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The Elliott School of International Affairs is home to individuals of all branches of the U.S. Military and welcomes applications from current or former members of the Armed Services to join our diverse student body. The Elliott School values the knowledge, experiences, and leadership skills that current and former members of our military bring to the classroom and we aim to remain committed to nurturing further growth and excellence to help them achieve their educational and professional goals.

The Elliott School, in partnership with Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, offers a variety of programs and increased financial assistance for our active duty servicemen/women, veterans, and their families. This page will help outline the many opportunities, programs, and protocols for active-duty service members and veterans. 

 

Fee Waiver

Military perssonel who are active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission and veterans are eligible to receive an application fee waiver.

When filling out the application for admission, you will be able to select "Fee Waiver" on the Application Fee page and it will be submitted for our review.

Active Duty Service Members

Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) – Students with funding from ACS are invited to apply to the Elliott School. ACS provides funding to Army officers to obtain advanced degrees at civilian universities. All applicants with funding through ACS must be approved by the Army for study. You can learn more at the MyArmyBenefits website.


Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) – The Elliott School maintains a close partnership with these Army officers who, as part of their formal training to become a Foreign Area Officer and serve as Defense Attachés abroad, will complete a graduate degree before beginning their new assignments. All FAO applicants will want to begin communication with the Elliott School’s Graduate Admissions Office during their application process to inform us of your rank, education timeline, funding cap provided by the Army (i.e. low-cost, medium-cost, high-cost), and the date in which you will need your packet submitted to the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program. If admitted to the Elliott School, we will work with FAOs to construct a plan of study and number of credit hours the student will be taking per semester for the DA 2125, and we will communicate with the student on forming a funding/tuition agreement.

Any FAO or ACS related inquiries are managed by the Elliott School’s Graduate Admissions Office at esiamil@gwu.edu.


Commissioned Officers with Graduate School Option (GRADSO) - The Army’s GRADSO program allows commissioned officers to attend graduate school at the U.S.-accredited school of their choice in the academic discipline of their choice for up to 24 months and is fully funded by the Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program. Students will take up to two years of study while remaining Active Duty.  All GRADSO applicants will want to begin communication with the Elliott School’s Graduate Admissions Office during their application process to inform us of your rank and the date in which you will need your packet submitted to the Army’s ACS program.

Any GRADSO related inquiries are managed by the Elliott School’s Graduate Admissions Office at esiamil@gwu.edu.

Veterans

The George Washington University is an approved institution for veteran's benefits and offers support and guidance to these students throughout their academic endeavours. The Elliott School of International Affairs encourages all veteran applicants to contact out Office of Military and Veteran Student Services (vetserve@gwu.edu) and to check out the Military Education Benefits page. GWU is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon program, click here for more information. Veteran benefits include the following:

Post-9/11 GW Bill (Yellow Ribbon Eligible)

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty)

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill

Chapter 35 - Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

Chapter 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance porgram (REAP)

Tuition Assistance

Education and Training Handouts and Forms from the Depatment of Veteran Affairs

GI Bill Resources from the Department of Veteran Affairs

GI Bill Comparison Tool

Campus Resources

VALOR Career Services is an initiative by the GW Center for Career Services to provide specific and tangible career services, support and programming to the GW VALOR student community in traditional degree programs on campus and those enrolled indistance learning. In addition to the programs and services specific to our office, they coordinate with the main Center for Career Services and the school-based career centers to assist VALOR students with their individual carrer needs and plans.

Click here for more information on:

  • Veteran Focused Career Coaching
  • Spring Career & Internship Fair
  • Alumni Panels
  • Employer Site Visits for VALOR Students
  • VALOR Travel Award
  • New York City Trip and Site Visit
  • Business Card Program

Contact Graduate Admissions

Office of Graduate Admissions

The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-7050
Email: esiagrad@gwu.edu

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