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Online Degree Programs for Active Military and Veterans

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10% Military Tuition Credit

Yellow Ribbon School

Our Lady of the Lake University honors those who have served by offering personalized guidance and support to military-affiliated students and their families, along with a 10% tuition credit for all active military and veteran students.

  • Finance your education with U.S. military benefits
  • Get support developed especially for military-affiliated students
  • Choose from a variety of accredited, online bachelor’s and master’s degrees

With an online degree from OLLU, you will strengthen the skills you gained in the military and develop the expertise you need to achieve your long-term professional goals. Receive academic support from expert educators and discover what it takes to succeed in your chosen field, all from an online classroom.

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GI Bill®

Tuition Assistance

Our military support teams can help you determine eligibility and use the variety of programs available to make your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible.

Government-Based Education Assistance

As an active-duty, guard, or reserve service member, a veteran, or their spouse or dependents, you can use a variety of GI Bill® benefits to help fund education costs.

Compare benefits easily by using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool and viewing current payment rates.

Forever GI Bill®

The Forever GI Bill® expands the eligibility for and the number of benefits provided in the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, as well as the length of time veterans have to use them. See Full Details >>

Post-9/11 GI Bill®

Get help with tuition and fees and money for housing, books, and supplies. If you served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33).

If you are a member of the reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. See Full Details >>

Montgomery GI Bill® — Active Duty

If you have served at least two years on active duty, the Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD) can help you pay for up to 36 months of education benefits. You must meet eligibility requirements in one of four categories. See Full Details >>

Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve

The Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits for Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard personnel. If your obligation started after June 30, 1985, or for some types of training, after Sept. 30, 1990, you may be eligible for this benefit. See Full Details >>

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E; Chapter 31)

This program, previously known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, helps you explore employment options and addresses training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits. See Full Details >>

Designed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this program aims for the VA and degree-granting institutions to pay the difference between GI Bill® benefits and the program’s total cost. The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship is automatically applied if your tuition costs exceed the maximum state cap for tuition reimbursement and if you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% rate. It does not apply for active-duty service members, spouses, or veterans receiving less than 100% benefit.

OLLU is proud to contribute the maximum rate of 50% for up to 30 graduate students and 60 undergraduate students per term.

Department of Defense Tuition Assistance

The Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program may cover tuition up to $250 per credit hour for active U.S. military service members.

Visit your service branch for more information:

Texas National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

FTA is financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs supporting a soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. Guard members can find programs, eligibility, award amounts, and applications on the Army National Guard website.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits

If you are a qualified service member, you can transfer all 36 months or a portion of your Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to a spouse or child. The DoD approves a transfer of benefits. Learn about transferring Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)

If you are the child or spouse of a U.S. military veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or is disabled, you may be eligible for 36 to 455 months of school or job training benefits—also called Chapter 35. See Full Details >>

For more information regarding the GI Bill® or Tuition Assistance benefits, contact Marsha Eldridge, Associate Director of Financial Aid, VA Coordinator, by phone at 210-431-6519 or email at mreldridge@ollusa.edu.

OLLU was founded on a commitment to service by the Sisters of Congregation of Divine Providence. This heritage of service makes OLLU an ideal choice for U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families. The university recognizes the sacrifices service members and their families have made on behalf of our country.

This is the official GI Bill® website and includes information on the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, along with other benefit programs for service members and veterans.

The Texas Veterans Commission is a state agency that assists veterans and their families with federal and state benefits, including disability claims, employment services, and education benefits.

Disabled American Veterans is a non-profit charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. The DAV was founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I and was congressionally chartered as the official voice of the nation’s wartime disabled veterans.

Read the military section of the San Antonio Express-News, which includes news, photos, blogs, videos and links to all local military newspapers.

Based at the University of Texas at Austin, the project has interviewed more than 600 men and women since the spring of 1999 to document the service of Latinos in World War II.

For more information, contact Marsha Eldridge, Associate Director of Financial Aid, VA Coordinator, by phone at 210-431-6519 or email at mreldridge@ollusa.edu.

Scholarships

Transfer Your Credits

OLLU is committed to making personalized, online education available to as many people as possible. If you want to strengthen your professional skills with a bachelor’s or master’s degree, OLLU has a selection of degree programs that will fit your schedule and prepare you for the career you want. Finance your online degree with military benefits to save time and money and to start achieving your professional goals as soon as possible.

Tuition Assistance

Active-duty military personnel, who can receive government tuition assistance of up to $250 per semester hour, may receive a scholarship from OLLU. With the scholarship and tuition assistance, all tuition costs are covered.

Spouses will receive the same scholarship as active-duty military service members. Spouses will still be required to pay the remaining $250 per semester hour. All other associated fees (books) are not included in the scholarship and must be paid for by the active-duty personnel and their spouses.

All OLLU bachelor’s and master’s programs are open to all U.S. military service members.

*You must submit your current active military ID card as proof.

Use the links below to submit your Joint Services Transcripts (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcripts for review by OLLU to receive credit.

