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VETERAN AFFAIRS

PROVIDING VETERANS AND FAMILIES WITH AN EDUCATION THEY'VE EARNED.

Veterans Affairs at Norwich University is structured to provide a team of specialists to best deliver services to Norwich military service and service connected Students.

Our Veterans Affairs Team understands the challenge of transitioning from military to civilian life and is ready to help our veterans, military service members, and their families access services efficiently and effectively. Consult the Veterans Affairs Team list below for help with your specific needs, questions, or concerns.

 

Getting Started with VA Educational Benefits:

VA Education benefits are either earned by the student or transferred to the student. Below are the steps to follow to access VA Educational Benefits. If you would prefer to speak to someone on the phone or in person, please contact the School Certifying Official (SCO) using the contact information below.

  • Transferring GI Bill Benefits

    To get transfer benefits started the service member who earned the benefits must apply to the VA to transfer the benefits to their eligible dependent. This can be done through eBenefits.

    Once the transfer is approved, the service member will receive a letter saying that the transfer was completed. This letter will identify what benefits were transferred to whom.

    Once this letter is received the dependent must follow the steps below to apply for benefits.

    PLEASE NOTE: Our processing office is the VA Buffalo Regional Office. The mailing address for that office is PO Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616. For more information on transferring your benefits visit Vets.gov. The VA states that the application review process will take up to and possibly exceed six weeks. If you have questions about the VA processing your request, please contact them directly at 1 (888) 442-4551.

  • Activating Earned or Transferred Benefit

    Service Members

    Although service members earned their benefits, they need to notify the VA that they want to use them. This is done through an application process which can be done online or on paper via VA 22-1990E application for Benefits.

    To apply for benefits visit Vets.gov:

    Apply for Benefits

     

    Dependents

    Dependents of an active service members need to apply to use the benefits after the benefits have been transferred. This is done through an application process which can be done online or on paper via VA 22-1990E application for Benefits.

    To apply for benefits visit Vets.gov:

    Apply for Benefits

    PLEASE NOTE: Our processing office is the VA Buffalo Regional Office and the mailing address for that office is:
    VA Buffalo Regional Office
    PO Box 4616
    Buffalo, NY 14240-4616

    Forms and additional information can be found online. The VA states that the application review process will take up to and possibly exceed six weeks. If you have questions about the VA processing your request, please contact them directly at 1 (888) 442-4551.

  • Using Benefits at Norwich University

    Previously Used at a Different Institution

    If you have received benefits while attending a previous institution, submit a “Request for Change Program of Place Training” (VA 22-1995) to the SCO. The form is available online (PDF - 870kb).

    Initial Certification

    When the VA review is complete the student will receive an envelope with two duplicate letters in it. This is the student’s Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Please carefully read and maintain a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to know what educational benefits you are eligible to receive. The other copy should be provided to the School Certifying Official (SCO) to initiate the certification process. Students can either email a copy of the COE to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax it to 1 (802) 485-2996.

    Recertification

    After your initial certification, you need to complete the VA Certification Request Form (PDF - 287kb) each semester. This form allows you to notify the SCO that you do or do not want to use your VA Educational Benefits that semester or that they are exhausted. Because the number of months you can use benefits can be limited, you are not automatically re-certified, you must let the SCO know you wish to use your benefits. If you do not complete the form you will not be certified.

  • Yellow Ribbon Program

    Providing U.S. service veterans and their families with the education they’ve earned

    Norwich University has a nearly 200-year-old tradition of educating officers for the U.S. military, and is proud to be part of the new GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a further enhancement of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. As the country’s oldest private military academy, Norwich is committed to helping veterans and their family members acquire the education they’ve earned. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows Norwich to fund tuition expenses for veterans who have served the United States following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At Norwich there are no program limits or student enrollment caps for those participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

    Yellow Ribbon Program benefits began with the fall 2009 semester and will be available for those students seeking to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Norwich. For more information on all degree programs, visit our Academics pages.

    What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

    The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. Norwich University has agreed to contribute the maximum percentage rate of 50 percent, making a private university education very affordable. Who is eligible?

    Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (100 percent based on length of active duty service or service-connected disability since 9/11) may receive this funding. Therefore, you may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program if you meet eligibility requirements for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which are as follows:

    • Active Duty service members who have served more than 90 days after Sept. 10, 2001.
    • Retired and separated service members who have served on active duty more than 90 days after Sept. 10, 2001.
    • Service members and Reserve and National Guard members who have been activated for more than 90 days after Sept. 10, 2001.
    • Service members who were discharged after completing a minimum of 30 consecutive days of qualifying service after Sept. 10, 2001 and who the VA determined were discharged for a service-connected disability.

    How Do I Apply?

    The VA will determine if you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon benefit when you activate your VA Education Benefits. There is no separate application process for Yellow Ribbon Benefits through Norwich University. All students who present a COE indicating they are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33 benefits at 100% are awarded Norwich University Yellow Ribbon Benefits.

  • Veterans Resources

  • Contact Us

    Veterans Affairs

    If you have any questions you can contact Veteran Affairs via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone at (802) 485-2355, or in person at the Hassett House, on the south end of campus.

    VA Certifying Official (On Campus)

    For questions about VA certifications or military educational benefits contact the SCO Nicole Warner, SCO Norwich University, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone at (802) 485-2355 or in person in the Hassett House, on the south end of campus.

    Registrar’s Office (On Campus)

    For help with transfer credit questions contact the Registrar’s Office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone at (802) 485-2035 or in person at Jackman Hall, located on the north end of campus in room 328.

    Office of Financial Aid

    For help financing a Norwich University degree, with financial forms, and deadline information contact Jodi Sibley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 485-2020.

    College of Graduate and Continuing Studies - CGCS (Online)

    For questions about VA certifications or military educational benefits contact the SCO Judith Sassi, Norwich University, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., phone at (802) 485-2255.

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