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Explore financial aid opportunities through government programs and Bethel scholarships designed specifically for veterans or those currently serving in the military.

Minnesota GI Bill Program

Up to $1,000 per term for veterans.

Amount

Up to $1,000 per term for full-time students. Up to $500 per term for part-time students.

Renewal

Student must apply every year. Lifetime maximum of $10,000.

Eligibility

You must be a Minnesota resident who is a:

  • Veteran who is serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time; or
  • Non-veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the Minnesota National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001; or
  • Spouse of a person who has served in the military at any time who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service. (Student must also be eligible to receive federal veterans education benefits as a spouse or dependent.)

Academic requirements

Must be a student in good standing.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online MN GI Bill Application.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  3. Complete the Bethel Military Worksheet (pdf).

Learn more about the MN GI Bill


Post 9/11 GI Bill Program

Up to $1,000 for students who served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Amount

Up to $1,000 for books and supplies; payment for tuition and fees is determined by aggregate period of active duty service. To determine how much you will receive visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Renewal

Student must apply every year.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.

Note: Children of a member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits under the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship Program.

Academic requirements

Must be a student in good standing.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Complete the Bethel Military Worksheet

Learn more about the Post 9/11 GI Bill


Other Benefits and Applications

Eligibility criteria and benefit amounts vary for VA programs from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (USDVA). You'll find explanations of the specifics at the links below: monthly stipends, eligibility periods, financial aid criteria, and any other documentation required to receive benefits.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

REAP (Reserve Educational Assistance Program-Chapter 1607)

DEAP (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program - Chapter 35)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31)

Who to Contact

Our certifying officials and the Department of Veteran Affairs are here to help you through the process:

Certifying Official (St. Paul)
Nick Matchefts 
651.638.6181 
n-matchefts@bethel.edu

Certifying Official (San Diego)
Sherry Stockton
619.325.5217
s-stockton@bethel.edu

Mail forms to:
Attn: (name of certifying official)
Bethel University
3900 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112

Bethel contact for Federal Tuition Assistance, ROTC:
Sharon Bahr
651.638.6208
s-bahr@bethel.edu

State contact for MN GI Bill:
Megan Fitzgibbon
651.355.0606   
megan.fitzgibbon@state.mn.us

Federal contact: 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
888.442.4551
www.gibill.va.gov