Veterans Administration (VA) Education Benefits
UMHS Welcomes U.S. Veterans
The University of Medicine and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that it is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), enabling eligible veterans, servicepersons, and certain dependents of veterans to receive VA educational benefits. Eligible persons may receive benefits under one of several types of GI Bill:
Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill
Chapter 31 - Disabled Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill/Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
For a complete description of each chapter, please visit the VA/GI Bill website.
How To Apply
We encourage new UMHS applicants to visit the VA web site and fill out the available online application. You will receive a Certificate of Eligibility. Please note that the UMHS Office of the Registrar will require a copy of your paperwork.
You may also need the following records: Form DD 214, Report of Separation or Discharge
Or if you are a Reservist or National Guard member: Form DD 2384, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
Benefits will vary by program, so it's important to visit the VA site for further details. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training, length of service, category and participation in the MGIB Fund. For information visit the Education Benefit Payment Rates page.
Applying for Chapter 31 - Disabled Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program
A veteran who is eligible for an evaluation under Chapter 31 must first apply for services and receive an appointment with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). Please visit the VRE website for further information on eligibility and applying for benefits. If eligible, you will receive your VA Form 28-1905 from your counselor that lists the dates of your Chapter 31 eligibility and the degree program authorized. This form must be submitted to the UMHS Office of the Registrar, along with the IEVER form. As with the other benefit chapters, you must submit the IEVER each semester in order for UMHS to certify your continued enrollment or whenever there is a change in your status.
In order to begin receiving Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits as a UMHS Student, the student must complete an initial application with the VA. These forms are available here. After you receive the Certificate of Eligibility, please submit a copy to the UMHS Office of the Registrar.
The IEVER form must then be submitted by students who are receiving VA education benefits so that UMHS can verify Enrollment Certification on VA-ONCE. Certification is required by the VA in order for students to continue receiving VA education benefits.
Per the VA Benefit Administration, UMHS is required to report a change in student status, such as:
UMHS is also required to report the following enrollment-related information:
The IEVER form must be submitted to the UMHS Office of the Registrar within one week of a change in status and during the 12th week of the current enrollment in order to have enrollment verified for the following term. Please note that official enrollment certification will not occur until after each term's in-person registration period or when there has been verification of attendance in a clinical rotation. The change in status reporting will be completed within 30 days of any action.
UMHS Veterans Scholarship
We are proud to offer the Robert Ross Veterans Scholarship. This is a need and merit based scholarship that is available to veterans, servicemen, and servicewomen during the Basic Science Program. Students may be eligible up to $1000 per semester. Students interested in the program should contact the Office of Financial Aid (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details and the application.
VA Benefits Used at a Prior School
If you are a veteran who previously received benefits at another institution, you must complete a "Request for Change of Place of Training" (VA Form 22-1995) and return it to the VA Office and the UMHS VA Certifying Official, along with copies of your DD form 214 (discharge from active duty) and Certificate of Eligibility.
Questions About Benefits
If you have any questions regarding VA education benefits, you may contact the VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000. Please note: The Eastern Region Office handles applications for Foreign Schools.
UMHS VA Certifying Official
Dr. Brijette Sena
Office of the University Registrar
460 W. 34th St. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Department of Veterans Affairs VA Education Service
Education Benefit Payment Plans
VA Regional Office - Eastern Region and Foreign Schools
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616