To apply for GI Bill Education Benefits, you must call the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit their website at www.gibill.va.gov. The website contains a wealth of information about the various education benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
In order to certify you for your GI Bill education benefits, TU’s Veterans Affairs Office, must have your
Certificate of Eligibility or NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility) and Declaration of Intent Form.
If you are a Vocational Rehabilitation Veteran, Towson University needs only a valid purchase order (VA Form 28-1905).
CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY
The Certificate of Eligibility is the paperwork you receive from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs after you have applied for GI Bill Education benefits and they have determined your eligibility.
TOWSON UNIVERSITY – VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE
TU’s Veterans Affairs Office functions primarily to certify veterans' enrollment status in courses at the University to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Marilyn Leuthold is Towson University’s VA Certifying Official. She will submit the VA Enrollment Certification (VA 22-1999)to the US Department of Veterans Affairs electronically. This certification initiates the payment of your education benefits by the VA. The Declaration of Intent Form must be submitted each semester that you would like to be certified for GI Bill benefits.
DECLARATION OF INTENT FORM
Towson University’s Declaration of Intent Form can be found on Towson University’s website at www.towson.edu/registrar/va. Simply type Veterans Affairs in the search prompt and you will be directed to Veterans Affairs which is part of Towson University's Office of the Registrar. Chapter 31 veterans do not need to submit the Declaration of Intent Form.
TRANSFER STUDENTS/CHANGE OF PROGRAM/MAJOR CHANGE
Transfer students who have received GI Bill benefits previously must complete a Request for Change of VA Education Program or Place of Training Form (VA Form 22-1995) which can be found on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, www.gibill.va.gov. You must also complete the form if you have changed your major or degree program.
If you would like your military credits posted to your academic record at Towson University, you must submit an unofficial copy of your military transcript. If you do not have an unofficial copy of your transcript, you can “google” military transcripts. Along with your transcript, you must attach a statement indicating that you would like your military credits posted to your academic record at Towson University. The statement must also include the date, your printed name, your signature, and your student ID# or social security #. Marilyn Leuthold will evaluate your transcript and post the applicable credits in early October for the Fall semester and early March for the Spring semester.
VET THANK YOU GRANT
Towson University also offers a Thank You Grant if you have served one year or more of active duty service and have been released since October 24, 2001. You would receive $500 per semester up to 8 semesters if you are a full-time ($250 part-time) degree-seeking student in good academic standing. If you are interested in the Thank You Grant, send a copy of your DD214to Patrick Young, Coordinator of Veterans Services.
VETERANS SERVICES CENTER AT TOWSON UNIVERSITY
Patrick Young, a Marine combat veteran, is the Coordinator of the Veterans Services Center at Towson University. He can be reached at 410-704-2991, firstname.lastname@example.org. His office is located in the Psychology Building, Room 107, the Veterans Center. He assists student veterans with the transition to Towson University and with issues or concerns they may have.
Veterans Affairs Office
Enrollment Services Center, Room 234