Military Norwich University

Veterans Benefits

How to Use Your Veterans Benefits

Norwich University is committed to helping military veterans take full advantage of their education benefits. All of our online graduate and continuing education programs are approved for Veterans benefits under the GI Bill. If you are eligible and wish to receive education benefits under one of the programs outlined in this section, please visit the GI Bill website to file for your Certificate of Eligibility (see below). If you have questions or want personalized guidance, our admissions advisors are knowledgeable, friendly, and always willing to help.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

With recent changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, each new applicant is now eligible for up to $19,158* each academic year, depending on the percentage of GI Bill benefits for which they are eligible. Students are still eligible for a maximum of 36 months of education benefits.

One of the benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill is a monthly housing allowance (MHA). All applicants who are not active duty can receive this allowance while enrolled in an academic program. Your housing allowance is based on the percentage you are entitled to, capped at $684* per month. For those enrolled solely in an online distance learning program, the housing allowance payable is equal to one-half the basic allowance for housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Please note that active duty students and their spouses cannot receive the monthly housing allowance.

Although Norwich’s admissions advisors can provide guidance, students are ultimately responsible for applying for and using their military benefits. For complete details on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, please visit the VA website.
*All amounts listed are current as of September 30, 2013.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Intended for veterans who are attending a more expensive private school or a public school as a non-resident, out-of-state student, the Yellow Ribbon Program serves as a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill's education benefits. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a co-sponsored grant between Veterans Affairs and participating colleges and universities that covers all tuition and required fee charges for veteran students.

Not all students are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Given the recent changes to the GI Bill, you may not find it necessary to use the Yellow Ribbon Program depending on the tuition costs of your chosen Norwich online degree program. If you are eligible, however, your all-inclusive tuition costs (including fees, books, and other materials) will be 100% covered through the program.

For complete details about the Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit the VA website.

Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill encompasses both the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) and the Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) and is available for those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. Students who are eligible for both the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill must choose which program benefits they’d like to receive, as benefits cannot be combined. Complete details can be found on the VA website.

Filing for Your Certificate of Eligibility

To apply for your military education benefits, go to the VA website and complete the application, VA Form 22-1990, found in the VONAPP system. The VA will process your application (this can take up to 12 weeks) and send you a Certificate of Eligibility stating your chapter benefits and the percentage of benefits for which you are eligible. You must then send a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to Norwich by email to registrargrad@norwich.edu, by fax to 802-485-2533, or by mail to the following address:

Norwich University
Attn: Janet Mara, VA Certifying Official
PO Box 367
Northfield, VT 05663