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How VA Benefits Work at UVM

Become a UVM Student

Apply for VA Education Benefits

Register for classes

  • Use: myUVM Portal > Registrar > My Classes > Add/Drop/Withdrawal
  • Work with an academic advisor (highly recommended) Use: myUVM > Advising (Degree Audit) > Academic Profile

Submit a Request for Enrollment Certification (REC)

after registering (myUVM > Veterans > “Request for Enrollment Certification”)

  • UVM will send your enrollment information to VA electronically as a form 1999
  • If you’re still finalizing your schedule but it’s about a month before classes start, submit an REC (myUVM) to avoid a delay in benefits, then submit an “Update My Enrollment Certification” form in the Veterans Tab



Education Benefits

VA has many education benefit programs under different Chapters of law, collectively referred to as the “GI Bill ®”.

The most popular at UVM is the Post 9/11 GI Bill, soon to be the Forever GI Bill. Often veterans begin using the Post 9/11 GI Bill and transition to Vocational Rehabilitation if they receive a VA Service Connected Disability Rating. In all cases, you can only use VA benefits for courses that will apply to your degree or certificate program, or if you are a CDE student that will apply to your program once admitted.


Benefit Payments in common enrollment scenarios


Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill or Forever GI Bill

What benefits does the Post-9/11 GI Bill include?

The full amount of in-state tuition for UVM, comprehensive fee, and individual course fees

  • Recently discharged veterans or their eligible dependents may qualify to be billed at the in-state rate even if they are not Vermont residents. (See in-state rate below)
  • Non-resident students eligible at 100% may use the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

A Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) based on UVM's address
  • MHA is set by VA based on DoD BAH for E-5 with dependents and is prorated for your rate of pursuit (based on enrolled credit hours, must be greater than half time) and the start and end date of term
  • Must be enrolled in at least one course on campus to receive the on campus rate
  • Check the GI Bill Comparison Tool for more information and review your Award Letter from VA for your MHA rate

Up to 36 months of education benefits, in most cases payable for 15 years after your release from active duty
  • See your Certificate of Eligibility sent by VA or request a new one at vets.gov
  • A percentage-of-maximum-benefit scale based on how much active service you’ve had since September 10, 2001



Example 1 - If you had at least 18 months of active service but not 24 months since September 10, 2001, you would qualify for 70% of the maximum amount. Three years of active service would qualify you for 100% of the benefit.

Example 2 - A student eligible for Chapter 33 at 60% would receive 60% of in-state tuition and fees paid to UVM and would be responsible for paying UVM the balance (40%) of their bill plus any additional items VA doesn’t pay, such as a parking pass or meal plan. That same student would receive 60% of the Monthly Housing Allowance for each month, and 60% of the maximum books and supplies stipend. VA will send you a letter in the mail detailing what they will pay and why. If you have questions, send a copy of the VA letter to veterans@uvm.edu and we can schedule a call or drop in time.

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Requires service connection at 10%, 20% or greater and entitlement found with VR&E counselor from White River Junction VA. Contact veterans@uvm.edu for a referral and introduction to a counselor.

All tuition and fees, housing stipend based on Chapter 33 (as above, if eligible) or subsistence allowance, books and supplies purchased at UVM required for your program are billed to VA by UVM.

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve

For current National Guard / Reserve members

You must send UVM a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) from your unit or command. Monthly stipend based on credit hours you are enrolled in.



Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill

Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)

Eligible dependents can receive Chapter 33 entitlement from a sponsor, usually a parent. The sponsor must transfer months of entitlement (1-36 months at a time) to the dependent in the DoD system MilConnect.

Once transfer is complete, the dependent must then claim the benefit from VA by applying on Vets.gov and completing form 22-1990E

Follow the prompts from Education Benefits > Application Process > Select Correct Form.

Payments for dependents are different from veterans in two main ways:

  • Dependents generally have until their 26th birthday to use benefits.
  • Benefits will be prorated to the exact start and end date of a term, VA will not pay for the remainder of a term when benefits are exhausted.

Chapter 35 – Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

Dependents under age 26 whose parent or spouse is deceased or 100% permanently disabled, MIA, or a POW, apply on Vets.gov and complete form 22-5490 Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits

Follow the prompts from Education Benefits > Application Process > Select Correct Form.

Students using Chapter 35 must provide their sponsor's SSN/VA File Number to UVM in order to use benefits. Please don't email your sponsor's SSN, provide it in person or leave it as a secure voice message at 802-656-0581.

CHAMPVA provides VA health benefits to eligible dependents and requires separate enrollment verification. Contact veterans@uvm.edu to request a CHAMPVA healthcare college enrollment verification be sent to CHAMPVA office in Colorado.

Note that CHAMPVA only accepts verifications directly from the school by fax



green square In-State Rate / Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

Federal law requires that individuals using certain VA education benefits or who are ordered to a duty station in Vermont be charged tuition at the in-state rate if they meet the eligibility requirements outlined below, even if they are classified by the school as out-of-state residents for tuition purposes. The law does not change your residency status, only your tuition rate while eligible or using benefits.

To be eligible for the in-state rate you must meet the requirements of either law, outlined below.

In-State Rate

S417 GI Bill Resident Rate Requirements


All eligible students must live in Vermont while attending UVM 

Provide a form DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (example DD-214 PDF

  • You must have been discharged within the past three years. 
  • Example: Discharged anytime in 2014 and enroll at UVM anytime in 2017
  • Your active duty period immediately prior to discharge must be greater than 90 days

Using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill provide either:

  • Current orders for your sponsor, usually a spouse or parent, if they are on active duty OR
  • Form DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty if your sponsor was separated or retired 
  • Sponsor's discharge must have been within the past 3 years, AND
  • Their active duty time immediately prior to discharge must be have been greater than 90 days

Higher Education Opportunity Act


HEOA application (PDF)

Active Duty

Members of the Armed Forces on active duty for a period of more than 30 days, spouses or dependents of such members whose domicile or permanent duty station is in Vermont please apply and provide:

  • Current orders
  • Most recent taxes
National Guard & Reserves

Members of the National Guard or Reserves who are on active duty under Title 10 orders for a period of more than 30 days, excluding a basic training assignment, or spouses or dependents of such members who are domiciled in Vermont please apply and provide:

See a full list of supporting documentation that is required with your HEOA application (PDF)


Yellow Ribbon

Yellow Ribbon

UVM is proud to offer Yellow Ribbon Scholarships to all eligible undergraduate out-of-state Chapter 33 students. Using the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship may require repackaging of your financial aid. Contact Student Financial Services for details.



Approved Programs

VA education benefits can be used for approved programs of education. All UVM degree programs are currently approved for benefits by the VT State Approving Agency. Non-degree or certificate programs sometimes require special approval.

Select VT: University of Vermont > Programs >
IHL (for degree programs)
OR NCD (for non-degree programs)

By the Numbers

UVM students using VA benefits earned almost $500,000 in matched scholarship dollars in financial aid year 2016-2017.




Related Links

  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E Chapter 31)
  1. email veterans@uvm.edu for an introduction to a VR&E Counselor in Vermont
  2. file your application