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.

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.

Description: Provides additional tuition and fee 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. Recipients of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and Purple Heart recipients may also participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Visit the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 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 undergraduates.

The VA will provide each Chapter 33 benefit recipient attending a private college or university with a tuition and fee benefit of up to a set annual amount. Once the maximum benefit amount of Chapter 33 benefit is reached, the university will cover 50% of the remaining tuition and fees through the Yellow Ribbon Program. The VA will match this amount through the VA Yellow Ribbon Match.

Recipients will be selected based on the date a completed Yellow Ribbon application is received at St. Thomas. Only complete applications from students who have been admitted as undergraduates will be considered.

Please note that Yellow Ribbon funding, with its corresponding match from the VA, replaces any previously awarded institutional grants and/or scholarships. Also, the university’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program will be re-evaluated annually and the university may elect to change its funding commitment for this program or discontinue participation.

Students awarded Yellow Ribbon benefits will continue to receive those benefits throughout their education at St. Thomas provided the university continues to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the student remains consecutively enrolled in good academic standing in the same program. 

Here is how the funding works at St. Thomas:

Benefit Period August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018 August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019
Number of Awards offered Unlimited Unlimited
VA Tuition and Fee Benefit $22,805.34 $23,671.94
St. Thomas Undergraduate Yellow Ribbon Maximum $12,000.00 50% of remaining tuition and fees
VA Yellow Ribbon Match Maximum $12,000.00 50% of remaining tuition and fees
Maximum tuition and mandatory fees provided by entitlement and the university $46,805.34 100%
Standard tuition and required fees for two semesters at 16 credits each $41,133.00 $42,736.00
Potential funds remaining for additional tuition or other mandatory fees $5,672.34 Unlimited

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

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.

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

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.

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.