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A Quality Education for Service Members

Capella University is committed to supporting our community of service members, veterans, and their spouses as they progress toward their education goals. Your careers are valuable; we are grateful for your service and appreciate your daily commitment.

Whatever challenges you may face, our dedicated support team consisting of experts in military benefits can ensure that you receive all the benefits you deserve. We strive to set the standard of military friendliness in higher education with our supportive community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The VA education benefit, the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), is now available to eligible veterans and service members. This program offers more comprehensive education benefits to veterans and active duty service members who served at least 90 aggregate days of active duty on or after September 11, 2001, or served 30 continuous days and were discharged with a service-connected disability.

In honor of your commitment, we are an unlimited, full participant in the VA Yellow Ribbon program, which covers Capella tuition for eligible service members and veterans. Capella was named a Yellow Ribbon organization by the State of Minnesota at the 2010 Yellow Ribbon Summit. The Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty recognized Capella for its ongoing efforts to support service members and military family members.

Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is comprised of funding through your service branch, including:

+ Active Duty Service Members

Tuition Assistance Top-up is an educational program offered to service members on active duty. It combines the service member's branch TA with funds from their Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 benefits. The program is designed to cover the cost of tuition, but cannot exceed the amount of tuition. Active duty TA can be used separately without having to use the VA's Top-up Program.

+ Reserve Duty Service Members

Assistance is available to those service members in the Reserves who are in good standing with their parent unit and service branch. Rates for the Reserve TA are the same as for active duty.

+ National Guard Tuition Assistance

National Guard Tuition Assistance is provided to service members serving the Army and Air National Guard. National Guard Federal TA is provided to those who are in good standing and are otherwise eligible to receive TA.

Military Spousal Support

Capella proudly provides military leave of absence to military spouses. This includes The Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) program which allows qualified service members to transfer their Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits to a spouse and/or dependent(s);  The Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program, or Chapter 35, which supports the spouse or children of a service member who has been killed in action or who has a permanent and total (100%) disability that is service connected; and the My Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA –  an education program open to military spouses seeking an associate's degree, credentials, and licensure programs. It is only open to individuals whose spouses are on Active Duty or Active/Guard Reserve and are in one of the following pay-grades: E1-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O2.

Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

+ The Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program

The Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program (VR&E) is a program designed to help veterans who have a service connected disability train for a job so that they can enter the civilian workforce.

+ Veteran's Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

Veteran's Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) or Chapter 32, is an education program that was in effect for service members who entered service between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and made a voluntary contribution into the program.

+ The Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 33 is the newest of all the GI Bills. It is available to those service members who have served at least 90 total days of active duty, Title 10, or Title 32 orders since September 11, 2001. It provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

+ The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows service members to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children.

+ Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program

Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program or Chapter 35, is for the spouse or dependents of service members who have been killed in action or are 100% disabled due to a service related injury. Length of entitlement varies based on several factors.

+ Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve or Chapter 1606, is an education program that is provided to members of the Reserves or National Guard. It provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

+ Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) or Chapter 1607, is an education program that is designed for those Reserve or National Guard members who served on active duty (Title 10) orders for at least 90 consecutive days since September 11, 2001. The program provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides numerous educational benefits to service members and their families. To learn more about the options available to you, visit the VA website or contact an enrollment counselor at 866.808.8681.

NSA/DHS Designation

Capella University has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021.

A Credible Education

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission is among the 6 regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional bodies accredit colleges and universities; national bodies accredit trade and vocational schools.

In addition to our regional accreditation, Capella has achieved specialized and program-specific accreditation recognizing the quality and legitimacy of our degree programs.

You can find a full list of our professional accreditations here.

Program Offerings

Top programs undertaken by our military-affiliated students include:

Capella University offers 48 online degree programs and more than 160 specializations at the doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and certificate levels.


Professionally Aligned

Service members, veterans, and their families count on Capella for doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s, and certificate programs relevant to both military and civilian careers.

Our program offerings are designed to help you acquire the in-demand skills desired by employers. By taking the time to talk with leading employers and delving deep into the trends and technologies shaping each field, we have developed a curriculum that is professionally aligned and incorporates both theory and practice.

What’s more, our courses are taught by faculty who have professional expertise in their area of study. The skills you learn in your degree program are directly related to the skills you’ll be expected to demonstrate on the job.

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