Military-Supportive GI Bill® Approved and Yellow Ribbon Program Colleges Online and in Indiana

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The Hoosier state is no stranger to war. Be it John Watson Foster and his service as a commander during the Civil War, Adah McMahan and her willingness to care for the injured as an overseas doctor during World War I, or the hundreds of thousands of Indiana men and women who served during World War II, providing at least one representative in all combat theaters, Indianans are familiar with the risks, challenges, and expectations of joining the military.

They are also accustomed to working hard and serving their country after their time of service. Even if it takes going back to school, 20 years after graduating high school.

When Zak Milam graduated from Indiana State University in 2015, it had been two decades since he finished high school. As a high schooler, the thought of graduating from college as an impossible goal, but after serving in the Army and gaining confidence in who he was and the skills he could offer, it suddenly occurred to him that he could finish his education, provide for his family, and walk into a new life after the military.

With support from the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs, not only did Milam earn an education, he was able to pursue his passion for helping military veterans and their struggles with PTSD, college courses, or life in general. By continuing his education, Zak Milam was able discover life after the military. And so can you.

Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs (IDVA) Military Education Benefits

Tuition and Fee Exemption Program

This Indiana state aid program is administered through the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. It offers 100% coverage of tuition and any regularly assessed fees to the following military affiliated students:

This program provides eligible students up to 124 hours of tuition exemption at any of the following state supported schools:

This program provides eligible students up to 124 hours of tuition exemption at any of the following state supported schools:

  • Ball State
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Indiana University East
  • Indiana University Kokomo
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • Purdue University West Lafayette
  • Purdue University Northwest (Hammond)
  • Purdue University Northwest (Westville)
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Purdue Global
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Indiana University Purdue University Columbus
  • Ivy Tech Community College (all Campuses)
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Vincennes University
  • Western Governor’s University (WGU) INDIANA

Eligible students need to apply on Scholar Track and, after approval, must use the 124 hours of tuition exemption within 8 academic years. Students must also complete a FASFA form for each year they intend to use the exemption.

There are four State Aid Programs for Tuition and Fee Exemption:

1. Child(ren) of a Disabled Veteran, POW/MIA, or Purple Heart Recipient

You will need to provide the following:

    1. Proof of veteran parent’s Indiana residency,
    2. Proof of relationship to the veteran,
    3. Documentation of your veteran parent’s service or awards,
    4. The United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs service-connected disability rating award letter.
  • Step children are not eligible for this program. Adopted children must be adopted before the age of 18.
  • For students of veteran parents who enlisted before July 1, 2011, all tuition and fees are 100% covered at the undergraduate resident (in-state) tuition rate.
  • For students of veteran parents who enlisted on or after July 1, 2011, 20% of tuition and fees will be covered, plus the parent’s VA disability percentage.

2. Purple Heart Recipients

If you served on active duty and are a permanent Indiana resident, received a Purple Heart or were wounded by enemy action, and received an honorable discharge or separation, the Tuition and Fee Exemption program will provide you up to 100% of your tuition and fees!

You will need to provide the following:

    1. Proof of the Purple Heart Medal
    2. Proof of Indiana residency

3. Children and Spouse of Indiana National Guard Service Members

You will need to provide the following:

    1. Proof that your parents or spouse was a member of the Indiana National Guard who suffered a service related death while actively on duty.

To apply:

    1. Submit the Children and Spouse of Indiana National Guard Application through ScholarTrack
    2. Then, mail the application to the MDI office at least 30 days before the start of the semester.

Joint Forces Headquarters
ATTN: Education Services Office
9301 East 59th Street
Lawrence, IN 46216

4. Former Students of the Morton Memorial High School/ Soldier’s and Sailor’s Home

If you are a former student and/or graduate of Morton Memorial High School or a former resident of the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s home, you are eligible to receive the Tuition and Fee Exemption program which will provide you up to 100% of your tuition and fees!

To apply, you do not need to provide anything. IDVA will simply verify your attendance at MMHS.

Indiana National Guard Supplemental Grant (NGSG)

If you are a service member of the Indiana National Guard and attending school at an Indiana public college or university, IDVA will cover 100% of your tuition and regularly assessed fees, for spring and fall semesters only. All other federal or state assistance programs will be applied first.

