Veterans Affairs at Norwich University has been structured to provide a team of specialists to best deliver services to Norwich Student Veterans.
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 our services efficiently and effectively. Consult the Veterans Affairs Team list below for help with your specific needs, questions, or concerns.
Applying for Benefits
To get your benefits started
1. You must apply for benefits.
2. The VA states that the application review process will take up to and possibly exceed 6 weeks.
3. If you have received benefits while attending a previous institution, submit a “Request for Change Program of Place Training” (VA 22-1995).
4. 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.
5. 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
6. 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.
What to provide to Norwich
- 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
To request enrollment certification for VA educational benefits, use the VA Eligibility Certification Form (PDF - 240kb).
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.
Online degree completion or 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.
Transferring GI Bill Benefits
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows service members to transfer unused education benefits to their spouse or dependents. Below are helpful links that can walk your family through the process.
- First, check to see that the family service member meets the criteria to transfer education credits to his or her spouse or child.
- Have the service member complete VONAPP (Veterans Online Application).
- Go to the milConnect portal to transfer benefits.
- Allow 6 to 8 weeks for the VA to send a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
To estimate your VA benefits and determine how they will lower your Norwich tuition balance, use our calculator.
The New GI Bill®
- Veterans Administration post-9/11 GI Bill
- GI Bill benefit comparison information and charts
- Net Price Calculator
- Transferring unused GI Bill benefits to spouse or dependents
- Academic Achievement Center
- Counseling & Wellness Services
- University Chaplain
Other benefits & info
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 Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Visit the VA Veterans online application site to complete and submit the application form. You will receive written notification explaining the VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program. If you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, your Certificate of Eligibility will also advise you if your service meets the requirements for the Yellow Ribbon Program. You should mail a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar’s Office at Norwich and we will certify your enrollment to the VA.
- Visit the VA website and apply for education benefits
- VA processes your application
- VA sends you a Certificate of Eligibility stating your Chapter benefits and the percentage of benefits
- You send a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Norwich University certifying official in the Registar Office. Mail to:
Office of the Registrar VA Certifying Official
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Please carefully read and maintain a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to know what educational benefits you are eligible to receive.
Center for Student Success and Veterans Affairs
Registrar’s Office/VA Certifying Official
Office of Financial Aid