1. Apply at a McKendree Admission Office or apply online.
2. Determine your veterans benefits by contacting your regional VA Office. Detailed information can be found or at www.gibill.va.gov.
3. Gather and submit your DD-214, Certificate of Eligibility and official transcripts (i.e., high school, college, and Joint Services).
4. Contact the Admission Office at the site you wish to attend to register for classes.
5. Complete your FAFSA and make an appointment to meet with the certifying official at your site.
All McKendree campuses have staff specifically designated to provide support for veteran and active military students. Our veteran certifying officials serve as liaisons between you and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They are available to certify enrollment to the VA, assist in processing claims and answer questions concerning veterans benefits.
Lebanon, IL campus and Scott AFB campus - Kim Wiggins (618) 537-6529, by e-mail email@example.com
Louisville campus - Sarah Clark (502) 400-8334, by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Radcliff campus - Lisa Hinton (270) 351-5003, by e-mail email@example.com
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has set up a web page with information at http://www.gibill.va.gov/.
If you have specific questions about your personal eligibility, please contact the VA directly.
Effective this fall, McKendree University, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will offer a full tuition scholarship to veterans who qualify and apply under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The new initiative, entitled the Yellow Ribbon Program, is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. McKendree has entered into a voluntary agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceeds the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. McKendree will waive 50 percent, the maximum amount allowed, of the difference in tuition cost and the VA will match that amount. This will enable qualified students to essentially attend McKendree tuition-free.
The scholarship, called the McKendree Post-9/11 Veteran Award, will be available for coursework or training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. In order to be eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program benefits, you must be eligible for the full benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. This means you must fulfill one of the following: served at least 36 months on active duty beginning on or after Sept. 11, 2001; honorably discharged from active duty due to a service-related disability and have served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; or you are a dependent eligible for the full benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, eligible veterans enrolled full-time are entitled to a tuition benefit, monthly housing allowance, and a $1,000 yearly stipend for books and supplies.
Just like the other benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program is treated like a grant, not a loan. Military students that benefit from the Yellow Ribbon Program do not have to pay back the benefits they receive.
“McKendree University is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program by initiating this new scholarship. We have a long history of serving the military community and we hope that the McKendree Post-9/11 Veteran Award will enable even greater numbers of veterans to take advantage of the outstanding programs that we offer,” said Dr. Christine Bahr, provost and dean of the university.
The new GI Bill was introduced and sponsored by U.S. Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) and the Yellow Ribbon provisions were added by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.). For more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program, visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_BILL_info/ch33/yellow_ribbon.htm.
McKendree awards four general elective credits for professional military experience to veterans receiving an honorable discharge. Additional credit may be granted after review of your military transcript.
Servicemembers Opportunity College
McKendree University has been designated as an institutional member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a group of over 400 colleges and universities providing voluntary post-secondary education to members of the military throughout the world.
As a SOC member, McKendree University recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle, and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences.
SOC has been developed jointly by educational representatives of each of the Armed Services, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and a consortium of thirteen leading national higher education association. It is sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC).
Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAp)
ConAp is a joint program of the Army, Service members Opportunity Colleges, and participating colleges to admit new soldiers to college at the time of enlistment.
McKendree admits eligible soldiers on a full or provisional basis and defers enrollment until completion of active military service. The agreement is in effect for two years following completion of the initial enlistment for active duty soldiers or, for Army Reserve soldiers, two years after completing initial active duty for training.
In addition to the following military benefits administered by the VA, students may be eligible for state, federal and private scholarships.
Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)