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Veterans Educational Benefits

IMPORTANT: If you are an Incoming Student, please click, print out and complete the McNally Smith VA Certification Application to have your benefits certified. When completed, return form to the Financial Aid Office at McNally Smith College of Music.

McNally Smith College of Music is required by federal regulations to provide a shopping sheet to all prospective students who are eligible to receive federal military and veterans educational benefits. The documents below are intended to simplify information about costs and financial aid so that you can make informed decisions about which postsecondary institution to attend. The information on the shopping sheet is an estimate. Students must apply for admission and complete the FAFSA before actual figures and any grant or scholarship amounts can be determined.


McNally Smith College of Music has increased its matching of veteran-specific federal financial aid programs for the upcoming academic year, essentially offering free tuition for the brave men and women in the U.S. military who are looking to follow their passion and create a life in music. By doing so, McNally Smith is going above and beyond the recent Executive Order for Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members. It’s the school’s way of saying “thank you” to those who have made such tremendous personal and professional sacrifices in defending our country.

How does it work? Simple: McNally Smith will cover any remaining balance for eligible veterans* who take advantage of veteran-specific federal financial aid — including the Post-9/11 GI-Bill™ and the Yellow Ribbon Program. The school is also taking additional measures — including designating faculty advisors and personal mentors — in order to ensure a smooth transition into veterans’ new lives at McNally Smith.

To date, more than 100 veterans have attended McNally Smith including 16 currently enrolled students. In addition, McNally Smith’s world-class faculty features two Vietnam veterans — Chopper Black teaches Audio Recording and Engineering, Music Production, Live Performance and Live Sound, while Dave Olson is the Division Chair of the McNally Smith’s esteemed Music Business program.

Says Black, a Silver Star recipient who dreamed of becoming a rock star upon his return from Vietnam: “Coming home and going to school was hard for me because there was no guidance system to help get through the transition of Vietnam to civilian life. That’s why this program is so great. Just knowing that other vets are here on the faculty and that other veterans are attending college here will make a big difference.”

“There’s a special kinship that people who have served in the military all share,” adds Olson. “I think that any veteran who comes to McNally Smith to take advantage of this offer will feel that same sense of brother/sisterhood among other students and faculty members who have been in the service. And if they come here with a passion to make music or work in the music industry, they can be successful. We’re looking forward to helping these people achieve their dreams with this additional contribution.”

For further information, contact a McNally Smith admissions representative today at 1-800-594-9500 or admissions@mcnallysmith.edu.

*This McNally Smith College of Music tuition break is for Chapter 33 Post-911 veterans only. The Post-9/11 GI Bill™ provides financial support for education to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides financial support for education to individuals with at least 36 months of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.