Veteran and Military Education Benefits

Loyola Marymount University welcomes eligible veterans, spouses, and dependents to participate in its VA education benefits programs. LMU is pleased to be a partner in the veteran education benefits process and is able to certify benefits at the undergraduatae and graduate level. Non-degree and Extension/Continuing Education programs and courses are not eligible for benefits at LMU unless specifically required by a degree program.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility for benefits. Certification depends upon your VA-determined eligibility, enrollment status, and program of study. 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. Once registered, you may view and manage your education benefits through the VA education website direct link. Students may receive benefits from only one VA educational chapter at a time although they may have eligibility under more than one chapter.

VA Education Programs at LMU

You may be entitled to receive benefits under a particular VA education program, as determined by the VA.

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities (Voc Rehab, Chapter 31)
  • Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty® (MGIB-AD, Chapter 30)
  • Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP, Chapter 32)
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA, Chapter 35)
  • Fry Scholarship
  • Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve® (MGIB-SR, Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, Chapter 1607)
  • 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
    • Air Force - Reserve TA
    • Air Force - Civilian Acquisition
    • Air Force - CCAF Instructor TA
    • Air Force - Civilian TA
    • Air Force - PAQ TA

Applying for VA Education Benefits

You must apply for education benefits through the VA. Upon review of your application, the VA will determine eligibility and, if eligible, will issue a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). You must submit a copy of the COE to the LMU VA Certifying Official once admitted into a VA approved program at LMU. A new COE and the Semester Benefits Enrollment form need to be submitted every semester in which you use VA benefits for tuition payment.

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. A VR&E counselor will contact Babson if you are approved for this benefit. You do not need to submit a COE.

VA Education Benefits Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation

  • Paid up to the full cost of the program.
  • Payment is sent directly to LMU.

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

  • Payment is sent directly to LMU.
  • Cap resets at the start of each academic year.
  • The VA annual cap and semester payments are prorated based on your benefit level.

  • Books and Supplies Stipend
    • Up to $1,000.00 per academic year.
    • Prorated based on your benefit level.
    • Payment is sent to you.

  • Monthly Housing Allowance
    • Rate of pursuit must be greater than 50%.
    • Active duty members and their spouses are not eligible; children of service members may be eligible.
    • Rate is equal to the Department of Defense’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) amount for a service member in pay grade “E-5 with dependents” and specific to the zip code of the University (90045). The rate for those enrolled solely in distance learning courses is equal to one-half of the national average BAH for pay grade “E-5 with dependents” - it is not tied to the location of the University.
    • Prorated based on your rate of pursuit (rounded to the nearest multiple of 10) and based on your benefit level.
    • Paid in arrears and usually at the start of the the month.
    • Payment is sent to you.
  • Yellow Ribbon Program (as of 08/01/18, recipients of the Fry Scholarship are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program)
    • Provision under Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows universities to enter into a voluntary annual agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fees costs that exceed the VA tuition and fees reimbursement payment standards.
    • Your benefit level must be 100%.
    • Active duty members and their spouses are not eligible; children of service members may be eligible.
    • If your active duty service ends (separation date) after the start date of a semester, you may not be eligible to receive a Yellow Ribbon award for that semester.
    • Your LMU YR award may be up to 50% of unmet charges per semester; the VA will match the LMU contribution.
    • Combined LMU and VA contribution cannot exceed your net tuition and fee semester charges.
    • Subject to a maximum annual contribution and maximum number of students determined by the University each academic year.
    • With continued Chapter 33 YR eligibility from the VA, if you maintain continuous enrollment throughout your authorized plan of study (degree plan), you will remain eligible for the LMU 33 YR funds. If you take a leave from studies, your continued eligibility in the YR program upon your return is not guaranteed.

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty
Chapter 32 - Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance/Survivors and Dependents
Fry Scholarship - As of 08/01/18, recipients of the Fry Scholarship are eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits
Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve
Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program

  • Paid a monthly rate. Rate may be based on VA education program, length of service, institutional training time, etc.
  • Payment is sent to you.

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 by the end of their sophomore year. VA students must be classified as degree-seeking students no later than their second semester of enrollment. Degree-seeking means that a student is officially pursuing a degree and is classified by the school as a regular student. Selecting a major does not define the student as degree-seeking.

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.