Military Students, Veterans & Families | Briar Cliff University

Military Students, Veterans & Families

At Briar Cliff, we are a proud partner of the Yellow Ribbon program for eligible military veterans and dependents. We also accept all chapters of military benefits and all state programs such as National Guard Education Assistance and Army/Air Force Tuition Assistance, and we participate in the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Interested military students must reach out to their base and contact their ESO to verify their qualifications for these programs.

For more information, contact our Admissions team at (800) 662-3303 or email

How does the Yellow Ribbon program work?

Our Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA means we agree that 100 percent of your tuition and fees will be paid for between your Post-9/11 GI Bill and Briar Cliff University’s Yellow Ribbon matching program.

Please contact our VA Certifying Official or Financial Aid Office for additional information regarding eligibility and how the program will work for you or your qualifying dependent.


Who is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program?

You may be eligible if: 

  • You served at least 36 months of active duty after September 10, 2001.
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability, and served at least 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001.
  • You are a dependent eligible for "Transfer Entitlement" under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive Yellow Ribbon funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100-percent rate).

For more information, contact the office of financial aid.

Reduced Active Duty Military Rates

Degree completion students who are active duty military will receive reduced tuition rates at Briar cliff University:

Tuition for active duty military $250/credit hour
Additional student fees $35/credit hour
Total cost for active duty military $285/credit hour

Other Financial Aid Options

If you served on Active Duty: You might be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after Sept. 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

If you are currently serving in the military: You may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. See the education officer in your unit for your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your Service prior to enrolling.

If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty: Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance form the Department of Defense for education, training and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career.

If you are the spouse or child of a service member: You may be eligible for transfer of the service member’s Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to you.

Briar Cliff also offers State and Federal Student Aid programs such as Iowa Tuition Grant, Pell Grant, Stafford Loans and Work Study that you or your dependent can layer on top of your military tuition benefits. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid webpage.

Academic Counseling

If you are seeking information about academic counseling, please contact the Director of First-Year Advisement at Briar Cliff University.

Job Search Support

If you are seeking information regarding job search support, please contact the Director of Career Education at Briar Cliff University.


We’re here to help. Call (712) 279-5200 or contact the Office of Financial Aid online.