Academic Catalog

Veterans Benefits

Students who have questions about Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits prior to admission should address inquiries to:

The Veterans Inquiry Unit at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office
210 Franklin Road S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24011
888/442-4551

Additional information is available from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Students who have questions about VA benefits after admission should address inquiries to the Office of the Registrar.

Under the provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, the following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the institution within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the institution within three years of the transferor’s discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same institution. The person so described must have enrolled in the institution prior to the expiration of the three-year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).  Individuals using the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship are no longer required to enroll within three years of the service member’s death, and there is no longer a requirement that the deceased service member’s death in the line of duty followed a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  • An individual using educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning after March 1, 2019.

For students using Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, even though VA has not yet paid tuition and fees, UMW will not prevent the student from enrolling, will not assesses a late penalty fee, will not require alternative or additional funding, and will not deny access to any university resources that are available to other students that have paid. Students wishing to utilize veteran’s benefits must submit a Request for VA Benefits form (accessible through the Office of the Registrar’s website) for each term of enrollment. For Chapter 33 students, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility will also be required; for Chapter 31 students, a copy of the Tuition Assistance form will be required.

For issues regarding veterans benefits decisions that have not been satisfactorily addressed or resolved by the University, the beneficiary should contact the State Approving Agency