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Veterans and Active Duty

Notre Dame College Welcomes Veterans and Active Duty!

Now that you have served our nation, we would like to serve you as you pursue your education. Our staff is here to help you through the admissions process and help you navigate the process of utilizing your GI Bill benefits.

We look forward to having you as part of our campus community. We are committed to supporting you, as we do all of our students, in your educational journey.

For more information from the VA relating to your benefits, please visit the VA educational benefits page. If you have specific questions about your personal eligibility, please contact the VA directly.

Active Duty & Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits can be applied to coursework or training beginning Aug. 1, 2009. Benefits are not retroactive prior to this date.
  • Veterans who served a minimum of 90 days active duty after Sept. 10, 2001 (or 30 continuous days and were discharged due to a service connected disability) are eligible.
  • Three types of benefits are available to you based on your amount of active duty service:
  1. Tuition and Fees—This amount is the equivalent to the highest amount of in-state tuition and fees charged for a full-time, undergraduate at a public, four year institution in Ohio. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the College. (The official amount for Ohio will be documented on the website).
  2. Monthly Housing Allowance—This amount is based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) calculations. The Monthly Housing Allowance is paid directly to the student after enrollment verification.
  3. Annual Stipend for Books and Supplies—A maximum amount of $1,000 per year based on enrollment during the school year.
  • The amount of active duty service determines the maximum percentage of benefit eligibility:
Active Duty Service after 9/10/01Percentage of Maximum Benefit Available
At least 36 months100% and eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program
At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to a service connected disability100% and eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program
At least 30 months but less than 36 months90%
At least 24 months but less than 30 months80%
At least 18 months but less than 24 months70%
At least 12 months but less than 18 months60%
At least 6 months but less than 12 months50%
At least 90 days but less than 6 months40%

Next Steps

  1. Veterans must apply for their benefits at and will receive a certificate of eligibility that should be emailed to the Registrar’s Office at Service members wanting to use Tuition Assistance should contact your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your military service to ensure you have completed all of their required steps for enrollment approval.
  2. Apply for admission to Notre Dame College using the online application and indicate that you are a veteran or an active duty service member. Please contact the admissions office at to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!
  3. Let’s talk financial aid! The financial aid office will assist you with the financial aid process, deadlines and individual loan counseling. Also the financial aid advisors will, but not limited to:
    • Providing a clear and complete explanation of available financial aid, including Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.
    • Describing the differences between private and federal student loans to include terms, conditions, repayment and forgiveness options.
    • 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 educational institution’s CDR is greater than the national average CDR, it must disclose that information and provide the student with loan repayment data.
    • Explaining that students have the ability to refuse all or borrow less than the maximum student loan amount allowed.
    • To access detailed contact information for the Financial Aid Office go to the Financial Aid webpage.

Notre Dame College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age or disability in the administration of its academic and admission policies, scholarship and financial assistance programs and other College-administrated services.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The matching Yellow Ribbon Program, optional for colleges and universities, is designed to fill the gap between the VA benefit and the cost of tuition at a veteran’s college of choice if its cost is higher than the state institution’s. This level of benefit is reserved for those at the 100% benefit level, i.e. those who have served at least 36 months on active duty or served at least 30 continuous days and were discharged due to a service-related injury.

After the post-9/11 GI Bill benefit is applied to those at the 100% benefit level, NDC would waive half of the remaining tuition with the VA matching this additional funding for eligible students. This will enable qualified students to essentially attend Notre Dame College tuition-free. Tuition and fees cannot exceed the full cost of the school’s tuition and fees charged.

For more information about applying to Notre Dame College and to set up your personal admissions visit, please contact our admissions offices.

Traditional Admissions Office

Adult and Graduate Admissions Office
(students ages 23 and older)

Active Duty
Notre Dame College 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. By following the guidance of the DOD MOU, we are able to ensure that all military members have access to what they need to make informed decisions about where to attend school and about how their Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits will interact with their chosen educational programs. Below, you will find more information about how NDC upholds the agreement represented by the DOD MOU; please contact the offices associated with each area for more information.

