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.
PRIOR TO REQUESTING VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS AT VANDERBILT
Students are strongly advised to consult with their financial aid counselor prior to requesting VA educational benefits. Any VA benefit that students receive may impact Vanderbilt aid awards.
Applying for Initial VA Educational Benefits at Vanderbilt
The following documents are required to begin your VA educational benefits:
- A MEMBER 4 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.
To change from one school or training program to another, individuals receiving benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, MGIB-AD, MGIB-SR, VEAP, or REAP* will need to submit a VA Form 22-1995 "Request For Change of Program or Place of Training" to the Regional Processing Office serving your state. Individuals receiving benefits under the Dependents Educational Assistance Program will need to submit VA Form 22-5495.
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).
- A VA-1 Form for all other chapters to authorize Vanderbilt to certify your educational benefits to the VA.
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.
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 and orientation fees in the Owen Graduate School of Management are also not approved for VA educational benefits.
Forever GI Bill—Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act
Please be sure to review the federal legislative changes in the Forever GI Bill—Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act . One significant change will be the way that monthly housing allowances are calculated for students receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits. The VA is offering Colmery Webinars at the following link https://benefits.va.gov/gibill and has posted slides from previous webinars.
If you have specific questions about possible changes to your monthly housing allowance, we recommend using the Submit a Question feature at https://benefits.va.gov/gibill. Because the VA pays the monthly housing allowance directly to students receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits, the VA has informed our office that, due to federal privacy laws, they are unable to share specific information about a student’s monthly housing allowance with the school certifying official.
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.
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.
The Peabody online programs offered by Peabody College are distance programs. Peabody weekend courses are distance courses. 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. Students in the Peabody online programs should also review the VA’s information on How is my housing allowance paid if I'm not a full-time student?
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.
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.