Financial Aid for Military and Veterans

As an active military member or veteran, you’ve served your country and now wonder what’s next. You’ve decided to pursue a career in education or counseling to transition to civilian life and utilize the skills you’ve gained and uplift your community and commit to educational justice and equity for all.

For over 70 years, the University of Redlands has supported the educational endeavors of our nation’s active and retired service members, and the School of Education embraces your experience and unique perspective as you start this new journey. Whether you’re completing your bachelor’s and are interested in adding a teaching credential or want to advance along this path with a master’s, we’re here to provide guidance regarding programs and financial aid offered and services available to active-duty military, veterans, and their dependents.

As you apply to the School of Education’s programs, learn more about the benefits available and other forms of assistance that help get you closer to your goal.

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Military and Veteran Education Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has designated the University of Redlands as one of the qualified institutions where veterans or their eligible dependents may attend and receive benefits under the following U.S. Codes:

  • Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB)—Active Duty
  • Chapter 31, Veterans and Vocational Training and Rehabilitation Act (VR&E) [PublicLaws 894 and 97-815]
  • Chapter 32, Veterans Educational Assistance Program
  • Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program
  • Chapter 34, Vietnam Era Education Program
  • Chapter 35, Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
  • Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill®—Select Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • Chapter 1607, Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Learn more about applying for military and veteran education benefits.

What is the GI Bill®?

The GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals who qualify and is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

The Yellow Ribbon Program

Only a handful of non-profit California colleges and universities offer Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, and the University of Redlands is one participating institution. For veterans, this program helps decrease higher education-related costs while increasing the number and variety of opportunities available to pursue a degree. The program is open to U.S. military veterans with three years of active duty that began after 9/11.

The Yellow Ribbon Program features dollar-for-dollar matching between universities and the federal government in order to give veterans more education options, including private liberal arts colleges.

For example, as an official Yellow Ribbon Program Partner designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Redlands awards qualifying student veterans up to $5,000 per year ($10,000 per year with VA match) to help offset tuition expenses or the cost of books and other educational supplies that meet the Title 38 definition of a reportable fee. This structure makes the Yellow Ribbon Program a golden opportunity for veterans.

Learn more about how the Yellow Ribbon Program works and its benefits:

Active-Duty Military Tuition Discount

The University of Redlands’ Graduate and Continuing Education programs (School of Business, School of Education, and School of Continuing Studies) honor our active-duty military members and spouses with a $250 per-unit discounted tuition rate. This discount is in line with the military's per-unit reimbursement amount. Ask your campus staff for more details.

Active-Duty Academic Residency

For active-duty service members, the University of Redlands limits academic residency to no more than 25 percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate programs. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members are enrolled. Reservists and National Guardsmen on active duty are covered in the same manner.

Additional Resources for Military and Veterans

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Redlands No. 6 for “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the Regional Universities West category. Options for financial assistance support this distinction, as well as our guidance and streamlined approach once military and veteran students are accepted.

As you pursue a degree through the School of Education, we help you find your community and consider various career paths for your specific and multifaceted skill set:

  • Connect with fellow veterans and attend workshops designed to smooth the change from military to civilian life through the Student Veteran Organization.
  • Our Military and Veterans Department helps you reach your educational goals with various support services and resources.
  • We provide more personalized assistance as you apply for education benefits and tuition discounts available to active-duty military, veterans, and their family members.
  • Military Career Services helps you identify your strengths and how they apply in today’s job market, explore various career paths and mentorship opportunities, and make a realistic plan for your post-military career.

Learn more about what to expect as a veteran or active-duty military member enrolled in the School of Education.

Learn More About Financial Aid for Veterans and Military Interested in the School of Education

If you’re considering a degree through the School of Education and are interested in learning more about aid and other forms of assistance, request additional information, contact Admissions for the School of Education at 877.299.7547, or set up an appointment with an enrollment counselor to meet in person, by phone, or via zoom.