Minnesota State Celebrates Service to Veterans on Veterans Day

Posted: November 8, 2021

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@MinnState.edu, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 8, 2021 – In honor of Veterans Day, Minnesota State is pleased to celebrate the many opportunities available through our state colleges and universities for veterans and service members to achieve their educational goals. Since 2009, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State have awarded over 243,000 credits to student veterans and service members in recognition of their knowledge and learning gained while in service to our country, saving them approximately $45 million in tuition. 

“Veterans and service members are well deserving of our nation’s gratitude, so it is an honor and a privilege for us to provide service to them in return,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “We are proud of our track record helping veterans as they make the transition from military service into civilian careers that meet workforce needs in Minnesota.” 

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State serve more than 8,800 veterans and service members and provide a variety of services and options to help them plan their return from service and reintegration into the workforce. In addition to providing an education that helps them advance their civilian career, some of the many other opportunities Minnesota State offers veterans and service members include: 

  • Awarding academic credit for military training and experience
  • Helping veterans make sure they get the most of their GI Bill benefits
  • Equipping nearly every Minnesota State campus with a Veteran Resource Center that provides support and service focused on meeting the unique needs of veterans and their families
  • Waiving application fees for active-duty military service members deployed overseas
  • and many other military-friendly policies. 

In addition, 17 Minnesota State colleges and universities, as well as the Minnesota State system office, have been designated as Yellow Ribbon (military-friendly) employers in recognition of their support for service members and their families. 


Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 340,000 students. It is the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.