Veterans Recruitment & Services Office
Our Veterans Recruitment and Services office exists to ease the transition of veterans, service members, and their dependents into college.
We provide assistance with federal and state benefits, and can connect you to various campus and community resources.
We advocate for our students and coordinate outreach to local schools, employers and veteran service organizations.
Healing Through Art
Veteran Kenneth Cunningham '16 gave 14 years of service, then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting at SAU. He continues to tell stories through his art.
Veteran Natalie Woodhurst '16 believes the depth of support she received as an Ambrosian ensured her academic success, and now she works to do the same for others as the coordinator of SAU Veterans Recruitment & Services.
What we offer our veterans, sevicemembers and their families
Yes, a high-quality private liberal arts education from SAU is attainable and affordable. Our Veterans Recruitment & Services Office helps you get the benefits for which you qualify and gets you acclimated to college.
Keep reading below on the various educational benefits you can receive as a former or current servicemember – including dependents.
Got a question? Email Natalie Woodhurst or call 563-333-5721. She not only leads this office, she's an armed forces veteran and an SAU alumnus, too.
Many veterans who qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® can take advantage of a private liberal arts education for free or at a very low cost.
St. Ambrose University is proud to offer the Yellow Ribbon Program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. With a matching grant from the VA, St. Ambrose will match 50 percent of tuition and fee expenses that exceed $22,805.34 – up to $5,000 for undergraduate students and adults enrolling in accelerated degree programs, and up to $2,750 for graduate students.
For more information, visit the G.I. Bill® website or contact the SAU Coordinator of Veterans Services at 563-333-5721.
In addition, any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can transfer unused educational benefits to their spouse or children. Click here to learn more about Transfer of Entitlements (Active Duty).
Here are some links to additional VA Educational benefits, or email Natalie Woodhurst. She is happy to provide additional information.
- Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Active Duty (MGIB-AD - Chapter 30)
- Montgomery G.I. Bill® - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR - Chapter 1606)
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E - Chapter 31)
- Post-Vietnam Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP - Chapter 32)
- Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA - Chapter 35)
- Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.) Allows students to verify their enrollment online. Students must be currently enrolled in an approved educational program and must have a current benefit award to use WAVE.
The U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy, and Army Reserves provide federal tuition assistance programs.
Iowa and Illinois also provide State Tuition Assistance for the Army and Air National Guard. Program details, eligibility and requirements vary.
All prior military learning and experience will be carefully reviewed and credits may be awarded based on ACE (American Council on Education) guidelines. Other credits may be awarded based on prior learning assessment, or through satisfactory performance on CLEP or DSST exams.
As part of the admissions process, we encourage you to request military transcripts from either of the following applicable institutions:
- Army, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard: Joint Service Transcript
- Air Force: Community College of the Air Force
Official military transcripts can be sent to: St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa 52803
In addition, SAU typically awards kinesiology credits to veterans and service members who provide proof of basic military training, such as the DD214 [Member 4 copy].
If your military benefits don't quite cover your tuition, there are other resources that can help; see below. And be sure to contact our financial aid office for additional resources and information.
- Military and Veterans Organization (MAVO) is an all-inclusive student organization working to foster esprit de corps among military veterans, friends and family, while promoting and understanding issues that apply to those members. See MAVO on Facebook.
- The SAU Career Center helps you identify and develop career goals. In addition, our staff can help with resume writing, do mock interviews, coordinate internships, and you have access to BeeCareers, where you can post your resume and look at job postings.
- SAU Health Services provides free, confidential care for students.
- The Accessibility Resource Center offers services and accommodations intended to reduce the effects a disability may have on performance in a traditional academic setting.
- SAU Counseling Services provides individual and group counseling to students, faculty and staff. The center provides a confidential, supportive and collaborative environment for open discussion of personal issues.