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Information for Veterans

For most Adult Degree Completion students, the fastest and most affordable way to complete necessary degree requirements is through a combination of prior coursework (transfer), courses completed at Dominican, and with demonstration of learning outside the classroom. For veterans, this prior learning for college credit often derives from physical education credit for basic training as well as military coursework and training, when recommended for credit by the American Council on Education.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Options

Confirmation of active duty service must be made by either a DD214 (for retired military personnel) or a DD295 (for active duty personnel). Students must submit a DD214or aDD295to receive activity units for their basic military duty. American Council on Education (ACE) transcripts must be submitted for credit for military coursework or trainings approved by ACE.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

As of August 2014, the Post 9/11 GI Bill covers up to $20,235.02 annually in costs for qualifying veterans and/or their transferees attending a private university or college.  For veterans and/or their transferees that qualify for the Adult Degree Completion Program at Dominican, that means full-time (12 units or more) fall and spring enrollment is possible without exceeding the annual maximum. Adult Degree Completion students can also elect for part-time (6 units), year-round (fall, spring and summer) enrollment without exceeding Post 9/11 GI Bill education benefits.


Yellow Ribbon Program

Post 9/11 GI Bill eligible veterans and/or transferees may also qualify for additional tuition assistance through the Yellow Ribbon program. Yellow Ribbon funds afford Adult Degree Completion students the opportunity to enroll full-time and attend year-round (fall, spring and summer). As a Yellow Ribbon participating institution, Dominican will cover up to 50% of remaining tuition (after GI Bill is deducted) with a 50% match from Veterans Administration (VA).  

To request Yellow Ribbon benefits, veterans and/or transferees must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Submit a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to the certifying official in the Financial Aid Office.
  3. Upon Admission to the University, pay the tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions and register for courses.


Students will not be considered for Yellow Ribbon benefits until all three steps have been completed.

For more information on Yellow Ribbon, visit the Yellow Ribbon site or contact Shannon Lovelace-White in the Office of Admissions at 415-485-3287 or


Veterans Liaison

Dominican is committed to meeting the needs of veterans. The Veterans Liaison, a staff member in the Academic Advising and Achievement Center, is available to meet with veterans about any issue affecting their student experience and can assist veterans to identify and access appropriate resources and/or personnel on campus.

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