GI Bill

Information for veterans and their dependents

For all veterans and their families, Marian University thanks you for your service to our country.

We're proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program for veterans and their dependents who enroll in one of our traditional, first-degree undergraduate programs who are 100% eligible for the Post 911 GI Bill.

  • For those who are eligible, the Yellow Ribbon program covers full tuition expenses at 100 percent through the Post 9/11 GI Bill. 

Students who enroll in second-degree, graduate, online or Marian's Adult Program (MAP)  are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers higher education and training benefits for veterans, service members, and their families who served after September 10, 2001.  See the GI Bill website for more information.
  • The Montgomery GI Bill for active duty and select reserve personnel also offers education and training benefits.

Are you unsure if you are eligible for GI Bill benefits or need additional information?

If you need assistance after reviewing this information and the information found at, please email 

Child or spouse of a veteran GI Bill programs

Possible programs through the GI Bill for which you may qualify:

  1. Educational assistance program for survivors and dependents of military personnel, including Chapter 35 benefit for children/spouses of disabled veterans (DEA) and the Fry Scholarship for children and spouses of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Link to the application, form 22-5490 if eligible, on this page.
  2. Transfer of Post-9/11 to spouse or children: Information, eligibility requirements for veterans eligible for the post-9/11 GI Bill who want to see if they are eligible to transfer this benefit to their spouse or children through the Department of Defense.

Note that Marian University is a private, not public, higher education institution. Discounts and state-sponsored programs for children of veterans and Purple Heart recipients do not apply at private institutions such as Marian. The State of Indiana will not pay tuition for programs at private institutions.

How to receive GI Bill benefits at Marian University

  • Apply for admission to Marian University as a degree-seeking student.
  • NON-DEGREE students are NOT eligible to receive GI Bill benefits, per the VA policies without a guest letter. 
  • NON-DEGREE students at Marian can ONLY receive payment for their non-degree classes if they submit a guest letter from the school where they are degree seeking stating that our classes will transfer back to their school toward the degree you are seeking at their institution. 
  • If you have not already done so, and you are the veteran, submit your application for benefits online to the VA, Form 22-1990.  See information above for DEA dependents receiving chapter 35.  This is a different application.
  • Provide the following via email to
  1. Your certificate of eligibility from the VA once you receive this in response to your application for benefits submitted to the VA. 
  2. A completed copy of Marian University's GI Bill Benefits Form.
  3. The guest letter from the school where you are degree seeking if you are non-degree at Marian.

(These forms can also be delivered to 104 Marian Hall or mailed to the Office of the Registrar, 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222).  

Information for Second Degree nursing students (ABSN)

  • Second degree students are not eligible for the yellow ribbon program. Tuition costs will exceed the VA maximum yearly amount. Even students eligible at the 100% will NOT have the entire program covered by the GI Bill.
  • The Nashville and Oklahoma sites do not meet the GI Bill definition of a branch or extension campus. Students at these sites will earn the BAH for Marian's main campus, Indianapolis.

Continuing your benefits

Please be aware:

  • The VA will only pay for classes required for your degree(s), including general education, major, minor, and required elective courses.
  • The VA pays for attendance. If you fail a class because you stop attending classes, the VA may ask you for a refund of tuition funds paid as of the last date of attendance.
  • You must email  if your credit hours change or you add or drop classes in any term or semester.
  • Once benefits begin, you will be automatically be submitted for subsequent classes unless you notify Marian at  NOT to submit certain classes or terms.
  • The VA will pay a maximum for those 100 percent eligible for the post 911 chapter 33 of no more than $25,162.14 (fall 2020 through summer 2021).*

*This amount renews and increases slightly each school year (fall). Please note that you are responsible for tuition amounts that exceed this, unless you are eligible for the yellow ribbon program. Students who are eligible at less than 100 percent are always responsible for a portion themselves and should contact our financial aid office and business office regarding loans, aid and payment plans.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Will pay up to an additional $16,000 ($8,000 each maximum from the VA and Marian University) beyond the $25,162.14 to students who exceed this tuition amount and are eligible for Yellow Ribbon.

To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program, you must:

  • Be 100 percent eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Be a traditional undergraduate student seeking your first degree at Marian University.

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