Tuition Costs & Financial Assistance

Resources & Services (& Online Bookstore)

Compliance – For concerns about compliance with the DOD MOU, please contact Beth Ford ( or Molly Pifer (

When Called to Active Duty

Notre Dame College is a Veteran Friendly Institution and this policy exists to prevent those students from being penalized for having to be absent from the college due to military obligation. Students must be sure to submit all appropriate paperwork to The Office of the Registrar once they are notified of their active duty requirements. Notices should be sent to,, and Students remain at an active status with NDC for one year.

Withdrawal due to Active-Duty Orders

If the student chooses to withdraw from their courses, they must submit a copy of their Notice of Induction or Orders of Active Duty to the Office of the Registrar at Forms must be sent to The Office of the Registrar within 2 weeks of notice of Active Duty. Once this information is received, all of the student’s current courses will be shown as withdrawn and the student will receive a refund. Upon receipt of the veteran’s orders, the Registrar’s office will amend/adjust all applicable certification through VA ONCE. Students with student loans will want to contact their lenders. The student must be enlisted in the military prior to the start of the term that they withdraw from in order to receive a refund.

Incomplete Due to Active-Duty Orders

Students who have a reasonable amount of time before their leave are encouraged to speak with their course instructors on the option of taking an Incomplete grade for their current classes. This can assist in ensuring that the student takes the best course of action. Students will be required to complete the coursework by the end of the following semester and it is their responsibility to ensure Incompletes are remedied. If a student does not finish the work by the normal incomplete deadline, the grade will automatically roll to a failing grade. However, a change of grade can be submitted for this student before the last day of the following term and it will be posted by the Registrar’s Office. Upon receipt of the veteran’s orders, the Registrar’s office will amend/adjust all applicable certification through VA ONCE. Students with student loans will want to contact their lenders. The Office of the Registrar needs to be contacted if one or more courses will be Incomplete and others withdrawn so the appropriate actions can be taken.

Readmission of Service Members:

Any student who cannot attend Notre Dame College due to active military service will have their student account kept active for one year without having to re-apply to the college. If a student wants to return after one year, the college will promptly re-activate their student account after their completion of a re-admit application. The student will be re-admitted at their prior academic status.

Marketing, Recruiting & Advertising

NDC maintains policies that reflect program integrity requirements consistent with regulations issued by the Department of Education (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 NDC itself and its agents, including third party lead generators, marketing firms, or companies that own or operate the educational institution. As part of efforts to eliminate unfair, deceptive, and abusive marketing aimed at Service members, NDC 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 [defined as “an insignificant 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;
  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;
  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 Aid Cohort Default Rate

Notre Dame College’s Cohort Default Rate (CDR) for 2020 was 4.7%, in comparison with the national rate of 7.1%.

Approximately 75%of NDC students borrow federal student loans.

Unearned Tuition Assistance Funds

Unearned Tuition Assistance funds will be returned on a proportional basis similar to the federal Title IV return policy (R2T4).  Tuition Assistance funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire semester for which the funds are awarded. Even though Tuition Assistance funds may be disbursed at the beginning of the semester, the student is required to “earn” the aid by attending classes up to the point that at least 60% of the semester has expired. (Students who complete more than 60% of the semester are considered to have earned 100% of their financial aid.)

The R2T4 (Return to Title IV) calculation determines what percentage of disbursed Tuition Assistance funds the student has earned. It is based on the number of days completed divided by the total number of days in the semester.

Any unearned Tuition Assistance funds must be returned to the Department of Defense. Students with “unearned” Tuition Assistance funds must repay these funds to the College.

This policy is separate from the College’s tuition refund policy. A student who withdraws from the semester may be required to return unearned Tuition Assistance funds and may still owe the College for institutional charges.