Use your veteran education benefits

If you earned the Post 9/11 GI Bill during military service, your education benefits may enable you or your spouse or dependent to attend Nazareth College (tuition, room and board) at no cost to you. Veterans' Enrollment Coordinator Chad Van Gorder can guide you.

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Why Naz?

  • Veterans' educational benefits aren't limited to community colleges. You can use the aid to attend Nazareth, getting a private-school education with small class sizes and professors who care about individual students.
  • Nazareth has an on-campus veteran liaison to support you with everything from navigating financial aid packages to managing the switch from military service to college. Night classes accommodate busy work/family schedules. And our York Wellness and Rehabilitation Clinics, counseling center, and student accessibility services are ready to help you thrive.
  • U.S. News & World Report declared Nazareth College one of the Best Colleges for Veterans 2018.
  • Named a military friendly school by Victory Media (publisher of G.I. Jobs Magazine) in 2017.
  • Nazareth partners with the Veterans Outreach Center and Veterans Affairs to provide internships exclusively for veterans at vet-friendly businesses and organizations.
  • Vet support services within seven miles of campus include the Veterans Outreach Center and Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic.

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Chad Everett Van Gorder

Chad Everett Van Gorder

Coordinator Veteran Student Enrollment & Support Services

Education: B.S. in social work, Nazareth College; A.S. in individual studies, Jefferson Community College

Expertise: Van Gorder has more than a decade of experience in management, specializing in training and employee mentorship. After 21 years of service, including work in Korea and during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, he retired from the U.S. Army in 2014 at the rank of first sergeant. 

At Nazareth, he is responsible for providing exceptional service and advocacy to prospective and current veteran students. He represents Nazareth College at veteran recruiting events, builds meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with active duty and veteran organizations, serves as the primary enrollment liaison for veteran students, and coordinates activities and events for veteran students. He provides leadership in helping to continuously build a veteran-friendly culture at Nazareth College.

Chad's Experience

Back to college: "I thought my work ethic from my military service would carry over, but getting back in the classroom was a whole different dynamic — especially surrounded by people half my age."

Appreciating support: "The Nazareth faculty and staff were super supportive of me. I could be myself in and out of the classroom and not feel uncomfortable. When I served, success came with some ups and downs. I always had leaders and peers to get me through difficult times. It was refreshing to come here and know that I had those same supports while I got my degree."

— Chad Van Gorder '16 (social work) retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of first sergeant after 21 years of service. He recruits, serves, and advocates for prospective and current veteran students at Nazareth College.

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