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5 Ways CCU Helps Military Members and Veterans Pay for College


Are you a current or former military member looking to enhance your skillset, further your education, and earn a degree? Colorado Christian University is thankful for the men and women fighting for and protecting our country and we are proud to offer military members and their dependents resources for an exceptional education experience.

Whether you are Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, or a Veteran, CCU wants to help you achieve your education goals! Here are 5 ways CCU helps active military service members pay for college.


Transfer Credit and Testing for Credit

As a military member, you may have attended numerous colleges and universities throughout your career. At CCU, we seek to honor your service and your knowledge by transferring up to 90 credit hours into your undergraduate and up to 15 hours into your graduate program through previous college courses and testing for credit through CLEP and DSST tests. Transfer and test credit can quickly fill program requirements and will help you maximize your tuition assistance or GI Bill benefits.

Reduced Tuition Rate

CCU offers military financial support through a reduced undergraduate tuition rate for Active, Reserve, and National Guard service members and their adult dependents. The military tuition rate is equivalent to the Military Tuition Assistance limit per course. The reduced tuition rate is available on all undergraduate programs, in seat or online, except the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Additionally, there is no technology fee for service members taking classes on base at Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, and the US Air Force Academy (add Buckley Air Force Base). Courses may have required fees which are unaffected by this policy.

Credits for Military Training and Life Experience

Military service personnel and veterans may receive undergraduate credit for basic training and other formal educational experience gained while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Potential transfer credit may already be documented on the CCAF (Air Force) transcript or the Joint Service Transcript (Army, Navy, and USMC).

Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for service members and Veterans who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is considered the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. For the 2016-2017 academic year (August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017), the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay tuition and fees up to $21,970.46 at Colorado Christian University. As a Post-9/11 GI Bill student, you may qualify for a monthly housing allowance from the VA and a book stipend equal to $41.67 per credit hour, up to $1,000 per academic year, paid directly to you.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon program is a benefit in which universities may agree to fund any tuition and fee costs that exceed the private school yearly maximum allowed by the VA of $21,970.46 for the 2016-17 academic year. The VA will match each additional dollar the university contributes, up to 50% of the difference between the student’s tuition and fee benefit, and the total cost of tuition and fees. This benefit allows the returning Armed Forces veterans the opportunity to complete their higher education in the college or university of their choice. Visit the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program for additional information.

Are you ready to “Go Beyond” and start earning your degree? Contact the College of Adult and Graduate Studies today: 303.963.3040 or VASupport@ccu.edu