Veterans & Military Service Members

Veteran Benefits

There are many resources for Veterans, Active Military and Military Family members.  We want to make sure you know about your VA and DOD benefits and how to qualify.  Saint Peter’s is committed to helping you find the resources to support your educational plans.  Sometimes the benefit source is Saint Peter’s generous scholarships.

Yellow Ribbon ProgramYellow Ribbon Program

Saint Peter’s University also participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, contributing 50% of those tuition charges not covered by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  With the 50% match from the VA through this program and the remaining 50% match from the school, it may be possible for students to attend at little or no cost.  The Yellow Ribbon program is available to veterans who are entitled to the maximum benefit rate of 100%.

Monthly Living (Housing) Stipend is generally available through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Monthly Living (Housing) Stipend

As an eligible veteran or member of the National Guard or Selected Reserve you may receive a monthly housing allowance (living stipend) based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending – not your home ZIP code. This stipend currently averages $1,368 a month, but can exceed $2,700 depending on where you go to school.

This stipend is based on the DoD’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This stipend does not require students to live on campus.

NOTE: Service members currently on active duty and veterans (and eligible family members) and those taking courses on a half-time basis do not qualify for the monthly housing stipend.

Students taking 100% of their courses online are eligible for a monthly stipend equal to half of the national average stipend, which is $714.50 for 2013.

Post 9/11 GI BillPost 9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is the most frequently used VA education benefit. It provides up to 36 months of benefits to help pay for school or job training for Veterans, Service members, survivors and dependents.

Your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits may include financial support for school tuition, fees, books, supplies, and housing. You may also receive reimbursement for license or certification tests, national exams or assistance for apprenticeships or on-the-job-training.

A one-time benefit to help you relocate from certain rural areas to attend school is also available. Based on length of active service, you are entitled to a percentage of each type of benefit, up to 100% of the maximum benefit.

Benefit Rates
Benefit Rates (effective August 1, 2020) Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable
At least 36 months 100%
At least 30 continuous days on active duty and must be discharged due to service-connected disability or received a Purple Heart 100%
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months 90%
At least 24 months, but less than 30 80%
At least 18 months, but less than 24 months 70%
At least 6 months, but less than 18 months 60%
At least 90 days, but less than 6 months 50%
Your Estimated Benefits

SPU GI Bill Benefits

Learn more about other benefits that you may utilize to help pay for your education:

Ch. 30 Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty benefits (MGIB-AD)

Ch. 31 Vocational Rehabilitation benefits (Disabled Veterans)

Ch. 35 Dependents/Survivors Educational Assistance benefits (DEA)

Ch. 1606 Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserves benefits (MGIB-SR)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

At Saint Peter’s University, we are firmly dedicated to working with you and your family so that cost will not prevent you from attending and getting an education.  If your Veterans Benefits do not cover all your expenses our Financial Aid counseling team is ready to work with you.  We will award scholarships, grants and access state resources and federal funding to subsidize your military benefits for undergraduate tuition and cost to attend full-time or part-time.

Graduate students do not qualify for merit based scholarships or grants but we are committed to helping students find the most affordable plan with the use of Veterans or DOD resources. Also, many of our Corporate partners offer their employees discounts at Saint Peter’s.


Resident Life

Undergraduate students have many options for living on campus.  Being a resident students greatly enhances your experience here at Saint Peter’s University by providing many opportunities to get involved. Whether it is a lecture at noon, a group meeting in the evening or a spontaneous gathering at midnight, you will be around to participate. You can step out of your front door for classes, meals, sporting events, or prayer. Campus living is a wonderful and unique experience, a catalyst for personal growth and independence.

Undergraduate housing is available as single or double occupancy rooms or shared apartments.  Students seeking on campus housing must apply through the Office of Residence Life.  Once you have made your housing deposit and completed an application, the residence life staff will assign you a room and roommates. If you are an undergraduate student over the age of 21 we will work to find roommates who match your life experience and your expectations for college living.

At this time, we have limited graduate student housing available but will work to keep our students informed of availability and options.

Book Stipend & Supplies

You may receive an annual book stipend of up to $1,000 if you are a veteran or member of the Guard or Selected Reserve. This stipend will be paid at the beginning of each term. It is paid proportionately based on the number of credits taken by each student at $41 per credit hour.

Active-duty service members and their eligible spouses are also eligible for the annual book award.