CHAMPs Partners

The Home Base Iowa Certified Higher Academic Military Partner (CHAMPs) program helps promote Iowa as an attractive place for veterans and their family who choose to pursue their higher education goals.

To Qualify: Any higher educational institution meeting at least three out of four criteria in each of the three sections shall be designated a CHAMPs institution. Each institution seeking recognition must document how the criteria in each category is met.

Higher education institutions may apply for the CHAMPs designation  by completing this online form. There is no cost.

Please feel free to contact Jason Kemp, Home Base Iowa Program Manager at 515.725.1057 or with any questions.

  1. On-Campus Veteran Resources
    1. Full time veterans’ services coordinator or veterans’ representative and office which may include either one FTE or one Graduate Assistant position dedicating at least 30 hours a week towards representation of student veterans
    2. Veterans center/study space dedicated to veteran student population. This space must be physically fully accessible, ideally with access for veteran services or benefits
    3. Veterans’ Services Support Group (made up of Veterans’ Representative, Advisors, Faculty, Staff) to address issues veterans face and encourage veterans clubs and meetings
    4. Career placement assistance
  2. Military Transitional Considerations 
    1. Consistent credit honored for all of the established military training and schools (Joint Services Transcript, Community College of the Air Force credit, ACE recommended credit, CLEP, DSST)
    2. Advanced/preferential registration dates for student veteran population
    3. Offer veterans sections for new student orientation
    4. College President Signature on Principles of Excellence laid out in Executive Order 13607
  3. Financial Considerations
    1. Automatic in-state tuition granted to eligible veterans, spouses and their children domiciled in Iowa
    2. Deferred billing options to ensure timing of VA benefit payments does not hinder academic success
    3. Deferred billing or options to assist student veterans in purchasing books, tools and supplies required for vocational programs
    4. Specific scholarship for transitioning service members and/or their dependents

Please see below for a full list of our CHAMPs partners


Ashford University

Ashford University is committed to ensuring members of our military and their families have the resources they need to thrive during and after their service. Your service entitles you and your family to an affordable education. Learn about the Ashford Military Grant and other benefits that can reduce your tuition and help you earn your degree. You can transfer up to 90 approved credits, including military and prior learning credits, toward your Bachelor's degree. Ashford University will request all your prior college and military transcripts on your behalf.

For more information: 

HBI CHAMPS Contact: Charlie Minnick / 800-798-0584 x 27101 /

Website: Ashford University Veterans Page

Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Commuity College is a recognized CHAMPS partnerDes Moines Area Community College,  a public institution that offers 168 programs, is the largest two-year college. With campuses in Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban/Des Moines and West Des Moines, Des Moines Area Community College can accommodate the needs of many people seeking higher education.

For more information:

Contact: 515.964.6200 / Email Portal

Website: DMACC Veterans Page

Drake University

Drake University is recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. A mid-sized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, we offer the benefits and resources of a larger institution along with the advantages of intimate class sizes and close personal relationships. Our mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.

For more information:

Contact: Nancy Geiger / 515.271.3095 /

Website: Drake University Veterans Page



Eastern Iowa Community College

Eastern Iowa Community College is a recognized CHAMPS partnerEastern Iowa Community Colleges includes Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. Stretched along the banks of the Mississippi River, the district covers all of Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott Counties, as well as parts of Cedar and Louisa Counties. The mission of Eastern Iowa Community College is to deliver high-quality education and training that prepares a skilled workforce, provides affordable access to higher education and builds and strengthens our communities.

For more information:

Contact: 800.462.3255 /

Website: EICC Veterans Page

Hawkeye Community College

Hawkeye Community College is a recognized CHAMPS partnerHawkeye Community College has several outlying centers in Cedar Falls, Independence, Grundy County, Waverly and Waterloo. Their main campus is located just outside of Waterloo, Iowa. The mission of Hawkeye Community College is a globally informed community of successful lifelong learners. As a college they will provide focus, meaning and the skills necessary for qualified individuals to live competently in their communities.

