Veterans & Active Duty Military Benefits
Tulane School of Professional Advancement honors the service of active duty military members and veterans. As a Silver Award Military Friendly® recipient, we work hard to create an educational environment that is welcoming and rewarding for all U.S. armed forces members. In coordination with Tulane University's Veterans Affairs office, we provide educational benefits, federal loans, and financial aid options specifically catered to veterans and military personnel.
Supporting Those Who Bravely Serve Our Nation
The School of Professional Advancement is committed to enriching and empowering working adults as they pursue higher education achievement—and that includes U.S. armed forces members who bravely defend this country. We know that the transition from active duty military service can be challenging, and we honor those who served our country by helping them achieve their academic goals. Our degree programs include associate's and bachelor's degree, as well as master's programs and certificates. Whether you’re interested in applying your military background to one of our 100% online master’s degrees, or ready to complete your bachelor’s degree, our diverse degree programs provide solutions to help you accelerate your career.
Educational Benefit Programs for Veterans
At Tulane SoPA, we're here to help make sure you have access to all the resources and programs available to veterans, survivors of veterans, and active duty service members. Those who are eligible for veterans educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Programs can apply through the liaison for Veterans Affairs. Prospective students can also apply for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-5490) through the liaison office.
As a Servicemembers Opportunity College, the School of Professional Advancement is committed to meeting the undergraduate-level educational needs of active-duty and retired military service members. As such, we offer an open undergraduate admission policy focused on a student's academic potential rather than previous educational record, award credit for work and life experiences, and follow the American Council on Education's Military Guide for curriculum and academic offerings.
Scholarships for Active Duty and Military Veterans
Active duty members of the military may receive a 20% discount off undergraduate tuition for SoPA courses, using this form, which must be submitted each term.
SoPA also offers a 20% tuition scholarship for all graduate-level courses to people on active duty and veterans. To receive the 20% reduction in tuition, veterans should provide the school with a DD Form 214, Certification of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Active military should provide an official letter from the Education Office stating their Active Duty status. New applicants may upload these documents through the SoPA portal as a part of the admissions process. Current students should email documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Military Discount Records.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Tulane SoPA is pleased to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program for eligible students enrolling in our master degree programs. SoPA makes a limited amount of additional funds available for master’s degree programs without an additional charge to GI Bill entitlement. To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program, students must be eligible for 100% of the Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) benefits. If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for the post-9/11 GI Bill. The Yellow Ribbon program uses SoPA resources combined with funds from the VA to fill the gap between your maximum GI Bill tuition benefit and SoPA graduate tuition.
For more information and to complete a Yellow Ribbon application, please visit the Tulane Student Veterans Services website.
Additional Financial Aid for Veterans
In addition to VA benefits, veteran and active-duty military personnel may apply for financial aid in the form of federal loans and grants through the Office of Financial Aid. Available options for those who qualify include a Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, or a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). In order to apply for these benefits, prospective students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Contact the Tulane Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Contact Tulane SoPA for Assistance With Veterans Benefits
Tulane SoPA is here to help you meet your education and career goals through flexible, hands-on degree and certificate programs. Build on your technical skills and military experience with relevant courses taught by industry leaders. Whether you're going back to school to finish a degree, want to accelerate your next career move with an advanced degree, or you want to build professional skills with a certificate program, we can help you access the military education benefits and resources to make it a reality. Call our office directly at (504) 865-5555 or visit the liaison for Veteran Affairs website to access more helpful links and forms.