Veteran's Information

Loyola University New Orleans is proud to assist our nation's veterans with completion of their degree. Once admitted, students should provide their Certificate of Eligibility to Kathy Gros, our Certifiying Official and Director of Student Records.   Mrs. Gros will act as the liaison between you, the university and Veterans Administration.

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Research Guides for Student Veterans -

This guide was developed to provide information to any veteran searching for information on educational benefits.

Best Colleges for Veterans (Regional Universities - South)

U.S. News and World Reports has released its ranking of Best Colleges.  These are the top-ranked schools in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service  members pay for their degrees. 

2018 Best Southern Colleges

2018 Best Colleges for Veterans

2018 Best Value Regional Universities

Military Friendly Schools

Loyola University New Orleans have been designated a Military Friendly®School by Victory Media, the leader in sucessfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.  This designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students -

Ultimate Guide to Veterans Benefits

There is information in this guide that you may or may not be aware of.  Take some time to review.  You may find that there are benefits that you are entitled to receive.

Tax Guide for Military Members & Veterans

Wouldn't life be grand without taxes?  You can't avoid them altogether, but as an active-duty U.S. military member of a veteran, you have access to tax benefits that are mostly unavailable to other Americans.  In return for your service to the country, the federal government and individual states have established tax breaks to lighten your financial load or to ease your return to civilian life.   

Student Veteran's Organization

A traditional Loyola student and an incoming student veteran may only be separated in age by a handful of years.  However, the life experiences by both types of student can be vastly different.  By having a student organization dedicated to bringing veterans together, Loyola University provides an easier social transition from active duty servicemember to college student.

The Loyola Student Veteran's Organization ensures an easier transition by providing an environment where prior service students can closely interact with their peers.  Through the organization, members will have an opportunity to meet with other veterans and share their experiences with one another.  They will also have an opportunity to learn about the various support services and resources available at Loyola University.  Events or other volunteer opportunities will also be available to members throughout the academic year.

Most importantly, for many veterans, the organization provide opportunities for members to just talk and unwind with students of a similar background.

Student Veteran Lounge

Loyola University now has a lounge area for veterans to relax between classes.  There is a refrigerator and microwave in this area for your use.  We also provide water and coffee for your use.  The area is located in Stallings Hall 102 and the current hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Certification of Benefits

Immediately following registration held in the beginning of each semester, students who are taking courses leading towards degree requirements are eligible for benefits through the Veterans Administration and can be certified by the Director of Student Services in the Student Records Office. In accordance with Title 38, United States Code, Veterans Benefits, Loyola University certifies only those students who are admitted to a degree program and who are making satisfactory progress as determined by the probationary and exclusion policies of the university's colleges.

Reimbursement is certified for courses only and excludes noncredit courses. All inquiries concerning the certification should be directed to the Office of Student Records, 504-865-3237 or email kgros@loyno.edu.


Classification Full-Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time 1/4 Time
Undergraduate 12 hours 9 hours 6 hours 3 hours
Graduate  6 hours 4-5 hours 3 hours less than 3
Law  9 hours 6 hours 4-5 hours less than 3
Summer School  6 hours 3 hours    


Current veterans and active duty students are given priority registration during each of the registration periods.  All eligible veterans are notified of their appropriate time prior to the start of early registration.

Yellow Ribbon Participation

Loyola University New Orleans participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for those veterans who are 100% eligible for the Post 9-11 benefit. Loyola will provide up to $12,000 per academic year which VA will match. This is in addition to the Post 9-11 benefit of $23,671.94 (effective August 1,2018) per academic year. This benefit is available to all eligible undergraduate, graduate and nursing doctoral students. This benefit is available to a maximum of 25 students from the College of Law.

Active Duty Military Withdrawal/Leave of Absence

Loyola University New Orleans wishes to provide as much assistance as possible to students who are called to active duty in the United State armed services. To this end, these guidelines shall be followed with appropriate consideration, approved by the president of the University, as required under special individual circumstances.


This site provides benefit information to veterans, service members and family member of service members and veterans.  Before calling VA with a question, you might be able to have your question answered on this site.

GI Bill Comparison Tool

Calculate your benefits and research approved programs 

Federal Student Aid - Aid for Military Families

Both the federal government and nonprofit organizations offer money for college to veterans, future military personnel, or those related to veterans or active duty personnel.

The College Scorecard

This is a consumer planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school.

The College Navigator

This is a consumer tool that provides school information to include tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and a features a cost calculator and school comparison tool.

Paying for College

This site can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and enter actual financial aid award information.

Resources Available for Veterans (on campus)

Academic Resource Center - The ARC is committed to providing a comprehensive academic support system for a diverse student body in all four undergraduate colleges - academic counseling, tutorial service, and disability services.

University Counseling Center - Services include psychiatric services, psychological testing, outreach, crisis intervention

Career Development - EMPLOYOLA should be your first stop in any job or internship search.  

Other Resources Available for Veterans and their Families

This comprehensive guide serves two purposes: (1) to address the many challenges that college-bound veterans face daily and (2) to provide valuable information and resources vetted by actual student veterans who have experienced (and overcome) these challenges first-hand.

Transitioning from Military Service to the Civilian Workforce

Substance Abuse ane Addiction Treatment for Veterans

Veterans Guide to Starting a Business

SBA Guide on Funding Your Business

Mesothelioma Guide - 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. This outreach site specializes in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. Services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members.

Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness 

Resources for Veteran-Owned Business - Successful veteran business owners share how to start a business, find funding, and gain customers


Principles Of Excellence

Loyola University New Orleans is a participating institution in the Princples of Excellence program established by President Barack Obama in April 2012. These Principles are designed to help veterans and their families make informed choices when using their educational benefits offered by the GI Bill. Loyola University agrees to the following:

  • Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an educational program
  • Provide educational plans for all military and veteran beneficiaries
  • End fradulent and aggressive recruiting techniques
  • Accommodate Servicemembers and Reservists absent due to service requirements
  • Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice
  • Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students
  • Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs

The complete Executive Order - Principles of Excellence - can be found on the following web site -


Tuition Assistance

Loyola University New Orleans has signed the DOD MOU which allows Loyola to participate in tuition assistance.  Please note that these benefits are paid directly to the university are are only applicable towards tuition and fees.  Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guide.  Each service has its own criteria for eligibility. Tuition Assistance may not be used to support textbooks, grants or scholarships.  For further information visit, their website at http://www.military.com/education/money-for-school/tuition-assistance-ta...

Release Of Information To Veterans Administration

If requested, Loyola University New Orleans is required to provide Veterans Administration 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.


Questions reqarding your individual entitlement should be directed to Veterans Administration – 1-800-827-1000. Other questions can be directed to Kathy Gros, Director of Student Records (504) 865-3237 or kgros@loyno.edu.  Her office is located in Thomas Hall 204.