Military and Veterans

We are proud to serve those who have served our nation. Discover more about admission to Notre Dame College Online as a U.S. military veteran and how to navigate the process of utilizing your GI benefits. We look forward to supporting you as you join our academic community.

For information about VA benefits, visit the VA website. If you have specific questions about personal eligibility, contact the VA.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) Program

Here’s what you need to know as a veteran student about using your Post-9/11 GI Benefits:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can be applied to coursework or training beginning Aug. 1, 2009. Benefits are not retroactive prior to this date.
  • Veterans who served a minimum of 90 days active duty after Sept. 10, 2001 (or 30 continuous days and were discharged due to a service-connected disability) are eligible.
  • Three types of benefits are available based on amount of active-duty service:
    1. Tuition and Fees: This amount is the equivalent to the highest amount of in-state tuition and fees charged for a full-time, undergraduate at a public, four-year institution in Ohio. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the college. (The official amount for Ohio will be documented on the gibill.va.gov website.)
    2. Annual Stipend for Books and Supplies: A maximum amount of $1,000 per year based on enrollment during the school year.
    3. Monthly Housing Allowance: For online education, the MHA rate is $894.50 paid at a percentage based on your training time. To research monthly housing allowance amounts please visit the GI Bill Comparison Tool.

The amount of active-duty service determines the maximum percentage of benefit eligibility:

Active-Duty Service after 9/10/2001Percentage of Maximum Benefit Available
At least 36 months100% and eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program
At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to a service connected disability100% eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program
At least 30 months but less than 36 months90%
At least 24 months but less than 36 months80%
At least 18 months but less than 24 months70%
At least 12 months but less than 18 months60%
At least 6 months but less than 12 months50%
At least 90 days but less than 6 months40%

Yellow Ribbon Program

The matching Yellow Ribbon Program, optional for colleges and universities, is designed to fill the gap between the VA benefit and the cost of tuition at a veteran’s college of choice if its cost is higher than the state institution’s. This level of benefit is reserved for those at the 100% benefit level, e.g. those who have served at least 36 months on active duty or served at least 30 continuous days and were discharged due to a service-related injury.

After the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit is applied to those at the 100% benefit level, a Notre Dame College institutional grant will cover the remaining half with the VA matching this additional funding for eligible students.

This will enable qualified students to essentially attend Notre Dame College Online tuition-free.

National Guard Bureau Homeland Security Institute Partnership

The National Guard Bureau Homeland Security Institute (HSI) offers incentives for those who plan to earn an online M.A. in National Security and Intelligence Studies from Notre Dame College Online. National Guard service members who complete the National Guard Bureau Homeland Security Certificate of Completion are eligible to receive a 10% tuition reduction. Their application fee will also be waived. Members are also eligible to transfer up to nine credit hours toward the degree. This opportunity extends to both active and reserve personnel.

Next Steps

  1. U.S. military veterans must apply for benefits at gibill.va.gov. Veterans will receive a certificate of eligibility that should be presented to Notre Dame College Online when it is received.
  2. Apply online for admission to Notre Dame College Online and indicate that you are a U.S. military veteran. We look forward to meeting you!

Notre Dame College Online does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age or disability in the administration of its academic and admission policies, scholarship and financial assistance programs and other services.

To read profiles of U.S. military veterans attending Notre Dame College Online, visit here.