Veteran & Military Benefits

Virginia Wesleyan University is proud to serve our military! We want to make it simple and advantageous for veterans and active duty personnel to earn their degrees with us.

The top reasons why military students study at Virginia Wesleyan are:

  • Virginia Wesleyan’s enrollment counselors understand your needs and are ready to assist you in the application process.
  • Virginia Wesleyan’s financial aid personnel are experienced and knowledgeable about military benefits. The department even has a VA Certifying Official committed to help you receive your maximum benefit.
  • The focus is on you! You’ll receive personal attention from top faculty scholars.
  • It is an investment in yourself and your future.

Get a private college education at Virginia Wesleyan at no cost to you.

Full Time Tuition for 23-24 $9,576
VA Post-9/11 GI Bill $9,576
Remaining Tuition & Fees $0.00
*Based on 24 credits

Education Benefits Programs

Virginia Wesleyan offers a $149 per credit hour grant to any student participating in the Evening & Weekend or Online Undergraduate programs, who is using Military Tuition Assistance or is Active Duty (not using their GI Bill).  The Military Grant creates a $250 per credit hour tuition rate. To be eligible for this grant, the student MUST turn in their Tuition Assistance form or copy of their current military orders before the beginning of each semester to VWU’s Certifying Official.

When submitting your registration and certification information please download and complete the VWU Veteran Notification of Registration Form to submit with your class schedule.

Tuition and fees - If you qualify for the maximum benefit, the full cost of public, in-state tuition and fees are covered. There is a rate cap for private and foreign schools. 

Money for housing (if you’re in school more than half time) - Receive a monthly housing allowance based on the cost of living where your school is located.

Money for books and supplies - receive up to the maximum stipend per school year.

Money to help you move from a rural area to go to school - You may qualify for a one-time payment if you live in a county with 6 or fewer people per square mile and you’re either moving at least 500 miles to go to school or have no other option but to fly by plane to get to your school.

The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits. If you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, you may be eligible for this benefit.

Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, VWU and the VA will match the amounts remaining for tuition and fees that exceed the academic year cap for the Post 9-11 GI Bill®.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay you the higher of the actual tuition & fees or $26,381.37 per academic year for a private school


Only veterans enrolled in the Post 9-11 GI Bill®, entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate).

Therefore, you may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 90 days;
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.


For more information, visit the Yellow Ribbon Program Website.

All four service branches and the U.S. Coast Guard offer financial assistance for voluntary, off-duty education programs in support of service members’ personal and professional goals. The program may fund up to 100% of your college tuition and certain fees. 

Cost Limits:

  • Not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour or $166 per quarter credit hour
  • Not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year, Oct. 1 through Sept. 30

Not covered by TA:

  • Books and course materials
  • Flight training fees
  • Taking the same course twice
  • Continuing education units, or CEUs

 Each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures. Contact your Military Education Resource Center for more details.

Virginia Wesleyan University has partnered with MYCAA to offer workforce development training to military spouses. The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship assists military spouses in the pursuit or maintenance of a license, certification, or associate degree necessary to gain employment in an occupation or career field. Military. 

Who is eligible:

  • The annual fiscal year cap is $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses. 
  • An annual cap waiver may be available if the cost exceeds $2,000, up to the maximum education benefit of $4,000.
  • Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-6, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-3 who have completed high school and have the ability to request tuition assistance while their military sponsor is on
  • Title 10 military orders are eligible.
  • Spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserves in these same pay grades are eligible.

The scholarship does not pay for the following: 

  • Tuition for courses and examinations not included in the spouse’s Education and Training Plan and courses already started or completed by the spouse
  • Reimbursements of any kind
  • Books, supplies, equipment, uniforms, computers, and electronic devices of any kind
  • Student activities, events, and entertainment

To establish an account  visit the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship website.

The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) is a Commonwealth of Virginia program that provides education benefits to spouses and children of qualifying Veterans who have been rated by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (USDVA) as totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled as a result of military service or qualifying Military Service Members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who have been rated by the USDVA as totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled as a direct result of involvement in covered military combat. Military service includes the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, or the Virginia National Guard.

Who are eligible to receive benefits under the VMSDEP?

  • Tier 1 Eligibility - the student must be admitted to a Virginia public college or university and the spouse or the child (the child must be between the ages of 16 and 29 and there is no
    age limit for the spouse) of a Veteran who became rated by the USDVA totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled as a result of military
    service and meets the domiciliary requirement as defined in the Code of Virginia § 23.1-608.

    Tier 2 Eligibility
    - the student must be admitted to a Virginia public college or university and the spouse or the child (the child must be between the ages of 16 and 29 and there is no
    age limit for the spouse) of a Veteran or military service member who was killed; became missing in action; taken prisoner of war; or has been rated by the USDVA as totally and
    permanently disabled or at least 90% permanently disabled due to direct involvement in covered military combat (includes military operation against terrorism; a peacekeeping
    mission; a terrorist act; or any armed conflict) and meets the domiciliary requirement as defined in the Code of Virginia § 23.1-608.

What benefits are available under the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP)?

Waiver of tuition and mandatory fees for Tier 1 and Tier 2 eligible students. Mandatory fees are defined by each school.

Tier 2 students are eligible for a VMSDEP stipend to offset the costs of room, board, books, and supplies. The amount of stipend is contingent on funding and it is not guaranteed. If available, the VMSDEP stipend is provided once per semester.

Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services

Deciding to leave active-duty service and reenter civilian life can be exciting and perhaps a little intimidating. We want to help you start preparing for your next big step by ensuring that you have the skills and credentials you will need to succeed in a new career. Army CA will pay up to $4,000 per year for training and credentials in high-demand fields, and you’ll be able to choose from dozens of eligible credentials and certifications.

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The General Education Mobile (GEM) Program is an exciting partnership between the Community College of the Air Force and Virginia Wesleyan University to offer General Education courses to meet the general education requirements for the CCAF associates in applied science. Virginia Wesleyan’s online courses enable students to complete their general education requirements during our mini-terms that are offered 4 times a year.

Air Force Portal Guide

  1. Log into the Air Force Portal and select Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC).
  2. Select “GEM Program” and search for Approved GEM Schools.
  3. Find Virginia Wesleyan University and view the list of approved general education courses.
  4. Click on the course title to view the course description.
  5. If you do not already have a CCAF education goal, you will need to create one.
  6. Once you have completed your CCAF education goals, you can apply for Air Force Tuition Assistance in the AFVEC portal. 
    Virginia Wesleyan’s OPEID code is 00376700
  7. Register online or call your local Education and Training Section to discuss the best GEM course options for you. Please identify yourself as a GEM student when you call. 

List of Approved GEM Courses

Additional Resources:


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 Veterans Affairs web site.