To be eligible, you must:

To apply:

ING Scholarship Extension Program

In addition, the ING Scholarship is offered to any ING service member who was unable to complete their degree due to being deployed for active duty. If you are a former Service member who used the NGSG in the past, served on active duty overseas after Sept. 10, 2001, and received an honorable discharge, you are eligible for the ING Scholarship Extension Program for either full or part time schooling.

Apprenticeship and On the Job Training (OJT)

Instead of spending time in the classroom, the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and the State Approving Agency (SAA) has provided veterans and eligible members of the National Guard/Reserve an opportunity to use their GI Bill benefits to gain job certification or journeyman status, all while gaining a competitive wage.

This program has a minimum of six months and a maximum of two years expectancy. Veterans have 10 years from the time of separation to use this educational benefit.

Available On-the-Job Training (OJT) Programs

You can access the list of available OJT programs here, but keep in mind that the SAA approves new programs regularly. If there is a program you are interested in that is not on the list, contact the SAA and they will explore the possibility of approving your desired program.

 You can contact the IDVA, SAA at:

Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs
State Approving Agency
302 W. Washington Street, Room W-469
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738
Phone: 317-234-6062 / 800-400-4520 x 6062
Email: [email protected]

Possible Station Assignments and Military Bases in Indiana

With so many major highways running through Indiana, the Hoosier state is known as the Crossroads of America state. No matter where you are traveling, if you are on the road, you will more than likely find yourself traveling through, admiring the beauty, and enjoying the many accommodations Indiana has to offer.

The same is true for the many military men and women who are fortunate enough to find themselves stationed in Indiana. Be it the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, the amber waves of grain, or the quaint small cities of southern Indiana, the Hoosier state is rich in everything from sports history to friendly communities.

If you are fortunate enough to be stationed in Indiana, you will find yourself in one of 4 military bases:


Camp Atterbury was built shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was influential in the war in Iraq as it trained and prepared thousands of troops for deportation and war. With around 30, 000 acres, Camp Atterbury provides housing for roughly 45,000 troops and officers, is the training ground for the Indiana National Guard and other US Military branches, and is the primary residence for the 157th Infantry, 4th Cavalry and 205th Infantry Brigades. It is located in the south-central Indiana, just over the 30 miles south of Indianapolis.

Air Force

With over 2,000 reservists and civilians, Grissom Air Reserve Base houses the Air Reserve as well as units from the Navy, Army, and Marines. The 434th Air Refueling Wing is the primary unit on this base with a mission to provide air refueling services to long-range fighters, bombers, and cargo aircraft. It is located in the north-central part of the state, just 12 miles north of Kokomo, allowing you to easily attend the sister school of Indiana University, Indiana University Kokomo.


Producing some to the most advanced electronic weaponry, sensors, and systems the Navy has to offer, NSWC specializes in strategic electronic warfare. The base houses around 3,500 people and operates with mission of gaining technological control – and therefore advantage – of any battle. NSWC is located in the south-west part of Indiana and just over 30 miles from Indian University in Bloomington.

Coast Guard

In operation for over 125 years, this Coast Guard Station is the only Lake Michigan unit in Indiana and is responsible for patrolling the shores of Lake Michigan for Homeland Security, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Marine Environmental Protection. After 9/11, protection against terrorists and other harmful attacks was added to their list of responsibilities. Located in the northern part of the state, Coast Guard Station Michigan City roughly 60 miles from Chicago, 35 miles from Purdue University Calumet, and 23 miles from Valparaiso University.

Indiana is home to an array of beautiful landscapes, prestigious universities, and deep historical military roots. It is also a place that is continually pushing the boundaries of military innovation and homeland security. It is also the home of dedicated individuals who are committed to improving, protecting, and caring for their nation and local community. People just like Indiana’s own Zak Milam, Army veteran and graduate of Indiana State University.

Military Friendly Colleges in Indiana that Accept GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon Program Benefits

Of the more-than 2,000 colleges and universities that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, only around 500 provide full funding and place no limits on the number of eligible students who can take advantage of it. These schools ensure that every eligible veteran who enrolls can count on full coverage of all tuition costs that exceed GI Bill® limits.

