Veterans Recruitment & Services Office

For all service branches

Our Veterans Recruitment and Services office can ease your transition into college. We work with veterans, service members, and their dependents.

We provide assistance with federal and state benefits and can connect you to campus and community resources. We'll also be your advocate and coordinate outreach to local schools, employers, and veteran service organizations.

Start with this online Veterans Worksheet so we can learn a little more about you.

Download the Veterans Fact Sheet (pdf)

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SAU Veteran Services


Veterans, families, & servicemembers

Have a military connection? You have our full attention.

Veteran Services

Success After Graduation

graduate and family

Of our 2019 graduates who responded to an outcomes survey, 91% were employed, attending grad school, in military service, or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

Healing Through Art

Veteran Kenneth Cunningham '16 gave 14 years of service, then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting at SAU. He continues to tell stories through his art.

Read About Ken

What we offer our veterans, sevicemembers and their families

Your education is affordable and attainable

Yes, a high-quality private liberal arts education from SAU is attainable and affordable. Our Veterans Recruitment & Services Office helps you get the benefits for which you qualify and helps you acclimate to college.

Keep reading below on the various educational benefits you can receive as a former or current servicemember – including dependents.

Got a question? Email Natalie Woodhurst or call 563-333-5721. She not only leads this office, she's an armed forces veteran and an SAU alumnus, too.

VA Education Benefits & Yellow Ribbon Program

Many veterans who qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® can take advantage of a private liberal arts education for free or at a very low cost.

St. Ambrose University is proud to offer the Yellow Ribbon Program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. With a matching grant from the VA, St. Ambrose will match 50 percent of tuition and fee expenses that exceed $26,381.37 – up to $5,000 for undergraduate students and adults enrolling in accelerated degree programs, and up to $2,750 for graduate students.

For more information, visit the G.I. Bill® website or contact the SAU Coordinator of Veterans Services at 563-333-5721.

In addition, any member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve, officer or enlisted) enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can transfer unused educational benefits to their spouse or children. Click here to learn more about Transfer of Entitlements (Active Duty).

Here are some links to additional VA Educational benefits, or email Natalie Woodhurst for additional information.

Military Tuition Assistance

The U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy, and Army Reserves provide federal tuition assistance programs.

Iowa and Illinois also provide State Tuition Assistance for the Army and Air National Guard. Program details, eligibility and requirements vary. 

Click here for more details on Military Tuition Assistance

Any service member planning to utilize Federal Tuition Assistance should speak with your Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your military service prior to enrollment.

Military Credits

All prior military learning and experience will be carefully reviewed and credits may be awarded based on ACE (American Council on Education) guidelines. Other credits may be awarded based on prior learning assessment, or through satisfactory performance on CLEP or DSST exams.

As part of the admissions process, we encourage you to request military transcripts from either of the following applicable institutions:

Official military transcripts can be sent to: St. Ambrose University, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa 52803

Veterans and Service Members that provide qualifying proof of service such as a DD 214 Member 4 copy or a Joint Service Transcript will receive credit for their kinesiology requirements. All other transcripts including JST and CCAF transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Student Resources
  • Military and Veterans Organization (MAVO) is an all-inclusive student organization working to foster esprit de corps among military veterans, friends and family, while promoting and understanding issues that apply to those members.
  • The SAU Career Center helps you identify and develop career goals. In addition, our staff can help with resume writing, do mock interviews, coordinate internships, and you have access to BeeCareers, where you can post your resume and look at job postings.
  • SAU Health Services provides free, confidential care for students.
  • The Accessibility Resource Center offers services and accommodations intended to reduce the effects a disability may have on performance in a traditional academic setting.
  • SAU Counseling Services provides individual and group counseling to students, faculty and staff. The center provides a confidential, supportive and collaborative environment for open discussion of personal issues.


Natalie Woodhurst

Veterans and Recruitment Services
Ambrose Hall 317B
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

So, what's next?

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