Pillar College Provides The Commitment And Resources Required To Help You Become A Transformational Leader!

As a proud supporter of the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program, Pillar College has the commitment and resources necessary to help service members and their families achieve their educational goals. Pillar College students benefit from:

  • Financial aid for veterans and their families
  • Veteran and Military Grants and Scholarships for eligible students
  • A range of programs that meet educational and career needs
  • Flexible academic programs
  • Admissions associates trained in GI Bill regulations
  • Mentors and advisors who are current/former members of the military
  • Credit for prior learning
  • Tutoring available through Instructional Resource Center at no extra charge



The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective on Aug. 1, 2009, and has the most comprehensive education benefits package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. Veterans who have served after Sept. 10, 2001, with at least 90 days of continuous service, are eligible. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also gives Reserve and Guard members who have been activated for more than 90 days since 9/11 access to the same benefits as their active-duty counterparts.

As of Aug. 1, 2011, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will now pay all public school in-state tuition and fees. The full benefit amount an individual can receive is calculated from these numbers:
Tuition and fees payment (not to exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees in each state)

Living stipend (equivalent to basic housing allowance in that ZIP code for an E-5 with dependents)
Allowance for books and supplies ($1,000 per year).

The actual benefit amount will vary based on an individual’s total length of service. For example, those who have served at least 36 months or 30 continuous days prior to discharge for a service-connected disability can get maximum tuition and fees, a monthly housing stipend and an annual stipend for books and supplies. Those who have served at least 90 days, but less than six months, receive 40 percent of the maximum benefit. These benefits are payable for up to 15 years following a member’s honorable discharge or retirement from service.

Another aspect of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the Yellow Ribbon Program. Colleges and universities that participate in this program contribute additional funds toward educational costs that exceed the maximums allowed by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Institutions may set the amount they wish to contribute, which is matched by Veterans Affairs. This can be very beneficial for students at private colleges and universities, graduate programs or those attending with out-of-state status.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers service members the ability to share educational benefits with family members. In exchange for an additional service commitment, a service member may be able to transfer all or part of his or her earned benefits to spouses and children (including stepchildren). This is a first for the GI Bill and opens up new opportunities for service members and their families.
For examples and maximum allowances state-by-state, visit the Veterans Affairs GI Bill (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/).

Testing Programs

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives participants the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know by earning designated minimum scores on any of 34 examinations. Refer to the information posted on the CLEP website for a list of CLEP exams accepted by Pillar College (PC) and the minimum score requirements for each exam.. These tests can earn service members college credit for skills acquired during military training and operations and are available to all active-duty, Reserve and Guard personnel.

College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) General Exams: Each exam measures the knowledge presumably gained during the first two years in college.

CLEP Subject Exams: For every one of these timed, computer-based exams that a service member passes, he or she generally receives three hours of college credit (six or 12 hours are possible in some situations).

New Jersey Education Benefits

Operation Recognition: High School Diplomas for Veterans

The New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) and the Department of Education jointly launched a program October 5, 2000 to honor World War II era veterans who left school to join the military and never received a high school diploma. Known as Operation Recognition, the program will award a state-endorsed high school diploma to any New Jersey veteran who left a New Jersey high school to enter military service during World War II. Because of the overwhelming success of this program, The Adjutant General and the Commissioner of Education are expanding the program to include veterans from the Korean and Vietnam wars.

State Approving Agency

This office approves and supervises programs for the G.I. Bill for use in colleges, non-college degree programs, apprenticeship, on-the-job training, flight, and correspondence schools.

POW and MIA Tuition Benefits

Free undergraduate college tuition is available to any child born or adopted before, during or after the period of time his or her parent was officially declared a prisoner of war (POW) or person missing in action (MIA) after Jan. 1, 1960. The POW-MIA must have been a New Jersey resident at the time he or she entered the service or whose official residence is in New Jersey. The child must attend either a public or private institution in New Jersey. A copy of DD- 1300 must be furnished with the application.

War Orphans Tuition Assistance

Children of those service personnel who died while in the military or due to service-connected disabilities, or who are officially listed as missing in action by the U.S. Dept. of Defense may claim $500 per year for four years of college or equivalent training. To qualify, the child must be a resident of New Jersey for at least one year immediately preceding the filing of the application and be between the ages of 16 and 21 at the time of application. The veteran must have been a state resident.

Vietnam Veterans Tuition Credit Program

The Vietnam Veterans Tuition Credit Program provides additional education benefits to veterans eligible for federally funded education programs and who served on active duty from December 31, 1960 to May 7, 1975 and who were legal residents of New Jersey at the time of induction into the Armed Forces or at the time of discharge from active service or for a period not less than one year prior to making application. The amount of the award is $400 annually or $200 per semester for full-time attendance and $100 per semester for part-time. Deadlines for applying are October 1 and March 1.

New Jersey National Guard Educational Benefits

New Jersey National Guardsman (Army or Air) who are eligible must:

• Have completed Initial Active Duty Training.
• Be in good standing with your unit.

Tuition Assistance: Pays up to 75% of tuition costs at Accredited schools only with a maximum of $100 per undergraduate credit and a maximum of $170 per graduate credit. Tuition Assistance may NOT be used together with any other federal program (i.e. the GI Bill)

Visit the New Jersey Office of Veterans Affairs (http://www.nj.gov/military/) website for contact information and benefits assistance.