CDU Honors Military Service!
For nearly 40 years, CDU has educated service members, veterans, and military families. We have a proven track record of delivering theological education online to military students around the world and are able to consider special needs that may arise due to deployment, combat situations, and other circumstances unique to the military. While many universities offer degree programs for the military, CDU addresses the intellectual and spiritual hunger of students as they come together to form a virtual community united in the pursuit of knowledge, truth, and the love of God.
By utilizing your military benefits and CDU’s need-based grants, your education costs may be fully covered.
Knowledgeable Military Support Staff
Our staff has years of training and experience in meeting the unique financial and academic needs of military members, veterans, and their families. To learn more, email our Bursar or call 1.888.254.4238 ext. 708.
Active Participation in Government Programs
As a DEAC-accredited university, CDU is approved by the Department of Defense as a provider of voluntary education and participates in the following programs.
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 at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. There are multiple GI Bill® benefits, and each is different. We recommend that you compare your options using the GI Bill® Comparison Tool or the comparison table at the VA website. These tools can help you calculate your benefits, research approved programs, and determine eligibility.
- Despite any policy to the contrary, for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA, we will not:
- Prevent their enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to:
- Require they secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
- However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:
- Produce the VA’s Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
- Provide written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies (see our VA School Certifying Official for all requirements).
Veteran Readiness and Employment
This benefit, also known as Chapter 31, provides a range of services to troops and veterans with service-connected disabilities to help find a job or achieve independence in daily living. This can include money for some degree programs, including those offered by CDU.
Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance
Also known as Chapter 35, through this benefit the child or spouse of a service member may be eligible for educational benefits if certain conditions are met.
G.I. Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program
For our Military Veteran Students, we participate in the G.I. Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, which means we make a limited number of additional funds available for eligible students to maximize their GI Bill benefits. The Yellow Ribbon Program can help pay for tuition and fees that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover.
Tuition Assistance For All Branches of Active Duty Military
Steps for using Military TA:
- We recommend you start this process at least 4 weeks prior to your course start date.
- Apply for admission to our university
- Register for courses; all branches require registration prior to approval.
- Students utilizing Military TA funding are reminded to meet with their Education Services Officer (ESO) for a TA briefing prior to enrolling and requesting TA funds.
- Notify bursar at firstname.lastname@example.org that you intend to use Military TA as your payment method.
- Request degree plan from Registrar at email@example.com.
- Log into your branch education portal and follow their process for enrolling and requesting TA. You will need to make a separate request for each course with a unique start date (use TA school code: 3389A).
- If your branch does not automatically forward your TA authorization, send your ESO-approved forms to us via fax 866-755-8763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Disclose all sources of aid: Contact the financial aid office if you plan to use multiple sources of aid, such as FSA or other scholarships.
- Branch TA Portals
Each branch of the service has a specific TA process. Please select your branch portal for the
most up-to-date information.
- Air Force (form AF 1227) – Help line: 877- 596-5771, Option 7
- Army – GoArmyEd (form DA 2171) – Help line: 800-817-9990
- Coast Guard (form ETQC 1560) – Help line: 405-954-1360
- Marine Corps (form NAVMC 10883)
- National Guard (form Army DA 2171)
- Air Force – Help line: 877-596-5771
- Navy (form NAVEDTRA 1560/5) – Help Line: 877-838-1659
- For our Active Duty Military and Reservists utilizing Tuition Assistance, we offer need-based grants up to a maximum of $100/credit hour, which can fund the additional CDU tuition beyond the military TA cap of $250/credit hour.
- Credit for military education and training courses, including CCAF, JST, DANTES, and ACE-evaluated training.
- A 10% tuition discount to all military-affiliated students including active duty, reservist, military spouses and dependents and veterans who are ineligible for any other scholarship or assistance program. A Uniformed Services ID Card is required.
- Leave of Absence
For serious reasons, a student may apply for a leave of absence not to exceed 180 days. During this leave, elapsed time does not accrue toward the maximum completion time allowed for finishing the program. A letter requesting leave should be addressed to the Registrar. For Active Service Members, the LOA for a course or program can be extended beyond 180 days for Military Service operations. Appropriate documentation should be submitted to the Registrar@cdu.edu.
- Return of Military TA Funds Policy
A student that paid for all or a portion of their course(s) using Military Tuition Assistance (TA) who withdraws from school or a course during an enrollment period in which the student began attendance will have the amount of TA funds he/she did not earn calculated according to federal regulations (Department of Education Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, section 484B). The percentage of TA funds that is earned is the number of calendar days the student has been enrolled for the enrollment period up to the day the student withdrew, divided by the total calendar days in the enrollment period. For percentages less than or equal to 60%, the percentage is multiplied by the amount of TA funds awarded for the enrollment period to determine the amount of TA funds earned. The amount of TA funds that has not been earned, and must be returned, is the complement of the amount earned. For percentages greater than 60%, the TA funds for the enrollment period are considered 100% earned. Once the amount of TA funds that was not earned has been calculated, federal regulations require that the school return a portion of the unearned funds equal to the lesser of the institutional tuition charges multiplied by the unearned percentage of funds or the entire amount of unearned funds. For a schedule of returning TA funds click here.