Veteran Students

Veteran Services

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Veteran Services at Carroll College

Carroll College is committed to providing students utilizing VA educational benefits with the support and resources needed to address the unique academic, financial, and social needs of students transitioning from combat to campus, throughout their academic career.

Our Mission: Carroll College is dedicated to providing students using VA educational benefits with the highest quality education, and the assistance and guidance necessary to promote the student’s growth, independence, self-worth, and potential, in an effort to secure the students’ future through education.

Using Veteran Education Benefits at Carroll

Welcome to Carroll College Veteran Services, once you have completed the admissions process and have been accepted to Carroll, you will need to complete the Carroll College VA Enrollment Form.  Submission of this form will help us to accurately identify your level of federal eligibility and advise you on how your benefits work and apply at Carroll. 

Carroll College's Veteran Services is here to assist you with applying for your benefits, providing information on how your education benefits and college processes work together, and connecting you with college resources such as academic advising, counseling, tutoring services, and financial aid resources.

Veteran Services is located in room 109 in Borromeo Hall across from the Saints Success Center. You may also contact us by phone at (406) 447-4550, or by email, at  We look forward to serving you.

U.S. News and World Report

In addition to the #1 ranking for 2024 Best Value College in the West, Carroll College is a top 5 Best Regional College in the West for Veterans. Carroll also retained the top standing for Regional Colleges in the West in the Freshman Retention Rate 2019 category, with an 81% retention rate.  

The “Best Colleges” rankings, released annually by U.S. News & World Report, provide one of the most comprehensive and reputable assessments of how nearly 1,600 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 16 indicators of excellence. Among the quality factors measured in the rankings are peer assessment, graduation, and student retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

Yellow Ribbon Institution

"GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

*Carroll College is honored to be a Yellow Ribbon Institution and 2021-2022 Military Friendly School!* 
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay up to $27,120.05 for your tuition and fees. If you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® at 100%, you will qualify for the Yellow Ribbon agreement. Get more detailed information about the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Cost of Attendance

See the Carroll College cost of attendance for 2023-2024 here. For additional information on the cost of attending college, see:

I am grateful for Carroll College because they participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans. The program has allowed me (a USMC Vet) to attend Carroll College without the worry of any financial burden. No, education is not a financial burden but the program makes it easier to attend school as a non-traditional student. I am also grateful for all of the staff that Carroll employs. [Veteran Services] has made my experience at Carroll College better than I could have expected. They has made all of the processes and paperwork that comes with being a non-traditional veteran easy and seamless. All of my professors have been amazing too. They have made every aspect of learning a great experience and I will be forever grateful for their guidance and teaching.

Current Student and Military Veteran

Carroll Counseling Services: Veterans Counseling Veterans

The counseling available at Carroll is free and confidential. Counseling Services is located in the Wellness Center in the basement of Guadalupe Hall. Make an appointment by calling (406) 447-5441 or just stop by. The time it takes to get an appointment is relatively short, usually within a week, and emergencies are handled the same day.

For more information visit Carroll College Counseling Services.

NOTE:  Carroll Counseling Services is in no way in collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  Only you can authorize the release of your records to the VA if you so choose to do so.

Carroll Financial Aid

At Carroll, there are a number of resources available to you, even if you and your family can only afford to pay a portion of your college expenses. Financial aid options include loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs.

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a consumer tool created by the Obama Administration to help simplify the information consumers receive about costs and financial aid, so that they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school. You may view a sample shopping sheet and obtain additional information by visiting the U.S. Department of Education Website

Loan Default Rates (Cohort Default Rates)

Carroll College has one of the lowest student loan default rates in the country.  There are two reasons for the low student loan default rate.  One reason is that our students get great jobs and have success after graduation.  The other reason is that our graduates receive good advice on loan debt and repayment, and they are prepared for what happens next.  Students utilizing VA educational benefits or DoD Tuition Assistance will receive a Shopping Sheet disclosing Carroll College's most recent LDR/CDR rates.  In the event that Carroll's student loan default rate exceeds the national average, student's will be notified accordingly and Carroll College will implement reductive measures in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education and Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended.  

For more information regarding student loan default rates, please visit the links below or contact the Financial Aid Office at (406) 447-5425.

Financially Wise

Step 2 of aid process

Loan repayment page

Accessibility Services

Carroll is committed to helping students with disabilities experience and enjoy equal access throughout their college career. 

The purpose of the accessibility services office is to create equal access for students with disabilities to the full college experience in and out of the classroom. In order to ensure that students with disabilities can experience and enjoy equal access throughout their college career, faculty, staff, and administrators are provided with guidance and training regarding their specific roles.

If you believe that you need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, please contact Kelly Zimmerman, Director of Accessibility Services, in order to discuss your specific needs and to determine a reasonable accommodation plan.  In order to receive support services for a disability, you will need to fill out our application and include thorough and up-to-date documentation of the disability. 

Contact Kelly Zimmerman, Director of Accessibility Services, 119 Borromeo Hall at (406) 447-4470 or

Testing Services

Located in Borromeo Hall-Room 118A, the Testing Center offers students the ability to schedule make-up exams and exams with accessibility accommodations.  For additional information, please email or visit their website.

Veteran Student Policies and Forms

Wondering how mobilization or activation can affect your academic career while enrolled at Carroll?  Learn more about how Carroll can help you minimize the effects of mobilization and activation by visiting Carroll's Deployment Policy.   

Additional Resource Links


Veteran Services
Carroll College
1601 N. Benton Ave.
Helena, MT  59625
(406) 447-4547

Office Location: Borromeo Hall, room 109 across from the Office of Career Services.