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 Website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Using your 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 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. Since our office does not have access to this information, you will need to contact the VA directly by either calling 1-888-GI-BILL-1 or using the Submit-a-Question feature on the VA’s website.
- If you have used VA education benefits, you can access your benefit level and remaining eligibility by logging into the va.gov statement of benefits.
How long does it take to get a Certification of Eligibility form from the VA?
- Once the VA receives a Certificate of Eligibility request, it can take the VA 4-6 weeks to process the application and mail a Certificate of Eligibility letter. We understand that the timing of accessing a letter may conflict when certifications are submitted to the VA for the semester.
Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Tuition Assistance (TA) Program
- LMU participates in the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership program so that eligible active duty service members may to obtain Tuition Assistance (TA Decide) from their military branch as administered by the Department of Defense. The university is authorized under the Principles of Excellence to participate in the TA Programs of the service branches.
- Air Force - Military TA; Reserve TA; Civilian Acquisition; CCAF Instructor TA; Civilian TA; PAQ TA
- Army IgnitEd TA program
- Information on the TA program can be found on the Department of Defense TA website.
Are all LMU Programs eligible for VA Benefits?
- No. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will pay an eligible student education benefits for pursuit of an approved program of education. An approved program is a course of study 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. LMU offers VA benefits for its degree-seeking programs only. LMU is authorized to certify eligibility for benefits at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Non-degree and Extension/Continuing Education programs/courses are not eligible for VA benefits at LMU.
- A student may remain in an undeclared major through the sophomore year. The VA requires all veteran students to declare a major within their degree program by the end of their sophomore year.
LMU works with the following chapters of the VA
To help organize and distinguish between the different tuition assistance options provided for military-affiliated individuals, the federal government breaks it down into “chapters.” Here is a quick review:
Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill)
- Veterans or service members need at least two years of active duty service to qualify for up to 36 months of education benefits. Amounts vary based on the type of training or education you are pursuing.
Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehab Program)
- It assists entitled Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap to prepare for, find, and maintain a job. It also helps entitled transitioning Servicemembers.
Chapter 32 (Veterans Education Assistance)
- This program applies to veterans who were active duty between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985. Participants elected to make contributions from their military pay to be applied toward education benefits and the military made a 2-1 match.
Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) and Yellow Ribbon
The Post-9/11 program is for veterans and service members who have served on active duty after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. To qualify, at least one of the following must be true:
- Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks) on or after Sept. 11, 2001
- Received a Purple Heart on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and was honorably discharged after any amount of service
- Served for at least 30 continuous days on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and was honorably discharged with a service-connected disability
- Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying veteran or service member
- Similar to Chapter 30, it allows for up to 36 months of benefits. Eligible service members also are provided a housing allowance and a $1,000 annual stipend for books.
- Yellow Ribbon Program
Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents)
- This provides up to 45 months of education benefits for dependents of veterans who have a terminal illness due to a service-related condition, or who were called to active duty or had a disability related to serving. Eligible individuals are dependents, spouses and surviving spouses who meet certain requirements.
Chapter 1606 (GI Bill/Selected Reserve)
- This bill was enacted by Congress to help attract men and women into the reserve branch of the Armed Forces. Qualifying members may receive up to 36 months of educational tuition assistance.
Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance)
- This is an educational benefit for reserve members who were called into active duty after Sept. 11, 2001, and served at least 90 days, making them eligible for up to 80% of Chapter 30 benefits.