Veterans Education Benefits

Friends University programs are approved for Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans, veteran dependents, and others eligible for veterans' education programs should determine their benefits and obtain authorization from the appropriate veterans' office prior to enrollment at Friends University. A copy of the student's authorization form must be received by the Registrar’s office, VA Certifying Official prior to student's enrollment. No enrollments will be processed without proper authorization. VA-funded students are responsible for notifying the Friends University VA Certifying Official immediately of any action affecting their enrollment status. Failure to do so may result in termination of benefits.

In 2008, the GI Bill was updated with the enactment of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, giving veterans with active duty service on, or after, Sept. 11, 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses, provide a living allowance, money for books and the ability to transfer unused educational benefits to spouses or children. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum base pay amount. Friends University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Effective Aug. 1, 2014, the Post 9/11 GI Bill will pay up to $20.235.02 per academic year for private universities. The VA will, in addition, match Friends University contributions under the Yellow Ribbon Program.

New! Friends University is please to support our veterans by offering a 10% tuition discount to all retired and honorably discharged military as a thank you for your service. To learn more, please call 316-296-5300.

Friends University will not provide institutional scholarships or grants (including Friends University controlled tuition benefits such as tuition remission or tuition exchange or waivers provided to other institutions or businesses as a part of agreements) or State grants to students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. This policy in no way changes the total amount of aid the student will receive since the VA is now paying benefits based on net tuition. Students not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program will be eligible for Friends University scholarships; pursuant to VA Regulations, eligibility of VA Benefits will be calculated on the net tuition and fees after the application of institutional funds.

Receive four credits for any honorable discharge – Turn in your DD214 showing honorable discharge and receive four credit hours of PE (Physical Education) FREE! Ask your admissions representative for more information – adultrecruitment@friends.edu.

Credit for Military Training - Veterans are eligible to receive up to 30 hours of college credit for military training evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) through the Prior Learning Assessment program. For more details, please call 316-295-5885.

Transfer in your Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) degree - Submit an official copy of your Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript for evaluation of credit and we’ll apply this towards your bachelor’s degree.

DSSTs/DANTES Subject Standardized Tests – Friends University wants to give you credit for knowledge you have learned outside of the traditional classroom. DSST/DANTES test scores will be evaluated by our Registrar’s Office and we will post any credits as transfer work. Please contact the Registrar at 316-295-5400.

No Application Fee – As a thank you for your service, Friends University is pleased to waive our application fee for all active-duty military service members and veterans.

Military Friendly School – Friends University has been designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the past three years. The Military Friendly Schools designation provides a transparent data-driven rating for service members about post-military education and career opportunities. The designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are embracing military students and dedicating resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

DoD Tuition Assistance – Friends University is pleased to participate in the Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance (TA) program and we have signed the MOU conveying the commitments and agreements made with the DoD so that active duty, guard and reserve members may use TA funds to pay for tuition at our university.