Veteran Applicants

Sterling veterans

From left to right:
Students David Przepioski (US Marine Corps 77-81), Jeremy Parnick (US Marine Corps 05-09),
Sterling College President Matthew Derr, students Emlyn Jones (US Army/National Guard 09-present),
and Steve Giddens (US Army/National Guard 01-13)


Sterling College is an open and welcoming environment, and we are honored to be able to give back to our country’s veterans. We have a number of support options for veterans who are interested in studying one of our five environmentally-based majors: Sustainable Agriculture, Outdoor Education, Sustainable Food Systems, Ecology, or Environmental Humanities.

Please explore this section and see what Sterling College can offer you.

SOC_logo_RGB_web_150pxWe have a Veterans’ Support Coordinator; a Veterans’ Club; and we are members of the Student Veterans  of America. We are also members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.  We proudly participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Alumnus and Assistant Director of Admission Steven Giddens ’14 said, “After my service overseas, I wanted an education, not red tape. Sterling College has worked one-on-one with me so I can design my own major in Outdoor Education with Therapeutic Applications.”

Favor Ellis, the college’s Dean of Community, concurred. “The entire Sterling College community is grateful for our veterans’ service, and we’re committed to helping them achieve their educational goals,” she said.

Application Information


The application process at Sterling College for veterans is designed to be as painless as possible. Here’s information that should be of use to you as you apply:

  1. You will need to fill out an application, either our own Sterling College application, or through the Common Application. Regardless of which application you choose, your application fee is waived.
    1. Your application will also require:
      1. an essay
      2. your high school transcripts
      3. college transcripts (if applicable)
      4. two letters of recommendation.
    2. We do not require SAT or ACT scores.
  2. You will need to gather a number of forms and transcripts from the military. For a full list of information on this, please check out this resource page.
  3. We will need you to fill out a FAFSA.
  4. After acceptance, your tuition deposit will be $100.

Understanding Veterans’ Financial Aid

We make every effort to ensure that financial concerns do not stand in the way of veterans who want to attend Sterling College.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans’ Association New GI Bill Calculator will help you understand your benefits and your eligibility, including housing allowance for the Northeast Kingdom, books and supplies stipend, and more.

E-Benefits is the site that the VA requires all new GI Bill users to register with and utilize in order to track and understand their benefits. The Sterling College Financial Aid office requires veteran students to have registered and use this site as well.

The Vermont VA Education Assistance is for every veteran and his or her family in the state of Vermont; it is a one-stop shop for understanding your education benefits in the state of Vermont.

GI Bill

Sterling College accepts all applicable chapters of the Montgomery GI Bill. The post 9/11 GI Bill has been recently updated with many changes. It has been expanded to include active service members of the National Guard. Sterling College is a private institution, not a public one, so there may be a cap on tuition benefits.

We will need a copy of your certificate of eligibility.

Find more information, plus scholarships, at the GI Bill site.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Sterling College proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. We have a cap of 10 participants per year, with a limit of of $7500/student per year. The program is a dollar-for-dollar match program; this is an automatic benefit provided by the VA and Sterling College.

More Outside Scholarship Opportunities

You may be eligible for financial help from additional military scholarships, regardless of what degree program you’re enrolled in.

  • Visit OnlineColleges.net for the U.S. Servicemember’s guide to academic programs and aid.
  • Visit College Scholarship Online for more information on scholarships that you may be eligible for under the GI bill or based on the length of active duty served. The site also breaks down benefits by branch of service, relationship to military service person, and scholarship categories (e.g. athletic, minority, by state, etc).
  • National Guardsmen and women attending Sterling College can apply for federal tuition assistance. For more information visit https://www.goarmyed.com
  • National Guardsmen and women attending Sterling College can apply for state tuition assistance. For more information visit VSAC.
  • Visit Online Colleges Database – Veterans Resources. The College Database recently created a free online guidebook for military veterans and their families.

Other Useful Information



Learn More

If your values lead you to commit to becoming an environmental steward and you want the rigor and challenge of working with both your hands and your mind, Sterling College could be the right place for you. We encourage you to schedule a visit to campus or sign up for more information.


Sterling College Office of Admission 

Email: veterans@sterlingcollege.edu

Phone: 1-800-648-3591 (ext. 100) or 802-586-7711 (International)