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U.S. Military Veterans

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Information for American Veterans

Vassar actively seeks to enroll qualified veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Vassar fosters these connections through the Vassar Veterans Initiative, Service to School, and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Vassar Veterans Initiative

The Vassar Veterans Initiative (VassarVets) is designed to expand Vassar’s outreach to U.S. military servicemembers and veterans. Through VassarVets, we support veteran students’ success at Vassar by providing assistance navigating the admission process, specialized advising, and opportunities to build community on campus.

In 2012, Vassar led the way as the first institution of higher education in the nation to partner with The Posse Foundation to recruit veterans for enrollment. In 2022 with the establishment of VassarVets, we have expanded our support of student veterans beyond Posse.

Learn more about the Vassar Veterans Initiative
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Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a collaboration between colleges and universities and the Veterans Administration to cover the cost of tuition and fees, under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program makes a Vassar education accessible to eligible veterans, regardless of socio-economic status.

Visit the Yellow Ribbon Program

Special Accommodations for Veterans


Vassar is proud to offer an automatic application fee waiver to all service veterans.

Visit the Apply page to learn about application requirements.

Veterans may supplement their applications by submitting additional materials related to their military experience, including:

  • AARTS transcript
  • Military educational records
  • A supplementary essay

Financial Aid

As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Vassar will match funding with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to cover the difference in costs between Vassar’s tuition and fees and those of the highest public in-state institution.


Housing options are available both on or off campus. The surrounding area offers apartment units for rent. Campus includes apartment-like housing for single juniors and seniors. The Office of Residential Life will work with veterans to ensure that housing arrangements are appropriate to their needs.


Vassar provides advice and support through pre-major or major advisors, an advisor in the Office of the Dean of Studies dedicated to each class, and a counseling service staffed by trained professionals who help students, free of charge, with personal and academic issues.

Vassar Contacts and Links

Feel free to contact us with any veteran-related questions.

Colleen Mallet

Director of Veteran Students Outreach and Support


Links to Information on Veterans’ Benefits

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