Information for Veterans
Butler University recognizes and thanks you for your commitment to military service. As a military-friendly university, we certify Chapter 33-Post-911, Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 35, 1606, and 1607 education benefits for use at Butler. The Yellow Ribbon program allows our university to further support veteran students, making Butler an affordable option for those with 100% Chapter 33 educational benefits. Furthermore, our faculty senate recently approved giving priority registration to all students receiving any type of VA benefits (beginning with the fall 2014 semester).
Veterans ~ Show Information
Complete the application for Veteran Benefits (VONAPP) online at www.gibill.va.gov. When the application process is complete, the VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
Please submit copies of your COE and your DD214 to Judy Clark in the Office of Financial Aid.
Dependents of Veterans ~ Show Information
If you have not already had Education Benefits transferred to you as the dependent, your parent will need to complete that process at www.gibill.va.gov. Once the benefit has been transferred, please complete the application for Veteran Benefits online at www.gibill.va.gov. When the application process is complete, the VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the student receiving the benefit. Please submit a copy of the COE to Judy Clark in the Office of Financial Aid.
Yellow Ribbon Program ~ Show Information
Yellow Ribbon is a voluntary program that Butler has entered into with the VA. Only students who are eligible for 100% of the Chapter 33 benefit (based on service record/time) and are pursuing a first bachelor's degree are eligible. The Yellow Ribbon is in addition to the tuition and fees received under the Chapter 33 benefits.
Currently, Butler has agreed to provide 24 students with up to $7500/year in institutional gift aid (Yellow Ribbon) and the VA will then match that additional amount. Awards are limited to tuition and fees. Yellow Ribbon may affect other gift assistance awarded by Butler.
Yellow Ribbon awards are limited and in accordance with the law, Yellow Ribbon eligibility must be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. We will utilize the date a student has both a complete Yellow Ribbon Application as well as the appropriate documentation from the VA for certification to determine first-come, first-served. Please contact Judy Clark in the Office of Financial Aid to request the Yellow Ribbon application.
Military Tuition Assistance ~ Show Information
Tuition Assistance through GoArmy:
Students complete an application at www.goarmyed.com. When application process is completed please send an email to Judy Clark in Financial Aid and Debbie Ach in Records and Registration to begin the TA process at Butler University.
Tuition Assistance through other military
Please email Judy Clark in Financial Aid and Debbie Ach in Records and Registration to identify the group you are with and begin the TA process at Butler University.
Tuition Assistance at Butler
Currently TA pays approximately $750 per class up to $4,500 per fiscal year. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for all federal, state, and institutional gift and self-help programs. A list of aid programs can be found at http://www.butler.edu/financial-aid/prospective-freshmen/aid-programs.
Students who are offered federal loans may decline all or part of their loan options. Students who wish to borrow Private Loans must have filed a FAFSA and are required to meet with Judy Clark in the Office of Financial Aid prior to private loan processing.
In compliance with TA regulations, the University requires students to review the following information and links provided on this page. Students must then meet with Judy Clark in the Office of Financial aid to sign our form confirming they have received and reviewed the information provided.
Financial Breakdown ~ Show Information
Eligible tuition and fees at Butler University:
Health & Recreation Fee $614
Activity Fee $288
VA Chapter 33 $-20,235.02*
Yellow Ribbon Butler $-7, 500.00
Yellow Ribbon VA $-7, 500.00
Balance to be paid $416.98
*Amount changes annually
Once certified for Chapter 33 educational benefits, the student will also receive their living stipend (see housing) and book stipend of $1000.
Students who file a FAFSA may also be eligible for Federal Pell Grant, Indiana State Grant and/or other awards. File your FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov with Butler's school code of 001788 by March 1st for priority consideration of all aid programs.
These awards combine to make Butler an affordable option for our veterans and dependents of veterans.
Housing Information ~ Show Information
Residential Life offers flexibility to non-traditional veteran students. Please contact Doug Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org to determine your housing options.
The 2014-15 VA housing stipend for the Indianapolis area is approximately $1200 per month for full time students with 100% educational benefit.
The months of August, December, January and May are pro-rated by the number of days classes are held in each of those months. You can expect payments to arrive by direct deposit the first week of the following month.
Example: August would be a partial payment of approximately $125 and would be paid the first week of September. September would be the first full month payment of approximately $1200 and would be paid the first week of October.
Scholarships ~ Show Information
These sites offer veterans scholarship information:
Billing and Tuition Refund Schedule ~ Show Information
The billing and tuition refund schedule can be found here.
We're Here to Help
A number of Butler staff members are available to answer veteran-specific questions:
Debbie Ach, Records and
Enrollment Certification for Tuition and Housing
Judy Clark, Financial
VA, Loans, Federal and State Grants
Xavia Key, Student
Billing and Refunds
Sonya Moore, Records and
Transfer Credit Evaluator
Steven T. Hines, Psy. D.,
HSPP, Counseling and Consultation Services
Staff Psychologist/Outreach Coordinator
Michele Atterson M.A, Student Disability
ADA Accommodations/Support Services
Matthew Stach, Learning Resource
Academic Advisor/Student Development Specialist
Gary Beaulieu, Internship and Career
Director, Career Counseling and Advising, Career Related Programming and Presentations, Employer Outreach and Development
Butler University also has a student organization specifically set up to help veteran students transition to campus. Contact BU Military Veterans for mentorship programs and additional assistance.