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Veteran Services

Cardinal Stritch University is inspired to serve those who serve our nation, our veterans, through assisting you achieve your personal and professional goals. We understand each individual's experience is different, which is why our staff is fully committed to being apart of your personal academic journey.

Academic programs at Stritch are approved by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®.

Veteran Services

Academic programs at Stritch 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 GI Bill®.

Prior to the start of each semester, the school Certifying Official will certify 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.

GI Bill®

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

Yellow Ribbon Program

Cardinal Stritch University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. We will approve all veterans who choose to take advantage of their GI Bill® benefit in to the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible veterans will have 100% of their tuition and fees paid for through this program accompanied with Cardinal Stritch University and Department of Veterans Affairs.

To access an application for the GI Bill® benefit, go to 

Eligible veterans:

  • Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
  • Were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and they served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
  • 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.

Steps to obtaining your GI Bill® benefit, for eligible veterans:

  1. Submit application for GI Bill® education benefit
  2. Apply to Cardinal Stritch University
  3. Provide Cardinal Stritch University's School Certifying Official with a copy of your eligibility letter for the Yellow Ribbon Program. 

Any tuition-specific financial aid that a veteran qualifies for will be deducted from the Yellow Ribbon Program contribution.

Cardinal Stritch University does not limit the amount matched with the Yellow Ribbon contribution per student/per year.

Additional Questions?
Please contact Cardinal Stritch University Certifying Official here .

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

Federal Benefits

If requested, Cardinal Stritch 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.

For more information on State Veterans Benefits, please visit

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Degree Requirements

At Cardinal Stritch University, we help students achieve their academic success through academic advising. All students have an academic advisor to connect their strengths to their educational pathways. 

Current Year Course Catalogs

Full-time students enrolled in Fall and Spring can estimate around $900 a year in book cost. 

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Transfer Credit

Prospective students can learn more about transfer credits here.

Students should request to have their official Joint Service Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript submitted to Cardinal Stritch University as part of the application process for admission to the university.  

Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard transcripts:

US Air Force (CCAF):

Readmissions Policy
Cardinal Stritch 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. 

For more information on our Prior Learning Assessment, click here.

For more information on our Articulation Agreements, click here.

Additional Questions?
Please contact our admissions team here, for more information. 

Military Benefits

You may qualify for Federal or State Military Tuition Assistance to help pay for school. Military Tuition Assistance is a First Payer to help pay for school and should be used first before any other funding.

Please note you must first meet and receive approval to attend school (if active duty) from your Education Service Office (ESO), Military Counselor, and/or Supervisor before enrolling and starting classes. If you are guard or reserve it is recommended you contact your education office before classes start to see all the aid you may qualify for to help pay for school.

Please see links to research your options and apply for military & veteran tuition assistance:


Financial Matters

1. Military Tuition Assistance is a source of financial aid for active duty military. See if you qualify first for Federal or State Military Tuition Assistance and/or the GI Bill.

Cardinal Stritch University participates in the Tuition Assistance program offered by the Department of Defense (DoD). In addition to working with Cardinal Stritch University's Certifying Official, Active duty, reservists, and guardsmen 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 members decides to use TA, Cardinal Stritch 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 his prior approval. This requirement does not prohibit Cardinal Stritch 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.

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


2. Meet with School Certifying Official (SCO)

The Financial Aid Office, 6801 N. Yates Road Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53217, is the certifying office for veterans' benefits at Cardinal Stritch University. Senior Financial Aid Counselor, Justin Sorenson, serves as our School Certifying Official in VA benefit matters. He is trained and qualified to handle the TA program and VA educational benefits. He 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 Financial Official at or (414) 410-4045

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

3. Go through the admissions process and register for classes. 

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

  • Return any TA Program funds directly to the Military Service, not to the Service member.
  • Up to the start date, return all (100%) TA funds to the appropriate Military Service when the Service member does not: (1) Begin attendance at the institution; or (2) Start a course, regardless of whether the student starts other courses.
  • Returns any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60% 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, Cardinal Stritch University works with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

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. 

Credit Hour Certification Rules for Veterans and Military Students

  100% TA Return 75% TA Return 50% TA Return 25% TA Return 0% TA Return
16-wk (trad) course  LDA w/in 1st-3rd wk LDA in 4th-5th wk LDA in 6th-7th wk LDA in 8th-9th wk LDA 10th wk r later
8-wk course LDA before start LDA in 1st-2nd wk LDA in 3rd-4th wk LDA in 5th wk LDA 6th wk or later
6-wk course LDA before start LDA in 1st wk LDA in 2nd wk LDA in 3rd wk LDA in 4th wk or later

Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU)

Cardinal Stritch 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 education military students. 


Cardinal Stritch 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 Cardinal Stritch University itself and its agents including third part 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.