Veteran Affairs

Certification Rules
Financial Matters
Accreditation Requirements

The academic programs of study at Marian University are approved by the Wisconsin State Approving Agency (SAA) of the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®.  Before the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer), the School Certifying Official will certify only those students who are admitted to a degree or licensure program and who are making satisfactory progress as determined by College policy.  The Certification of Enrollment is necessary before educational benefit payments can be received.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

Marian University is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.  SOC, established in 1972, consists of national higher education associations and approximately 1,900 institutional members.  SOC Consortium institutional members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to military students including those on active duty, Coast Guard personnel, reservists, members of the National Guard, family members, civilian employees of the Department of Defense, and veterans of all Services.  As a SOC Consortium member, this institution ensures Servicemembers and their family members share in appropriately accredited postsecondary education opportunities available to other citizens.   Flexibility of programs and procedures particularly in admissions, counseling credit transfer, course articulations, recognition of non-traditional learning experiences, scheduling, course format, and residency requirements are provided to enhance access of military students and their family members to higher education programs.  Marian University is proud to provide veterans and active duty military members with the necessary resources and support to assist with meeting their educational goals.

For more information on State Veterans Benefits

Federal Benefits

If requested, Marian University is required to provide the Department of Veterans Affairs with copies of grades and academic records to support certifications or to show failure to meet progress requirements without seeking prior approval of the individual veteran.

Chapter 33 The Post-9/11 GI Bill® – Yellow Ribbon Program
By participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, tuition at Marian University will be fully funded, more.
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
Chapter 35 Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

FRY Scholarship
WI National Guard Tuition Grant
WI Veteran Grant

Credit Hour Certification Rules For Veterans

FT: 12+
¾ Time: 9 – 11
½ Time: 6 – 8
Less 1/2: 4 – 5
¼ Time: 1 – 3

FT: 9+
¾ Time: 6 – 8
½ Time: 3 – 5
Less 1/2: 2
¼ Time: 1

FT: 12+
¾ Time: 9 – 11
½ Time: 6 – 8
Less 1/2: 4 – 5
¼ Time: 1 – 3

Licensure Programs may be approved for veterans’ benefits if and only if:

  • Credits are counted toward fulfillment of an approved degree program, or
  • Credits are required for permit or license to practice a profession by the State of Wisconsin, or
  • Credits are necessary to secure employment in a chosen occupational area.

Students are encouraged to look into financial aid since VA benefits may not cover all educational costs.  Benefit coverage depends on which educational assistance program the veteran applied for.

Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU)

Marian University is pleased to hold a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Defense (DoD), which allows our institution the opportunity to further our commitment to excellence in educating military students.


Marian University will ensure compliance with program integrity requirements consistent with the regulations issued by ED (34 C.F.R 668.71-668.75 and 668.14) related to restrictions on misrepresentation, recruitment, and payment of incentive compensation. This applies to Marian University itself and its agents including third party lead generators, marketing firms, or companies that own or operate the educational institutions. As part of efforts to eliminate unfair, deceptive, and abusive marketing aimed at Service members.

Recruiting, Marketing, and Advertising

Marian University and its agents including third party lead generators, marketing firms, or companies that own or operate the educational institutions will:

  1. Ban inducements, including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimis amount, to any individual or entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing firms other than salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in conformity with all applicable laws for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members or obtaining access to TA funds. Educational institution sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible, and;
  2. Refrain from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance, and;
  3. Refrain from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments.

Financial Matters

Marian University participates in the Tuition Assistance program offered by the Department of Defense (DoD). In addition to working with Marian University’s Certifying Officials, service members are encouraged to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or equivalent in their Military Service branch prior to enrolling.

