If you have any questions about military education benefits, including the application process, call the VA Education Customer Service Line at 1-888-442-4551 or visit VA Education and Training.

The Application Process

  1. Apply for benefits at VONAPP or by faxing paper applications to the VA. See below for more details about each type of benefit and which form to fill out.
  2. Once the VA has processed your request, a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will be sent to you in the mail outlining the type of benefit for which you are eligible and the number of months you have remaining to use that benefit.
  3. Submit a copy of your COE and your DD-214 to the School Certifying Official:

Westminster College
Financial Aid Office/David Paskett
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
dpaskett@westminstercollege.edu
801-832-2506 (FAX)

This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to veterans who contributed to the program and completed a certain portion of their enlistment. Benefits are generally payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. More information on the Montgomery GI Bill.

Veterans using Chapter 30 benefits must verify their enrollment each month by calling 1-888-442-4551 or on WAVE.

First-Time Applicants

Complete the Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990 at VONAPP) or fill out the paper form and fax to the VA at 918-781-7863.

Transfer Students

If you have used your benefits previously and are now transferring to Westminster College, complete VA Form 22-1995 at VONAPP or fill out the paper form and fax it to the VA at 918-781-7863.

The VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program, also known as Chapter 31, helps veterans with service-connected disabilities by offering them services and assistance to help them prepare for, find and keep suitable employment. As part of these services, veterans may qualify for up to 48 months of educational benefits. To find out more information about whether or not you qualify for Chapter 31 benefits, visit the VR&E site or contact VA Regional Office in Salt Lake City at 1-800-827-1000 or direct at (801) 326-2431.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001. The Post 9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.

First Time Applicants

Veterans

  • Complete the Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990 at VONAPP) or fill out the paper form and fax to the VA at 918-781-7863.

Dependents

  • The Veteran must complete the Transfer of Entitlement Benefit application first
  • Once the Veteran has transferred benefits to a dependent, the dependent must fill out the Application for Family Member to Use Transferred Benefits form (VA Form 22-1990E at via VONAPP) or fill out the paper form and fax to the VA at 918-781-7863.

Transfer Students

Both Veterans and dependents who have used their Chapter 33 benefits previously and are now transferring to Westminster College will need to complete the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995 at VONAPP or fill out the paper form and fax it to the VA at 918-781-7863.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Westminster College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (100% entitlement) under the Post 9-11 GI Bill, as determined by service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. See more information on the Yellow Ribbon Program below.

The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

First-Time Applicants

Complete the Dependents' Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-5490 at VONAPP) or fill out the paper form and fax to the VA at 918-781-7863.

Transfer Students

If you have used your benefits previously and are now transferring to Westminster College, complete VA Form 22-5495 at VONAPP or fill out the paper form and fax it to the VA at 918-781-7863.

The Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Rerserve (MGIB-SR) program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

First-Time Applicants

Complete the Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990 at VONAPP) or fill out the paper form and fax to the VA at 918-781-7863.

Transfer Students

If you have used your benefits previously and are now transferring to Westminster College, complete VA Form 22-1995 at VONAPP or fill out the paper form and fax it to the VA at 918-781-7863.

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

First-Time Applicants

Complete the Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990 at VONAPP) or fill out the paper form and fax to the VA at 918-781-7863.

Transfer Students

If you have used your benefits previously and are now transferring to Westminster College, complete VA Form 22-1995 at VONAPP or fill out the paper form and fax it to the VA at 918-781-7863.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.

Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. Please contact your unit’s Tuition Assistance rep for specific information on what your component offers.

Members of the Utah National Guard can visit their site for more TA information.

Members serving at Hill AFB can contact the Education Office at (801) 777-2710 for more TA information.

* If you are using TA to pay for your education and withdraw from a class prior to completing 60 of the class, the Department of Defense requires that Westminster college return any unearned TA funds to the department based on how much of the course you completed and that you pay a portion of those returned funds. You may owe a portion of your tuition to Westminster College and a portion to your military branch.

Westminster College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, an agreement between higher education institutions and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans.

Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the VA and Westminster will cover most, if not all, of the cost of tuition and fees for eligible veterans who meet admissions standards of the college. Westminster can support up to 100 veterans per year under this program (75 undergraduates and 25 graduate students).

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. For students attending private colleges like Westminster, the program allows the VA to cover the cost of 50 percent of the difference between the cost of the approved rate for Utah and the college’s tuition, and Westminster will pay the other 50 percent

Program Description

There is no application to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, but your certificate of eligibility will state that you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • Westminster contributes up to $10,185 for undergraduate students and up to $9,185 for graduate students for the Yellow Ribbon Program each academic year. The VA matches Westminster’s contributions.
  • If the Veteran has transferred his/her benefits to their spouse and the Veteran is on active duty, the spouse is ineligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and the monthly housing stipend. The spouse is only eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill cap, as well as the book stipend. If the Veteran is no longer on active duty, the spouse is eligible for Yellow Ribbon Program and the monthly housing stipend.
  • If the Veteran has transferred his/her entitlement to a child, the child is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program and the monthly housing stipend, regardless if the Veteran is on active duty or not.
  • Per Westminster’s policy, flight students are not eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to cover their flight costs, even if they are at a 100% entitlement level.
  • Yellow Ribbon Program funding can only be applied towards tuition and fees.

All Veterans must follow Westminster’s Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress. All students must complete at least 70% of their courses and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to maintain any type of financial aid, including military benefits.