Military and Veteran Benefits

We're committed to our military and veteran students

At SPEA, we value the unique skills and experiences that our military students and student veterans bring to the classroom. Our master's degree and certificate programs are ideal preparation for your next leadership role in the military or for life after your military service.

Our programs are designed to develop competencies for public work—complex problem solving in environments where leaders must use both hierarchical authority and lateral influence. Contact us to discuss how our programs can meet your needs.

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Here’s how we show our support to our military and veteran students:

SPEA will waive all application fees for military and veteran students. 

Request a fee waiver via email

SPEA will guarantee a reduction to in-state tuition rates for active duty and veteran students provided the applicant is not eligible for or not selected to receive an award through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Yellow Ribbon is administered by IU's Office of Veterans Support Services.

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SPEA  will award a minimum 6-credit reduction for Prior Professional Experience (PPE) for those with at least two years active duty or full-time guard/reserve service OR four years part-time guard/reserve service. Up to a 12-credit reduction is possible if applicant can demonstrate significant managerial and leadership experience.   

Indiana University’s Veterans Support Services maintains a dedicated staff to provide personal support and assistance for military students and families. They are here to assist you with any student- or military-related concern. Indiana University also maintains flexible enrollment policies for military students. 

Learn more about IU's Veterans Support Services

See IU's flexible enrollment program

Additional benefits for Command and Staff College

For all qualified current students and recent graduates of a Command and Staff College program, SPEA will also:

  • Recognize 12 credit hours of transfer credit toward the Master of Public Affairs for coursework completed as part of the Command and Staff College curriculum; OR
  • Recognize 6 credit hours of transfer credit toward the graduate level online Public Management Certificate.