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Honoring Men and Women in Service

Capella University is committed to supporting our community of servicemembers, veterans, and their spouses as they progress toward their education goals. We value your careers, are grateful for your military service, and appreciate your daily commitment.

Your service may entitle you to several education benefits. Our military support staff is experienced with Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits and can help you understand and take full advantage of these important financial resources. Contact an enrollment counselor at 866.808.8681 or via email with any questions you may have about the military benefits.

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 newest VA education benefit, the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), is now available to eligible veterans and servicemembers. This new program offers more comprehensive education benefits to veterans and active duty servicemembers 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.

The leadership, management, and marketing skills I've learned at Capella are already useful in my military role.

Rick Jensen, MSCapella Graduate, Specialization: Leadership

Capella Military Benefits

We understand the challenges faced by servicemembers, military families, and veterans. Our dedicated military support team consists of experts in military benefits and 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.

+ Discounted Tuition

Capella offers a 10% discount on graduate programs and a 15% discount on bachelor's programs for our students with a military affiliation, including those who:

  • Are currently serving in the United States military in an active duty, guard, or reserve capacity
  • Are the spouse of a U.S. servicemember currently serving on an active duty status
  • Have previously served in the U.S. military
  • Are a member of the United States Public Health Survey Commissioned Corps
  • Are a member of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps
  • Are a civilian employee of the Department of Defense (note: only direct employees of the DoD are eligible; contractors are not eligible for this discount)
  • Are a dependent receiving Dependents Education Assistance (DEA, Chapter 35) benefits from the VA

+ Transfer Credit for Military Training and Experience

Whether you are a servicemember or a veteran, you likely have some training that may transfer into your Capella degree as course credits. Capella can perform an evaluation of your military training and experience by reviewing the transcripts provided by the service branches and by reviewing your CLEP and DSST examinations. Training and experience must be applicable to your program of study and meet an outstanding degree requirement to be considered for transfer.

See how CLEP® and DSST examinations correspond to Capella courses. PDF

+ Flexible Military Leave of Absence Policy

Capella University recognizes the difficulties of balancing an academic program and military commitments. There may be times when your mission comes first and you have to put your degree on hold. If you are unable to participate in your course(s) due to your mission requirements, you have the option to request a Military Leave of Absence (MLOA).

Capella's MLOA policy is informed by the HEROES Act, which addresses Active Duty students who deploy in support of a war, national emergency or natural disaster. We also consider students who are being sent to sequestered training environments or are participating in field training and will not have Internet access during this period.

When your mission is complete, your Capella advisor will help you get back on track to complete your degree.

+ Military Spousal Support

You do not have to wear a uniform to serve your country. We understand the unique burden of service borne by our military spouses. You have supported your spouse and the military; now let us support you on your education journey.

  • Capella is the first and only higher education institution that provides a Military Leave of Absence to military spouses.
  • The Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) program allows qualified servicemembers 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, is designed to support the spouse or children of a servicemember who has been killed in action or who has a permanent and total (100%) disability that is service connected.
  • My Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA is 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.
  • Capella offers personalized benefits based on your service. Contact an enrollment counselor at 1.866.808.8681 or email for detailed information.

    Funding Your Education

    Whether you understand your benefits or are unsure where to begin, our dedicated team for military students will help you manage your funding so you can focus on your educational goals.

    Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

    The United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides numerous educational benefits to servicemembers 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.

    + The Montgomery GI Bill

    The Montgomery GI Bill also referred to as Chapter 30 or MGIB, provides up to 36 months of education benefits. If you are currently in the service, you may be eligible after 2 years of active duty service. In most cases, you would have to have paid into this program during their first year of basic training to be eligible to receive the funding.

    + The Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program (VR&E)

    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 servicemembers 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 servicemembers 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 servicemembers 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 servicemembers 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 Chaper 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.

    Military Tuition Assistance

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

    + Active Duty

    Tuition Assistance Top-up is an educational program offered to servicemembers on active duty. It combines the servicemember'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 Tuition

    Assistance is available to those servicemembers 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 servicemembers 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 Scholarships

    There are numerous scholarships that are offered to current servicemembers, their family members, and veterans of all the branches of the military. To help start your scholarship search, we have compiled some online resources that can be used to help focus your efforts.

    Other Funding Programs

    Additional funding sources are available for both military servicemembers and their families, including:

    + My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)

    My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)PDF helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or Associate's Degrees (excluding Associate's Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration) necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career Fields and Occupations.


    + Minnesota GI Bill

    Minnesota GI Bill is an education assistance program offered to veterans and family members of wounded or KIA servicemembers who reside in the State of Minnesota. The program offers up to $1000 per quarter.

    Capella's Military Affiliations & Partnerships

    • GoArmyEd
    • DANTES
    • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
    • Army National Guard Education Support Center
    • Joint Forces Staff College
    • American Council on Education
    • Defense Acquisition University
    • Army Management Staff College
    • Reserve Fleet Association

    The Next Mission: Capella-Inspired PBS film

    Capella students and alumni are at the heart of this timely and hope-filled documentary. For the thousands who have served their country under extreme circumstances, the effects can't be turned off at the flip of a switch when they come home. The Next Mission gives living proof that the right support can make all the difference

    Get a Look at Reentry after Combat Duty: The Next Mission

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