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National University's Veteran Affairs Department is here to assist you with your VA Education Benefits.  We are the Certifying Official, responsible for ensuring your enrollment is accurately reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training Department.

Required Documents

  • VA 22-1990 Application form or the GI Bill Certificate of Eligiblity
  • DD214 Member 4 for prior active service
  • VA 22-1990e (Post 9/11 Ch33 Transfer of Entitlement)
  • VA 22-1995 form, previously used GI Bill at another school
  • VA 22-5490 or VA 22-5495 form (Dependents Ch33 and Ch35)

Send documents via email or fax

Certificate of Eligibility

Once VA receives an application for education benefits, and eligibility is granted, VA will mail a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the student.

COE will include the name of the educational benefit, the amount of the entitilement, the delimiting date, and other important information pertaining to the student.

Benefit Payments

An eligible Chapter 33 claimant may qualify to receive the following payments:

  • Actual net charges for tuition and fees paid directly to the school
  • Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) paid directly to the student
  • Book Stipend paid directly to the student

Monthly Housing Allowance

The amount payable for the MHA for any academic year (beginning on August 1st) will be based upon the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates effective on January 1st of that year.  This means that MHA rates for Chapter 33 awards will change effective August 1st of each year, and not on January 1st of each year.

VA pays prorated housing allowance for the duration of the course a student is in attendance.

Distance Learning:

Individuals only enrolled in distance learning courses will be eligible for a MHA equal to 50% of the national average of all BAH.  The full time rate for an individual eligible at the 100% eligibility tier is $825.00 for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Book Stipend

  • $1,000.00 per academic year
  • $41.67 per credit hour
  • up to 24 credit hours
  • Lump sum payment (each quarter, semester, or term attended) directly to the individual
  • prorated based on benefit level

Yellow Ribbon Program

National University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution.  The current annual cap for academic year 2018-2019 is $23,671.94 (August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019).

National University can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as National University.

National University Yellow Ribbon Program has unlimited number of students and unlimited dollar amount.

Who is Eligible:

  • Individuals entitled to the 100% benefit rate (based on service requirements)
  • Spouses and children using Transfer of Entitlement (ToE) benefits when entitled to the 100% benefit rate

Who is NOT eligible:

  • Individuals on active duty
  • ToE spouses when the transferor is on active duty
  • Marine Gunnery Sear gent John David Fry Scholarship recipients

Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Post 9/11 GI Bill website for more information.

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB or Chapter 30) is a program for eligible active duty members and veterans who enrolled and paid $100 per month for 12 months and completed a minimum service obligation.


For more information please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty website.

The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR or Chapter 1606) is a program that provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.  Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components.

For more information on this program please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve website.

The Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) ended on November 25, 2015.  Those Veterans currently and previously enrolled in REAP have until November 25, 2019 to use their benefits.

For more information please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Reserve Education Assisatance Program website.

The Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

For more information on this program please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Dependents Education Assistance Program website.

Mission of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is to help Veterans with Service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers.

For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E provides services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Eligibility and Entitlement:

  • Honorable or other than dishonorable discharge
  • VA service-connected disability rating or memo rating of 10% or more
  • Apply for VR&E services
  • Entitlement based on establishment of employment handicap resulting from a service-connected disability
  • serious employment handicap needed to establish entitlement for Veterans rated 10%

For more information please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) website.

Service Members must be on active duty and using either the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty.

The VA will pay the difference between what the DOD pays for Tuition Assistance and the actual cost of the course.

DOD pays anywhere from 75% to 100% of the cost of courses for this program.

For more information please visit the Department of Veteran Affairs Tuition Assistance Top Up website.

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The information provided here is for general guidance only.  It is subject to change by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Only the Department of Veterans Affairs can make a final determination on benefit eligibility.