VA Benefits

Military and Veterans Center

In response to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases around the region and the state, the Military & Veterans Center will only be available virtually. Please navigate to the link for the Virtual MVC below. (Open from 9 am - 5 pm.)

Additionally, you may click here to set up an appointment to meet.

All applications for new and continued VA educational benefits claims will continue to be done remotely. Click here to begin that process.

(OPEN AT NOON TODAY) Click here to join the Virtual Military and Veterans Center, open daily from 9 am - 5 pm. Stop through to ask questions and let us know what you need.

https://towson.webex.com/meet/ddibattist

First-Time Applying for Benefits or Continuing to Use Benefits 

 

First-time veteran and dependent students should Apply for Benefits within the Department of Veterans Affairs eBenefits website. Once you have a received your Certificate of Eligibility, please email it to .

All new and continuing veteran and dependent students intending to use educational benefits must also electronically fill out this Declaration of Intent to Use VA Benefits form every semester when they register for classes.

For Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill®) students, to learn more about your exact benefits based on your eligibility and enrollment at Towson University, please visit the VA's G.I. Bill® Comparison Tool here.

NOTE: All eligibility (except Chapter 1606) must be processed and verified through the VA. The Military & Veterans Center DOES NOT dictate eligibility.

The Military & Veterans Center is responsible for re-certifying veterans and their dependents each term to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Please electronically send appropriate documentation and materials to the Military & Veterans Center as soon as possible to ensure timely processing and disbursement of benefits. 

To contact TU’s School Certifying Official (SCO):

Jayne French / Dario DiBattista

Current Military Personnel Benefits (Tuition Assistance and Waivers)

Active Duty Military / National Guard / Reserves

Active Duty, National Guard, and Reservists may use VA education benefits and/or tuition assistance to pay for tuition and fees.  

To use Air Force tuition assistance, upload courses through the Air Force Virtual Education Center. The Bursar’s Office will bill the AI Portal for approved tuition costs. 

To use Army tuition assistance, a student must create an account in the ArmyIgnitED portal. Once the account is established, student must choose a degree/program path. Student must then notify with their desire to utilize their tuition assistance benefit and provide a copy of their degree plan via email. Towson University will input course enrollment, grades, and billing into the portal. 

Maryland National Guard members may also qualify for a tuition waiver, which is handled by the Bursar’s Office.

NOTE: If you’ve been activated during the COVID-19 emergency, please check with your unit’s leadership to see if you qualify for additional VA benefits, like Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®).

Veterans / Active Duty / Reservists / National Guard VA Benefits

Veterans / Active Duty / Reservists / National Guard Members may be eligible for the following VA benefits (chapters excerpted from the Title 38 U.S. Code): 

  • Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill®) — Active Duty students may be eligible to receive a monthly payment from the VA to supplement their educational costs.
  • Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness & Employment) — Eligible students (generally, if you have a disability rating of 20% or higher, you can qualify) coordinate through their VA counselor and the Military & Veterans Center to have tuition, fees, supplies and books paid for by the VA.
  • Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®) — Eligible students are allocated a certain percentage of their tuition and fees paid for by the VA. A book stipend and a Monthly Housing Allowance is available when student is enrolled for the term.
  • Chapter 1606 (Montgomery G.I. Bill®: Selected Reserves) — Reservists, Coast Guard and National Guard members may be eligible to receive a monthly payment from the VA to supplement their educational costs. Eligibility is determined through the Department of Defense and Departments of Homeland Security.

Dependent Benefits

  • Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill®) — Same as above with two additional offerings:

    Fry Scholarship — Provides benefit eligibility for children of active duty members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.

    Yellow Ribbon Program — Allows schools to enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition and Fees cost that exceeds the in-state tuition and fees. Students can receive $1000 per semester.

  • Chapter 35 (Dependents’ Educational Assistance) — Educational assistance is paid to dependents of veterans with a service-connected permanent and total disability and died as a result of service connection.