Veterans Administration Benefits

Using your VA benefits is a process that begins prior to the start of school.

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 www.gibill.va.gov 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 Assistant Registrar and Certifying Official so that you can be set up to receive VA benefits for Educational Training.
  • Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 802.485.2094 or registrar@norwich.edu for residential students and registrargrad@norwich.edu 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

General Certification Timetable

  • Undergraduate students are not certified until after the Add Drop period, the first of classes plus one day, of any given term.
  • Students can make a formal request to be certified early by filling out the Early Certification Request Form, found on the Registrar’s web 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.

Enrollment Certification

To request enrollment certification for VA educational benefits, use the VA Eligibility Certification Form 1 form (PDF).

Useful Links

Link to another Norwich Veteran’s Site

  • Print a Joint Service Transcritpt (JST) (used for all branches except the Air Force).  The JST should be electronically sent to Norwich University; the Norwich Certifying Official will then evaluate it and let you knwo if transfer credit can be awarded for education or experience.
  • GI Bill: www.gibill.VA.gov. Use this website to learn vital information and keep up to date with any changes to education benefits. To talk to a VA representative, please call (888) 442.4551, press 1 in the first menu and 0 in the second to get directly to the VA phone bank.
  • Department of Veteran Affairs: http://www.va.gov/
  • White River Jct, VT VA Hospital: http://www.whiteriver.va.gov/
  • American Legion “VetCam”: http://www.legion.org. A free webcam service that enables U.S. Military and Veterans to talk via personal computers with friends and family by registering as a user.
  • Registrar’s Office: norwich.edu/registrar/
  • Bursar’s Office: norwich.edu/bursar/
  • Admissions Office: norwich.edu/admissions/
  • Graduate and Continuing Studies: http://graduate.norwich.edu/

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.

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