Veterans Programs

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The University of St. Francis has made a strong commitment to recruit and serve veteran students. These students provide a unique perspective in the classroom due to their military service, and that adds to the educational perspective of all our students. In addition to participating in all of the federal veterans benefits programs, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, USF has also instituted a Military/Veterans Discount Program for adult degree completion (undergraduate) and selected graduate degree programs.

USF is Nationally Ranked

The University has been honored numerous times through the years for its outstanding support of veteran students, including being recognized or ranked by the following organizations:

  • Colleges of Distinction
  • Military Friendly School – since 2010
  • Military Advanced Education since 2014
  • Princeton Review
  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Colleges for Veterans

To view the university’s most current award profiles and rankings, visit our rankings page here!

Veterans Programs Available at USF

The University of St. Francis is proud to accept and certify veterans for the following programs:

  • Post- 9/11 GI Bill® Chapter 33 of title 38, U.S. Code
  • Post- 9/11 VA Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) Chapter 30 of title 38, U.S. Code Montgomery GI Bill®
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Education Program Chapter 31 of title 38, U.S. Code
  • Dependent Educational Assistance Program Chapter 35 of title 38, U.S. Code
  • Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) Chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S. Code
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607 of title 10, U.S. Code
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) Chapter 32 of title 38, U.S. Code, or section 901 or section 903 of Public Law 96-342
  • USF Military/Veterans Discount (for selected degree completion and graduate programs– see links below)

Military/Veterans Discount Program

The USF Military/Veterans Discount is available to:

  • Honorably Discharged Veterans who are no longer eligible for education assistance through the U.S. Veterans Administration programs
  • Spouses of Active Duty Military Personnel who are not eligible for any dependent education assistance through the U.S. Veterans Administration
  • Drilling members of the National Guard
  • Drilling members of the Reserves
  • Active Duty military personnel
  • Employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The USF Military/Veterans Discount applies only to adult degree completion and graduate programs (not including doctoral programs or the Physician Assistant program). The discount is applicable to 15% of tuition and does not cover fees or other associated program costs. Documentation of eligibility status is required. Click here for the online USF Military/Veterans Discount program application form.

“Substance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness in Veterans” Scholarship

About this scholarship:
• Apply by submitting an essay that describes some of the mental health and substance abuse issues that today’s veterans may suffer.
• Awarded every year in June, no fee charged for applying.

Eligible to enter are:
• Must be 18 years of age
• Any veteran or active member of the United States Armed Forces
• Any direct family member of a veteran or active member of the United States Armed Forces
• Available to graduate and undergraduate students
• Available to high school students soon to be enrolled in a post-secondary institution in the U.S.
• Visit for more information

Other Federal and State Programs at USF

  • Federal Pell grant
  • Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP)
  • USF Academic Scholarships
  • USF Athletic Scholarships
  • Federal Direct Loan Program (if needed)