Military Connected Families
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:
710 North Turner Ave
Hastings, NE 68901
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.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Veteran Education Benefits
Hastings College will provide a covered individual (a student using benefits under chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, or 35 of title 38, U.S.C, or chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S.C.) with a personalized College Financing Plan. (previously known as a ‘shopping sheet’)
The College Financing Plan
The College Financing Plan is a consumer tool designed to notify prospective students about costs and financial aid so that they can easily compare institutions and help to better understand the costs associated with attending a college. The College Financing Plan is personalized and includes information from your FAFSA. This personalized plan, along with your financial aid offer and before the semester starts (your fall bill) can also be used to educate you about the cost of attending Hastings College.
As students notify and identity as ‘covered individuals’ for VA Education benefits, the Hastings College Financial Aid Office will prepare a personalized College Financing Plan which will be mailed to their permanent address.
Additional, required disclosures can be found on our Consumer Information page.
- Information about graduation rates
- Information regarding job-placement rates for graduates
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:
Hastings College Registrar’s Office
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 course 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 course, 100% of the TA funds are returned. This may create a balance due on the student’s account.
After the 60% of the course, the student is considered to have earned 100% of the TA funds.
The following schedule will be used to determine the number of days when a course is 60% or more completed:
2-week Course Withdraw
Before or during days 1-6 = 100% TA returned (60% of course completed)
During or after day 7 = 0% return
7-week Course Withdraw
Before or during days 1-22 = 100% TA returned (60% of course completed)
During or after day 23 = 0% return
Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 Policy for Veteran Students
Utilizing VA GI Bill® Education Benefits
Consistent with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Section 3679 of title 38, United States Code, Section 103, Hastings College will not impose any penalties due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on recipients of Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 VA Benefits. Hastings College will permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides Hastings College a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33, and ending on the earlier of the following dates: 1) The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution or 2) 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the COE (Certificate of Eligibility).
Additionally, Hastings College will not require that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to Hastings College due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs under chapter 31 or 33. A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation, or chapter 33, Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits, and has
been verified by the school certifying official as benefit eligible. This requirement is limited to the portion of funds paid by VA.