Top 15 Military Friendly Colleges in Indiana

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Top 15 Military Friendly Colleges in Indiana

There are many military friendly colleges in Indiana. In 2017, 238 Indiana schools received Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 7,900 students totaling over $50 million dollars.

There are six active programs that offer benefits for vets’ education. All of these can be used to help fund your education.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • All Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program (MGIB AD)
  • Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve (MGIB SR)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Post Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

 

The most used benefit program is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. At military friendly colleges in Indiana, 78% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2017 veterans eaRNING aid at Iowa colleges
Post 9 / 1110,706
MGIB – AD493
MIGB – SR1,214
REAP18
DEA1,266
VEAP0

 

2020 Top 15 Military Friendly Colleges in Indiana

These top 15 military friendly colleges in Indiana are listed based on the total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in 2017 and 2018. Most of these schools take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the schools and the VA pay the tuition and fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1Indiana University Bloomington
107 South Indiana Ave | Bloomington, IN 47405


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $6.32M

Indiana University Bloomington is the top military friendly college in Indiana with over 470 students who receive GI Bill benefits. The school’s connections to the US military date back to the school’s founding in 1820. Many of IU’s first students, faculty members, and trustees had military ties, like those who served in the War of 1812.

The school has a Center for Veteran and Military Students on campus as well as a chapter of Student Veterans of America.

IU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering an unlimited number of students an unlimited max contribution per year, per student.

IU offers credit for military training. Retention rates for students who receive military benefits are 87% for full time and 100% for part time attendees.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $9,172
Grad: $16,745

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 210
Grad: 180

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 87%
Part Time: 100%

2 Purdue University Main Campus
Hovde Hall of Administration | West Lafayette, IN 47907


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $3.70M

Purdue University Main Campus’ Veterans Success Center houses Veterans Certifying Officials, the Director, VA Work study students, the offices for the PSVO, and study and lounge space for all vet and military students, as well as their family members. Those using the GI Bill benefit may be eligible for VA Work Study. Each semester there are openings in the Veterans Success Center and the Military Family Research Institute. 

Purdue University Main Campus participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 50 students up to $7,000 in grants per student, per year.

The school offers credit for military training. The retention rate for full time students who receive military benefits is 94%, while the rate for part time students in 50%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $9,038
Grad: $9,844

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 281
Grad: 112

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 94%
Part Time: 50%

 

3 Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
420 University Blvd | Indianapolis, IN 46202


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $3.30M

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) values the sacrifice put forth by members of the US military and is committed to helping them achieve their goals of higher education. Their vets helping vets initiative helps military connected students find a fellow service member to problem solve and study with.

IUPUI is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers 12 students up to $10,000 in grants per student, per year.

The school offers credit for military training. The retention rate for full time students who receive military benefits is 85%, while the rate for part time students in 57%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,212
Grad: $11,277

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 435
Grad: 95

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 85%
Part Time: 57%

4University of Notre Dame
400 Main Building | Notre Dame, IN 46556


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $3.27M

The University of Notre Dame has a long standing commitment to and support of the military, vets, and their families. The school is among the national leaders in graduating military officers.

As a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, Notre Dame offers an unlimited number of undergrad students up to $15,500 in grants per student, per year. The number of grad students per college/division varies as do grant amounts.

The school offers credit for military training. The retention rate for full time students who receive military benefits is 88%, while the retention rate for part time students in 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $14,488
Grad: $8,315

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 211
Grad: 70

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 88%
Part Time: 100%

5 Indiana Wesleyan University Marion
4201 South Washington Street | Marion, IN 46953


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $2.27M

Indiana Wesleyan University Marion offers certain financial assistance for active duty military students, their spouses, and vet students.

As a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, Indiana Wesleyan University Marion offers an unlimited number of undergrads an unlimited max contribution per year, per student. An unlimited number of grad, PhD, and seminary students are offered grants up to $20,000 per year, per student.

The school offers credit for military training. The school has an 86% part time student retention rate for military students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,577
Grad: $8,536

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 467
Grad: 65

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: N/A
Part Time: 86%

6 Indiana Institute of Technology
1600 E Washington Blvd | Fort Wayne, IN 46803


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $1.52M

The Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne’s Warrior Veterans Organization (WVO) is a student organization that provides support to veterans and service members inside and outside of school. In cooperation with WVO, the school also maintains a special Blackboard area for current students called MIL 1000. Both the WVO and the Blackboard area for veterans are assets in helping Indiana Tech student vets succeed.

Indiana Tech offers an unlimited number of undergrad and grad students a $5,000 max contribution per year, per student. The Law School offers PhD students a $10,000 max contribution per year, per student.

