Woodbury’s Office of the Registrar certifies enrollment for students who apply and are eligible for educational assistance administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Registrar’s Office processes all applications and forwards enrollment certifications to VA regional offices, provides assistance to students with problems that relate to VA educational (or covered) programs, and maintains a reference file on all VA students for up to three years.
Advance payment: Woodbury University does not participate in advance payment for VA students.
Veterans and/or dependents receiving veterans education benefits are strongly encouraged to also apply for financial aid. Many students believe they may not receive both financial aid and VA benefits—this is not true.
Applicants must be admitted and enrolled at Woodbury University. All veterans and dependents of veterans may apply for benefit eligibility online using VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application), which is part of the eBenefits portal.
This form is the Application for VA Education Benefits. It must be filled out completely and returned to the VA Regional Processing Office. If you are on active duty, signatures from your Armed Forces Education Services Officer and Commanding Officer are required. Veterans must submit a certified copy of the DD-214 along with the 22-1990. Once eligibility has been confirmed you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility, which indicates your benefit program and duration. This certificate must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office for processing.
Woodbury University’s current participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for 2016–2017 is as follows:
The VA requires schools to offer participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program to students on a first-come, first-served basis. The VA specifically did not provide detailed guidance to colleges about the details of their “first-come, first-served” policies. The policy that Woodbury will use to determine “first-come, first-served” is the following:
The date the veteran’s Certificate of Eligibility is submitted to the Registrar’s Office for certification will determine the order in which the university awards Yellow Ribbon Program funds. The earliest date will receive the first award and continue on until all of the university awards are exhausted or until the first day of classes, whichever comes first. The selection process will take place each year prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
The MGIB 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 VA. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty.
Veterans of World War II or thereafter who have a service-connected disability (80–100 percent) that entitles them to VA disability compensation and who are in need of vocational rehabilitation because the 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 areas to obtain detailed information and to request VA Form 28-1900, Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation.
VEAP is available for veterans who first entered active duty between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985, and elected to make contributions from their military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The contributions were matched on a $2-for-$1 basis by the government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
The sons, daughters, spouse, or surviving spouse of certain veterans may be eligible for educational assistance. Eligible persons are entitled to up to 45 months of educational assistance and are paid benefits on the same basis as a veteran with no dependents. You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
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, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. An eligible reservist is entitled to the maximum educational assistance based on full-time training (or the equivalent based on three-quarter or half-time training).
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.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for 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. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. This program will pay eligible individuals:
This benefit is payable only for training at an IHL. (See comparison chart for more information.) If you are enrolled exclusively in online training, you will not receive the housing allowance. If
you are on active duty, you will not receive the housing allowance or books-and-supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits; generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The Post-9/11 GI Bill pays a base benefit of up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition. This program allows degree-granting institutions in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fees that exceed the VA’s base benefit. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses, and VA will match the same amount as the institution.
The VA’s 2016–2017 tuition and fee payment as of August 1, 2016, is capped at $21,970.46 per academic year.
Institutions that voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Program agreement with the VA choose the dollar amount of the grant per student and the maximum number of eligible students. The VA will match the institutional grant and issue payment directly to the institution.
If you wish to add or change your current degree program or are new to Woodbury University and have received VA education benefits at another school, you must complete and sign the appropriate form below and return it to Woodbury’s Registrar’s Office.
Any current student who has been ordered to service due to emergency or other declared U.S. Armed Forces military mobilizations and must withdraw from the university will be given special consideration as follows:
You must present a copy of the deployment orders to the Registrar’s Office before you leave Woodbury University for military duty.
Students will receive full refunds for tuition and prorated refunds for room and board, without any penalty charges, in those circumstances in which course credit is not awarded.
The two-year leave of absence for persons on active duty will be extended by up to six months following return to inactive service.
Students who wish to return to Woodbury after military duty: