Hastings College is honored to help men and women who have served their country advance their education and earn a degree. The faculty and staff at Hastings have the knowledge and experience to help you reach your potential. We pride ourselves on providing a unique environment that is built to help you achieve your goals and provide any help you may need along the way.  

Assistance for Active Military and Veterans

If you are serving or have served in the armed forces, click the drop downs below to see how we can help you get the financial aid you need to be a Bronco.

Tuition Assistance rules vary by branch of service and vary between different units within the same branch of service.  Visit your Base Education Center and talk to an Education Service Officer (ESO) about why you want to attend college.  Your ESO can give you the essential paperwork regarding your tuition assistance (TA) and advise you on your eligibility for any military education benefits.

As an approved institution for federal education benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Hastings College welcomes veterans and their eligible dependents. All of our undergraduate programs are approved for students admitted to Hastings College and eligible for a GI Bill.

Hastings College is also pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program (See below) for our undergraduate students.

Steps to Receive Benefits

You must establish eligibility for education benefits from the Veterans Administration. Apply online at ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/vonapp (form 22-1990 or form 22-1990e).

If you used benefits at another institution, a form 22-1995 or 22-5495 for Chapter 35 is required. Questions may be directed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 888.442.4551 or at gibill.va.gov.

When approved for education benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA. Send a copy of this to:

Registrar’s Office
Hastings College
710 North Turner Ave
Hastings, NE 68901
registrar@hastings.edu

The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional financial assistance to eligible Chapter 33 students (Post 9/11 GI Bill ~ 100% eligibility) for the difference between net tuition and fees and the amount of reimbursement approved by the VA. Hastings College will assist Yellow Ribbon-eligible students who are admitted to and enrolled in an undergraduate degree program with a standard financial aid package.

Hastings College reserves the right to alter participation in the Yellow Ribbon program and change the amount of contribution for subsequent academic years in accordance with VA Yellow Ribbon Program policies. Once eligible, a student remains eligible throughout his or her education at Hastings College as long as Hastings College continues participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students must remain in good academic standing and have remaining entitlement of VA Benefits. Based upon eligibility determination by VA, and tuition and fee amounts for individual programs, a student may still have a balance due to the university after the university receives payment from VA.

Resources

Hastings College is committed to creating a supportive learning environment for all of our students as well as having a community of resources to get answers to any questions you may have. 

  • Studio 200 is a dynamic center of learning support that ranges from tutoring and writing support to one-on-one feedback or even just a place to meet for group projects. 
  • Student Counseling helps students identify, plan for, manage and seek help with many of the stressors that they encounter during college life.
  • Billing and financial aid information can be found on the Student Accounts and Financial Aid ourHC page.
  • Our Financial Aid staff can help you with questions ranging from FAFSA to scholarships. They are here to help you through the financial aid timeline and process.

For questions specifically related to military or veteran assistance contact:

Deb Russell
Hastings College Certifying Official
402.461.7306
drussell@hastings.edu 

Policies

In compliance with 34 C.F.R. 668, Hastings College does not participate in fraudulent or aggressive recruitment of military students including, but not limited to, providing compensation to individuals for securing military enrollments or engaging in high-pressure recruitment tactics.

Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Tuition Assistance rules vary by branch of service and each branch has its own TA application form and procedures.

The Department of Defense requires that Hastings College verify successful completion of coursework when the Tuition Assistance Program funding is paid. Hastings College is required to return unearned TA funds for failing the course or for withdrawing (either officially or unofficially).

To comply with the U.S. Department of Defense Policy, Hastings College is required to return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through the 60% portion of the semester for which the funds were provided. If the withdrawal is due to a military service obligation, Hastings College will provide institutional funding that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

Official Withdrawal: A student who completes the withdrawal form and clearly states their intent to withdraw from the college is considered to have officially withdrawn. The DATE OF WITHDRAW is the date that the student completed the withdrawal process, unless the student indicates that the withdrawal is to be effective at the completion of the current academic session.

Unofficial Withdrawal: Students who enroll in a class and never participate, or remain enrolled in a class but at some point cease participation, are potential risks for an unofficial withdrawal. Such students may receive a grade of “F” for the course, or, per Class Attendance Policy in the Hastings College Catalog, may be removed from the class by request of the course instructor. If a student never participates or ceases to participate in all classes in which they are enrolled for an academic session, that student is considered to be unofficially withdrawn. THE DATE OF WITHDRAW is the last day the student participated in an “academically-related activity.

If a student withdraws prior to completing at least 60% of the term, 100% of the TA funds are returned. This may create a balance due on the student’s account.

After the 60% of the term, the student is considered to have earned 100% of the TA funds.