The school offers credit for military training. Retention rates are 91% for full time and 100% for part time students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $15,014
Grad: $7,388

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 65
Grad: 28

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 91%
Part Time: 100%

7 Indiana State University
210 N 7th St | Terre Haute, IN 47809


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: 1.42M

Indiana State University (ISU) offers free assistance with vets’ educational benefits programs through their Veterans Service Coordinator. ISU has both a Veterans Resource Center and a Student Veterans Association (SVA) on campus. The school offers a Student Counseling Center and a therapist from the Veterans Administration is available on campus at selected times.

ISU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 20 students up to $1,000 in grants per student, per year.

The school offers credit for military training. The retention rate for full time students who receive military benefits is 89%, while the retention rate for part time students is 33%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,345
Grad: $4,046

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 198
Grad: 19

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 89%
Part Time: 33%

8 Ball State University
2000 University Ave | Muncie, IN 47306


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $1.26M

Ball State University (BSU) provides comprehensive resources to vets, reservists, guardsmen, and family members to aid in their success as students. Ball State’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) provides information, assistance, and social activities to vets within the Ball State community.

BSU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 30 students up to $2,000 in grants per student, per year.

The school offers credit for military training. Retention rates for students receiving military benefits are 91% for full time students and 67% for part time students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,317
Grad: $4,142

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 185
Grad: 65

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 91%
Part Time: 67%

9 University of Indianapolis
1400 E Hanna Ave | Indianapolis, IN 46227


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $1.07M

University of Indianapolis has both a veterans’ affairs representative and a Student Veterans Organization (SVO) on campus. The school offers the UIndy Freedom Award grant to recognize service men and women for their exemplary and heroic service to our country.

UIndy participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering an unlimited number of undergrad students an unlimited max contribution per year, per student.

The school offers credit for military training. The retention rate for students receiving military benefits is 71% for full time students and 100% for part time students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $9,470
Grad: $9,008

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 61
Grad: 11

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 71%
Part Time: 100%

10 University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne
2701 Spring St | Fort Wayne, IN 46808


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.83M

University of Saint Francis (USF) has a dedicated point of contact for support services for vets, military service members, and their families and is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges.

USF participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 100 undergrad students an unlimited maximum grant contribution each year per student, per year. The school offers 10 grad students an unlimited maximum grant contribution each year per student, per year, from the following schools/divisions: Keith Busse School of Business, School of Arts Sciences, School of Creative Arts, and School of Professional Studies.

The University offers service members credit for military experience. The retention rate for students receiving military education benefits is 50% for full time students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $18,608
Grad: $10,741

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 38
Grad: 6

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 50%
Part Time: N/A

11 Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave | Indianapolis, IN 46208


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.81M

Butler University gives priority registration to all students receiving any type of VA benefits. Butler has a student organization specifically set up to help vet students transition to campus and has counseling and consultation services available.

The school may offer credit for military training and experience. The retention rate for students receiving military education benefits is 100% for full time students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $25,266
Grad: $13,579

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 39
Grad: 7

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: N/A

12 University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Avenue | Evansville, IN 47722


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.74M

University of Evansville (UE) has had strong military ties dating back to World War I and participates in a variety of educational benefit programs for vets, active service members and their families.

UE participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering an unlimited number of undergrad students an unlimited max contribution per year, per student, and an unlimited number of grad students up to $13,000 per year, per student.

Vets are eligible for transfer credit for military training. The retention rates for students receiving military education benefits are 80% for full time students and 50% for part time students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $20,596
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 95
Grad: 1

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 80%
Part Time: 50%

13 Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Rd | Indianapolis, IN 46222


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.65M

Marian University is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges.

Marian participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 100 undergrads in each of its schools/divisions a grant of up to $8,000 per student, per year.

The school offers credit for military training. The retention rates for students receiving military education benefits are 100% for full time students and 100% for part time students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $21,441
Grad: $14,931

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 25
Grad: 7

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: 100%

14 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue | Terre Haute, IN 47803


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.64M

The Rose Hulman Institute of Technology may offer academic credit for learning acquired in the military. The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering an unlimited number of undergrad students up to $15,000 in grants each year, per student.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $31,107
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 27
Grad: 1

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: N/A
Part Time: N/A

15 University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Blvd | Evansville, IN 47712


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.62M

University of Southern Indiana (USI) welcomes all who have served or are currently serving our country as well as the spouses and dependents of service members. The University’s Veteran, Military & Family Resource Center assists students with applying for and utilizing Department of Veterans Affairs Education benefits. The Veteran Talon is a military and vet newsletter at the university to keep VA Education Benefit recipients current on events and dates for priority registration, healthcare, counseling, parades, and more.

USI participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 10 students up to $1,000 per year, per student.

The University offers academic credit for learning acquired in the military. The retention rate for students receiving military education benefits is 70% for full time students and 100% for part time students.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,958
Grad: $4,806

Undergrad: 104
Grad: 20

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 70%
Part Time: 100%

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