Military Benefits

Military Friendly School

Calvin provides assistance to those who have faithfully served our country. As a way of showing our thanks for your service, our goal is to provide prompt, courteous and professional service to you during your time as a student at Calvin.

Students are able to use military education benefits to pay for tuition and potentially room and board as well. These benefits may be based on the student's own record of service, or that of a spouse or parent. Also, it is important for you to know that Calvin charges a single tuition rate for undergraduate students regardless of whether they are a Michigan resident or not. The following programs are regularly used: 

  • Yellow Ribbon ProgramThe GI Bill is a large program with various benefits for eligible Veterans seeking to advance their education. As a potential beneficiary of Veterans education benefits you should carefully evaluate the resources available to you, your spouse or dependent child.
  • Calvin is partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Yellow Ribbon program. This is designed specifically for those who are fully eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Qualified individuals in the program will have 100% of their tuition and fees covered.
  • Other Calvin students have taken advantage of the ROTC program offered in conjunction with Western Michigan University. This program allows students to take classes at Calvin while simultaneously taking ROTC classes at WMU's Grand Rapids campus.

Apply for benefits

If you are qualified to receive benefits for any VA programs, please take the following steps.

  • Apply to the VA following the instructions listed in their Road Map for Success.
  • Notify us of your intentions to claim VA assistance by submitting a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) or other appropriate documentation to Anna Ferrell, Calvin's VA Certifying Official, who will process your request.
  • Once you are enrolled (registered) for an academic term at Calvin, you must notify us of any changes to your course schedule. Modifications to your class schedule (i.e. dropping below full-time) could alter your eligibility for benefits.

Other useful links:

  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Today's Military - Department of Defense website presenting various options for those considering a future career in the military.
  • Ebenefits - a service of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense
  • GoArmyEd - virtual gateway for military tuition assistance (TA) for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers
  • DOD MOU - Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding
  • ROTC at Calvin » - Calvin College is an affiliate of the ROTC program at Western Michigan University (Grand Rapids branch). Learn more about participating in this program while studying at Calvin.
  • GI Jobs – Providing information and assistance to Veterans beginning the transition from military life to successful careers.