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Veteran, Military & Family Services


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 

Contact our School Certifying Official:

Susanna Nelson (interim) Student Accounts Director of Students Accounts and Business Services 310.954.4046 (phone)

New Online GI Bill® Comparison Tool Available

Covered Programs

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: