Military Benefits

Veterans and/or their dependents may be entitled to benefits from a variety of programs to assist with educational expenses.

For more detailed information on the following programs, contact a Veterans Affairs counselor at (888) GIBILL-1 or (888) 442-4551 or visit www.va.gov.  For more information on Veterans benefits or information regarding certification, please contact the Registrar.

Post 9/11 Montgomery G.I. Bill

Description and Eligibility: Up to 36 months of educational benefits are available to individuals who have at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or if you were discharged with a service disability after 30 days.

Application and contact information: Visit www.gibill.va.gov or call 888-442-4551.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Description: Provides additional tuition assistance for veterans eligible for 100% of Chapter 33 benefits.

Eligibility: Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients who are entitled to the maximum Chapter 33 benefit rate (100%) may be eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program at St. Thomas. Neither individuals on active duty, nor the spouse of an active duty member, are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program.

Visit the U.S Department of Veteran's Affairs website to determine if you are a qualifying veteran or a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement based on a veteran's service.

The university provides an unlimited number of awards to undergraduate students. Here is how the funding works at St. Thomas:

Benefit Period August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018
Number of Awards offered Unlimited Unlimited
VA Tuition and Fee Benefit $21,970.46 $22,805.34
St. Thomas Undergraduate Yellow Ribbon Maximum $12,000.00 $12,000.00
VA Yellow Ribbon Match Maximum $12,000.00 $12,000.00
Maximum tuition and mandatory fees provided by entitlement and the university $45,970.46 $46,805.34
Standard tuition and required fees for two semesters at 16 credits each $39,594.00 $41,133.00
Potential funds remaining for additional tuition or other mandatory fees $6,376.46 $5,672.34

A yearly book allowance and monthly living allowance is provided from the VA directly to the GI Bill recipient. Contact the VA for specifics.

Downloads:

University of St. Thomas Yellow Ribbon Application

Montgomery G.I. Bill

Description and Eligibility: Educational benefits are available to individuals who entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985.

Application and contact information:  Visit www.gibill.va.gov or call 888-442-4551.

Minnesota G.I. Bill

Description and Eligibility: The Minnesota G.I. Bill program provides postsecondary educational assistance to eligible MN veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students can receive up to $500 per semester.

To review the complete listing of eligibility requirements and to complete the online Minnesota GI Bill Application, please click here

Minnesota Educational Assistance for War Orphans and Veterans

Description and Eligibility: Minnesota provides educational assistance for war orphans and veterans.

Award Amounts: Varies

Application and Contact Information: Contact the County Veterans Office Service Officer or the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs at (651) 296-2562 or visit www.mdva.state.mn.us.

National Guard Benefits

Description and Eligibility: Active members of the Minnesota Army or Air National Guard may be eligible for the Minnesota Tuition and Textbook Reimbursement Grant program and free examination programs such as the College Level Evaluation Program and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests.

Award Amounts: Varies

Application and Contact Information: For more information, please write to education@mn.ngb.army.mil or call (651) 282-4589.