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Military Benefits for CSP Students

Helping Those Who Serve Our Country

Being in the military doesn’t mean giving up on your educational goals. Concordia University, St. Paul wants to join forces with active duty military personnel and student veterans to provide you with a well-rounded, flexible, and affordable education. We are proud of your service and want to welcome you to the CSP community.

Being in the military doesn’t mean giving up on your educational goals. Concordia University, St. Paul wants to join forces with active duty military personnel and student veterans to provide you with a well-rounded, flexible, and affordable education. We are proud of your service and want to welcome you to the CSP community.

Explore CSP’s Military Benefits

Concordia University, St. Paul offers several benefits to active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. Click each tab below to learn more.

Active Duty Overview

Whether you are seeking an advanced military role or a civilian career, Concordia University, St. Paul offers many active duty military benefits, which makes getting a college education accessible and affordable for service members. We are here to support your education goals through:

  • Yellow Ribbon Program: Supplement the cost of your tuition with Yellow Ribbon benefits and earn the degree you need to take your career further.
  • Active Duty Tuition Discount: Undergraduate degree programs are offered to active duty service members at a low cost of $250 per credit hour.
  • Ability to Maximize Military Credits: Transfer up to 32 military credits to apply toward your bachelor’s degree at Concordia University, St. Paul.
  • Military Withdrawal Policy: The schedule of an active duty service member is unpredictable, but you shouldn’t be penalized for your service. CSP offers service members a variety of hassle-free withdrawal options if you get called to active duty or have a change in military assignment during the middle of a course.

Enroll in CSP’s online undergraduate or graduate degree programs for maximum flexibility and affordability. Online programs qualify for military benefits and provide you with an accessible and convenient option to earning your degree while serving the military. The remote educational platform keeps you on track for graduation even if you get called to duty or have a change in military assignment.

Minnesota GI Bill® Eligibility

  • The Minnesota GI Bill® is intended for Minnesota residents and active-duty personnel stationed in Minnesota, who have served after September 11, 2001.
  • Check your eligibility and apply online.
  • You are required to apply for financial aid in order to receive the MN GI Bill®. Please apply for Federal Financial Aid if you have not already done so.

Note: The Minnesota GI Bill® is administered through Concordia’s Financial Aid Office, not the VA. If you are eligible and complete the application, payment will be sent directly to your financial aid account.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Yellow Ribbon Program)

If you are eligible for either the Chapter 30 or Chapter 33, you will need to determine which GI Bill® is more beneficial for you. If you choose to convert your Chapter 30 to Chapter 33, according to VA Policy that decision is irrevocable. Compare your benefits under both GI Bill® systems and be sure you make an educated decision.

Discounts

Service members currently on active duty are eligible for military tuition assistance through a discounted rate. Tuition for the adult undergraduate degree programs are $250 per credit and graduate degree programs are $350 per credit. Service members using this discount are not eligible for the Military Service Scholarship.

Military Service Scholarships

Service members not receiving the Yellow Ribbon Program or the Vocational Rehabilitation Program are eligible for a $2,000 military service scholarship for adult undergraduate and graduate programs. A copy of a DD214 or military ID can be used for proof or service.

Students receiving the $250 per credit tuition discount are not eligible for this additional scholarship.

Receive College Credit for Military Training

Concordia now offers college credit for military training that may be applied toward your bachelor’s degree. You may transfer up to 32 military credits previously earned in physical education, math, natural science, oral communication, and any technical or elective subjects. Additional credits may be earned by transferring credits from other institutions, and through CLEP, DANTES, or a civilian work experience portfolio.

In order for Concordia to convert your experience into college credit, you must submit a copy of your military training and work records, which you may request at the links below:

Active-Duty Withdrawal Policy

Students have three courses of action if they are called to active duty or have a change in military assignment, prohibiting them from completing a course:

  1. The student may request to drop the course without record. The course will not appear on the student’s transcript, and all tuition and fees associated with the course will be refunded. The student is eligible to re-register for the course at any time without penalty.
  2. If, in the opinion of the faculty member teaching the course, the student has completed sufficient work and has demonstrated sufficient progress toward meeting course requirements, the student may receive a grade and full credit for the course.
  3. If the student has not completed enough coursework to be given a full grade, he or she may choose to receive an “incomplete” grade. The student will have 90 days to complete the coursework upon being released from active duty. If the student is unable to complete the necessary coursework within 90 days, he or she will be dropped from the course automatically, as outlined in section 1.

Any refunds of tuition, room, board, and fees are subject to the requirements of the state or federal financial aid programs of origination.

(In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 192.502 Protections)

Veterans Overview

Concordia University offers veterans seeking a military or civilian career the benefits and support for your education goals.

  • Yellow Ribbon Program: Supplement the cost of your tuition with Yellow Ribbon benefits and earn the degree you need to take your career further.
  • Military Service Scholarships: Veterans and their spouses are eligible for a $2,000 military service scholarship to apply to Concordia University’s undergraduate or graduate programs.
  • Ability to Maximize Military Credits: Transfer up to 32 military credits to apply toward your bachelor’s degree at Concordia University.

Veterans Resource Center

Concordia University provides veterans with an on-campus resource to help you maximize your benefits for higher education. The Veterans Resource Center will help you begin the admission application process, apply for benefits and learn what resources are available to you as a student at Concordia University.

  • Find the Degree Program That is Right for You: Concordia University offers a broad range of online and traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs to meet your education and career goals. Work with Concordia representatives to select a program and apply for admissions.
  • Earn Military Credits: Turn your years of service into college credits. Concordia University will transfer up to 32 credits from military service that you can apply to your bachelor’s degree.
  • One-on-One Support: Veterans can receive personal support by contacting admissions@csp.edu or calling (651) 641-8758 to schedule an appointment.

Minnesota Veterans GI Bill® Eligibility

  • The Minnesota GI Bill® is intended for Minnesota residents and active-duty personnel stationed in Minnesota, who have served after September 11, 2001.
  • Check your eligibility and apply online.
  • You are required to apply for financial aid in order to receive the MN GI Bill®. Please apply for Federal Financial Aid if you have not already done so.

Note: The Minnesota GI Bill® is administered through the Financial Aid Office, not the VA. If you are eligible and complete the application, payment will be sent directly to your financial aid account.

Veterans’ Post-9/11 GI Bill® Eligibility (Yellow Ribbon Program)

Eligible veterans of the U.S. armed forces receiving full Chapter 33 benefits may earn an undergraduate or graduate degree tuition-free from Concordia University, St. Paul. Housing and other fees still apply.

To determine your veteran’s Post-9/11 GI Bill® eligibility or for more information, visit the GI Bill® website.

If you are eligible for either the Chapter 30 or Chapter 33, you will need to determine which GI Bill® is more beneficial for you. If you choose to convert your Chapter 30 to Chapter 33, according to VA Policy that decision is irrevocable. Compare your benefits under both GI Bill® systems and be sure you make an educated decision.

Discounts

Eligible veterans of the U.S. armed forces receiving full Chapter 33 benefits may earn an undergraduate or graduate degree tuition-free from Concordia University, St. Paul through the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and other veterans’ tuition assistance programs. Housing and other fees still apply.

Veterans’ Military Scholarship

Veterans not enrolled in the Yellow Ribbon Program or the Vocational Rehabilitation Program are eligible for a $2,000 veteran’s military scholarship, which may be applied to adult undergraduate and graduate programs. A copy of a DD214 or military ID can be used for proof or service.

Students receiving the $250 undergraduate/$350 graduate credit hour tuition discount are not eligible for this additional scholarship.

Submit Training for College Credit

You may transfer up to 32 military credits to apply toward your bachelor’s degree at Concordia. College credits for veterans may be transferred for physical education, math, natural science, oral communication, and any technical or elective subjects. Additional credits may be earned through CLEP, DANTES, or a civilian work experience portfolio, or may be transferred from other institutions.

In order for Concordia to convert your experience into college credit, you must submit a copy of your military training and work records, which you may request at the links below:

Veteran Withdrawal Policy

Students have three courses of action if they are called to active duty or have a change in military assignment, prohibiting them from completing a course:

  1. The student may request to drop the course without record. The course will not appear on the student’s transcript, and all tuition and fees associated with the course will be refunded. The student is eligible to re-register for the course at any time without penalty.
  2. If, in the opinion of the faculty member teaching the course, the student has completed sufficient work and has demonstrated sufficient progress toward meeting course requirements, the student may receive a grade and full credit for the course.
  3. If the student has not completed enough coursework to be given a full grade, he or she may choose to receive an “incomplete” grade. The student will have 90 days to complete the coursework upon being released from active duty. If the student is unable to complete the necessary coursework within 90 days, he or she will be dropped from the course automatically, as outlined in section 1.

