Military Education Resources

West Coast University proudly supports America’s veterans, active duty military personnel, and their spouses.

We are committed to serving you with the same integrity with which you served our country. We can provide you with the education and support you need to pursue and achieve the success you deserve.

Military students have access to the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program, the Post 9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon program, and the Top-Up Benefit program, in addition to testing accommodations and disability services. Explore our flexible online programs or keep reading to explore different military benefit opportunities.

Disclosure: The Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA) program offered through the Texas campus has been approved for Veterans Benefits.

Contact us! To learn more about Veterans Educational Benefits at WCU, please contact the Financial Aid department for a current list of approved programs. Veterans who are unsure of their eligibility should contact the Veterans Administration. Eligible students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue receiving educational benefits.

Online Financial Aid Phone: 1-949-743-5761

Online Financial Aid Question Inbox:

VA GI Bill® Customer Service Line: 1-888-442-4551

Military Transfer Credit

Military Education Resources

Your service may count towards your coursework! WCU uses the American Council on Education (ACE) Guidelines to help determine what military training can be applied to WCU course learning outcomes.

Want to learn more? Please reach out to the Office of the Registrar for more information at

Post 9-11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program

To further support our veteran, active duty, and reservist students, WCU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program can help you pay for tuition not covered through other military benefits.

By participating in this program, WCU elects to make additional funds available for your education without an additional charge to your GI Bill® entitlement. To be eligible to potentially receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon program, you must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

To apply for Yellow Ribbon program funds at West Coast University, complete and submit an application to the WCU Financial Aid Office. Applications are available on our website, or in the Financial Aid Office at any WCU campus.

Please note, up to 40 eligible students per campus will be selected and approved to receive Yellow Ribbon funding, on a first come-first served basis. More details about eligibility requirements can be found through the VA by visiting Veterans Affairs website.

The Yellow Ribbon Program payment is remitted directly to the university on behalf of the student when the university’s enrollment certification is processed.

Top-Up Benefit

WCU also offers the Top-Up Benefit to cover the difference between your college course cost and what Tuition Assistance (TA) will cover.

To use the Top-Up Benefit, you must be approved for Federal Tuition Assistance and be eligible for Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty benefits or Post-9/11 GI Bill®. To be eligible for MGIB benefits, you must be an MGIB – Active Duty participant and have served at least two full years on active duty.

The amount of the benefit is limited to the amount you would receive for the same course if regular Montgomery GI Bill® benefits were being paid. In no case can the amount paid by the military combined with the amount paid by VA be more than the total cost of the course.

To learn more about this opportunity, please speak with a Financial Aid representative or visit the WCU student catalog.

Disclosure: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government Veterans Affairs website.

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