Services and Resources for Veterans

Mount Mercy is a Military Friendly University, perfect for veterans!

Mount Mercy University is Veteran Friendly

Veterans, thank you for your service to our nation! We are honored that you are considering Mount Mercy University for your education and hope this information will be beneficial.

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! Mount Mercy has 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. For those who qualify, the Veterans Administration also pays a housing allowance and up to $1000 a year for books. In addition to these benefits, Mount Mercy also offers scholarships exclusive to veterans and their families.

Below you can review the many factors that make Mount Mercy a great choice for veterans and their families, and if you’d like to speak with someone about the admissions process, contact our veterans admissions counselor Josh D'Amico by sending an email to or calling 319-363-1323319-363-1323 ext. 1614. or by filling out this form.

Transfer Friendly
We make it easy to transfer credits to Mount Mercy University. Military credit and credit for military training and service is accepted.

Mount Mercy University 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. 

Plus, applying is easy! There is no application fee and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Veterans Scholarships
In addition to our already generous scholarships, Mount Mercy offers Veterans transferring into our traditional undergraduate program an additional $1,000 Veterans Scholarship towards the cost of tuition. This scholarship is solely for veterans transferring from Kirkwood Community College to Mount Mercy University. Learn more

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: online, undergraduate, evening accelerated and graduate. 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:

Certifying Official
The Registrar and the Registrar's Office will help with all paperwork related to benefits, including certificate of enrollment. You can find a helpful checklist of steps to take when applying to Mount Mercy University on their veterans benefits page.

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.

Counseling Services
The Olson Clinic at the Mount Mercy University 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. 

Academic Support
The Academic Center for Excellence provides a variety of services to facilitate academic success for our veterans. Center staff members work with students to gain proficiencies in time management, study skills, note taking and more. Peer tutors are available and these are students who have already taken the courses and earned high grades. 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. Finally, the disability services coordinator is conveniently located in the Academic Center for Excellence and works with students, faculty and staff to ensure students have the resources and accommodations they need for success.

Customize Your Experience
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. For students interested in daytime classes, Mount Mercy offers more than 35 undergraduate majors. Regardless of the program format you choose, you are 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 plays, been members of the bowling team and more. 

Special Services for Veterans

  • Veterans Lounge in 109 Warde Hall, complete with two computers and a printer, microwave and mini-fridge, meeting table and comfortable seating for studying

Veterans Free Lunch Friday
Mount Mercy offers free lunch to all current students who are Veterans.  The free lunch is offered at Mount Mercy University’s main campus dining center during the traditional academic year (August – May).  

Get More Information
To apply, or for more information, contact our veterans admissions counselor Josh D'Amico by email at or by phone at 319-319-363-1323 ext. 1614 or fill out this form!