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Veterans

Veterans, thank you for your service to our nation. We're honored that you're considering Mount Mercy for your education. We're here to support you and your family during your educational journey.

Customize Your Education

Flexible, Convenient Programs

Mount Mercy offers a variety of programs, so you're sure to find one that fits your interests and schedule. Students looking for flexibility and convenience will find our evening accelerated program to be a great option in making school fit without compromising their employment or time with their families. Learn more about applying to:

Transfer-Friendly Philosophy

We make it very easy to transfer credits to Mount Mercy. Military credit and credit for military training and service are accepted.

Mount Mercy accepts credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), or through the Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) portfolio documentation. Qualifying students may transfer up to 30 APEL credits and 60 CLEP credits into our degree programs. Order your military transcripts.

Affordability

With the assistance of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill®, Mount Mercy can be just as affordable as any community college or state university. We have made the Yellow Ribbon pledge for all veterans who qualify for full Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® benefits, essentially resulting in free tuition and fees.

Veterans Scholarships

In addition to our already generous scholarships, Mount Mercy offers veterans (those transferring from Kirkwood Community College into our traditional undergraduate program) an additional $1,000 Veterans Scholarship towards the cost of tuition. Students must transfer directly from Kirkwood to Mount Mercy.

Financial Aid

Our financial aid experts will help you navigate all the financial resources available to you as a veteran. Veteran education benefits can be used for any of our programs.

Between assistance from federal programs and Mount Mercy's scholarships, we work to find you the best financial aid package possible. Our staff is honored to help veterans and their families take full advantage of the following:

Please see the G.I. Bill® Comparison Tool to help you get the most of your benefits.

Counseling Services

Free Counseling

The Olson Clinic at our CRST International Graduate Center provides free counseling services to all students. Veterans attending Mount Mercy will benefit from free and confidential counseling services, including individual, family, and marriage therapy. Counseling services can address a broad range of topics such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety, and more. 

Career Counseling

Career Services will help veterans explore their interests and skill sets from their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and how those skills translate to civilian occupations. Mount Mercy's connections in the community allow our career services staff to help you identify organizations and events that give hiring preference to veterans.

Academic Support

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) 

ACE provides a variety of services to facilitate academic success for our veterans.

  • Staff members work with students to gain proficiencies in time management, study skills, note taking, and more.

  • Peer tutors—students who have already taken the courses and earned high grades—are available. Peer tutors not only help students learn the material, but can share firsthand experience on the best note taking techniques, test taking preparation, and study methods for a particular course.

  • Our writing specialist works with students at all stages of writing expertise. Students can come to the Center for help brainstorming topics, finding sources, or to learn how to outline a paper. The writing specialist will also provide proofreading and editing of final drafts.

  • Our disability services coordinator is conveniently located in ACE and works with students, faculty, and staff to ensure students have the resources and accommodations they need for success.

Certifying Official

The Registrar's Office will help with all paperwork related to benefits, including certificate of enrollment. 

Other Perks

Veterans Lounge

This space is across from 109 Warde Hall, complete with two computers and a printer, microwave and mini-fridge, meeting table, and comfortable seating for studying.

Free Lunch Friday

Mount Mercy offers free lunch to all current students who are veterans. The free lunch is offered at our main campus dining center during the traditional academic year (August–May). If you're interested in joining us, just fill out this free lunch form! Note: Current Mount Mercy students just need to show their MMU and military ID at the cafeteria.

Clubs and Organizations

Regardless of the program format you choose, you're invited to participate in any of our student clubs and organizations and all of the student opportunities offered at Mount Mercy. Veterans at Mount Mercy have exhibited art in the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery, performed in music ensembles, joined the bowling team, and more.

Join our welcoming, supportive community.

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