The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for certifying school enrollment to the Veterans Affairs (VA) to authorize your VA educational benefit payments. First, the student must apply for benefits directly with the VA. Once official approval of the student’s eligibility to participate in an educational program is received, the Office of Financial Aid will initiate payment based on the student’s number of enrolled hours.
The steps below MUST be completed to apply for benefits under the VA educational programs:
Yes, you may receive financial aid in addition to your military student's benefits. Military students are encouraged to apply for student financial aid to help off-set the cost of education, because veterans benefits sometimes do not cover the entire cost of a college education.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Yes, veterans need to be aware of some special circumstances:
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows higher learning institutions in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to help fund the veteran student’s tuition expenses $18,077.50 cap for each calendar year (August 1st- July 31st.). The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.
Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding. You may be eligible if:
Yes, Benedictine University participates at the maximum 50% level contribution to eligible individuals who apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come, first-served basis.
You must notify the Office of Financial Aid of any changes to your enrollment. Changes of enrollment include adding, dropping, or withdrawing from classes.
If you change your major or program of study, you must complete and submit the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form.
Log on to http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-22-1995-are.pdf for the actual form and mailing instructions.
The Department of Veterans Affairs does not maintain records of veterans' military service, except as necessary for providing benefits from the VA.
To obtain or amend a copy of your military service record and/or your Official Military Personnel File (DD-214, OMPFs), please visit the website for the Military Personnel Records Center (MPRC) in St. Louis, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). If you have been discharged from military service, your personnel files are stored at NARA, which is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard.
Visit the NARA website at: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
No, Benedictine University is a private school and is not eligible to participate in the IVG or ING programs.
The Veteran Affairs provides a website that lets you compare your monetary benefits. Log on to: www.gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits_resources/benefit_comparison_tools.html