Scholarship opportunities are available to U.S. military service members, veterans, and military-affiliated family members from the following organizations.

American Legion

The American Legion’s mission is to enhance the well-being of U.S. military veterans, their families, service members, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

The American Legion’s Legacy Scholarship provides college funding to children of post-9/11 veterans who died on active duty or those who have a combined VA disability rating of 50% or more. Apply from Jan. 1 to April 15.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America offers funds to PVA members and their immediate families through the Educational Scholarship Program. See Details and Application >>

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The VFW’s Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship provides active military and veterans with financial assistance up to $5,000 to reach their educational goals. See Details and Application >>

There are many state and federal scholarship programs designed to meet the needs of the spouses and families of veterans. In addition to the list here, you should also review the other scholarship opportunities on this page.

Fry Scholarship

If you are the child or surviving spouse of a service member who died in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or a member of the Selected Reserve who died from a service-connected disability on or after the same date, you may qualify for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship which grants up to 36 months of benefits for tuition, housing, books, and supplies. See Details and Application >>

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

If you are a child of a U.S. military service member who died due to service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, you may be eligible for a federal grant which awards up to $6,495. See Details and Application >>

Veterans United Foundation Scholarships

If you are a surviving spouse or child of a deceased service member from a service-related death or a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability, you could be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship from the Veterans United Foundation. See Details and Application >>

We’ve made a good-faith effort to curate a shortlist of free, external scholarship search sites.* Searching the “military” or “veterans” categories on these sites can bring up a list of additional resources.

U.S. Department of Labor

Search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities with their free scholarship search tool.

CollegeScholarship.org

An ad-free, open-access scholarship search engine that does not require registration. The site lists more than 2,000 award programs offering more than $85 million in funding. Search CollegeScholarship.org now.

Unigo

Unigo offers several ways to search for a scholarship and facilitates matching your profile to scholarship opportunities. If you are not ready to set up a profile, you can still search thousands of scholarships using their category filters. Search their categories now.

UniversityHQ

An independent education organization, UniversityHQ provides students with the necessary resources to prepare and plan their career path in their chosen field. You can search for scholarships, financial aid, grants, and loans here.

*Please note that these are not OLLU sites, and we are not responsible for the content on them. We do not represent or warrant that information on the linked pages is complete or accurate and always suggest you verify the information before you act upon it. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s tips to avoid scams to educate and protect yourself and your family.

Additional Military Resources

Find quick links to the military resources you are most likely to need.

Familiarize yourself with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Find a VA location, learn more about benefits and health care and access your records.

Quick Links:

Expanding educational opportunities by providing financial and informational resources that enable Texans to attain their higher education goals. They aim to help you plan and pay for college and offer specific college scholarships and grant opportunities.

The National Resource Directory is an online partnership for wounded, ill, and injured U.S. military service members, veterans, families, and those who support them. It is a searchable database of resources vetted for U.S. military service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers. You can learn more here.

What Will I Need to Apply?

Take the first step towards achievement by applying for an online degree program with Our Lady of the Lake University. Our support team is here to help you every step of the way.

Begin Your Application Process

  • Complete and submit an application to OLLU.
  • Gather application materials for your program.
  • Order and submit your transcripts.
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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a U.S. military veteran, use the Find a Form link, search and complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits. The VA will typically mail your COE within eight weeks.

To access your Certificate of Eligibility, please sign in to your account. When you are logged in, you can make this request. You will only be able to view the benefit if you are awarded educational benefits.

Go to the VA’s education application page and follow their instructions.

You don’t. Yellow Ribbon funding is part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and is automatically applied if your tuition costs exceed the maximum state cap for tuition reimbursement and you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at the 100% rate.

You can apply for grants, scholarships, and federal financial aid. See the Save Time & Money tab above for the many options available.

You can also apply for federal student aid. OLLU’s federal school code is 003598.

Yes, you can. We are required to report the net tuition cost to the VA after applying grants, scholarships, discounts, etc., that apply to tuition. The balance is what VA will pay under Chapter 33.

Request and provide an official copy of your JST or CCAF transcript during the admissions process, along with your prior college transcripts and high school transcripts so the admissions team can evaluate them.

You can order your transcripts using the appropriate military branch link below. Please note that you will likely be prompted to accept the DoD’s security certificates manually.

It is possible. If you are authorized to use more than one GI Bill® benefit, you may use up to 48 months of benefits, but one at a time. If you have used all of your Chapter 30 benefits and have not utilized other chapters (31, 32, 34, 35, 1606, or 1607), you could be eligible for an additional 12 months if you have not reached your delimiting date.

No. You will not receive a W-2 from the VA, and benefits paid under any law administered by VA should not be reported as income to the IRS.

Yes, contact our VA Certifying Official Marsha Eldridge by phone at 210-431-6519 or email at mreldridge@ollusa.edu.

You can also visit https://benefits.va.gov/gibill.

* GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

*The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

**Ranking based on most recent data (1.3.20)