Military and Veteran Resources

Benefits offered by CSU

Many programs and services are offered by Colorado State University to active duty military personnel, veterans, and dependents.

Military and Veteran's Benefits Office

The Veterans Education Benefits Office currently serves more than 750 CSU students in obtaining benefits under five different chapters of the GI Bill. Eighty of these students are located across the world, including active-duty personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, and are obtaining their degrees via distance education. CSU has almost 150 dependents of military members and veterans who receive Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits transferred from the service parent. Upon receipt of required paperwork, CSU credits Post-9/11 GI Bill student accounts with tuition and fees anticipated to be received from the VA at a later date.

Yellow Ribbon Program

CSU is a participant in the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, also known as the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. While the GI Bill covers resident tuition and fees, the Yellow Ribbon Program allows U.S. higher education institutions to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund non-resident tuition that exceeds the resident rate. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of these expenses, and VA will match the same amount as the institution. CSU provides additional funding that, with matching from the VA, pays 100 percent of undergraduate non-resident tuition. This benefit can also be transferred by active duty service members and veterans to a dependent.

Office of Adult Learner and Veteran Services

This office offers a wide range of veterans program and services including:

  • SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society/CSU Chapter (national headquarters), the first Colorado veterans club in partnership with Student Veterans of America
  • Veterans Day Recognition
  • Special listserv for veterans
  • Job Placement Opportunities

The College of Business offers 15% off tuition for students enrolled in the online graduate program. The College of Engineering also offers a 15% tuition discount on select courses for those admitted to an online engineering degree program.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (S.O.C.) Member

As an active member of S.O.C., Colorado State University is able to work with active or veteran students' transfer coursework to better facilitate their academic transition from their former institution(s), i.e. the transferability of their previous coursework. In doing so, we can actively avoid an excessive loss of a student's previously earned credit and avoid coursework duplication in an effort to help them complete their program requirements within a reasonable amount of time.

New Start for Veterans

CSU's New Start for Veterans program helps military veterans returning from the Middle East re-enter the community as they deal with brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a significant cultural shift from being at war to working along the Front Range. New Start tailors a re-entry system for veterans to help them begin local career and educational pursuits.

Note: Military benefits, such as G.I. Bill Benefits, apply to degree programs (i.e. for-credit programs) but typically cannot be used for non-credit professional development training from CSU. For clarification, please call (970) 491-6340 to reach the Veteran Education Benefit Office or email

Why Choose CSU?

CSU is consistently ranked among the top military-friendly schools in the nation. Learn more »

CSU is a proud participant in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program. Learn more »

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