Military Tuition Grants

St. Mary’s offers tuition grants for part-time undergraduates, as well as part-time and full-time graduate students who qualify.

Undergraduate Grants

Active-duty Military: The tuition rate for qualified part-time military students is $260 per credit hour. For qualification requirements at the undergraduate level, contact Undergraduate Admission at 210-436-3126.

We Can Help

For admission information, contact the Office of Admission at 210-436-3126.

For information about financial assistance and your military or VA benefits, contact Andrew Lyons at 210-436-3682 or at

Graduate Grants

Active-duty military, retired military, Department of Defense employees, and spouses of these groups qualify for the $260 per credit hour tuition with or without military/DOD tuition assistance. This per-credit hour rate is valid for part-time and full-time students. Graduate students should contact Graduate Admission at 210-436-3101.

Please note: The military tuition rate is not applicable to the Ph.D. programs or the School of Law at St. Mary’s University.

The discount is applied to tuition only and any other fees associated with enrollment will be the responsibility of the students. Discounts are not applicable to students for whom 100 percent tuition is paid by any third-party payer or using VA Educational Benefits. Discounts may be reversed if third-party or VA eligibility for benefits is received after discount(s) have been applied.

Post 9/11 GI Bill®

If you were on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, you may be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® (effective Aug. 1, 2009) makes the following educational benefits available:

  • Tuition and fees paid directly to the school are capped at $24,476.79 for the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information, see VA – GI Bill® Benefits.
  • A monthly housing allowance based on the rate of an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school.
  • A stipend for books and supplies of up to $1,000 a year.

Yellow Ribbon Program

St. Mary’s University is a Yellow Ribbon School.  In gratitude for their service to our country, we provide extra funds to eligible Veterans who enroll in undergraduate, graduate or law school.  The Yellow Ribbon Program was established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the annual maximum cap for private institutions.  The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution.  Only Veterans approved at the 100 percent rate (as determined by service requirements), or their designated transferees may receive this Yellow Ribbon funding. Active duty Service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty Service members may be eligible if the Service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate.

Veterans who are eligible for the Pell Grant can receive these funds in addition to the amount received through the Yellow Ribbon Program. You may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001 of at least 36 months
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after Sept. 10, 2001
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above

Note: Students who receive 100 percent VA benefits for tuition and fees, are not eligible for academic and need based scholarships and grants awarded by St. Mary’s University.

Book and Supply Voucher

Ch. 31 Voc Rehab students are the only students provided with these vouchers. Book Vouchers are sent directly to the St. Mary’s Bookstore. Please contact the Business Office or review your Student Account in Gateway to ensure funds have been sent to the Book Store. Please note, a current VA 22-1905 must be on hand to provide the vouchers.

ROTC Scholarships

Army scholarships are available in four-, three-, and two-year terms. Apply online for four-year scholarships (by Feb. 1 of your high school senior year).

All Army scholarships require that you:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be age:
    • 17 by Oct. 1 of the year you begin college
    • Be less than 31 by Dec. 31 of your graduation year
    • Prior service military may be eligible for age waiver.
  • Graduate high school graduate or successfully complete equivalent training
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Pursue an Army approved academic major
  • Agree to accept a commission as either a regular Army, Army National Guard, or Army Reserve Officer
  • Meet physical/medical requirements

Four- and three-year scholarships require that you receive at least a minimum ACT score of 19 or a composite SAT score of 1000.

Two-year scholarships do not require an ACT or SAT score.

St. Mary’s University Incentive

As part of the University’s support for Army ROTC, the Executive Council has authorized Army ROTC scholarship winners to receive university-funded grants equal to the cost of room and board at selective St. Mary’s Residence Halls. No other university’s incentive package comes close to matching the support that St. Mary’s shows to its corps of cadets. Please call or email ROTC for these selective Residence Hall listings.

Incentives to ROTC Scholarship Winners

If you receive an ROTC Scholarship, the scholarship will cover:

  • All tuition and fees
  • $1,200 a year for books ($600 per semester)
  • $420 monthly stipend (10 months per year)
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