VA Benefits

Financial Aid

Veterans and Servicemembers might have education benefits available to them, their spouses and family members. If eligible, you might be able to benefit for more than one program. To learn more about the education benefits available, please visit the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs website

Education Programs:

Gustavus Adolphus College is a participant for both Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program. We are a 50% Yellow Ribbon Program participant. This means that if you are 100% eligible and have reached the national maximum for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® during the academic year, the VA and Gustavus Adolphus College will cover the remainder of your tuition and fees through the Yellow Ribbon Program for that particular academic year. The VA will cover 50% of your tuition and fees and Gustavus Adolphus College will cover the other 50% through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Your aid offer from Gustavus Adolphus college will be revised to accomodate Chapter 33 or Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon benefits.

Chapter 33 or Post 9/11 GI Bill®

In order to participate in the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® at Gustavus, you must:

Certificates of Eligibility can be mailed to:

Financial Aid Office
Gustavus Adolphus College
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082
Telephone: 507.933.7527
Fax: 507.933.7727

Yellow Ribbon Program

In order to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program at Gustavus, you must:

Montogomery GI Bill

The Montogomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. The are two main programs:

Visit the link above for more information and ways to apply. 

In order to participate in the Montgomery GI Bill at Gustavus, you must:

Survivors' and Dependents' Assistance Program

The Survivor and Dependents Assistance Program has two main GI Bill programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans:

For more information please click the links above.

In order to participate in the Fry Scholarship or DEA at Gustavus, you must:

  • Be admitted at Gustavus Adolphus College. To begin your application with Gustavus please click Apply.
  • Be eligible to receive the Fry Scholarship or DEA.
  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Submit Authorization Form to Gustavus.


Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)

Gustavus Adolphus College is a participant on the Tuition Assistance program. It is recomended that students should apply for this benefit at least 60 days prior to the start of the term. This will give you enough time to complete all requirements. For more information on Federal Tuition Assistance, please contact your education office or your unit administrator or visit the for more information.

Refund Policy for Tuition Assistance Funds

Return of Tuition Assistance: Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, Gustavus Adolphus College will return any unearned TA funds on a prorate basis through the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. These funds are returned to the military service branch.

Instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the educational institution will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.

Return Timeline:
If the date of withdrawal is before the first day of classes, 100 percent credit less $500.

For students in their first semester of attendance at Gustavus, after attending at least one class, but before the end of the 60 percent point in the term, 35 percent of TA will be returned.

For all other students, after attending at least one class, but before the end of the twentieth day of classes, 35 percent of TA will be returned.

After the 60% of the term, you have earned your aid and there is no return of TA funds.

Return dates are detailed on the website referenced above under Important Dates for fall and Spring Semesters.