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VA Educational Benefits

To Apply for VA Educational Benefits

Students should request a certificate of eligibility (COE) from the VA at (888) 442-4551 or Apply for Benefits Online.

Applying for Initial VA Educational Benefits at Vanderbilt

The following documents are required to begin your VA educational benefits:

  • A copy of the DD-214 documents (the service member’s discharge papers).
  • Transcripts from all previous institutions (required even if veterans’ educational benefits were not used at the other institution).
  • Joint Services Transcript (JST), Air University Transcript, and/or Community College of the Air Force Transcript (if a transcript has been issued to the veteran).
  • A copy of the most recent Certificate of Eligibility (COE) issued to the student.
  • If you have previously used veterans’ educational benefits at another institution, you must file a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) to list Vanderbilt University as your new school.

AND

A VA-1 Form for Chapter 33 to authorize Vanderbilt to certify Post-9/11 GI Bill® educational benefits to the VA and a Yellow Ribbon Program Application (if you are requesting yellow ribbon program benefits).

OR

Deadlines

In order to expedite the processing of VA educational benefits, it is recommended that students who wish to use VA educational benefits adhere to the following deadlines.

  • Fall semester: submit all required documents by July 1.
  • Spring semester: submit all required documents by November 1.
  • Summer semester: submit all required documents by March 1.

Students who cannot provide all documents by these deadlines should consult with a VA School Certifying Official in the Office of the University Registrar prior to the deadline.

Important Information

Due to the extended processing time of the VA, it is not recommended that students rely on VA payments to arrive prior to Vanderbilt’s payment deadline. We suggest that all students have a plan to cover their living expenses until VA educational benefits are paid. The VA can take as long as 6-8 weeks to process certifications for VA educational benefits.

The activity fee and health insurance fees are not covered by VA educational benefits because those fees are not mandatory for all students at Vanderbilt. Additional information regarding the waiver of these fees may be found at activity fee waiver or a student health insurance waiver. Maintenance fees in the Owen Graduate School of Management are also not approved for VA educational benefits.

Calculating Post-9/11 GI Bill® Benefits

Executive Master of Business Administration

VA educational benefits for EMBA students may not be certified until after the beginning of each semester due to fluctuation in the enrollment dates associated with these classes. Students should be prepared for the possibility of having to cover several months of living expenses until VA educational benefits are paid.

Nursing Students

Vanderbilt University may be unable to certify out-of-state clinical practicum courses or other out-of-state courses with a clinical component for VA educational benefits. Nursing students are advised to contact a school certifying official with questions.

The VA considers the programs offered by the School of Nursing to be distance programs. Please note that the effective Monthly Housing Allowance rate for those enrolled solely in distance learning is one-half the national average MHA. For more information, click here.

Overseas Study

Students who wish to study overseas should review Information for Students Wishing to Attend Foreign Schools provided by the VA to determine whether or not the program in which they hope to enroll is approved for veterans’ educational benefits. If the overseas program is approved for veterans’ educational benefits, students should contact a school certifying official to find out when VA educational payments will occur and whether or not the VA educational payments will cover the total cost of the overseas program.

Applying for Continuing VA Educational Benefits at Vanderbilt

Students receiving VA educational benefits must submit the following forms each semester in which they are requesting VA educational benefits.

VA-1 Form for Chapter 33 and the most recent Certificate of Eligibility (COE) issued to the student.

or

VA-1 Form and the most recent Certificate of Eligibility (COE) issued to the student.

All completed forms should be returned to the VA School Certifying Official in the Office of the University Registrar by mail, email, or fax.

If you have additional questions, please call our office at (615) 322-7701 or send an email to university.registrar@vanderbilt.edu. A Box for Vanderbilt user guide is available here.

Information on VA Educational Benefits Chapters

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

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Chapter 32 – Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill ®

Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

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

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Veteran State Benefits in Tennessee

TN Department of Veteran Services

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