If an eligible Service member decides to use TA, Marian University will enroll him or her only after the TA is approved by the individual’s Service. Service members will be solely responsible for all tuition costs without this prior approval. This requirement does not prohibit Marian University from pre-registering a Service member in a course in order to secure a slot in the course. If a school enrolls the Service member before the appropriate Service approves Military TA, then the Service member could be responsible for the tuition. All Military TA must be requested and approved prior to the start date of the course. The Military TA is approved on a course-by-course basis and only for the specific course(s) and class dates that a Service member requests. If a military student “self-identifies” their eligibility and the Service has not approved the funding, then the Service member will be solely responsible for all tuition costs, not the Service.

Before offering, recommending, arranging, signing up, dispersing or enrolling service members for private student loans, we provide service members access to an institutional financial aid adviser who will make available appropriate loan counseling, including, but not limited to:

  1. Providing a clear and complete explanation of available financial aid, including Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
  2. Describing the differences between private and federal student loans to include terms, conditions, repayment and forgiveness options.
  3. Disclosing the institution’s student loan Cohort Default Rate (CDR), the percentage of its students who borrow and how its CDR compares to the national average. If the institution’s CDR is greater than the national average CDR, it must disclose that information and provide the student with loan repayment data.
  4. Explaining that students have the ability to refuse all or borrow less than the maximum student loan amount allowed.

Here is information on how Marian University complies with requirements for return of TA funds:

(a) Return any TA Program funds directly to the Military Service, not to the Service member.
(b) Up to the start date, return all (100 percent) TA funds to the appropriate Military Service when the Service member does not:
(i) Begin attendance at the institution; or
(ii) Start a course, regardless of whether the student starts other courses.
(c) Return any TA funds paid for a course that is canceled by the educational institution.
(d) Returns any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Marian University works with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

Accreditation and Credentialing Requirements

Marian is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a regional accreditation agency for institutions of higher education based in the north central region of the United States. Marian was first accredited in 1960 and was reaccredited in 2016. Marian’s reaccreditation validates and evaluates our academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.

Degree Requirements

All undergraduate students at Marian University must meet with their academic advisor prior to course selection. Undergraduate students may find the applicable program sheets to assist them with developing their Degree Plan.  All students, including graduate students, may peruse the Academic Bulletin for the degree requirements and timelines for degree programs. Requirements are determined by the student’s catalog year and are unchanging unless the student undertakes a change to his or her catalog year or degree program.

Degree requirements in effect at the time of each Service member’s enrollment will remain in effect for a period of at least 1 year beyond the program’s standard length, provided the Service member is in good academic standing and has been continuously enrolled or received an approved academic leave of absence. Adjustments to degree requirements may be made as a result of formal changes to academic policy pursuant to institutional or departmental determination, provided that:

(a) They go into effect at least 2 years after affected students have been notified; or

(b) In instances when courses or programs are no longer available or changes have been mandated by a State or accrediting body, the educational institution will identify low or no cost solutions, working with affected Service members to identify substitutions that would not hinder the student from graduating in a timely manner.

Transfer Credit 

After admission to the university, all students receive a degree audit report prior to making a decision on enrollment. The degree audit report shows how credit transfers and counts within their program of choice. Prospective students can learn more about transfer credits here.

Readmissions Policy

Marian University follows the guidelines for readmissions and course withdrawals and release that align with provisions for Service members provided in Chapter 3 of Volume 2 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook for Service members.

The Office of the Registrar, 45 S. National Ave., Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, 54935, is the certifying office for veterans’ benefits at Marian University. Senior Assistant Registrar, Debra Barrett, serves as the contact and Certifying Official in VA benefit matters.  She is trained and qualified to handle the TA program and VA education benefits.  She can also appropriately direct Service members seeking information about academic counseling, financial aid counseling, job search support or other student support services.  Please contact the Senior Assistant Registrar at 920.923.8127 or The St. Louis VA Regional Office has a toll free number available for individual educational inquiries 1.888.442.4551.  The Fond du Lac County Veteran’s Service office is available for assistance and is located at 50 N. Portland, Fond du Lac, WI 54935, 920.929.3117.

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 Web site at