For more information:

Contact: 319.296.2320 / 

Website: Hawkeye Community College Veterans Page

Indian Hills Community College

Indian Hills Community College is a recognized CHAMPS partnerIndian Hills Community College, located in Ottumwa and Centerville, was founded in 1966 and its district spans 10 counties in southeast Iowa. Indian Hills seeks to change lives by inspiring learning, diversity, social enrichment and regional economic advancement. Students may choose from a wide variety of options including arts and sciences, advanced technology, health sciences or customized learning options. 

For more information:

Contact: Melissa Schlesselman800.726.2585, ext.5328 / 

Website: IHCC Veterans Page or Educational Opportunity Center

Iowa Central Community College

Hamilton County is a CHAMP partnerLocated in Fort Dodge, Iowa with satellite campuses in Webster City and Storm Lake, Iowa Central Community College is a two year institution and is home to a little over 6,000 enrolled students. Iowa Central Community College provides quality educational opportunities in the classroom and outside of the classroom. For all they serve, Iowa Central Community College strives to be the premier learning community, and college of choice, preparing the best citizens and workers for our region and beyond.

For more information:

Phone: 800.362.2793 /

Website: Iowa Central Community College Veterans Page

Iowa Lakes Community College

Iowa Lakes Community College is a CHAMPs partnerLocated in the Iowa Great Lakes Region, Iowa Lakes Community College offers courses in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake. Iowa Lakes offers a variety of academic and career training programs, including customized training specifically designed for area business and industry. It also supplies renewal licensure courses, Adult Basic Education, high school completion, high school diploma credit courses, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and short-term vocational training.

For more information:

Contact: 712.362.2604 /

Website: ILCC Veterans Page

Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a CHAMPs partnerIowa State University (ISU) in Ames is an international university with a friendly welcoming personality. Iowa State offers a great environment where students can enjoy reaching their potential and discovering their passions. ISU is also a public land-grant and space-grant research university.

For more information:

HBI CHAMPS Contact: Jathan Chicoine or Jeff Vaske / 515.294.9801 /

Website: ISU Veterans Page

Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College is a CHAMPs partnerLocated in the city of Cedar Rapids, Kirkwood Community College identifies community needs; provides accessible, quality education and training; and promotes opportunities for lifelong learning. Kirkwood Community College is dedicated to helping veterans seek and achieve higher education.

For more information:

Contact: 319-398-5517 /

Website:  Kirkwood Community College Veterans Page

Mercy College of Health Science

Mercy College of Health Science is a CHAMPs partnerMercy College of Health Sciences is an institution of higher learning located in downtown Des Moines. Mercy is a Catholic institution that prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community by integrating its core values with a professional and liberal arts and sciences education.

For more information:

Contact: 515.643.3180 /

Website: Mercy College Veterans Page

Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University is a CHAMPs partnerMount Mercy University is a four-year liberal arts University in Cedar Rapids. Mount Mercy is a Catholic University providing student-focused baccalaureate and graduate education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. As a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mount Mercy welcomes women and men of all beliefs to join them in their pursuit of baccalaureate and graduate education and service.

For more information:

Contact: 319.363.8213 /

Website: Mount Mercy University Veterans Page

Northeast Iowa Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College has been recognized as a Military Friendly School for 2016 and has held this distinction for several years. Additionally, Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded the College the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities. Students who have served in the military, or are the spouse or dependent of a veteran, may be eligible for veteran's education benefits while enrolled in an approved program of study at NICC. 

For more information:

Contact: Sheila Becker / 800.728.7367 ext. 295 /

Website: Northeast Iowa Community College Veterans Page



Northern Iowa Area Community College

Northern Iowa Area Community College is a CHAMPs partnerLocated in Mason City, Northern Iowa Area Community College strives enhance the quality of life for the people of North Iowa through comprehensive educational opportunities, progressive partnerships, exemplary service and responsive leadership. Northern Iowa Area Community College has received the designation of "Military Friend School" five years in a row from G.I. Jobs.

For more information:

Contact: 888.466.4222 /

Website: NIACC Veterans Page

Northwest Iowa Community College

Northwest Iowa Community College is a CHAMPs partnerNorthwest Iowa Community College is a community college in Sheldon, Iowa. Northwest Iowa Community College was organized April 27, 1966. The college is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college is located on a 269-acre campus one mile west of Sheldon. Northwest Iowa Community College offers both vocational technical programs and arts and sciences transfer courses — 43 programs in all.

