Resources for Veterans and Dependents at Seattle Pacific University

SPU’s military roots span generations among students who have served honorably around the world. Today we welcome a new wave of veterans and stand ready to serve you. Consider these military-friendly resources.

For veterans and their families

Post-9/11 G.I. Bill®. (Chapter 33). This program helps pay for up to 36 months of continuous, full-time education at SPU. Your benefits may include a percentage of tuition and a housing allowance. Use this calculator to find out how much may be covered. (Enter zip code 98119 and pay grade E-5.)

Books, too. The VA also pays up to $1,000 per year for books and supplies. More details in the VA’s downloadable pamphlet.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at:

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Yellow Ribbon. SPU is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, helping to fund tuition and fees that exceed the VA’s reimbursement rate.

Yellow Ribbon covers you if you’re discharged from the military and qualify for Chapter 33 with 100-percent entitlement. Not sure? Visit the VA website for details.

Once the Post 9/11 GI Bill reimbursement rate is met for the academic year, the Yellow Ribbon program provides undergraduates up to $25,000 per year for tuition — $12,500 from SPU and $12,500 in VA matching funds. The SPU portion (currently up to $12,500) may be provided through gift assistance such as merit scholarships.

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Learn about benefits from other “chapter” programs.

On-campus contacts

Student Veterans Association. Members participate in community outreach, including an annual care package program for units overseas. The club also organizes “Boots to Books” learning and scholarship opportunities, as well as Memorial Day and Veterans Day events. You are invited to join in.

Vet Corps Navigator. For resources available at SPU to veterans and their dependents, and for help navigating services available through WDVA or other organizations. Sign up for newsletter and event invitations. 

Student Financial Services Coordinator. For help calculating SPU costs, including VA benefits. Also help on how to receive VA checks, and other financial information.
Contact: Chris Landerdahl,, 206-281-2687
Location: Demaray Hall 10

Veterans Certifying Official. Certifies and monitors your enrollment and academic process. Provides other academic-related information.
Contact: Kay Knierim,
Location: Demaray Hall 151

Student Academic Services for Veterans. Full details about credit transfers, leave policy when called to active military service, and more.

Also worth noting

Visit the Veterans memorial plaque in Alexander Hall which honors our students and alumni who gave their lives in service.

Read the inspiring story of how Lt. Cmdr. Megan Warth responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read this Response story about a Navy veteran who found her place at SPU.

View this Veterans Day forum, in which a panel of SPU student veterans and military personnel shared their stories of service.

Read President Dan Martin’s full remarks from a Veterans Day chapel service.

The SPU Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corps plays each year for the Memorial Day Service Concert at Evergreen Washelli Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery.

President Dan Martin

“It is our foundation as a Christian university — as a place of faithful and thoughtful convictions — that we not only ask God to protect and bless the lives of those who served, but also elevate the lives and stories of our veterans to students and members of our community.” –SPU President Daniel J. Martin

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Yellow Ribbon Program

How does the Yellow Ribbon program help you pay for your education? This video explains.