Military Norwich University

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, 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 to receive funding 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, and is capped at a specific rate 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.

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, your tuition costs 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 jsassi@norwich.edu, by fax to 802-485-2533, or by mail to the following address:

Norwich University
Attn: Judy Sassi, VA Certifying Official
PO Box 367
Northfield, VT 05663

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 U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

HEROES Act

The Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-76) is intended to ensure that service members who are receiving Federal Student Aid Program funding are not adversely affected because of their military status and to minimize the administrative burden placed on such individuals. The HEROES Act provides opportunity for colleges and universities to manage Federal aid program requirements differently for service members, their spouses, and their dependents if their ability to comply with standard requirements is hindered by their active duty military status. Administrative relief may be provided related to income used for eligibility calculations, required documentation, required signatures, student loan collection activities, Satisfactory Academic Progress expectations and others.

Potentially affected individuals are encouraged to contact the Student Financial Planning Office or their Direct Loan service agent if they feel that their individual or family situation may qualify them for administrative relief based on HEROES Act provisions. Affected individuals include the following as well as their spouses and dependents:

  1. Active duty military personnel serving during a war, military operation or national emergency declared by the President.
  2. Members of the National Guard performing a qualifying duty (i.e., called to active service by the President or Secretary of Defense for a period of more than 30 consecutive days) during a war, military operation or national emergency declared by the President.
  3. People who reside or are employed in an area declared a disaster area by any Federal, State or local official in connection with a national emergency declared by the President.
  4. People who suffer economic hardship as a result of a war, military operation, or national emergency declared by the President.