15 Military Friendly Colleges in Minnesota

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Military Friendly Colleges in Minnesota

Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in Minnesota

There are many military friendly colleges in Minnesota. According to the VA, in 2017, 154 Minnesota schools got Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 10,860 students, totaling over $81 million.

There are six active programs offering benefits for veterans’ education. If eligible, all of these may be used to help fund a college 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 Minnesota colleges, 76% of beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2017 veterans eaRNING aid at Minnesota colleges
Post 9 / 1110,412
MGIB – AD376
MIGB – SR1,439
REAP19
DEA1,432
VEAP0

 

15 Military Friendly Colleges in Minnesota for 2020

These 15 military friendly colleges in Minnesota are listed based on total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in the 2017 / 2018 school year. All of the data cited from the National Center for Education Statistics. Many of these schools take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, colleges and the VA pay tuition and fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1Capella University
225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor | Minneapolis, MN 55401


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $15.89M

Capella University offers many benefits to active duty service members, veterans, spouses, and dependents. Capella offers a 10% discount on certificate, master’s, and doctoral programs. And, it offers a 15% discount on bachelor’s programs. Students must have a military affiliation to qualify. The school’s programs are also offered completely via Distance Education.

Capella participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It gives an unlimited number of students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 82%. For part time students, the rate is 64%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,854
Grad: $7,834

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 741
Grad: 1,381

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 40%
Part Time: 41%

 

2University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $8.13M

University of Minnesota Twin Cities welcomes student veterans, service members and dependents. These students could get in-state tuition. The school is also a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). And, it has a student veteran organization on campus.

UMN Twin Cities participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. An unlimited number of graduate students at the Carlson School of Management could get an unlimited max contribution per year. 50 other students could get up to $1,000 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 79%. For part time students, the rate is 75%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $12,550
Grad: $23,765

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 332
Grad: 167

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 93%
Part Time: 80%

3Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Blvd | Minneapolis, MN 55403


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2019/19: $2.3M

Dunwoody College of Technology is another military friendly college in Minnesota. This school helps veterans gain the skills to pursue a civilian career. The school has a long history of serving vets. It also has a Veteran & Military Student Center. There, veteran and military students can enjoy resources, study and fellowship. Dunwoody has a Veteran and Military Student Organization. And, it’s home to a Veterans Affairs Team. This team oversees the college’s efforts to support student veterans. 

Dunwoody participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. An unlimited number of undergrad students could get an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $18,034
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 131
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 90%
Part Time: 100%

4Bethel University
3900 Bethel Dr | Saint Paul, MN 55112


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.48M

Bethel University provides “a space, a place, and a face” for all military students and family. The Office of Military and Veteran Services provides support and resources. Veterans, active military members, ROTC cadets, and family can qualify. The school also offers the Bethel Military Scholarship. Regularly admitted, degree seeking students who currently or formerly served in the U.S. military can apply.

Bethel participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of undergrad students an unlimited max contribution per year. An unlimited number of grad students could get up to $10,000 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $24,629
Grad: $12,914

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 50
Grad: 20

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 83%
Part Time: 73%

5University of Minnesota-Duluth
515 Darland Administration Bldg | Duluth, MN 55812


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.46M

University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) welcomes veterans, service members and dependents. These students could qualify for in-state tuition. The school is also a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). It has a recognized student veteran organization on campus.

UMD participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The school gives 10 students up to $1,000 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 75%. For part time students, the rate is 50%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $10,860
Grad: $11,901

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 110
Grad: 11

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 80%
Part Time: 54%

6Lake Superior College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.26M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $8,681
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 146
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 59%
Part Time: 58%

7Saint Cloud State University
720 Fourth Ave. South | Saint Cloud, MN 56301


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.07M

Saint Cloud State University (SCSU) help service members move from the military to a campus support system. The school offers several military scholarships. It also has a Student Veterans Organization (S.V.O.). The goal of SVO is to give veterans the resources, support, and help they need to reach academic goals. SCSU also has an on-campus Veterans Living Community. This is home to the Veterans Learning Community.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rates for full time students who get military benefits is 84%. For part time students, the rate is 86%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,125
Grad: $3,496

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 164
Grad: 19

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 67%
Part Time: 45%

8Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street | Saint Paul, MN 55106


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.98M

Metropolitan State University has a Veterans and Military Student Center. It offers veterans and military connected students a place to take a break and get resources.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rates for full time students who get military benefits is 78%. For part time students, the rate is 86%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,666
Grad: $7,284

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 196
Grad: 9

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 77%
Part Time: 60%

9St Catherine University


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.94M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $13,477
Grad: $10,092

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 62
Grad: 11

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 80%
Part Time: 33%

10Minnesota State University-Mankato
South Rd and Ellis Ave | Mankato, MN 56001


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.93M

Minnesota State University Mankato is home to a Veterans Resource Center (VRC). This is a comfortable, relaxing space for veterans, military members, and their families. There, you can grab a cup of coffee, share stories and support, or do homework. The mission of the VRC is to provide help, peer support, and learning events. All students impacted by military service are welcome. 

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rates for full time students who get military benefits is 67%. The rate for part time students is 43%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,934
Grad: $4,673

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 147
Grad: 14

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 77%
Part Time: 65%

11Century College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.58M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,159
Grad: $N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 186
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 58%
Part Time: 47%

12Winona State University
175 West Mark Street | Winona, MN 55987


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.5M

Winona State University the last military friendly college in Minnesota on this list. The school is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC). It has a dedicated point of contact for support services. These services help veterans, military service members, and their families.

Winona State participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers 100 undergrad students up to $1,000 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rates for full time students who get military benefits is 73%. For part time students, the rate is 67%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,012
Grad: 11,446

# of Students

Undergrad: 81
Grad: 2

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 77%
Part Time: 50%

13Hennepin Technical College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.46M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,614
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 130
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 65%
Part Time: 49%

14Academy College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.46M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $20,252
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 23
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 60%
Part Time: 100%

15Bemidji State University


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.45M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,637
Grad: $4,848

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 67
Grad: 3

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 72%
Part Time: 72%

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