1. More affordable than you think
If you’re a veteran who has served since 9/11 or a current servicemembers, you may be eligible to receive financial support for higher education. Your eligibility level is based on the type of institution or program you enroll in. Learn more about this Post-9/11 GI program.
When tuition exceeds your eligibility amount — as it can at a private college — the Yellow Ribbon Program (available at all our colleges) may make additional funds available for your education if your service entitles you to receive this benefit. Each institution chooses the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed and the VA will match that amount. Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.
2. Full range of academic options
Our 18 institutions offer high-quality education and offer a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Several have evening, weekend and online options. Use our online college matching search tool to discover which colleges have offerings that fit your interests and needs.
3. Acceptance of military credit
We’re also transfer-friendly, and many of our colleges accept military credit, which can really help with completing a bachelor’s degree. Your JST transcript will show how many credits the American Council on Education (ACE) recommends for each experience, including Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training, Army Advanced Individual Training (AIT), military jobs and completed courses. Your transcript also may list courses or jobs not evaluated by ACE.
No two of our colleges are alike when it comes to size, location, student body make-up, academic opportunities, campus groups and more — we offer many options. Find out how distinct our colleges are by reviewing their online profiles.
5. Personal attention
The focus is on teaching at our colleges. Most classes are small (less than 20 students) and taught by professors, not teaching assistants. Professors will take an active, personal interest in you.
6. Career value
You’ll finish college ready to take the next steps in your life. Whether you pursue graduate school or a career, your educational experiences on- and off-campus will give you a strong foundation. Along with the specific skills you’ll gain, a liberal arts education yields grads who are well-rounded, adaptable, good problem solvers and able to handle a variety of situations — just what employers say they are looking for.
Learn about veterans and military resources
- Augsburg University
- Bethany Lutheran College
- Bethel University: College of Arts & Sciences or College of Adult & Professional Studies
- Carleton College
- College of Saint Benedict
- The College of St. Scholastica
- Concordia College, Moorhead
- Concordia University, St. Paul
- Gustavus Adolphus College
- Hamline University
- Macalester College
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- Saint John's University
- Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
- St. Catherine University
- St. Olaf College
- University of Northwestern – St. Paul
- University of St. Thomas
This handout provides helpful information a for veterans and current servicemembers to explore our 18 college and universities.