Below are common questions that many prospective and current students have about using their VA benefits at SU. If you are still considering institutions the GI Bill® website has a helpful comparison tool to help you find the best school. If you can't find the answer to the questions you have, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seattle University is an accredited university. VA Educational benefits can be used to pursue all of Seattle University’s currently established degree programs.
No. In Washington State some publicly funded state colleges and universities offer a tuition discount to veterans. While SU, as a private university, does not offer this discount, we are happy to assist you in utilizing any VA Educational Benefits that you may be eligible to receive.
Yes. For the 2017-18 VA fiscal year, which begins on August 1, 2017, SU has signed a contract with the Veterans Administration to provide funding for 90 undergraduate and 40 graduate students through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Funding is awarded on a first come, first served basis.
Yellow Ribbon is an accompaniment program. You must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch.33) at 100%, not be active duty or the spouse using benefits of an active duty member, and have separated from the military with any status other than dishonorable. To be placed on the Yellow Ribbon waitlist you must first be admitted to Seattle University. We then need your Certificate of Eligibility addressed to the individual using benefits, and if you are currently a separated veteran, we require a copy of you DD-214 (member 4).
No. All documents can be submitted using the email@example.com e-mail, regular mail or fax using the contact information for the Office of Student Financial Services or in person. However, just because you do not have to have an appointment does not mean you cannot make one. The certifying official in Student Financial Services and/or the Registrar's Office will be able to meet with you in person. Please contact them using the firstname.lastname@example.org for quickest response.
The certifying officials do not have this information. Instead, contact the Department of Veterans Affairs directly at 1-888-442-4551 or go to the GI Bill® website.
Starting in the 2009-10 academic year, most VA benefits are not considered when determining a student’s eligibility for Federal and State funding. However, institutional funding may be affected. To receive the most accurate information, please contact Student Financial Services to be put in touch with a VA School Certifying Official (SCO).
No. Once you have submitted all your paperwork to the Office of Student Financial Services and have registered for a quarter, a VA School Certifying Official (SCO) will automatically review your courses for degree applicability. You will be contacted if any of courses are found to not apply to your degree. A SCO will then automatically submit your quarterly certification (Form 22-1999) to the Department of VA for processing. Except for Summer Terms where the SCO will notify students of actions that need to be taken for certification.
No, the Office of Student Financial Services will incorporate the anticipated amount of your VA Educational Benefits into your quarterly bill. You are only responsible for paying the portion of your bill not covered by your benefits or other types of financial aid by the tuition due date. If you are receiving Post 9-11 GI Bill® benefits you will not be assessed any financial penalties while the school waits to receive your anticipated tuition and fee payment from the VA.
For the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters undergraduates need to enroll in at least 7 credits to be eligible to receive the BAH. Graduate students need to be enrolled for at least 4 credits. To receive the maximum amount of BAH you will need to be at full-time status (12 credits for undergraduate; 6 credits for graduate). For courses taken during the Summer Quarter please contact a VA Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office for clarification. Also, the Department of VA no longer issues break pay for students using VA Educational benefits.
Yes. A CAC reader is located in Seattle University's Office of Military Science which is located in the 13th Avenue Building (behind the Shell station on 12th). Inquire at the front desk for assistance.
Aveteran cannot utilize federal Tuition Assistance benefits and certain VA Educational Benefits at the same time so first, find out if the Tuition Assistance you have is funded federally or by the state. If your Tuition Assistance is funded by the state, submit your paperwork to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO) for processing.
You will need to fill out a Military Service Leave of Absence Request. Please also contact the certifying official in the Registrar's Office if you are leaving for active duty.
When you return from active duty, contact the Registrar's Office to notify them of when you plan to return to SU.
You will need to fill out what is called the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). The is the VA's general application for any education and training benefits. You may locate this document through either the VA's eBenefits site https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/vonapp or through the GI Bill® website following the Apply for Benefits links.