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 email@example.com.
Yes, Seattle University is a deemed approved school by the Veterans Administration.
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, Seattle University has participated in the Yellow Ribbon program since 2009. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about available spots or waiting list options.
Yellow Ribbon is an accompaniment program. You must be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch.33) at 100%, 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.
No. All documents may be submitted to the VA Certifying Official via e-mail at email@example.com, regular mail or fax using the contact information found by clicking here. Documentation can also be dropped off, in person, at the front desk in the Student Financial Services Office.
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.
Most VA benefits are not considered when determining a student’s eligibility for Federal and State funding but VA funding may effect institutional aid. To receive the most accurate information, veterans should contact Student Financial Services at 206-220-8020 to talk with or make an appointment to meet with the VA Certifying Official.
No. Once you have submitted all your paperwork to 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 not apply to your degree. An SCO will then automatically submit your quarterly certification to the Department of VA for processing. Summer terms are not automatically certified and student are required to submit the VA Summer Certification Request (e-form) if they want to use benefits.
No, 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 in at least 4 credits. To receive the maximum amount of BAH you need to be at full-time status (12 credits for undergraduate; 6 credits for graduate). For courses taken during the Summer quarter please consult the Veteran Certification for Nonstandard Length Quarters (2011-01) or contact the VA SCO in the Office of the Registrar for clarification.
As an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL), Seattle University is approved to certify standard term dates as published in the Academic Calendar. Coursework that occurs outside of the dates of the term cannot be certified.
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.
A veteran 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) at firstname.lastname@example.org for processing.
Please complete a Military Service Leave of Absence Request. As a Yellow Ribbon recipient called to active duty, you are no longer eligible to receive those funds.
When returning from active duty, please:
Submit your application for Veteran Education Benefits through va.gov; choose “Education and training”. The time it takes to receive this document may vary considerably. Therefore, we highly recommend that you apply well in advance of the beginning of the quarter to ensure SU has all necessary documentation required to process your benefits. Questions: Call VA Education 1-888-442-4551