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:

For all VA educational and training benefits, applicants will need to provide a copy of the “Certificate of Eligibility” they receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs to their VA Certifying Official listed below when arranging tuition payments.

Click here for additional information on using military tuition assistance with VA educational benefits.

Steps for Using Your Benefits

  1. If this is your first time using VA educational benefits, apply for benefits online (skip down to step 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. After registering for classes, provide the COE by email to your VA School Certifying Official (SCO). SCO information is available under “Certification of VA Benefits”. Your SCO will provide you with additional forms to complete.*
  5. Provide all required documentation to your SCO by email. Your SCO will certify your benefits once she receives all required documentation.*
  6. 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).
  7. VA will pay tuition and fees directly to the university. You will receive money for housing and books 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 instead of directly with the SCO. Olin will complete these steps on your behalf.

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.

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:

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)
Undergraduate All Unlimited Unlimited
Graduate Business 150 Unlimited
Graduate Engineering Unlimited Unlimited
Graduate Law School Unlimited Unlimited
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 10 Unlimited
Graduate University College Unlimited Unlimited

Vocational Rehabilitation

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 Armon Phillips in Student Accounting at (314) 935-3627 or armon@wustl.edu. You or your VA counselor will need to provide him 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.

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

Learn more about veteran certification on the Office of the University Registrar website.

Danforth Campus Certifying Official

Eileen Radomski
(Undergraduate programs and all graduate programs except Medicine)
Office of the University Registrar

Medical Campus Certifying Officials

Stephanie Brelsford
(All Medical programs except graduate residencies and fellowships)
School of Medicine Office of the Registrar

Tia Drake
(School of Medicine graduate residencies and fellowships only)
Executive Director or Graduate Medical Education