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Veterans

Clarke is Military Friendly

Current military and veterans who come to Clarke will feel at home among the faculty, staff and their fellow classmates. Clarke’s dedication to service men and women is reflected in the many benefits that are provided.

ACE Recommendations for Transfer Military Credit

Clarke University follows the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for the transfer of military credit for military training and previous college coursework.  Students must request a Joint Services Transcript (JST) to be sent to the Clarke University registrar’s office.

Experiential Credit by Examination or Portfolio

Military and veteran students may apply for credit by alternative means such as transfer credit from previous college work, and nationally standardized tests including College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), or through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio assessment. The maximum combined credits granted by Clarke University for CLEP, DANTES and PLA portfolio assessment is 30 credit hours.

Affiliation with DANTES, ACE, Veterans Administration

Clarke is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. Clarke University is affiliated with the US Department of Defense (DoD), Iowa Department of Education and with state and local Veterans Administration contacts.

Flexible Military Leave

If a military student is suddenly called to active duty or otherwise temporarily relocated, our military leave of absence policy allows the student to immediately suspend their learning process without academic or financial penalty. Upon your return to Clarke, the staff will work with you to get you reestablished in the completion of your degree program.

Staff Dedicated to Veteran Services

Clarke adult studies, registrar and financial aid staff are all trained and dedicated to ensuring that veteran students receive the support services they need to be successful in their degree program.

Yellow Ribbon Program at Clarke

Student veterans who are eligible for the Post 9/11 BI Bill may apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Yellow Ribbon awards will provide up to $2,000 to be directly applied towards tuition. This amount will not exceed tuition costs. Yellow Ribbon funds are available on a first-come-first served basis to the first 20 eligible applicants. To apply contact your admissions counselor.

Counseling Referral Services

Clarke’s counseling center provides an excellent first point of contact for individuals who are struggling with their re-entry into school. This office has access to a broad range of community services available to provide the necessary support for veteran students seeking assistance.

Veteran-Friendly Programming

The Clarke adult and graduate studies programs are designed to meet the educational needs of military and veteran students while allowing the flexibility to enter the workforce. Courses are scheduled in a convenient, adult student model that provides the maximum educational experience with minimized on-campus requirements. This delivery structure allows military and veteran students to engage in full-time progression toward their degree while managing work, family, and community commitments.

Academic Support Services

Clarke’s military and veteran students have full access to learning and academic writing center services through the Nicholas Schrup library. Assistance with study skills, note taking, test taking, and writing skills are available during daytime hours or in the evening by appointment. Special accommodative services are available through the learning center for students with disabilities.

Career Services

Students needing assistance in finding employment opportunities may work with the Career Services office to address their specific needs. Students may also consider internship opportunities that provide a blend of work and learning experience. Staff members are available to assist with job searches, resume development, interview skills, and other services as needed. The Career Services office maintains connections with the VA representative for Iowa Workforce Development services.