Educational Benefits: Getting Started
Applying for VA Education Benefits
- The first step is to submit your initial application for benefits electronically to the Veterans Administration. Exception: Applicants for Chapter 31 must follow the instructions found on the VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment page.
- Not sure what benefit to apply for? Go to the GI Bill® Comparison Tool
- If you have any specific questions regarding the type of education programs you are eligible for or application procedures, please contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at 1-888-442-4551, or go the USDVA website.
- Once the application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation notice of application or VA Form 22-5490/VA Form 22-1990, take a screen-shot of this page and submit to our Veterans Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. After about 30 days, the VA will mail you two hard copies of the “Certificate of Eligibility” from the Veteran’s Administration. Bring one copy of your Certificate of Eligibility or (COE) to the Veteran Services Office located in the Koessler Administration Building Room 206 for further processing.
- Ensure to also bring a completed Veterans and Dependents Application Form (VAPP), this is an initial institutional application/agreement form for our records. See New Veterans-Dependents Checklist for further requirements and steps.
Military Tuition Assistance
Tuition Assistance programs may be offered through the various branches of the military. For more information on these programs, students should contact the Education Service Officer (ESO) of their unit.
Students using tuition assistance must submit their Tuition Assistance Authorization/Voucher to the Veterans Services Office point of contact, Director of Veteran Student Accounts Phillip Pandy at email@example.com.
Resources, Grants, and Programs Available to Veterans
More veterans enroll at D'Youville than any other school in Western New York. Use the resources below to see why so many members of the military, veteran, and veteran-dependent students choose this school.
Opportunities specific to veterans from GI Bill benefits to the Yellow Ribbon Program to D'Youville-specific grants.
Veterans, service members, reservists, guardsmen and dependents may be eligible for a D’Youville Veteran Assistance or Veteran Dependent Scholarship.
Federal loan programs are offered by the government and usually offer the best interest rates.
The Veterans Services Office at D'Youville is directed by a team of Veterans. Our staff understands the questions or concerns you may have.
All students who disclose a disability are referred to our Testing Coordinator of Accessibility Resources, who will meet with you to identify what types of accommodations you’ll receive.
Our policies for those who must interrupt their studies for military service due to a call up for a state/national emergency or deployment in support of military operations.
The BookReady program was created to help save students money and time. The rate for returning, transfer and graduate students is $22 per registered credit hour. This means if you are registered for 15 credits (full time), your books for the semester will only cost $330 – it doesn’t matter how many books or what the books are, and it doesn’t matter if you’re an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student. The total charge will be added to your student account; if you add or drop a class before the add/drop deadline, your account is automatically updated, and your books are adjusted.
- Students have the opportunity to opt-out of the program at no additional cost to them by the last day of add/drop of each semester without penalty. If you opt-out your books can be purchased through the campus bookstore.
Apply for Aid
Veteran Students are encouraged to apply for Federal Student Aid and scholarships outside of the veteran specific aid options.
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 US government website.
Here is the link to the explanation of authorized use of the GI Bill trademark.
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