You’ll be glad to know that a number of those military friendly colleges and universities are located right here in Indiana:

Bethel University

Mishawaka, IN

Accreditation: HLC

Division of Humanities and Social Studies

  • Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting
  • Department of Business
  • Department of Education
  • Department of History and Contemporary Society
  • Department of Literature and Language Studies
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Religion and Philosophy

Division of Arts and Sciences

  • Department of Art
  • Department of Biology and Chemistry
  • Department of Kinesiology
  • Department of Mathematics Engineering and Computer Science
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Theatre Arts

Chamberlain University

Indianapolis, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • College of Nursing
  • College of Health Professions

Devry University

Merilville, IN

Accreditation: HLC

Associate Degrees

  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • IT and Networking
  • Network Systems Administration
  • Business
  • Healthcare

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Business
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Accounting
  • Liberal Arts
  • Media Arts

Undergrad Certificates

  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Business Essentials
  • Cloud Computing
  • IoT
  • Technology
  • Media Arts

Master's Degrees

  • MBA
  • Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Technology
  • Business
  • Healthcare
  • Public Administration
  • Human Resource Management

Graduate Certificates

  • Human Resources Management
  • Project Management
  • Healthcare
  • CPA Preparation
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Supply Chain Management

Franklin University

Indianapolis, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • College of Arts Science & Technology
  • Ross College of Business
  • College of Health & Public Administration
  • International Institute For Innovative Instruction

Grace College and Theological Seminary

Winona Lake, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • Art
  • Behavioral Science
  • Business Communication
  • Computers & Technology
  • Education
  • Engineering / Mathematics
  • English / Writing
  • General Health Science
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Language
  • Ministry / Bible
  • Music & Film
  • Science

Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • IU Eskenazi School of Art Architecture and Design
  • IU Kelley School of Business
  • School of Education
  • IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
  • IU Hutton Honors College
  • IU Luddy School of Informatics Computing and Engineering
  • IU Maurer School of Law
  • The Media School
  • School of Medicine
  • IU Jacobs School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Optometry
  • IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • School of Public Health-Bloomington
  • School of Social Work
  • University Graduate School

Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion / Columbus / Fort Wayne / Greenwood / Indianapolis / Kokomo / Merrillville / Shelbyville, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Adult and Professional Studies
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Health Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • Wesley Seminary

Lincoln College of Technology

Indianapolis, IN

Accreditation: ACCSC

  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining and Manufacturing Technology
  • Diesel and Truck Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Welding & Metal Fabrication

Purdue University Global

Indianapolis, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Fire Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Studies
  • Nursing
  • Professional Studies
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy

Rose Hulman Institute Of Technology

Terre Haute, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • Biology & Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science & Software Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Design Program
  • Humanities Social Sciences and the Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics & Optical Engineering

Saint Mary of the Woods College

Saint Mary of the Woods, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • Arts & Letters
  • Business and Leadership
  • Education
  • Equine Studies
  • Graduate Studies
  • Music and Theatre
  • Nursing
  • Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

Saint Mary’s College

Notre Dame, IN

Accreditation: HLC


  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration and Economics
  • Chemistry and Physics
  • Communication Studies Dance and Theatre
  • Data Science 4+1
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Humanistic Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Self-Designed Major – ISDM


  • Justice Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Med/Pre-Health Professions
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Religious Studies and Theology
  • Social Work and Gerontology
  • Sociology and Criminology
  • Speech Language Pathology


  • Doctorate Nursing


  • MS in Data Science

Taylor University

Upland, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • anthropology and sociology
  • art
  • Biblical studies Christian ministry and philosophy
  • biology
  • business
  • chemistry and biochemistry
  • communication
  • computer science and engineering
  • education
  • environmental science public health and sustainable development
  • English
  • film and media
  • history global and political studies
  • kinesiology
  • mathematics
  • modern languages
  • music
  • physics and engineering
  • psychology
  • social work
  • theatre and dance

University of Evansville

Evansville, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Health Sciences
  • College of Business and Engineering

University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Accreditation: HLC

  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Occupational Therapy
  • School of Physical Therapy
  • R.B. Annis School of Engineering
  • College of Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Health Sciences
  • Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences