NNU provides specialized programs and services to military veterans, eligible dependents, active duty service members and members of the Selected Reserve. Here you will find more information you may need as a new and prospective student, on the Yellow Ribbon Program, and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions for veterans interested in attending NNU.
New & Perspective Students
Welcome to Northwest Nazarene University! Whether you are attending college for the first time or you are considering applying as a transfer student, our office will aid you in navigating the application process. The steps you need to take can be broken down into three categories: applying to the university, applying for financial aid, and applying for your Federal Education benefit.
Applying to the University
At NNU, we salute your dedication and sacrifice to our country.
Your unique experiences and skills are not only respected but also deeply valued here. As you embark on this new mission of higher education, we’re committed to providing you with the support and resources you need to thrive. Apply today and let NNU be your new home, where your past will be respected and your future celebrated. Together, we’ll aim for even greater heights.
Applying for Financial Aid
Your commitment to our country deserves to be met with a commitment to your future.
Let us stand with you on your educational journey. Apply for financial aid today, and let NNU be the launchpad for your academic and career success. Your service, your future, our support.
Applying for your Federal Education Benefit
Northwest Nazarene University Veterans Services will guide you through the appropriate questions to assist you in determining which benefits to utilize towards your degree program.
Applying for Federal Education Benefit is a three step process outlined below:
Step 1: Determine the appropriate VA Benefit
Northwest Nazarene University Veterans Services will guide you through the appropriate questions to assist you in determining which of the following benefits to utilize towards your degree program:
The Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty (Chapter 30) Veterans Education Benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.
VetSuccess Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.
The Post-Vietnam Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program, or VEAP (chapter 32 of title 38, U. S. Code) provides education and training opportunities to eligible persons who contributed to the program while on active duty on a $2 for $1 contribution match by the Government.
The Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals including graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, and licensing and national testing programs.
The DEA program provides up to 45 months of education benefits and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.
The Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) is an educational program for members who are actively participating in the Selected Reserve components of the Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard.
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 website.
Step 2: Apply for the appropriate VA Benefit
Northwest Nazarene University will also assist you in completing all of the necessary VA Forms by walking you through the application process to initiate your VA Benefits at Northwest Nazarene University.
If you do not have a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Regional VA Office for Northwest Nazarene University, please complete the appropriate VONAPP application to apply / update for your benefits.
Step 3: Submit VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and other documentation to NNU Veterans Services
Submit the following documents to the Northwest Nazarene University Veterans Services Office:
Certificate of Eligibility (COE) specifically stating Northwest Nazarene University OR a copy of your electronically submitted VONAPP or paper VA applications.
DD214 – To obtain a copy of a missing DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) send a request to Veterans Services Records. All Paperwork should be submitted via email to your assigned Finance Counselor or NNU Veterans Services Advisor.
Students should contact the Regional VA Office at 1.888.GI.Bill1 for additional questions on Educational Benefits or specific payment amounts.
Yellow Ribbon Program
NNU has an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon Scholarships available!
You will receive the scholarship if you are eligible and if your tuition and fees for the school year exceed the maximum available from the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
This program makes additional funds available if your tuition and fees exceed the maximum available from the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. The Yellow Ribbon Program is only available to Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (100 percent). 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.
If you have questions regarding eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Molly Porter, School Certifying Official, at 208.467.8519.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill® maximum tuition benefit for the 2023-2024 school year is $27,120.05
The maximum NNU Yellow Ribbon Scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year is $7500 for undergraduate students, $2200 for graduate students. If your tuition and fees for the 2023-2024 school year exceed $27,120.05, NNU will award the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship in the amount of one-half of the charges in excess of $27,120.05 (not to exceed the maximum scholarship amounts listed above). The VA will match the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship for the remaining one-half above $27,120.05 (not to exceed the maximum amount listed above).
For a traditional undergraduate student (this is an example only, your charges and scholarship amount may vary):
- Fall tuition and fees: $19,285 – This amount will be paid by your Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit
- Spring tuition and fees: $19,285 – The Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit will pay $7,835.05 (Amount remaining from the $27,120.05 GI Bill® maximum)
- You will receive a Yellow Ribbon Scholarship for $5,724.98 (One-half of the remaining balance)
- The VA will match the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship amount of $5,724.98
Apply for the VA Work Study Program
VA Work Study Program Overview
Documentation required for the Student Work-Study Program: Complete and submit the following forms to NNU Veterans Services not the VA. Items may be submitted by fax, email: email@example.com or in person at our office in the Student Center.
Processing can take weeks to months, depending on when you submit your application and if you’ve been approved to receive benefits. Before your application can be sent to the VA you must be certified first by the Director of Veteran Services at Northwest Nazarene University. Please ensure you register for classes and submit your application as soon as possible in order to be eligible.
Please note: This application form must be submitted each semester in order to be considered for the work/study position.
The VA work-study program permits eligible students to perform services for VA in return for a monetary allowance equal to the prevailing Federal or State minimum wage, whichever is higher. VA work-study payments are non-taxable.