For more information: 

Contact: 800.352.4907 / Email portal

Website: NWICC Veterans Page

Purdue University Global

Kaplan University is a CHAMPs partner

Purdue Global is a world-class university within a world-class public university system. When it comes to balancing a career, family, and school, we know that flexibility is key. That's why we put you in control of your education, offering innovative learning options that let you choose what, how, and where you learn.

As a CHAMPS institution here in Iowa, our advisors work closely with you to understand your personal learning needs. They also evaluate your academic, professional, or military experiences to give you credit for what you already know. Together, we'll determine the fastest, most affordable path to your degree and career.

With more than 180 online programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, our personalized approach to education and modern curriculum give you the skills you need to make an immediate impact on your career and the edge to conquer whatever comes next.

Campus locations in Mason City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Davenport and Des Moines. 

For more information:

HBI CHAMPS Contact: Ryan Robida / 515.727.6876 / 

Website: Purdue University Global Veteran Webpage


Simpson College

Simpson College is a CHAMPs partnerSimpson College is a four-year institution located in Indianola with an enrollment of 1,400 full-time students. Simpson also has campuses in West Des Moines and Ankeny and is a United Methodist affiliated, independent, undergraduate, coeducational, liberal-arts college. Simpson College offers a nurturing academic environment and is close to career and entertainment options that Iowa's capital city offers.

For more information:

Contact: 515.961.6251 /

Website: Simpson College Veterans Page

Southeastern Community College

At Southeastern Community College (SCC), we're on to something. While some are beginning the journey to a four-year degree, others are learning specialized skills to enter a rewarding career. No matter what you're on to, SCC has the resources you need to set and surpass your own expectations. With an engaging campus life, unlimited amount of student resources, and supportive faculty and staff, SCC is more than a college, we're a community. Southeastern Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

For more information:

Contact: Dennis Marino  / 319.208.5022 /

Website: Southeastern Community College Veterans Page

University of Dubuque

The University of Dubuque offers unparalleled support to our student veterans. Our commitment to our Nation’s service-members and veterans dates to World War II with the Navy’s V5/V12 programs, continuing to the present day with a vibrant Army ROTC Eagle Detachment, and a veteran support group for those studying on campus. In addition, for the past 15 years the University of Dubuque has purposefully encouraged Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) graduates living overseas to join our community.

For more information:

Contact: Rick Ernst / 563.589.3366 /

Website: University of Dubuque Veterans Page


University of Iowa

University of Iowa is a CHAMPs partnerThe University of Iowa is a public research university located in Iowa City, Iowa. The University of Iowa is the oldest university in the state. The University of Iowa is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences and humanities. It's home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers, the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop and hundreds of options for affordable, accessible education.

For more information:

HBI CHAMPS Contact: Matt Miller / 319.384.2613 /

Website: U of I Veterans Page

University of Northern Iowa

University of Northern Iowa is a CHAMPs partnerLocated in Cedar Falls, Iowa the University of Northern Iowa is a four year university that offers more that 90 majors across the colleges of Business, Education, Humanities, Arts and Sciences and Social and Behavioral sciences as well as Graduate College.

For more information:

HBI CHAMPS Contact: Chiquita Loveless / 319.273.3040 /

Website: UNI Veterans Page

Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University is a CHAMPs partner

Since 1857, Upper Iowa University has been preparing students to succeed—in the classroom and in the world. That rich history, coupled with a student-centered mission, has created a springboard for UIU to become a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced study.

From our Fayette Campus to our undergraduate and graduate online programs, to our 25 U.S. Centers, including Centers in Cedar Rapids,  Des Moines, the Quad Cities, and Waterloo.  UIU has the people in place to help you succeed.

For more information: 

HBI CHAMPS Contact: Chad Cook / 563.425.5507 /

Website: UIU Veterans Page

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Western Iowa Tech Community College is a CHAMPs partnerWestern Iowa Tech Community College has five campuses located in Mapleton, LeMars, Denison and Cherokee. The main campus is in Sioux City, Iowa. As a comprehensive community college, their mission is to provide quality education and to economically enhance the communities they serve.

For more information:

Contact: 800.352.4649 /

Website: WITCC Veterans Page