The Department of Veterans Affairs Education Service offers many benefit programs. These benefits include the Montgomery GI Bill, Tuition Assistance “Top Up”, Veterans Educational Assistance Program, Survivor’s and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, Tutorial Assistance Program and numerous other benefit programs.
If you are a student on the Fredericksburg Campus, please contact Patricia Sarkuti at email@example.com or at (540) 654-2140.
The Stafford Campus Veterans Affairs Liaison certifies enrollment for all VA chapters except the Disability and Rehabilitation Programs (Chapter 31). Please submit these forms to Robert Louzek at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to his attention at (540) 286-8005.
Priority Registration for Active Duty Members, Reservists and National Guard Members
The 2012 General Assembly established Virginia code 23-9.2:3.7 C, which states:
The governing boards of each public institution of higher education shall, in accordance with guidelines developed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, implement policies that recognize the scheduling difficulties and obligations encountered by active duty members of the United States armed forces.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia through consultation with the Military Education Advisory Committee (MEAC) issued guidelines requiring institutions to establish course registration policies that provide reasonable accommodation to students who are active-duty military members, reservists and Virginia National Guard members. As a result of this ruling, beginning with fall 2014 registration, the University of Mary Washington will extend priority registration to all active duty members, veterans, reservists and Virginia National Guard members.
· Priority registration will be granted after the first semester of enrollment
· Student must self-identify to the Office of Academic and Career Services
· Veterans must provide a copy of DD 214, retired military identification card or the DMV issued veteran card.
· Reservists and Active Duty members must be present a copy of their current Military ID card.
· In order to ensure priority registration, students who are required to self-identify must do so before the following dates:
o Fall – March 1
o Spring – October 1
VA Contact Information
A veteran using benefits for the first time should fill out the 22-1990 Application for VA Education Benefits form. If a veteran has used benefits at another institution or if s/he is changing programs at UMW (e.g. non-degree seeking to a degree seeking program), s/he should fill out the 22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form. These forms are available at www.gibill.va.gov. For faster processing, the forms should be submitted online via VONAPP. If the forms must be processed on paper, please send the forms directly to:
Department of Veteran Affairs
Buffalo Regional Processing Office
PO Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
The regional office for veterans attending UMW is the Roanoke Office.
Veterans Administration Regional Office
210 Franklin Road, S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24011
Veterans seeking information on what type of benefits they have should contact the Educational Officer on the base (if active duty), or they may call the toll free number: 1-888-442-4551.
Some veterans may need to verify their enrollment at the end of each month. The enrollment can be verified by calling 1-877-823-2378 or by WAVE account on the internet.
Enrollment Certification Process
To begin the enrollment certification process, the veteran must submit a Request for Veterans Benefits form for each semester that s/he wishes to claim benefits at the Stafford Campus. Please submit these forms to Robert Louzek at email@example.com or fax them to his attention at (540) 286-8005.
Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Information
We work closely with the VA and actively support our veterans, active duty members and their dependents to ensure a successful program. Some basic information about Chapter 33:
Active Duty, Veterans and Dependents:
- Apply online using VONAPP and submit a Request For Veterans Benefit Form to the VA Liaison.
- Submit to the Liaison, a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) once received from the VA.
Do not wait to receive the Certificate of Eligibility from the VA before submitting your Request For Benefits form.
- The VA will send UMW a check for the amount of tuition and fees reported. If a course is dropped after the term has begun and payment has been issued, UMW will issue a refund check to the veteran. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO REIMBURSE THIS AMOUNT BACK TO THE VA. The VA will be notified and they will contact the student regarding this overpayment.
- The tuition and fees payment is prorated by the student’s benefit level. If you are less than 100% eligible for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 benefits, you will have a balance on your account. This balance must be paid to avoid late fees and holds on your account.
- Housing allowances and book and supply stipends will be paid directly to the veteran and dependent receiving this entitlement. Housing allowance will be paid directly to the eligible student on a monthly basis if the rate of pursuit is greater than 50%. (Active duty students receiving Chapter 33 benefits or spouses of active duty members are not eligible for housing allowance). The Book Stipend is prorated by the student’s length of service percentage and is paid directly to the student once UMW certifies your enrollment with the VA. Students on active duty and enrolled in a degree program are also eligible to receive the books and supplies stipend, up to $1000 per academic year.
- The VA uses “22401″ as the zip code of record to determine BAH rates.
- Sources for current information regarding VA educational benefits including Chapter 33 can be viewed at the following sites:
- http://www.gibill.va.gov/ – Official GI Bill Website
- http://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/5879/quick-tips-for-getting-gi-bill-questions-answered/ – Tips on getting GI Bill Answers.
- UMW Veteran’s Resources
Disability and Rehabilitation Programs
Disability and Rehabilitation Programs (Chapter 31) are managed by the University of Mary Washington’s Office of Student Accounts. They may be contacted by telephone at (540) 654-1250 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .