Mercer's Alliance with the Military

Mercer University is dedicated to supporting the educational success of our servicemen and women, veterans and their families as they pursue their educational goals. This unwavering commitment has resulted in Mercer being named a Military Friendly School, a designation reserved for the top 15 percent of universities and technical schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and family members as students and ensure their success on campus. In April 2015, Mercer was named Georgia’s first Purple Heart University by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
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Mercer is a federally designated “Principles of Excellence” institution, and we make it a priority to provide military-connected prospective students with superior assistance and communication throughout the admissions and enrollment process. The University also participates in the VA Yellow Ribbon program.

Military service offers a tremendous array of education benefits for you and your family, and Mercer is dedicated in supporting our servicemen, women and veterans through a wide selection of education benefit programs. Programs offered to active duty military members, veterans and family members, include:

Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits
For military members who served honorably on or after September 11, 2001, this bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Benefits are generally payable for 15 years following release from active duty. Payments are based on the amount of service completed after September 10, 2001.

Yellow Ribbon Benefits
Mercer University also participates in the Expanded Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. This program can partially or fully reimburse the difference between your tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate, depending on your eligibility.

Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)
A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents ($673.50 for the 2011 academic year).

Annual Books and Supplies Stipend
An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can now transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children for attendance to Mercer University.

Montgomery GI Bill
The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. MGIB encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606). Under Chapter 30, Active Duty members enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months;and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.

Reservists and Veterans Programs Supported by Mercer
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) are quality military education benefits that are also supported and administered by Mercer University.