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Military and Veterans Opportunities at Franklin College

Franklin College is a designated “Military-Friendly School” and is committed to helping service members, veterans and/or their dependents achieve their higher education goals.

Please take the following steps to get started:

  1. Complete and submit a Franklin College Application for admission online.
  2. Determine which VA Educational Benefit, if any, you plan to use AND apply for VA Benefits online.  When you receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA, take it to the Franklin College Academic Record’s Office on the first floor of Old Main.
  3. Apply for Financial Aid.
  4. Pay your enrollment deposit prior to May 1
  5. Work with Jarrod Brett, VA Certifying Official, in the office of academic records, to complete the Veterans Information Sheet which will be used to certify your enrollment.
  6. Be sure to meet with the VA Certifying Official at the beginning of each semester to review enrollment and certification.   If deployed or relocated, complete an exit interview with the VA Certifying Official before departure.

Options for Benefits

A summary of Chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program benefit options is listed below. For complete details about each program, visit the GI Bill® Web site

(GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Post-9/11 GI Bill® Information

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

Am I Eligible?

You may be eligible if you…

  • Served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and you are still on active duty or were honorably — Discharged from active duty
  • Released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability list
  • Released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve
  • Released from active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces.

You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001

If you were eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill®, Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve, or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program on August 1, 2009, and you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, you may make the irrevocable election to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Once you elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, you will no longer be eligible to receive benefits under your previous program.

Please note:
Veteran’s Affairs, not Franklin College, determines level of eligibility and payments.

  Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® pays up to the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. A participant may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if s/he is attending a private institution. If s/he is enrolled at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public, in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funds may be available for an education program without an additional charge to entitlement. Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA will match that amount and issue payment directly to the institution. Franklin College is a participating Yellow Ribbon institution of higher learning.

Please note:
Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive Yellow Ribbon funding.  For more information from Veteran’s Affairs about benefits, please visit

Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Programs

The Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program provides tuition assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs service members.  The application process varies by branch.  Interested service members are encouraged to contact their Educational Services Officer for further details.

Per Credit Hour Tuition Rates for Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Programs

  • Undergraduate Program
    • Full-time:  $1,220 per credit hour (120 hours required for bachelor of arts degree)
    • Part-time:  $1,350 per credit hour (5-11 hours; 120 hours required for bachelor of arts degree)
  • Master of Science in Athletic Training
    • $655 per credit hour (67 hours required for master of science degree)
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
    • $828.83 per credit hour (111 hours required for master of science degree)

Active-Duty Servicemembers Residency Requirement

Franklin College understands the unique situation that servicemembers on active duty face when trying to complete their degree, and values the sacrifices that these servicemembers must make.  Active duty servicemembers must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours(25%) of their coursework at Franklin College to be eligible for a degree.  Those hours are not required to be the final 32 semester hours.  It is the responsibility of the servicemember to notify the Registrar if they are on active-duty and pursuing a Franklin College degree while completing their degree requirements elsewhere, and to ensure all degree requirements are met according to the catalog under which they entered.  This policy also applies to Reservist and National Guardsmen on active-duty.
Additional Franklin College Information
Franklin College Campus Contacts

Office of Admissions:
Office Phone: 317.738.8075
Office of Financial Aid:
Office Phone: 317.738.8075
VA Certifying Official:
Jarrod Brett, Coordinator of Student Achievement
Office Phone: 317.738.8132

Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program

Franklin College students may participate in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. IUPUI, located in downtown Indianapolis, is approximately 35 minutes from the Franklin College campus.

Through a cooperative program called the Consortium for Urban Education, Franklin College students may pursue the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program which leads to a commission in the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserves. Franklin College is a cross-enrolled school through the Army ROTC Program. All ROTC classes taken and passed with a C- or above are applied as general elective credits at Franklin College.

The leadership and management classes are open to men and women who are full-time students. Students may take the first two years of Army ROTC without a military obligation. The first two years are exploratory in nature and offer one to two hours of academic credit per semester. Students who want to continue through the program and receive a commission upon graduation apply for admission into the advanced program at the end of the second year of ROTC. Selection is competitive. Franklin College students who are eligible for scholarships can receive significant scholarship assistance through participating in this program. There are no restrictions on majors for students interested in ROTC. Students who do not continue with the ROTC program may still use credits as electives earned toward any major.

For more information, call 317.274.2691 or email
You may also visit

Indiana Veteran Links

Federal Government Veteran Links

Veteran Programs and Organizations

Let’s Talk

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If you have specific questions, contact the office of financial aid at 888.852.6471 or 317.738.8075 or email us at