For several years, SMWC has been consistently selected as a military-friendly college because we appreciate the dedicated service and sacrifice of military personnel, veterans and their families. Our commitment shows in our daily interactions with you as well as in the military benefits and programs we offer. Which program suits your educational needs?

Campus                 

You may choose to pursue your degree on campus after you have completed your service.

We support you by:

  • assisting in a successful transition from military to higher education through leadership opportunities,
  • applying military established organizational, critical reading, and cognitive thinking skills to the classroom, and
  • utilizing experiences within the course as an effective way to advance academic ability.

Woods Online

Recognized as one of the largest online programs in Indiana, you’ll benefit from the flexibility to study anytime, from anywhere while carrying out your mission. We understand the demands of being in the military. That’s why we offer you:

  • Online courses
  • Credit for life experiences
  • Advisors who understand your needs
  • Online tutoring
  • Benefit and scholarship information

 Whether you choose to study on-campus or online, you may qualify for other scholarships. Remember to check those out!

Explore more resources below.

Military Education Benefits

Yellow Ribbon Program

If you qualify for the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon Program, you may be able to attend SMWC free! SMWC participates in this program for the undergraduate and graduate levels. This is made possible by the passage of the post 9/11 GI Bill. Under this provision, eligible veterans will receive the cost of tuition and fees.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay the veteran the maximum tuition and fee reimbursement for private colleges. SMWC will scholarship the remaining cost of tuition and fees — completely covering the cost of tuition and fees for the student.

Woods Online Military Tuition Discount Grant (available only to students in the WOL program)

Military students and spouses that are active military members or who have served in the military will receive the discount to offer a special tuition rate of $250 per credit hour. Students must enroll at least half-time, in a degree-seeking program and complete the WOL Military Tuition Discount application, provide DD 214 and marriage certificate (if applicable). Cannot be combined with other institutional awards or scholarships.

Military Grant (for Graduate students only)

SMWC has also extended its support to student military service members who have served on active duty or are currently serving in the reserves and their spouses. The College’s Military Grant is up to $3,000 (depending on enrollment status). This is applied yearly toward the cost of tuition for all qualifying students who enroll as at least half-time in a graduate degree-seeking program. The grant is renewable as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and enrolls in at least two semesters each academic year. Cannot be combined with other institutional awards or scholarships.

  • Please provide the Financial Aid Office with the following documents so we can process your grant:
  • DD214 or proof of service
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
Military Friendly Programs

Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

 SMWC is proud to be a part of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations working closely with the Department of Defense and all military branches to meet the educational needs of service personnel. The SOC was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary post-secondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). SMWC follows the SOC’s Military Student Bill of Rights.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College recognizes that many adults possess college-level knowledge, competencies and skills acquired through experience, on-the-job training, independent study, or course work completed at non-accredited institutions. The faculty of the college may award academic credit to students for such relevant and significant learning activities that resulted in college-level learning. Academic credit awarded on this basis is known as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credit and may be used to meet part of the requirements for a degree (up to 30 semester hours toward the BA/BS degree).

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

 For years, the nationally recognized College Level Examination Program (CLEP) has helped millions of students document their college-level learning through exams covering introductory college courses.. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Learning Resource Center offers College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing.

The non-refundable testing fee is $100 per exam (includes an $80 exam fee and $20 administrative fee). All eligible military examinees can take the CLEP exam for free! DANTES covers the CLEP exam fee for eligible military personnel and the SMWC $20 administrative fee. To get more information about CLEP testing, visit the CLEP website at https://clep.collegeboard.org/.

For an application form and list of test sites in your area, contact the Learning Resource Center or visit the College Board CLEP website. Be sure to designate Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (#1704) as the “score recipient” on the application form. Otherwise another test center may require an additional fee to send your test score to us.

VA Benefits Information

Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

SMWC is proud to be a part of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC), a consortium of national higher education associations working closely with the Department of Defense and all military branches to meet the educational needs of service personnel. The SOC was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary post-secondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) through a contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The contract is managed for DoD by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). SMWC follows the SOC’s Military Student Bill of Rights.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College recognizes that many adults possess college-level knowledge, competencies and skills acquired through experience, on-the-job training, independent study, or course work completed at non-accredited institutions. The faculty of the college may award academic credit to students for such relevant and significant learning activities that resulted in college-level learning. Academic credit awarded on this basis is known as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credit and may be used to meet part of the requirements for a degree (up to 30 semester hours toward the BA/BS degree).

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

SMWC is committed to providing a streamline process to certify eligible students for their VA benefits.  Listed below are the documents required for us to process your certification.

If you need to request a DD214 or certificate of eligibility, or have questions regarding your benefits, please call the VA at 800-827-1000.