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Jessup Veterans

Military veteran students are deeply valued at Jessup. We are thankful for each man and woman who has served our country, and we want to support and care for their unique needs in return. 

Currently, our University has a veteran population of approximately 70, which includes a blend of traditional undergraduate, graduate, online, and certificate students. Our staff working with the veteran community understands first-hand the challenges to transitioning back to civilian life. We are a proud participant in programs and opportunities that help current active-duty military members and veterans pursue their educational and professional goals, including the Yellow Ribbon Program and the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarship. In addition, we also offer tuition discounts for active-duty military members and veterans who have exhausted their benefits.

Become a Warrior

Get information about everything you need as a veteran to get ready for your first day of classes.

Calvin is a U.S. Navy Veteran pursuing his Masters in Counseling Psychology (MACP) degree at Jessup. Read Calvin’s story in My Story: The Stories of William Jessup University (Issue 6, pg. 10-11).

Education Benefits for Veterans

  • Chapter 30

    Chapter 30: Available to qualified service members and veterans who honorably served or are currently serving in the United States armed forces. May be eligible for up to 36 months of benefits.

  • Chapter 31

    Chapter 31: If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work, or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program—also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps you explore employment options and address education or training needs.

  • Chapter 33

    Chapter 33: The Post-9/11 GI Bill helps you pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).
    William Jessup University GI Bill comparison tool

  • Chapter 35

    The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, Chapter 35, provides education and training opportunities to dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled with a VA rating of 100% due to a service-related condition, or who died while on Active Duty or as a result of a service related condition.

    For more information, click here.

  • Ch. 1606: Montgomery GI Bill

    Ch. 1606: Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve: Available to eligible members of the Selected Reserve. Up to 36 months of eligibility may be determined by the branch of service, such as: Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army National Guard or Air National Guard.

  • Yellow Ribbon Program

    The Yellow Ribbon Program can help you pay for higher out-of-state, private school, foreign school, or graduate school tuition and fees that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover. Jessup takes part in this program. Please visit this page to find out if you’re eligible and to apply.

Scholarship Opportunities

U.S. Army Women’s Foundation Legacy Scholarships

Financial Aid Counselors are available to help students Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm in the Reeve-Knight Administration Building. Meet our Financial Aid team to talk about financial assistance available to veterans.

Veteran Financial Aid Information

Jessup provides safe, understanding environments where students can build authentic community and experience a sense of belonging.

Veterans Lounge & Resource Center

Located in the Student Union, the Veterans Lounge offers a private space to read, rest, or connect with others. It’s equipped with furniture and lockers, as well as a coffee maker, printer, and mini fridge for fueling up in between classes. The University is also working toward a Veteran Resource Center, which will serve as an on-campus hub for resources and information that engages and supports this community on a greater level.

Spiritual Formation Group

On Monday mornings, Maj. Des Nelson leads a Spiritual Formation Group (SFG) on campus specifically for student veterans. Des is a military chaplain for the Army Reserves who works as one of Jessup’s University Advancement Officers. While overseas, he ministered to wounded and their families in various medical facilities. His background allows him to come alongside veterans and offer a unique pastoral presence. Students can expect special guests from the field who are eager to swap stories and invest in the spiritual lives of veterans.

Contact Des

Additional Resources

Veterans Crisis Hotline

  1. Dial 988, then press 1.
  2. Text 838255.
  3. Call TTY if you have hearing loss: 800-799-4889.
  4. Visit for more crisis resources.

Placer County Veterans Resources:

California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet):

Nevada County VSO Office:


Robert (“Bobby”) Bryant is a 2020 Criminal Justice alum who now works as Jessup’s Veterans Services Specialist. Having served in the Army, Bobby has a heart for coming alongside veteran students and supporting their academic, emotional, and spiritual needs. When he’s not working, Bobby enjoys outdoor adventures like backpacking with his dog Noble or driving his Jeep in the Sierra Mountain range. He’s also earning his graduate degree through Jessup’s MBA program.

Students can email Bobby at with any questions related to the student veteran experience at Jessup.


A Calling Revived: One Veteran’s Path to Nursing

Alex Pickering, a Coast Guard veteran and pre-nursing student at Jessup, is well-acquainted with the rigorous lifestyle the medical field demands. After becoming an EMT and rediscovering her love for serving others, she decided to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
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Caring for Student Veterans with Bobby Bryant

Expanding our care of student veterans is an important initiative at Jessup that benefits all who are involved. Military veterans are deeply valued, just like all students in our academic community. Because they have unique life experiences that set them apart, they also face unique challenges and opportunities for care.

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Educational Benefits for Veterans

If you have served in the military, Thank You! At Jessup University, we are thankful to you for serving our country and therefore want to serve you. We understand that completing your studies and transitioning to a career after serving in the military can be difficult. At Jessup, we take part in programs that help current active-duty military members and Veterans pursue their educational and professional goals.

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