SMU is committed to improving and serving the community. Our military members, spouses and veterans have sacrificed so much for our country. Now it’s time to turn your attention to bettering yourself, and it all starts here with SMU.
We understand that it may be difficult to go back to school full time in pursuit of a degree, but with SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) you can earn the certificates you need to place you ahead of your peers in the work force. We will provide you with the necessary resources and will work with you to achieve your goals.
For more information, or if you need assistance with any of the programs listed below, please contact Robert Hurst, SMU Veterans Assistance Coordinator, at 214-768-1104.
A DOD-designed program that provides eligible military spouses a one-time $4,000 grant to pursue a professional certificate or license in a portable career field. See a complete list of programs that SMU offers.
The GI Bill® is an all-inclusive program for eligible service members, veterans or family members that allows the VA to pay for the full cost of tuition (up to the highest state college tuition) plus a monthly housing allowance. SMU currently accepts all forms of the GI Bill®.
Post-9/11 GI Bill® students attending Non-College Degree (NCD) facilities, such as SMU Continuing and Professional Education, with terms starting on or after August 1, 2021 and who receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments are required to verify enrollment on a monthly basis. Download the Enrollment Verification Process Guide.
Approved Programs for the GI Bill®
- Cybersecurity Boot Camp
- Data Science Certificate Program
- Data Visualization and Communication Certificate Program
- Digital Marketing Certificate Program
- Esports Business Management Certificate Program
- Financial Planning Certificate Program
- FinTech Certificate Program
- Full Stack Web Development Certificate Program
- Graphic Design Certificate Program
- Paralegal Studies Certificate Program
- Project Management Certificate Program
- Spanish for Legal Professionals Certificate Program
- User Experience Design Certificate Program
For more information, or to check if you are eligible to use the GI Bill®, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.
The Catalyst at SMU
The Catalyst at SMU is an 8-week transition program, focused on guiding military service members through the transition from service to the classroom or the workforce. Throughout The Catalyst at SMU program, you’ll participate in career transition focused curriculum, receive brand management training, earn a professional certificate in project management and continue to complete six graduate level credit hours. Learn more about The Catalyst at SMU.
Military Tuition Assistance (TA)
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit for eligible service members across all branches. TA pays up to 100% of tuition and fees and can be utilized at the discretion of unit commanding officers. We encourage you to engage your unit commanders about the use of TA for the professional certificate or training of your choice. Learn more about military tuition assistance.
Yellow Ribbon Program
SMU and SMU CAPE are both proud partners of the Yellow Ribbon program. With a limited number of slots available in our Research and Graduate Studies department, we will do our best to continue to make SMU an affordable option for your educational needs. If you would like more information, please visit the SMU Yellow Ribbon Program page or the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program website. If you are interested in applying for the Yellow Ribbon program, please contact our VA Certifying Official at VABenefits@smu.edu to inform them of your intent.
Cyber Master's Veterans Discount
The Lyle School of Engineering offers a discounted tuition rate for the Master's in Cyber Security program. To determine if you are eligible, please click on the link for the Lyle School of Engineering Tuition Discount Policy. If you have any questions regarding the tuition discount policy please contact Robert Hurst, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Prospective Veteran Students FAQ
The Certificate of Eligibility is issued by the VA to a GI Bill benefit user, and states the time allowance that remains on their benefit. A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility can be obtained via the eBenefits website, via the “Manage” tab under the “Education” option.