Military Frequently Asked Questions

Who should I ask if I have questions not answered on the website?

Any individual or policy questions not answered here should be brought to the attention of Veteran Services at veteranservices@pointloma.edu. This email account is monitored by the Director of Military Programs, the Senior School Certifying Official, and the veterans benefits processing team. It is the fastest way to get your question answered or forwarded to the right person at PLNU that can answer your question.

Am I a member of the military community at PLNU?

The military community includes Active Duty, Reservists, National Guard, Veterans and the spouses and children of these groups. Military benefits are earned by the service member through length of service and in many cases by the level of personal sacrifice required during service. Honoring our military community and facilitating access to these education benefits is central to our desire to serve our community. We advocate for those using military benefits with the same level of care and concern associated with any student account.

Which programs and services are available to the military community at PLNU?

Point Loma Nazarene University serves the military community throughout all of its programs. There are no exclusions from any of our programs for military connected students. Programs and services are offered in a variety of formats and locations. It is important for the service member, veteran, or family member to assess the program for the best fit with their needs. Not all programs are eligible for all military benefits, please check with our Military Outreach Counselor, Lauren Lahn, if you have questions about a program to which you may apply.

What categories of military benefits are accepted at PLNU?

Depending on the service member’s eligibility we accept the following military education benefits:

For Active Duty we accept Tuition Assistance, Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD), Federal Student Aid, and various scholarships.

For Reserves we accept Tuition Assistance, Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), Federal Student Aid and various Scholarships

For Veterans we accept the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31), Federal Student Aid and various Scholarships.

For military family members we accept Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) (when Transfer of Eligibility is reflected on Certificate of Eligibility), Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA), The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, Federal Student Aid, and various scholarships.


Please contact Lauren Lahn, Military Outreach Senior Counselor, at llahn@pointloma.edu or veteranservices@pointloma.edu if you have questions not answered here.

Why is PLNU a good fit for military connected students and their families?

Veterans thrive when their professional transition has three critical components:  community, education, and faith. And not only are these pillars beneficial to veterans, but they are helpful to anyone in transition. At PLNU we are fully committed to all three. We are united in our commitment to serve others with genuine compassion, generosity, and humility. This community of service and connection creates a genuinely safe place for student veterans and military families to learn, prosper, and find purpose in their education. Through our faith we enjoy a host of worship, service, and leadership opportunities, which provides us the opportunity to be renewed, ready, and engaged with purpose. We truly want to share the abundance of love and compassion that defines our faith with our military connected students and their families.

As a military connected applicant, are there any special procedures for my application?

Our admissions counselors will help you with everything from submitting transcripts and academic planning to VA benefits and other financial aid. We’ll even have your transcripts evaluated before you apply for admission to see which of your military credits can be transferred.

You can apply to PLNU on the website at www.pointloma.edu or through the CommonApp.

The most important thing to know is that your application process is the same as any other student. There are just a few steps you need to take to apply for your VA benefits.

If you are active duty, reserves, or a veteran or a spouse or child of a service member, please contact our Military Outreach Senior Counselor, Lauren Lahn, at llahn@pointloma.edu. Lauren will guide you through the application process and help you connect with all of the best resources to help you answer your questions before, during, and after your application.