Students with previous military experience may be eligible for certain benefits. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) records center and obtain a certificate of eligibility before school begins. Bring the certification to the Southwestern Records Office. After registration, notification of enrollment will be sent to the VA.
If you're a veteran who qualifies for full benefits under the Veterans Administration Post-9/11 GI Bill, the VA will cover the full cost of your tuition. You may also receive a housing allowance and money to purchase textbooks and class materials.
Steps for Receiving VA Benefits
Step 1. Complete Application via VONAPP at www.gibill.va.gov.
Step 2. Submit the following: VA Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 (either your own or the person who is transferring the benefits to you).
Step 3. Register for classes.
Step 4. Southwestern will certify your enrollment via the VA-Once online system.
Step 5. VA is responsible for processing certification and disbursing funds. Please note: VA processing may take over 30 days.
Education Programs for Veterans
A comprehensive comparison can be found on the GI Bill website at the following link: www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/Benefit_Comparison_Chart.htm.