Non-Traditional Students




Resources for Military and Veteran Students and Their Families

This site lists primary contacts at UNI and links to government resources.

Military and Veteran Student Services
Jennifer Suchan
Assistant Registrar and
Coordinator, Veteran Student Services
University of Northern Iowa
Office of the Registrar
115 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, Iowa  50614-0006


VA Educational Benefits

Students who expect to receive Veterans' Administration Education Benefits should inform the UNI Office of the Registrar prior to the first term of enrollment.

Tricia Johnson Welter
Veterans Certification Official
University of Northern Iowa
Office of the Registrar
115 Gilchrist Hall
Cedar Falls, Iowa  50614-0006


Financial Aid

In addition to programs listed below, there are several other types of financial aid available for veterans: Pell Grant, other federal grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. Information about this financial aid can be found on the link for the Office of Financial Aid.

Financial Aid For Veterans

There are a variety of programs available for veteran’s educational benefits. Eligibility for GI Bill educational benefits can be extended to veterans, members of the Selected Reserves or National Guard; and children or spouses of service-connected deceased or totally and permanently disabled veterans.


Iowa National Guard Education Award

This is a state funded tuition assistance program that pays schools "up front" for the cost of tuition for the soldier.

Renae Mulder
Financial AId Specialist
Office of Financial Aid
University of Northern Iowa
105 Gilchrist
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0024


Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.


Federal Tuition Assistance

Federal Tuition Assisstance can be applied to a course or program taken at a regionally ornationally accredited publicc or private college, university, vocational, technical or trade school.


Pre-Admissions & Admissions

Students in need of pre-enrollment counseling regarding the admissions process, or who have questions on the transfer of credit from their military transcript (e.g., AARTS, ACE, SMART, Dantes, etc.) may contact:

Dan Schofield
Senior Assistant Director
Office of Admissions
University of Northern Iowa
002 Gilchrist 
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0018


UNI Veterans Association

The purpose of this group is to educate students about military veterans, support members of the military that are currently deployed, support veterans that are dealing with issues coming back from deployment, help make UNI a more military friendly school, and have fun socializing with other veterans that attend the University of Northern Iowa.

Dr. Joe Gorton
Associate Professor
Sociology, Anthropology & Criminology
University of Northern Iowa
374 Baker Hall
Cedar Falls, Iowa  50614-0513