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Maja MendezMaja Mendez

Military and Veteran Enrollment Specialist

Joined Thomas Edison State University: 2020

Phone: (609) 777-5696, EXT. 2137

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Maja Mendez is an Enrollment Specialist who works with our active duty, guard and reserve military spouse and dependent students, assisting them with beginning their academic journey with TESU. Maja began working in higher education with military and veteran students in 2011. She began her career with Thomas Edison State University in 2020. She served as Secretary for the New Jersey Association of Veterans’ Programs Administrators (NJAVPA) for four years.

Maja earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Management from Berkeley College – Newark and a Master of Science in Higher Education from Walden University. She also holds a certificate from Walden University in Student Success and in Enrollment Management and Institutional Marketing.

What She Has to Say

As an Army veteran, former spouse of an active duty Soldier and spouse of a veteran, I genuinely love working with the distinct population of our military and veteran students. With over 10 years of knowledge with assisting the military and veteran population, I have made it my mission since separating from the military to help my fellow service members and veterans with transitioning from their military career to achieving their education goals. It is my goal to help assist you with the process of tuition assistance, using your GI Bill benefits and helping you understand what your options are and how to make them work for you to maximize your well-earned benefits toward completing your educational goals.

It is with this in mind that I thank you for considering Thomas Edison State University, and hope that I have the privilege of working with you, in order to achieve your academic goals.

Why It Matters

Thomas Edison State University understands that being a military spouse or dependent brings along its own challenges. Because of this, we extend the benefits of our Military Degree Completion Program, including a tuition discount, to eligible family members.

Thomas Edison State University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that may be completed entirely through the University’s online and distance learning courses, so that you can continue with your degree progression regardless of where your sponsor is stationed around the world. We offer multiple associate degree programs in portable degree fields that may be eligible for MyCAA funding.

Chartered by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in 1972, Thomas Edison State University pioneered and established distance-learning options, long before “online” became our present everyday reality. We have not been idle through the years, as we have also worked to help you take full advantage of your prior work and learning experiences by developing competitive and relevant degree programs, which enable you to transfer the maximum amount of credit.

Top Five Spouse/Dependent Degree Options

The below are our five most popular degrees, which generally represent the most open or flexible options for our spouse and dependent students, based on their experience. Does a program below fit your needs? If so, we invite you to apply, as we can get you started quickly, and free-of-charge.

  1. Associate in Arts
  2. Associate in Science in Business Administration
  3. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  4. Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  5. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Human Resources Management/Organizational Management

Not connecting with the above, or looking for a more specialized route? We realize every student is unique and as such, you may be looking for a degree that reflects this. Browse our more than 100 available degree programs.

Our Promise to You

In order to ensure your success in completing your degree, Thomas Edison State University strives to meet or exceed the following Principles of Excellence, as established under Presidential Executive Order 13607.

  • Up-front and transparent pricing, in order to gain a better understanding of the total cost of education.
  • Minimize out-of-pocket expenses, by identifying potential military and veteran education benefits.
  • A no-pressure, self-determined educational experience, emphasizing degree completion, over institutional compensation.
  • Delivering only high quality regionally accredited educational programs.
  • A seamless readmission process, should a service member experience an interruption to their education.
  • Accommodations for our deployed service members, should they need to drop or extend a course, as a result of service in the field.
  • Academic evaluations outlining degree requirements, credits that have been earned, and a clear path to completion.
  • From application to graduation, each student is assigned a dedicated advisor, who is there to help.

Thomas Edison State University is a participating institution with the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU). We provide the following information and resources to ensure military and veteran students, and their families, make an informed decision about the university they plan to attend.

Please visit the The College Scorecard and The College Navigator, provided by the U.S. Department of Education, for statistics and information about colleges and universities that you may find helpful.

Financial Aid and Financial Planning Resources:

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid, which can be used in conjunction with Tuition Assistance and Veterans Education Benefits.

Thomas Edison State University has established scholarships to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard service members; their spouses; veterans; and wounded warriors.

These free resources can help you understand your financial cost and benefits available for attending Thomas Edison State University:

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