Veteran and Military Education Benefits

Loyola Marymount University welcomes eligible veterans, reservists, spouses, and dependents to participate in the VA education benefits programs for which they are eligible. LMU is pleased to be a partner in the veteran education benefits process and may certify benefits at the undergraduate and graduate level. The University also welcomes active-duty service members who are eligible through the Tuition Assistance programs.

Applying for VA Education Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility for benefits. Interested students should complete and submit the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) on the VA eBenefits site. To complete the online application, you will need LMU’s VA Code number: 3-1-5042-05. Upon review of your application, the VA will determine eligibility and issue issue a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). If you are applying for the VA Vocational Rehabilitation program (Chapter 31), you must also apply through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) division of the VA.

VA Education Programs at LMU

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD/Chapter 30)

  • Chapter 30 does not pay tuition to LMU. Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school and is responsible for the balance of payment.
  • Monthly benefit paid to student.
  • Must certify enrollment with VA Regional Office at the end of each month, by phone, 1-877 838-2778 or on-line.

Vocational Rehab and Employment Services (VRE/Chapter 31)

  • Tuition and fees paid directly to school. Student does not pay tuition to LMU.
  • Books charged through school and paid directly to school.
  • Monthly stipend to student.

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon Program)

  • Tuition and fees paid directly to school. Student does not pay tuition to LMU.
  • Monthly stipend paid to student.
  • With continued Chapter 33 YR eligibility from the VA, a student who maintains continuous enrollment throughout authorized plan of study (degree plan), remains eligible for the LMU 33 Yellow Ribbon funds. A student who takes a leave from studies is not guaranteed continued Yellow Ribbon funds upon return.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35)

  • Chapter 35 does not pay tuition to LMU. Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school and is responsible for the balance of payment.
  • Monthly benefit paid to student.

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR/Chapter 1606)

  • Chapter 1606 does not pay tuition to LMU. Student uses monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school and is responsible for the balance of payment.
  • Monthly benefit paid to student.
  • Must certify enrollment with VA Regional Office at the end of each month, by phone, 1-877 838-2778 or on-line.

*****(Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607). Payments under this Chapter ended November 2019. See the information here: https://www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/reap/)*****

Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Tuition Assistance Program

LMU also participates in the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership program so that eligible active duty service members are able to obtain Tuition Assistance (TA Decide) from their military branch as administered by the Department of Defense. LMU is authorized under the Department of Defense Memo of Understanding to participate in the following Air Force Tuition Assistance Programs:

  • Air Force - Military TA; Reserve TA; Civilian Acquisition; CCAF Instructor TA; Civilian TA; PAQ TA

Approved Programs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will pay an eligible student education benefits for pursuit of an approved program of education or training. An approved program is a course of study or a program of training which the appropriate state approving agency has determined meets the legal requirements for payment of VA educational assistance benefits to veterans and other eligible persons. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prohibits the payment of VA education benefits for training in any course if the training is not part of the student’s approved program of education LMU is authorized to certify at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Non-degree and Extension/Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for benefits at LMU unless specifically required by a degree program.

The VA requires all veteran students to declare a major within their degree program by the end of their sophomore year. 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.