How to Obtain Your Educational Benefits
Mount Saint Mary’s University and its School Certifying Official (SCO) is committed to providing our student veterans, military personnel, and military families with the services, information and educational benefits they need to achieve their academic and professional goals. In this section, you will find tools and information about the various VA chapters our university covers, the Department of Defense’s Tuition Assistance program, and the necessary steps you need to take to obtain the respective educational benefits.
Active Duty Military
For active duty military, service members are encouraged to contact their Educational Service Officer (ESO) or command counselor prior to applying for admission or enrolling at the university.
School Certifying Official
The School Certifying Official (SCO) is responsible for certifying enrolled students and forwarding enrollment certifications to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) so that students can receive eligible VA education benefits. The SCO must carry out the certification process in accordance to VA regulations and policies. Mount Saint Mary’s University maintains a reference file on all VA students for up to 3 years
Mount Saint Mary’s SCO currently resides within the Student Accounts Office. Specific questions regarding VA education benefits, the certification process, submitted certifications, and benefit payments should be directed to our SCO.
For all other questions related to VA eligibility and benefit claims, please reach out to the VA Education and Training helpline at 888-GI BILL 1 (888-442-4551) or via email at http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Contact our School Certifying Official:
|Susanna Nelson (interim)
||Director of Students Accounts and Business Services
New Online GI Bill® Comparison Tool Available
GI Bill® Comparison Tool+-
The Department of Veterans Affairs launched an online GI Bill ® Comparison Tool to make it easier for Veterans, Service members and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. Read more here.
The GI Bill® Comparison Tool can be found at: www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool
CHAPTER 30 Montgomery GI Bill®+-
The Montgomery GI Bill® program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses but must be pre-approved by the Veterans Administration. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty.
CHAPTER 31 Vocational Rehabilitation+-
A veteran of World War II or thereafter who has a service-connected disability (20% or higher) which entitles him or her to VA disability compensation and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap, may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits. Vocational rehabilitation may be provided for up to 48 months, and an eligible veteran now generally has 12 years from discharge or release from active duty in which to use these benefits. Disabled veterans are encouraged to contact the regional VA office in their area to obtain detailed information and to request VA form #28-1900, Disabled Veteran's Application for Vocational Rehabilitation.
CHAPTER 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®+-
The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.
CHAPTER 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program+-
The Veterans Administration limits eligibility to Post 9/11 GI Bill®recipients, who are eligible for 100% of the benefits. Effective August 1, 2010 MSMU participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. You may visit the GI Bill® website for more information on MSMU Yellow Ribbon awards. Awards are given on a first-come first serve basis; however, applications cannot be considered until all documentation is received.
For more information, please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
CHAPTER 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program+-
The sons, daughters, spouse or surviving spouse of a veteran may be eligible for educational assistance if the veteran died while on active duty, died after release or discharge from active duty or a service-connected disability (80%-100%), became permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, died while a service-connected disability was rated permanent and total, or has been listed as missing in action, captured, detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power for more than 90 days. Eligible persons are entitled to 45 months of educational assistance and are paid benefits on the same basis as a veteran with no dependents.
CHAPTER 1606 Montgomery GI Bill® - Reserves+-
Basic eligibility exists for a person who (after June 30, 1985) enlists, reenlists or extends an enlistment in the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes 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. An eligible reservist is entitled to a maximum of educational assistance based upon full-time training (or the equivalent based upon three-quarter or half-time training.)
CHAPTER 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) 1607+-
REAP was established as part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE
The Department of Defense TA DECIDE comparison tool is designed specifically to aide participants of DoD's Tuition Assistance (TA) program in making informed choices on schools and education programs. Read more here.
Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid up to 100% for the tuition expenses to eligible members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. Funding is paid directly to the institution by the individual services.
Below are the steps you need to take to be considered for the DoD’s Tuition Assistance:
1. Request authorization from your military office+-
- Contact one of the following military offices and ask for an authorization form or letter to be sent to the Student Accounts office at Mount Saint Mary’s University.
- Air Force, (858) 292-8303
- Army Education Benefits, (858) 292-8600
- Marine Corps Tuition Assistance (619) 524-6865 or (858) 577-1801
- Navy Tuition Assistance, (619) 556-4922 or toll-free (877) 253-7122
- Request the letter to be mailed or faxed to:
- Mount Saint Mary’s University
Susanna Nelson - Director of Student Accounts
10 Chester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Fax: (213) 477-2939
- Request the authorization as soon as possible before the semester begins, so that payment can be posted to your student account in a timely manner.
2. Verify MSMU’s receipt of the authorization form or letter+-
- Contact Susanna Nelson at (310) 954-4046 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- After receiving the authorization form or letter, the Student Accounts office will credit your student account with the funds.
3. Check your student account to verify payment+-
- View your bill on Student Planning via MyMSMU Portal
- MSMU invoices the military office for payment each authorized semester
4. Monitor your status+-
- If your status changes or you are no longer eligible for tuition assistance, you may be billed for your fees directly.