We provide support, referral, guidance, and fellowship for students identified as active military or veterans in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
Whether you are pursuing traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate, or graduate studies, we have resources and support for your education!
You can finish faster by getting all the credit you deserve! Talk to your admission counselor about transferring credit through:
- ACE Military Transcript
- Joint Services Transcript (all branches)
- Community College of the Air Force (if applicable)
- CLEP/DSST Tests
A Military Friendly School
Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named University of Northwestern to the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2017 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Inclusion on the list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Northwestern’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
The Military Friendly Schools® website features the list, interactive tools, and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The colleges, universities, and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.
The resources and programs of ROTC are available to University of Northwestern’s students. These resources include scholarships and other forms of financial aid. All credits earned in the program will transfer to University of Northwestern. Full information can be found on the ROTC page or contact the Department of Military Science at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities at 612-625-3602.
New to VA Benefits?
Students are encouraged to apply for VA Benefits online: https://www.vets.gov/education/
Already Approved for VA Benefits?
If you have already received a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA, submit a copy of it to your certifying official who will process your enrollment certification. An official copy of your DD214 may also be required.
Need Help Understanding Your VA Benefits?
Contact a Benefits Counselor at 1-888-GBILL1 (888-442-4551)when you have any questions about your eligibility, don't know what benefit to apply for, or want to know if you have any remaining entitlement available.
Additional information is available at www.gibill.va.gov.
Once enrolled and registered for course(s) at University of Northwestern, you will be assigned to a certifying official who will be a liaison for you and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Your certifying official's main responsibility is to report course enrollment information—term dates and credit loads—to the VA in order for benefit payments to be disbursed.
If you have questions or need to connect with a certifying official, please contact:
Office of the Registrar via email at email@example.com (Traditional Undergraduate)
Student Academic Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Adult Undergraduate or Graduate Studies)
All undergraduate and graduate offerings are certified as approved educational programs by the Minnesota State Approving Agency and the US Department of Veteran Affairs.
Students attending University of Northwestern – St. Paul may apply for and receive these educational benefits. A full description of these benefits are available at www.gibill.va.gov.
Post-9/11 GI Bill® - Chapter 33
Basic Eligibility: Service member who served on active duty on or after September 10, 2001, for at least 90 days. Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
Montgomery GI Bill® - MGIB Chapter 30
Basic Eligibility: Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard who are on active duty or have been separated from active duty with an honorable discharge. Learn more about MGIB.
Montgomery GI Bill® - MGIB-SR Chapter 1606
Basic Eligibility: Members of the reserves components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Learn more about MGIB-SR.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program - DEA Chapter 35
Basic Eligibility: Children or a spouse of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled from service-connected causes; children or spouse of a veteran who died in service-connected causes; children or spouse of another qualifying veteran or serviceperson, such as one currently missing in action or captured in the line of duty. Learn more about DEA.
Yellow Ribbon Program - Traditional Undergraduate only
Basic Eligibility: Veterans entitled to a maximum benefit rate, as determined by service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Your school must agree to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Education Benefits for Veterans
Veterans and/or their dependents may be eligible for government-sponsored benefits that assist with educational expenses. The links below offer eligibility and application information about the benefits available to veterans.
- Air Force
- Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard (ARNG)
- Coast Guard
- Marine Corps
- National Guard/Federal
- Veteran Readiness and Employment
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits
Phone: 1-888-GIBill-1 (888-442-4551) E-mail: Send a secure e-mail here
- All other U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits
Military Tuition Discount
Northwestern's College of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning offers a military discount of up to $750 per semester for full-time (12+ credits) adult undergraduate students and up to $440 per semester for full-time (6+ credits) graduate students.
Students must apply and meet the terms and conditions, in order to apply for this discount.
How to Apply
- Complete the appropriate FAFSA application
- MN Residents: complete and apply for the MN GI Bill®
- Submit Duty Orders or DD214 with Admissions Application
- Apply for VA benefits (visit www.gibill.va.gov or contact 888-442-4551, if you have any questions about the VA application).
- To receive the Northwestern discount, complete and submit the Military Tuition Discount application prior to initial course registration.
- We encourage you to submit a copy of what you send to the VA to Northwestern.
*In the event that a student receives a full tuition from a federal and/or state funding, Northwestern reserves the right to reduce any discounts or incentives given by the university. See application for all terms and conditions associated with the discount.