The Catholic University of America

          Military and Veterans Programs at Catholic University

CUA is a Military-Friendly University

The Catholic University of America has been listed as a military friendly university by leading publications for several years.  US News ranked CUA as the #75 in Best Colleges for Veterans and the  #120 in National Universities in 2018.  The listing was a result of our strong participation in the Yellow Ribbon program and the policies we have in place to serve veterans and active duty service members.  We appreciate the recognition afforded by our inclusion in these rankings but what we consider even more important is the respect we give to all our students at the university.

Applications fees are waived for student veterans, please email your DD-214 to Ed Schaefer, before you submit your application.

CUA Homefront is a student organization formed to promote the values of faith, service, and charity through active participation in supporting and giving back to our troops including active and reserve duty, veterans, ROTC, and civilians in the defense sectors. Please consider joining CUA Homefront during your time at CUA.


The Yellow Ribbon Program at CUA


The Catholic University of America is a proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon, delivering Yellow Ribbon education benefits to post-9/11 military veterans since 2009.

All undergraduate and graduate programs, including those in The Columbus School of Law participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.


Facts about the Yellow Ribbon Program at CUA

  • Unlimited Matching: The Catholic University will match the Department of Veterans Affairs contribution to support each eligible Yellow Ribbon undergraduate and graduate student during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Full tuition: With matching funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the program covers nearly 100 percent of tuition and fees for veterans with 100% eligibility.
  • 180 scholarships:   A maximum of 50 graduate students and 55 undergraduate students scholarships will be available for the 2016-2017 school year.  In addition, 50 (undergraduate and graduate) scholarships will be in our Metropolitan School of Professional Studies and 25 scholarships in the Columbus School of Law.
  • 75 undergraduate majors: The number of programs of study at CUA offering bachelor’s degrees through the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • 100 graduate programs: Master’s and doctoral degrees available in architecture, arts and sciences, engineering, music, nursing, business, theology, and philosophy.




Questions about our Veterans Programs?


Ed Schaefer, CDR, USN, (ret) is the CUA Veterans Affairs coordinator, he can help guide your tranisition from the service to CUA.  Please contact him at  with questions on available resources or university processes and procedures.



                                     Father Emil Kapuan


                  Medal of Honor Recipient - Servant of God - CUA Masters Degree

Father Emil Kapaun received a Master's degree from CUA in 1948, he was captured by the North Koreans in 1950 while serving as an US Army Chaplain, subsequently he was killed by his captors in a POW camp.  President Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor in 2013.  Earlier in 1993 the Church began the process that will some day lead to his canonization, he is now a Servant of God.  Either one of these distinctions is, by all standards, remarkable but for one person to receive both indicates a significant life.  Emil Kapaun was a good student at CUA, he took classes in McMahon Hall, he walked on our campus, he made friends and was liked by all who met him.  He represents the best of military traditions and Church life, he is an inspiration to all of us but especially to student veterans attending CUA.