VA Benefits

Applying for Benefits

Veteran and dependent students should Apply for Benefits within the Department of Veterans Affairs website. All students intending to use educational benefits must fill out a “Declaration of Intent” with the Veterans Benefits office.

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

Certifying Your Benefits

Veterans Benefits is responsible for certifying veterans and their dependents each term to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. To begin the certification process, please complete the Declaration of Intent Form (PDF) and submit along with your Certificate of Eligibility to our office. NOTE: You MUST send your Declaration of Intent Form by fax, snail mail or deliver it in person. No email please.

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

Military Personnel Benefits

Active Duty Military

Active duty military may use VA education benefits and/or tuition assistance to pay for tuition and fees. To use tuition assistance, have the course/s approved through the appropriate military tuition assistance program (GoArmyEd for Army service members; AI Portal for Air Force).

Once the necessary military command signatures and dollar amount for tuition assistance have been obtained, take the “TA Approval Letter/Statement” directly to the Bursar’s Office:

  • Enrollment Services
    Room 336

Be sure to also notify the Maryland Veterans Center. Please note that your VA benefits may need to be adjusted if you are receiving TA monies. 

Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists / National Guard Member Benefits

Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists / National Guard Members may be eligible for the following (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 (vocational rehabilitation) — Eligible students coordinate through their vocational rehabilitation counselor and the Veterans Benefits Office 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 basic 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.
  • For more information see Military Spouses & Dependents.