Military and Veterans Education Assistance
Designated as both a Yellow Ribbon School and a Veteran Friendly School, Augustana College is committed to assisting veterans in their pursuit of postsecondary education. The College also participates in the Army ROTC and the Air Force ROTC programs for students who are interested in military careers. Veterans and their families can utilize the traditional GI Bill as well as the Post 911 GI Bill benefits for education at Augustana. The following serves as formulation of policy with regard to these financial assistance programs.
Augustana's efforts to support military and veteran students’ success have resulted in the College being recognized as military friendly by Military Advanced Education and Victory Media.
ROTC – Students who enroll in the Reserve Officer Training Corps may qualify for generous scholarships through the ROTC program. Coordination of these benefits with college-offered benefits will be at the discretion of the College. In general, tuition and fee costs covered by ROTC funds will not also be subsidized by Augustana gift assistance. In instances where the student has previously been offered gift assistance by the College, such gift assistance will be limited to the cost of a double room on campus as well as the cost of an on campus meal plan. No Augustana gift assistance will be provided for off campus living arrangements.
Yellow Ribbon Program – Veterans or their dependents that are declared eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs may apply for the Augustana College Yellow Ribbon program. Veterans or their dependents must qualify at the 100% level, with the veteran having served a minimum of 36 months active duty. If the applicant has been previously offered financial gift assistance by the College, independent of the Yellow Ribbon program, the Yellow Ribbon will prevail. Awarding of scholarship funds to cover the cost of on campus room and board will be at the discretion of the College. Each year the College reserves the right to renew its Yellow Ribbon agreement with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Eligible Veterans and their dependants are accepted into the Augustana Yellow Ribbon program on a first-come, first served basis, pending acceptance for admission to the College. Yellow Ribbon benefits are certifiable during fall and spring terms only.
Veteran 100% Eligibility – For students who are 100% eligible for VA benefits (through veteran status or through transfer of benefits), any previous offer of institutional gift aid may be adjusted. Awarding of institutional funds to cover the cost of on campus room and meal plan will be at the discretion of the College.
For more specific information on individual Veteran Education Programs please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs, the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs or your units Education Office.