Washington University provides assistance for veterans, active duty, Reserve, and Guard servicemembers, dependents and survivors seeking educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Acceptance into a degree or certification program and registration for courses is handled individually by school.
Apply for benefits online:
Apply for benefits in person:
- St. Louis Regional Benefit Office: Charles F. Prevedel Federal Building, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132, Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
- Other Regional Benefit Offices
For all VA educational and training benefits, applicants will need to apply for benefits and provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) they receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs to their VA Certifying Official listed below when arranging tuition payments. We recommend applying as early as possible.
Click here for additional information on using military tuition assistance with VA educational benefits.
Steps for Using Your Benefits
- Apply for VA Benefits: If this is your first time using VA educational benefits, apply for benefits online (skip to steps 3 or 4 if you have used benefits before). If you have questions about which benefit is best for your personal circumstances, contact the Office of Military and Veteran Services by phone, email or appointment (phone or in-person). If you used your benefits at another school, visit https://www.va.gov/education/change-gi-bill-benefits/ to change your school or program.
- Receive Certificate of Eligibility: Receive the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA. This is the document the university uses to verify your eligibility to use VA educational benefits. This process could take about 4-6 weeks.
- Request Yellow Ribbon Benefits: If you plan to use Yellow Ribbon benefits, reach out to your school’s financial services representative as early as possible to notify them of your intent to use these benefits. Some programs have Yellow Ribbon available for an unlimited number of students and for the full difference of tuition and fees. Other programs have limits. This information is broken down by school under “Yellow Ribbon Program” below.
- Registration and Certification: After registering for classes, provide your COE by email to your VA School Certifying Official (SCO), listed in the “Certification of VA Benefits” section below. Your SCO will provide you with additional forms to complete. Note that you should complete this step even if you’re still awaiting your COE. Your SCO will provide additional guidance.*
- Check Status: Check the status of your benefits at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/. This site contains a wealth of information, including the VA letters you receive by mail stating how much benefit you are using for the semester. It will also show rates of payment for your housing allowance and book stipend. Note that the SCO does not receive status of your certification from the VA. If you have questions about status, reach out directly to VA Education and Training at 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551) or through the GI Bill Ask a Question Site at https://gibill.custhelp.va.gov/.
- VA Payment: VA will pay tuition and fees either directly to the university (Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon and Fry) or directly to you (MGIB – AD and SR, REAP, VEAP and DEA). If your benefit includes housing and book allowance, you will receive money directly to your bank account through Direct Deposit. Timelines vary on how long it takes the VA to process certifications. You should expect it to take at least 6-8 weeks for VA to certify your benefits from the time the SCO submits your certification.
*For students enrolling in the Olin Business School, you will coordinate with Olin Graduate Financial Services. For students enrolling in University College, you will coordinate with University College’s Financial Aid Team. These offices will complete these steps and coordinate with the SCO on your behalf.
VA Education Programs
Additional information on the VA education and training benefits through the GI Bill is available on the VA Education and Training website. The GI Bill Comparison Tool can assist you in learning about the benefit programs and comparing benefits by school. Applicants can apply for educational benefits online. We encourage all students to explore federal student aid options (grants, scholarships and loans) using the FAFSA application.
- Forever GI Bill (effective August 1, 2018)
- Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
- Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)
- Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607) (sunsets November 25, 2019)
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)
- Survivors and Dependents Assistance (Chapter 35)
– Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship)
– Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program
Yellow Ribbon Program
Washington University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, which funds the difference between what the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) at the 100% rate covers for tuition and fees and the actual tuition and fees to attend the university.
Each of our participating schools voluntarily enters into its own Yellow Ribbon Agreement with the VA and chooses the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.
Eligibility information is available at the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program website. Please note that active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon benefits.
Participation is administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you intend to use Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon benefits, contact the following to notify them of your intent as early as possible:
- Undergraduate students: Student Financial Services at (888) 547-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Graduate and professional students: contact your respective school’s financial aid representative: https://sfs.wustl.edu/newlyadmitted/Pages/Graduate-Students.aspx
For academic year 2018-2019, Washington University’s Yellow Ribbon participation:
|Degree Level||Division or School||Number of Students||Max School Contribution Amt (Per Student/Per Year)|
|Graduate||School of Architecture||4||Unlimited|
|Graduate||School of Art||4||Unlimited|
|Graduate||School of Arts & Sciences||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Professional Programs||School of Medicine||4||$2,500.00|
|MD||School of Medicine||4||$17,500.00|
|Graduate||Social Work, Public Health, Public Policy||10||Unlimited|
Vocational Rehabilitation, otherwise known as Voc Rehab (Chapter 31), is another option to fund the cost of your education at Washington University. Voc Rehab focuses on employability and helps with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.
Students using Voc Rehab should contact Student Accounting at (314) 935-5274 or email@example.com. You or your VA counselor will need to provide them with your VA Form 28-1905, Authorization and Certification of Entrance into Rehabilitation or Reentrance and Certification Status, in order to process payment.
Students using Voc Rehab should click here for additional information on purchasing books and supplies through the WashU Campus Store.
Applicants can apply for Voc Rehab online.
VA Education and Career Counseling
Education and Career Counseling is an opportunity for servicemembers, veterans and dependents to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals. It is available for the following groups:
- Transitioning Servicemembers within six months prior to discharge from active duty
- Veterans within one year following discharge from active duty
- Any Servicemember/Veteran currently eligible for a VA education benefit
- All current VA education beneficiaries
Applicants can apply for Education and Career Counseling online.
Certification of VA Benefits – School Certifying Officials
The following individuals are responsible for certifying to the Department of Veterans Affairs the enrollment of students at Washington University in St. Louis who are using VA education benefits.
Danforth Campus Certifying Official
(Undergraduate programs and all graduate programs except Medicine)
Office of the University Registrar
Medical Campus Certifying Officials
(All Medical programs except graduate residencies and fellowships)
School of Medicine Office of the Registrar