Join Forces with Concordia University

Serving your country doesn't mean giving up on your goal of completing your bachelor's degree or earning your master's degree. At Concordia University, our programs offer the flexibility and convenience you need to advance your career, even when military service makes your schedule unpredictable.

Benefits Include:

Yellow Ribbon Program

Eligible veterans of the U.S. armed forces receiving full Chapter 33 benefits can earn an undergraduate degree (through our traditional or adult undergraduate programs) or graduate degree tuition-free from Concordia University, St. Paul. Housing and other fees still apply.

Determine if you’re eligible for a GI Bill and what type: New Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill), Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607

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.

For aid in this process or for more information, please contact Malisa Yang at or 651-641-8716.


  • For Minnesota residents and active-duty personnel stationed in Minnesota who have served after 9/11/01
  • Check your ability and apply online
  • In order to receive the MN GI Bill you will first be required to apply for financial aid.
    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 fill out the application, a payment will be sent directly to your financial aid account.

Ability to Maximize Military Credits

You can transfer up to 32 military credits to apply toward your bachelor’s degree at Concordia. These credits can have been earned in the technical, physical education, math, natural science, oral communication or elective categories. Additional credits can be earned through CLEP, DANTES, civilian work experience portfolio or transferred from other institutions.

Obtain a copy of your military training so Concordia can convert it into college credit.

Military Withdrawal Policy

Students who are called to active duty or have a change in military assignment during the middle of a course which prohibits him or her from completing the class have three courses of action:

  1. The student may request to drop the course without record. The course will not appear on the student’s transcript. 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 can 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 the 90 days, he or she will be automatically dropped 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 Resource Center

An on-campus resource center specializing in assisting veterans.  The primary service of the Center is helping veterans with the paperwork process to receive financial aid at Concordia from the federal government and maximize their benefits. Read below for more information on the Veterans Resource Center

ROTC Partnership

Traditional undergraduate students on a ROTC scholarship will receive a free room and board allowance.

ROTC Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Army ROTC?

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a program that teaches leadership and military skills which complement and enhance all academic majors. ROTC prepares college students for leadership responsibilities in the United States Army as a commissioned officer.

Who Joins Army ROTC?

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is home to the ROTC Golden Gopher Battalion. Students enrolled at colleges and universities throughout the Twin Cities can participate in Army ROTC. They take regular classes on their home campus and they take ROTC leadership and military training classes on the U of M campus as members of the Golden Gopher Battalion. Concordia University cadets also get involved in student clubs and organizations, such as student government, volunteer groups, religious groups, intramural and varsity sports.

What Does Cadet Life Entail?

Being a cadet in Army ROTC is challenging, rewarding and fun. Cadets have to manage the demands of early morning physical training, ROTC classes and field exercises, college course work and extracurricular activities. Cadets who meet these challenges will be rewarded with enhanced skills and experience that will serve them well throughout their life. Camaraderie is another bonus. Cadets work side by side to accomplish more as a team than they could ever do as individuals. Joining ROTC is like joining a big family. Over the course of a cadet’s career in ROTC he/she will build lifelong relationships with the other cadets they meet in our program.

How Will Army ROTC Benefit Me?

You will become a stronger person and a leader, which will help you be successful both during college and after graduation. You’ll develop the confidence and self-discipline needed to achieve success in your college studies. You’ll acquire leadership skills and credentials that will be sought after by employers when you graduate. And you’ll earn opportunities to serve your country as an officer, full-time on active duty or part-time with the National Guard or Army Reserve as you pursue a civilian career.

How Do I Enter the Program?

Students who enter their sophomore year may double up on the basic classes or take four weeks of summer training (with pay) to catch up and enter the advanced course. Veterans and students serving in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard may qualify for advanced placement in the program.

What’s the Obligation?

Introductory courses involve NO obligation as a freshman or sophomore and allow you to experience officer training and opportunities with no military commitment. Once you accept a scholarship or enter the advanced course, you make a commitment to serve as an officer in the active Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard.

Contact Military Admissions

Contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 651-641-8230 or

Concordia a Top Military-Friendly School

Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Concordia University, St. Paul the designation of a Top Military-Friendly University in its  2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.

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Military Admissions Application Process

Determine your program of interest, apply for admission to Concordia University and request a free credit evaluation.

You will work with our military admissions counselor, Brandon Cobb, for all admission related items.  Contact Brandon at or 651-641-8759.

Submit Military Training

Obtain a copy of your military training so Concordia can convert it into college credit.

Veterans Resource Center

The Veterans Resource Center is where veterans and/or dependents of veterans can receive assistance in learning about and utilizing all the benefits afforded them at Concordia. The primary service of the Center is helping veterans with the paperwork process to receive financial aid at Concordia from the federal government.


To provide veterans and military family members with a single point of contact for information and assistance regarding the benefits and resources available to meet the unique challenges they face.

Resource Center Information

  • Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Current students have evening and weekend access to the Center
  • Location: Meyer Hall 118
  • Appointments: Contact Chuck Hines at 651-641-8758 or email to schedule

“Concordia University offered multiple programs for me to choose from, and provided an environment that fit into my busy career in the military.”

Jeffery Steien ‘11 B.A. Organizational Management and Leadership