, stated, “Through Army Continuing Education System, the Rock Island Arsenal U.S. Garrison and Iowa Wesleyan University have partnered to provide postsecondary academic programs and courses to the Arsenal population. The Memorandum of Understanding provides a discounted tuition rate for Soldiers, adult Family Members, and Department of the Army Civilians affiliated with the Arsenal.”

Dr. Frazier added, “We are thankful for the partnership and the small role we can play to support our soldiers and their dependents.”