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Western Governors University offers online degree programs approved for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill. Reserve and National Guard members may be entitled to education benefits under the GI Bill for Reserve and Guard Members. Eligibility for benefits and the amounts available depend upon the veteran’s period of military service, years of services, and other factors.
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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Because WGU’s tuition rates are quite modest, veterans will generally be eligible
for benefits that more than cover the full cost of tuition, fees, and books.
After you are admitted to WGU, your Enrollment Counselor
can direct you to WGU’s VA department for specific instructions on completing the necessary paperwork.
The competency-based degree programs at WGU are approved for Tuition Assistance for active-duty, reserve, and National Guard service members. This approval was granted after a rigorous review by the Department of Defense that affirms the substantive quality of WGU programs and the comparability of WGU’s competency units to traditional credits.
Military personnel may apply for Tuition Assistance through their base education
office or other standard methods. (Click
here if you are a base education officer.) A WGU Enrollment Counselor or the WGU VA department can help explain the process.
Learn more about how WGU serves the military student through Tuition Assistance.
Learn more about WGU Scholarships specially designed for military personnel, veterans, and spouses.
All programs at WGU are approved for education benefits by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The GI Bill is very generous for WGU students. As a WGU student, you may choose
to qualify for either full-time, 3/4-time, or half-time benefits in an undergraduate
program. (Half-time benefits are considered to be 12 competency units, a standard
full-time load for undergraduate students at WGU.) You can vary your attendance
time from term to term. Graduate students will always qualify for full-time benefits when enrolled in the minimum requirement of 8 competency units.
Because any veterans’ benefits paid under any law administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not considered income, it should not be reported on your application for financial aid as such. Submitting a FAFSA is necessary to know whether you qualify for a Pell Grant and/or student loans. Students utilizing Military Tuition Assistance funds must indicate this on their FAFSA as an additional resource toward their tuition cost which may affect the amount of their award. Click
here to learn more about
or apply for financial aid.
After you have started your degree program and developed your personalized Degree Plan, the VA department at WGU will certify your program of study to the VA. This is done by the third week of the first month of each term. You should receive your first benefit payment within 5-8 weeks after a certification is submitted each term. You should then regularly receive a monthly payment after the last day of each month and your verification of attendance (if applicable). But first, you must apply to WGU and be admitted. And you will need to have received notice of your VA education benefit eligibility. WGU’s VA department can help you complete the necessary steps for attendance certification.
WGU does not award traditional “credits” directly for military experience, but an
incoming student may have certain requirements waived when the military experience
has been ACE-reviewed and applied directly to the WGU degree program. WGU can also
waive requirements based upon DANTES and CLEP exams that match with WGU program
requirements and meet minimum grading standards. A transcript review is required
to determine exactly what can be waived. More importantly, everything you’ve learned
that’s relevant to your degree program can potentially help you accelerate your
degree. Talk to an Enrollment Counselor
to get a detailed explanation. If you have served in any branch of the military you should be able to obtain a military transcriptWGU’s VA department can direct you to the online resources to request it.
Post 9/11 (CH 33) benefits are paid differently than older chapters. Based on your entitlementwhich is factored from your length of qualifying active-duty servicea percentage of your tuition and fees will be sent directly to the school. 100 percent entitlement will cover your tuition and fees completely each term you have remaining entitlement. You will also receive a monthly stipend sent directly to you if you are not on active duty or the spouse of an active-duty service member utilizing a transfer of entitlement. This payment is 50 percent of the amount paid to a student attending an on-campus school, multiplied by your rate of pursuit. In an undergraduate program, 18 CU’s is considered 100 percent pursuit, but you do not have to enroll in 18 CU’s to get the benefit. 12-17 CU’s will be paid at the corresponding lesser percentage. In a graduate program, 8 CU’s is considered 100 percent pursuit. You will also receive a book stipend once each term up to the capped amount for your entitlement.
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