Designated as a Yellow Ribbon School, a Veteran Friendly School, as well as Military Friendly, Augustana University is committed to assisting veterans in their pursuit of postsecondary education. The University also participates in the Army ROTC and the Air Force ROTC programs for students who are interested in military careers. Veterans and their families can utilize the traditional GI Bill® as well as the Post 911 GI Bill benefits for education at Augustana. The following serves as formulation of policy with regard to these financial assistance programs.
ROTC — Students who enroll in the Reserve Officer Training Corps may qualify for generous scholarships through the ROTC program. Coordination of these benefits with university-offered benefits will be at the discretion of the University. In general, tuition and fee costs covered by ROTC funds will not also be subsidized by Augustana gift assistance. In instances where the student has previously been offered gift assistance by the University, such gift assistance will be limited to the cost of a double room on campus as well as the cost of an on campus meal plan. No Augustana gift assistance will be provided for off-campus living arrangements. For information regarding Air Force ROTC scholarships please visit this site.
Sergeant Major (SGM) Joaquin (Jei) Andujar Military Nursing Scholarship
Sergeant Major (SGM) Joaquin (Jei) Andujar served our country in the United States Army for 26 years, most recently as part of Mortuary Affairs. He was a decorated combat veteran and humanitarian. In his honor, Jei's wife Tara has set up a memorial scholarship fund for university students who are veterans of the military, spouses and/or children of veterans or active duty personnel. This scholarship will be awarded to individuals pursuing their bachelor's or master's degree in nursing, as Jei always admired the profession. This is currently a $2500 annual scholarship awarded to nursing students who apply and are ultimately chosen. For more information regarding the scholarship, please contact Jon Mammenga, Associate Vice President for Development, at 605.274.5530 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Air Force ROTC Scholarships at Augustana
- Available to: Current high school seniors who plan to enroll at Augustana. Must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, outstanding character and extracurricular involvement; ACT composite score of 26 or 1240 SAT score required for application. Interviews are required after application submission and applicants must also complete the Air Force fitness test. More details can be found at the US Air Force ROTC Website
- Amount available: Unlimited number of scholarships at $18,000 each for tuition and fees. Scholarship awarded over 4 years.
- Application form: Complete the application between June – January of senior year in high school. Begin application here
Yellow Ribbon Program — Veterans or their dependents who are declared eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs may apply for the Augustana University Yellow Ribbon program. Veterans or their dependents must qualify at the 100 percent level, with the veteran having served a minimum of 36 months active duty. Each year the University reserves the right to renew its Yellow Ribbon agreement with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Eligible veterans and their dependents are accepted into the Augustana Yellow Ribbon program on a first-come, first served basis, pending acceptance for admission to the University. Yellow Ribbon benefits do not apply to summer terms, and may be limited for study abroad.
Activy Duty Deployment Policy - Military deployment policy guidelines for students ordered to active military duty can be found here.
Federal Tuition Assistance breakdown of 2021-2022 tuition and fees can be found here.
Complaint Policy for Students Receiving VA Education Benefits - For students receiving VA education benefits, any complaint against the school should be routed through the VA GI Bill Feedback System by going to the following link: https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Feedback.asp. The VA will then follow up through the appropriate channels to investigate the complaint and resolve it satisfactorily.
The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. In compliance with this law, Augustana University allows GI Bill and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This allows a student to attend the course until VA provides payment to the institution. Augustana University will not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA.
For more specific information on individual Veteran Education Programs, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs, the South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs or your unit's Education Office.