Information for Veterans
Generous Financial Support
Hillsdale College does not accept any government funding, not even federal grants or loans, to include the G.I. Bill. To do so would result in a regulatory burden that would necessarily compromise the College’s principles. Instead, Hillsdale raises private monies to fund Freedom Scholarships, which help provide for the education of military veterans while protecting the College’s independence.
Students in our program who are eligible for veteran’s education benefits, can apply to receive funding under the Freedom Scholarship. Since our full-time graduate students will normally receive scholarships up to full tuition, assistance may be provided towards housing and food expenses, student fees, and books, subject to availability. The Freedom Scholarship is not usually available to our occasional active duty students, since they typically continue to receive full pay and benefits while in the program.
The Freedom Scholarship is funded by private citizens—donors to Hillsdale College—who share in the College’s Mission to "develop the minds and improve the hearts" of students, free of government subsidy or interference. Thus, if you are awarded a Hillsdale Freedom Scholarship, no funds from your GI Bill will be utilized. You will retain the benefit, and depending upon the duration and years of your service and any prior use of the benefit, you may be able to use any remaining portion to fund other educational pursuits or to help a family member with their education.
Veterans who have served honorably have earned the opportunity to apply for consideration. If you are offered admission to our program, you’ll need to submit a copy of your DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and the Freedom Scholarship committee will use it to reach a determination on the amount of financial assistance to be granted. Depending on your circumstances, they may also request additional supporting materials. Their decision is made separately from and normally after the Graduate Admissions Committee makes graduate admissions decisions and is not a factor in those decisions. Be sure to indicate your military service at the appropriate point when completing the online application or if you submit a request for more information.