Eligible students may contract for a maximum of 1300 hours of service in any 12 month period. The maximum number of hours a student may work will be based on 25 times the number of weeks in the student’s enrollment period; e.g., 250 hours for a 10 week term; 300 hours for a 12 week term.
Work-study services may be performed at VA regional offices, educational institutions, VA medical facilities, VA national cemeteries, certain other organizations approved for outreach activities.
For Chapter 1606 trainees only, services may be performed at DOD, National Guard and Coast Guard facilities, and their work-study services must be related to the administration of the Chapter 1606 program.
Work-study services at educational institutions may include, but are not limited to, the following: Processing enrollment documents (NOTE: Work-study students may not sign an Enrollment Certification.) Assisting institutional officials in maintaining veterans’ records Providing supportive assistance to the campus office of Veterans’ Affairs Providing outreach services Veteran students who are assigned by the institution to perform outreach activities must be working under the supervision of a VA employee. Such supervision may be accomplished by a combination of personal and telephone contacts.
If the institution wishes to establish a VA outreach activity, the Veterans Services Officer at the regional office should be contacted prior to development of plans for an outreach program.
In return for the student’s agreement to perform services for VA totaling, for example, 250 hours during an enrollment period, VA will pay an allowance in an amount equal to the prevailing Federal or State minimum wage, whichever is higher, times 250. VA will pay proportionately less to students who agree to perform a lesser number of hours of services.
Advance payment will be limited to the amount that would be paid for the first 50 hours of each work-study contract, or 40% of the amount of the total contract, whichever is the lesser. Thereafter, payments are made in arrears for each increment of 50 hours of service performed.
In the event the student ceases to be at least a three-quarter time student before completing an agreement, the student, with the approval of the VA regional office, may be permitted to complete the portions of an agreement in the same or immediately following term in which the student ceases to be a three-quarter-time student.
If the student terminates all training before completing an agreement, VA may permit him or her to complete the portion of the agreement represented by the money VA has advanced to the student for which he or she has performed no services, but will not permit him or her to complete that portion of an agreement for which no advance payment has been made.
The student must complete the portion of an agreement in the same or immediately following term in which he or she terminates training. If the veteran has received an advance for hours of unperformed service, and VA has evidence that he or she does not intend to perform that service, the advance will be a debt due the government, and will be subject to recovery the same as any other debt due the United States. The amount of indebtedness or each hour of unperformed service will equal the hourly wage that formed the basis of the contract.
You will earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater. If you’re in a work-study job at a college or university, your school may pay you the difference between the amount VA pays and the amount the school normally pays other work-study students doing the same job as you.
You may elect to be paid in advance for 40 percent of the number of hours in your work-study agreement, or for 50 hours, whichever is less. After you’ve completed the hours covered by your first payment, VA will pay you each time you complete 50 hours of service.
You may work during or between periods of enrollment. You can arrange with VA to work any number of hours you want during your enrollment. But, the total number of hours you work can’t be more than 25 times the number of weeks in your enrollment period.
Veteran Scholarship Opportunities
NNU Transfer Scholarships
Prior to being awarded scholarships from NNU, you must apply and be accepted for admission to the University. If you have not applied to NNU, we encourage you to apply online. Your application for admission is your application for scholarships at NNU.
In addition to the GI Bill® (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 website) and the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, there are a wide variety of available scholarships designed to encourage and support veterans in their quest for a college education. These scholarships are supported by both public and private funds, and are offered to eligible veterans who have been honorably discharged from military service. Requirements and award amounts will vary according to the program.
AMVET National Scholarship Program
The AMVET National Scholarship Program is designed for those veterans who have exhausted the resources of the GI Bill®. Applicants must have been honorably discharged, and must be attending an accredited college, university or technical school. The award is $1000 per academic year, renewable for up to three years.
Military Order of the Purple Heart
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship is available to all veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart. The program is also open to widows and dependents of those service-members who have been awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. Award amounts vary, and are based on financial need.
American Legion Scholarship
The American Legion Scholarship is available to all veteran members of the legion who are pursuing their undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university. Annual awards are $1000, and eligibility is determined by financial need.
Tillman Military Scholars
The Pat Tillman Foundation offers the Leadership Through Action – Tillman Military Scholars program which provides financial assistance to veterans and active-duty military who wish to start, continue, or finish their college education.
Award amounts vary, and eligibility is determined by merit as well as financial need. Applicants are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA, and must submit two essays for consideration.
Troops to Teachers Program
The Troops to Teachers Program is administered by the U. S. Department of Defense, and provides financial support for veterans who choose to pursue a degree in teaching or education. Eligible applicants must agree to a term of service in a high need school or community in order to receive funding. Eligibility is determined by financial need, as well as academic merit.
What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?
I am a National Guard member, what happens if I am called up to active duty?
You must bring a copy of your orders to the Registrar’s Office as soon as you are notified.
What should I do if my school bill does not look accurate?
Contact the Business Office with questions about your school bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I do if I don’t want to use my benefits for a semester?
Contact the School Certifying Official at email@example.com and let them know you do not want to use your benefits before the semester begins.