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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.

+ 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

+ 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 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.

    + 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.

    + 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.

    + 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:

    + 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.

    Other Funding Programs

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

    + 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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