Photo courtesy of Department of DefenseSpecial Veterans' Education Benefits for Those Who Have Served

Our mission is to provide you with an unparalleled educational experience, arming you with practical skills and confidence to transfer from military service to a civilian career. At the heart of the JIU’s mission are the people who ensure you get the most value out of your education and shape the career you envision. From our Student Solutions Advisors, who provide encouragement every step of the way, to our extraordinary faculty, we are dedicated to helping you succeed.

As a veteran you are eligible to receive the following veterans' education benefits:

  • Reduced undergraduate tuition—$250 per credit hour or $750 per 3 credit hour course
  • Waived fees—All application and academic fees are waived for JIU military students and their dependents
  • Cost of undergraduate books covered by the Military Book Program
  • 20% tuition waiver for graduate degree programs

Visit our military tuition page to review program tuition costs. To receive a more personalized cost breakdown, as well as your Military Shopping Sheet, go to the net price calculator. In addition, as a veteran you are eligible to receive educational benefits through the Montgomery G.I. Bill and Post-9/11 Bill. To learn more click here.

Student Veterans of America

Students Veterans of America

At JIU active-duty and veteran students have the opportunity to get involved in the Student Veterans of America (SVA) organization through the JIU chapter.  The national SVA organization was officially incorporated in January 2008 to provide programs, resources and support to the ever-evolving network of student veteran organizations.  JIU is proud to offer the JIU SVA chapter for our military students to become involved with and to network with veterans all across the nation. 

Got Your 6 

Got Your Six. Official Campus PartnerJIU has signed the pledge to join the Education Pillar of Got Your 6 and support student veterans by continuing to implement and enhance resources, programs and policies to support our military students. Got Your 6 is a campaign designed to change the conversation in America such that veterans and military families are seen as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate our community. The campaign combines the reach and resources of the top American entertainment studios, networks, guilds and agencies with the expertise and commitment of more than two dozen nonprofit organizations. Through an extensive media footprint and a set of substantial service commitments, Got Your 6 will ensure successful reintegration of veterans into civilian life. For more information, visit and

Sentinels of Freedom 

In August 2007 JIU became the prefered online school for the Sentinels of Freedom. This grass roots organization’s mission is to provide life-changing opportunities for the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who suffered severe injuries and are in need of support.  Sentinels of Freedom provides up to four years of “life scholarships” to help vets become self-sufficient.  For more information on this great organization click here

Additional Veteran Benefits

JIU is also approved for various education assistance programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Benefit programs are offered to veterans, servicemembers and some dependents of disabled or deceased veterans wishing to pursue an education. To find out if you are eligible for veteran educational benefits, or to find out more about programs that are offered, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Individual Accommodations

To further support the success of our veterans, JIU offers individualized assistance for qualified students. This might include accommodations within the classroom setting to assist in a smooth transition and address combat experiences and/or service related injuries (psychological, cognitive, physical, etc.). A few examples of qualifying combat/service related injuries:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Physical injuries
  • Vision and hearing injuries

JIU is dedicated to serving as an advocate for our veteran students and assessing reasonable accommodation options based on your individual needs. You may contact our Office of Accessibility Services directly, or learn more about accommodation request process here.