Any refunds of tuition, room, board and fees are subject to the requirements of the state or federal financial aid programs of origination.

(In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 192.502 Protections)

Military Spouses Overview

Our flexible programs help you get your career off the ground with a $2,000 military service scholarship, which is available to veterans and their spouses, and which may be applied to any of Concordia University’s undergraduate or graduate programs.

We are here to support your education goals through a staffed Veterans Resource Center. This on-campus resource is available to veterans and their spouses, and is designed to help you maximize your benefits for higher education. The Veterans Resource Center will help you begin the admission application process, apply for benefits and learn what resources are available to you as a student at Concordia University.

  • Find the Degree Program That is Right for You: Concordia University offers a broad range of online and traditional undergraduate and graduate degree programs to meet your education and career goals. Work with Concordia University’s Student Veteran Liaison to select a program and apply for admissions.
  • Earn Military Credits: Turn your years of service into college credits. Concordia University will transfer up to 32 credits from military service that you can apply to your bachelor’s degree.
  • One-on-One Support: Veterans can receive personalized support by contacting admissions@csp.edu or calling (651) 641-8758 to schedule an appointment.

Spouse Post-9/11 GI Bill® Eligibility (Yellow Ribbon Program)

Eligible spouses of the U.S. armed forces receiving full Chapter 33 benefits may earn an undergraduate degree or graduate degree tuition-free from Concordia University, St. Paul through the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Housing and other fees still apply.

Discounts

Eligible spouses of U.S. armed forces-enlisted personnel who are receiving full Chapter 33 benefits may qualify for military spouse tuition assistance. Spouses of service members may earn an undergraduate or graduate degree tuition-free from Concordia University, St. Paul through the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Housing and other fees still apply.

Military Spouse Scholarships

Military spouses not enrolled in the Yellow Ribbon Program or the Vocational Rehabilitation Program are eligible for a $2,000 military spouse scholarship to be applied to adult undergraduate and graduate programs. A copy of a DD214 or military ID can be used for proof or service.

Students receiving the $250 undergraduate or $350 graduate credit hour tuition discount are not eligible for this additional scholarship.

Spouse Admission Withdrawal Policy

Students have three courses of action if their spouse is called to active duty or has a change in military assignment, prohibiting the student from completing a course:

  1. The student may request to drop the course without record. The course will not appear on the student’s transcript, and all tuition and fees associated with the course will be refunded. The student is eligible to re-register for the course at any time without penalty.
  2. If, in the opinion of the faculty member teaching the course, the student has completed sufficient work and has demonstrated sufficient progress toward meeting course requirements, the student may receive a grade and full credit for the course.
  3. If the student has not completed enough coursework to be given a full grade, he or she may choose to receive an “incomplete” grade. The student will have 90 days to complete the coursework upon being released from active duty. If the student is unable to complete the necessary coursework within 90 days, he or she will be dropped from the course automatically, as outlined in Section 1.

Any refunds of tuition, room, board and fees are subject to the requirements of the state or federal financial aid programs of origination.

(In accordance with Minnesota Statutes 192.502 Protections)

Maximize Your Military Credits

Transfer up to 32 military credits to apply toward your bachelor’s degree at Concordia University, St. Paul, including credits earned in the technical, physical education, math, natural science, oral communication, or elective categories. You can earn additional military credits through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES), a civilian work experience portfolio, or transfer credits from other institutions.

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Military Service Scholarship

Concordia University, St. Paul offers a $2,000 military service scholarship for veterans, military service members, and spouses who do not receive Yellow Ribbon Program or Vocational Rehabilitation Program benefits. Recipients can apply the scholarship to adult undergraduate or graduate programs.

Active Duty Tuition Discount

Undergraduate degree programs are offered to active duty service members at a low cost of $250 per credit hour.

Veterans Resource Center

Concordia University, St. Paul’s on-campus Veterans Resource Center is available to help you complete the admission application process, apply for benefits and learn more about the resources available to you as a student at Concordia, whether you choose to enroll in on-campus or online courses.

Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

Concordia University, St. Paul is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, which strives to make college more affordable for student veterans and active duty military personnel. Eligible veterans of the United States armed forces who receive full chapter 33 benefits can earn an undergraduate or graduate degree tuition-free from Concordia University, St. Paul. Visit the GI Bill® website to determine your eligibility and classification.

Questions?

Please contact Concordia at 651-641-8230 or at admissions@csp.edu with any questions or for more information.