Veterans Administration Benefits

VA Benefits FAQ

To get your benefits started

  • You must apply for benefits
  • The VA states that the application review process will take up to and possibly exceed 6 weeks.
  • If you have received benefits while attending a previous institution, submit a “Request for Change Program of Place Training” (VA 22-1995).
  • If you are a dependent of an active service person, you will need to fill out the VA 22-1990E application for Benefits after the benefits have been transferred to you.
  • All forms can be found and some even filled out online through the website. Any forms that should be printed out can be mailed directly to:

    VA Buffalo Regional Office
    PO Box 4616
    Buffalo, NY 14240-4616

  • The VA will not notify the school when they receive your paperwork. The VA will mail the student the Certificate of Eligibility directly when they have completed processing the application for benefits.
  • You must provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility or Notice of Basic Eligibility to our office so that you can be set up to receive VA benefits for Educational Training.  You can email this to or fax it to 802.485.2042, or drop it off in person to our office in Jackman Hall, room 328.
  • Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 802.485.2035 or for residential students and for online students at the time of application or 2 to 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

What to provide to the school

  • Are you using Yellow Ribbon?
  • A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE).
  • Your military status: active, inactive, dependent, or reservist.
  • How long you have been active.
  • What chapter you will be using:
    • Montgomery GI Bill® – Chapter 30
    • Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
    • Survivor & Dependents – Chapter 35
    • Reserves and National Guards – Chapter 1606
    • REAP – Chapter 1607
    • Vocational Rehab – Chapter 31

Enrollment Certification

To request enrollment certification for VA educational benefits, use the VA Eligibility Certification Form form (PDF).

  • Students are responsible for informing the Certifying Official about any changes to Student or Registration status including withdrawals and poor academic progress. Failure to do so will result in the student being personally liable to the VA for any over payments and could result in delay of payments in the future.

General Certification Timetable

  • Undergraduate students are not certified until after the Add/Drop period of any given term.  You can view the dates for any given term on our Dates and Deadlines page.
  • Graduate students are certified two to three weeks prior to the start of the semester for both seminars.

Tuition Assistance/Top Up

  • The student is responsible for providing enrollment information to the DOD. The base or regional educational officer can assist with TA and Top Up.
  • The student should provide the Tuition Assistance Authorization to Norwich for each semester, seminar or enrollment period.
  • Top Up – the DOD calculates how much of the MGIB the student should receive and sends that information to the VA.

The Yellow Ribbon Program

  • The Yellow Ribbon program is an agreement between the University and the VA. All below requirements are set by the VA.
    • Must be eligible for and using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
    • Eligibility rate under the Post 9/11 GI Bill must be 100% and cannot be on active duty.
    • Have been honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and served 30 continuous days after 9/10/01.
    • Be a child, not a spouse, of an Active Duty Service person who is eligible for 100% under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and eligible for the Transfer of Entitlement.
  • If eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program it will applied on an as-needed basis by the Registrar’s Office.
  • There is no need to apply.

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