15 Military Friendly Colleges in Nebraska

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Military Friendly Colleges in Nebraska

Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in Nebraska

There are many military friendly colleges in Nebraska. According to the VA, in 2017, 56 Nebraska schools got Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 4,000 students totaling over $24 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 Nebraska colleges, 76% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2019 veterans eaRNING aid at Nebraska colleges
Post 9 / 115,100
MGIB – AD298
MIGB – SR385
REAP1
DEA889
VEAP0
TOTAL6,673

 

15 Military Friendly Colleges in Nebraska in 2020

These 15 military friendly colleges in Nebraska are listed based on the 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, a part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, colleges and the VA pay the tuition and fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1Bellevue University
1000 Galvin Rd S | Bellevue, NE 68005


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $9.64M

Bellevue University is the first military friendly school in Nebraska on our list. It has over 1,000 students who get GI Bill benefits. ​ Founded by military, for military, the school has been helping service members for nearly 50 years. The Military Veteran Services Center (MVSC) is dedicated to Military and Veteran students. It offers services and support offered both locally and globally.

Bellevue participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of undergrad students up to $1,995 each, per year. An unlimited number of graduate students get up to $3,090 each, per year. And, an unlimited number of doctoral students get up to $3,420 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 89%, while the rate for part time students is 77%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,958
Grad: $6,966

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 944
Grad: 442

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 78%
Part Time: 61%

2 University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge St | Omaha, NE 68182


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $3.76M

University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) ranks among the top colleges for veterans, active duty members, and their families. The school’s Military and Veteran Services office provides a military community on campus. And, the UNO Military and Veteran Services space offers many perks. These include a computer lounge, quiet study area, student lounge, and coffee bar. Plus, the space has tutoring services and a visiting VA social worker.

UNO participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 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%. This rate for part time students is 88%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,465
Grad: $7,483

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 533
Grad: 43

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 74%
Part Time: 44%

 

3University of Nebraska-Lincoln
14th and R St | Lincoln, NE 68588


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.99M

University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) has a long history of honoring and serving student veterans. The Military & Veteran Success Center provides opportunities for engagement outside the classroom. And, the Student Veteran Peer Mentor program is an initiative to connect incoming student veterans with current student veterans. The goal is to help them better navigate college life.

UNL participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 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 89%, while the rate for part time students is 25%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $8,690
Grad: $6,872

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 307
Grad: 58

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 89%
Part Time: 25%

4Metropolitan Community College Area
30 & Fort Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68111-1610


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.95M

Metropolitan Community College offers a wide range of programs to choose from.

There are several resources available to help student Veterans pay for their education. The MCC Military Textbook Scholarship is one. Eligible active duty members of any of our Armed Forces and be between the grade rank of E1 to E4 with a 2.5 minimum GPA may apply. There are other scholarships that give preference to qualifying military learners as well.

MCC provides properly identified Veterans, military members, and their eligible family members with resident rate tuition and fees. You could also learn more about benefits and meeting your goals through the school’s Veterans and Military Resource Center (VMRC).

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $1,635
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 586
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 61%
Part Time: 38%

5 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health
720 North 87th St | Omaha, NE 68114


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.39M

Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health (NMC) creates sustainable and meaningful benefits for military connected students. These include active duty, guard, reserve, military spouses, and veteran students. The Student Veterans of America Chapter of Nebraska Methodist College also promotes personal and intellectual growth.

NMC participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 20 students up to $3,000 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: $12,920
Grad: $15,292

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 28
Grad: 2

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 68%
Part Time: 100%

6 University of Nebraska at Kearney
2504 9th Avenue, Kearney, Nebraska 68849-1212


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.37M

University of Nebraska at Kearney features 3 colleges, 170 majors and 20 pre professional programs. The school is proud to serve military veterans, active duty service members, and their dependents and offers resources and services. Located in the Financial Aid Office, Military and Veterans Services assists veterans and military students to apply for military education benefits. It also acts as a liaison between students, the VA and branches of military.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,706
Grad: $2,628

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 66
Grad: 26

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 77%
Part Time: 60%

7Southeast Community College Area
301 South 68th Street Place, Lincoln, Nebraska 68510-2449


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.35M

Veteran and military learners could use their educational benefits at Southeast Community College Area. The college also has a Veterans Connect Center. It is a one stop shop where all student veterans, service members and their families could have access support and resources to help them succeed.

Also on campus is the SCC Student Veterans Organization (SVO). The SVO is a student organization for veterans and dependents to network and discover information about veterans benefits and opportunities. SVO also has social gatherings, peer support, tutoring, fundraising and workshops. 

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,128
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 169
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 64%
Part Time: 46%

8Central Community College
3134 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, Nebraska 68802-4903


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.14M

Central Community College offers 37 career and technical education programs with a focus on degree, diploma and certificate programs that tend to take two years or less to complete. It is a multi-campus community that serves 25 county areas and takes up about 14,000 square miles.

The college has a Veterans and Military Resource Center which is a place for first time and returning military learners. The center acts as a liaison with the VA to verify enrollment for students who are claiming benefits under the VA or the Veteran Readiness and Employment

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $1,484
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 98
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 66%
Part Time: 52%

9Chadron State College
1000 Main St | Mobile, NE 69337


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.1M

Chadron State College (CSC) is the last military friendly colleges in Nebraska on this list. The school has a Student Veteran Association (SVA) on campus.

CSC participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 1,000 students up to $2,500 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%. This rate for part time students is 50%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,609
Grad: $932

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 29
Grad: 2

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 71%
Part Time: 100%

10Peru State College
600 Hoyt Street, Peru, Nebraska 68421-0010


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.1M

If a veteran of the armed services interested in attending Peru State College you could learn how to use your education benefits towards your studies. Peru State College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and has several welcoming policies in place.

They accept up to 66 hours of credit from a community college or up to 90 hours of credit from another four-year institution. Armed Services Veterans of the armed forces who are honorably discharged and current active duty personnel may also receive credit for military experience based on ACE guidelines. Regardless of residency, the school also offers the “One Rate, Any State” program so you could pay in state tuition even if not a NE resident.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,587
Grad: $3,251

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 22
Grad: 1

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 67%
Part Time: 20%

11Northeast Community College
801 E Benjamin, Norfolk, Nebraska 68702-0469


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.08M

Northeast offers several military friendly policies and resources. The Registrar’s Office in the College Welcome Center has staff available to help you understand benefits and enrollment.

The college also has a dedicated Veteran Lounge. It provides a comfortable spot for studying or socializing. And the Student Veteran Organization (SVO) is there to help to ease the shift into college-life, as well as provide service opportunities with the community. Northeast also offers college credit for qualifying military experience, based on ACE guidelines.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,176
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 39
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 68%
Part Time: 36%

12Mid-Plains Community College
1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, Nebraska 69101


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.06M

Mid-Plains Community College offers a range of associate degrees including transfer options and technical career focused programs. The college also supports Veterans, Active Duty Military, and Dependents in reaching goals. You could find out how to use your benefits as well as receive credit for eligible prior military service.

Once on campus, there are staff members who could serve you too. From counselors and disability services. To student success centers, financial aid help and library resources. MPCC Career Services could also help you polish a resume and choose a career path.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $1,961
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 31
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 67%
Part Time: 29%

13Western Nebraska Community College
1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361-1899


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.05M

Western Nebraska Community College has been named a Best for Vets college by Military Times magazine. The school has a Military and Veteran Services office which is there for support and resources. While a small college, it focuses on being a student-centered, open-access institution.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $1,709
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 33
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 56%
Part Time: 35%

14Little Priest Tribal College
601 E. College Drive, Winnebago, Nebraska 68071-0270


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0M

Little Priest Tribal College awards two-year degrees: Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.). Generally, the classes taken at Little Priest represent the freshman and sophomore years of study at a four-year institution. You could choose areas from business and education. To tribal science, Native American or Cannabis studies. Veteran’s benefits are available to veterans of active military service.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: N/A
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: N/A
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 47%
Part Time: 50%

15Nebraska Indian Community College
1111 Hwy 75, Macy, Nebraska 68039-0428

Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0M

Nebraska Indian Community College highlights culturally relevant educational experiences geared to toward all Umonhon(Omaha), Isanti (Santee Dakota), and other learners attending classes at one of their three campuses. Students who plan to apply for veteran’s educational benefits must apply to the VA for benefits and give a copy of their Certification of Eligibility (COE) to the registrar.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: N/A
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: N/A
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 64%
Part Time: 33%

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