Military veterans who come to Clarke will soon feel at home among the faculty, staff, and fellow classmates. Clarke’s dedication to service men and women is reflected in the many services that are provided. Among the many benefits to Clarke students, the following provide specific assistance for military students.
Clarke University participates in the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Program. DOD Tuition Assistance is a benefit offered to active military employees to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. Tuition Assistance covers $250 per credit hour and up to $4,500 per military fiscal year. This assistance is available to all Clarke students who are DOD employees.
Clarke University voluntarily participates in this program through a Memorandum of Understanding between Clarke and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
- Must be an employee of the U.S. Department of Defense.
- $250 per credit hour and $4,500 per military fiscal year caps.
- May cover up to 18 credit hours per military fiscal year.
ACE Recommendations for Transfer Military Credit
Clarke University accepts military transfer credit based upon the standards of the American Council on Education (ACE) for military training and previous college coursework.
Credit by Examination
Veteran students may apply for credit by alternative means such as transfer credit from previous college work, and nationally standardized tests including College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), or through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio assessment. The maximum combined credits granted by Clarke University for CLEP, DANTES, and PLA portfolio assessment is 30 credit hours.
Affiliation with DANTES, SOC, Veterans Administration
Clarke is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. Clarke University is a member of the Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and is affiliated with DANTES, American Council on Education (ACE), Iowa Department of Education, and with state and local Veterans Administration contacts.
Flexible Military Leave
If a student is suddenly called to active duty or otherwise temporarily relocated, our military leave of absence policy allows the student to immediately suspend their learning process without academic or financial penalty. Upon your return to Clarke, the staff will work with you to get you reestablished in the completion of your degree program.
Staff Dedicated to Veteran Services
Clarke adult studies, registrar, and financial aid staff are all trained and dedicated to ensuring that veteran students receive the support services they need to be successful in their degree program.
Counseling Referral Services
Clarke’s counseling center provides an excellent first point of contact for individuals who are struggling with their re-entry into school. This office has access to a broad range of community services available to provide the necessary support for veteran students seeking assistance.
The Clarke adult and graduate studies programs are designed to meet the educational needs of veteran students while allowing the flexibility to re-enter the workforce. Courses are scheduled in a convenient, adult student model that provides the maximum educational experience with minimized on-campus requirements. This delivery structure allows veteran students to engage in full-time progression toward their degree while managing work, family, and community commitments.
Academic Support Services
Clarke’s veteran students have full access to learning and academic writing center services through the Nicholas Schrup library. Assistance with study skills, note taking, test taking, and writing skills are available during daytime hours or in the evening by appointment. Special accommodative services are available through the learning center for students with disabilities.
Veteran students needing assistance in finding employment opportunities may work with the Career Services office to address their specific needs. Students may also consider internship opportunities that provide a blend of work and learning experience. Staff members are available to assist with job searches, resume development, interview skills, and other services as needed. The Career Services office maintains connections with the VA representative for Iowa Workforce Development services.