Veteran and Military Education Benefits

Loyola Marymount University welcomes eligible veterans, spouses, and dependents to participate in the VA's education benefits. LMU is pleased to be a partner in the veteran education benefits process and is able to certify benefits in the chapters below.

The University participates in the GI Bill Yellor Ribbon program, and the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership program so that eligible active duty service members are able to obtain Tuition Assistance (TA Decide) from their military branch as administered by the Department of Defense.

VA education benefits may be authorized for veterans and qualified spouses or dependents under specific chapters of Title 38, U.S. Code (USC). Each VA education program has distinct eligibility requirements. LMU cannot determine your eligibility for VA education benefits. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility for benefits. Students may receive benefits from only one VA educational chapter at a time although they may have eligibility under more than one chapter.

Certification depends upon your VA-determined eligibility, enrollment status, and program of study. Interested students should complete and submit the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) on the VA eBenefits site. To complete the online application, you will need LMU’s VA Code number: 3-1-5042-05. Once registered, you may view and manage your education benefits through the VA education website direct link.

  • Starting Benefits at LMU

    The quick steps to initiate VA benefits at LMU are:

    1. Pay the commitment fee to the University.
    2. Submit a copy of the COE (or other VA form) showing eligibility for benefits.
    3. Register for classes.
    4. Submit the VA Benefits Semester Enrollment form.

    Once you have completed the VA application process and paid your commitment fee to the University, you will need to submit the following documentation to LMU's SCO:

    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or VA-authorized replacement: This notice is sent to the beneficiary from the VA stating the time and percentage of educational benefits. Students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit may print this from their eBenefits account; ensure that the time and percentage of coverage is clearly indicated on the form.
    • For Chapter 35 recipients: We must have a copy of your COE and the sponsor’s Social Security Number before we can process any benefits.
    • The LMU School Certifying Officer (SCO) is Jeffrey Seeger in the Office of the Registrar. He may be reached at VA.Certification@lmu.edu (preferred) or at 310.338.2707. To schedule an appointment, please call Kathleen Pascale at 310.338.5363.
  • Approved Programs

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will pay an eligible student education benefits for pursuit of an approved program of education or training. An approved program is a course of study or a program of training which the appropriate state approving agency has determined meets the legal requirements for payment of VA educational assistance benefits to veterans and other eligible persons. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prohibits the payment of VA education benefits for training in any course if the training is not part of the student’s approved program of education. (see 38 CFR 21.7122(b)

    The VA requires all veteran students to declare a major by the end of their sophomore year. VA students must be classified as degree-seeking students no later than their second semester of enrollment. Degree-seeking means that a student is officially pursuing a degree and is classified by the school as a regular student. Selecting a major does not define the student as degree-seeking.

    Students are allowed to change majors at any time.

    • Chapters 30, 32, or 1606: complete VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.
    • Chapter 31: contact the assigned Vocational Rehabilitation counselor or case manager to obtain permission to change majors.
    • Chapter 35: complete VA Form 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivors’ and Dependents Education Assistance.

    Each time a student changes a major field of study, the student must provide the Veterans Coordinator with the form for the chapters above. A re-evaluation of your courses fitting in to the degree audit will take place. The School Certification Officer (SCO) is required to report this change of program to the VA with a report of the number of hours, if any, that apply to the new program.

  • Credit for Prior Training & Experience

    Students who receive Veterans educational assistance are required by law (38 U.S.C., 1775 and 1776) to provide official transcripts of prior education, training, and experience at the time of enrollment. An evaluation of prior education and training will be conducted to determine if any subjects completed at other schools or credits awarded as a result military service can be applied to the LMU degree program. The evaluation will include training and experience received while on active duty and for course(s) taken at an approved educational institution even if the training/course(s) were not paid for by DVA. LMU will review records and grant applicable credit toward meeting graduation requirements in the respective degree program.

    Request your Joint Services Transcript (JST). Air Force veterans request their Community College of the Air Force transcript.

  • Transfer of Benefits

    First-time LMU students who have previously used their benefit(s) at another institution and would like to begin utilizing it here should submit one of the following forms electronically utilizing VONAPP or eBenefits:

    • All GI Bill recipients, excluding Chapter 35 and Fry Scholarship: VA Form 22-1995 Change of Program or Place of Training
    • Students utilizing Chapter 35 or the Fry Scholarship: VA Form 22-5495 Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Notification of Intent to Use Benefits (New and Continuing Students)

    Students requesting certification of their VA educational benefit for a term must complete the VA Educational Benefits Semester Enrollment. This form notifies the certifying official that you are enrolled and would like to utilize VA benefits. This form must be submitted EVERY semester and summer session in which you have enrolled and plan to use your benefit.

  • Chapter 30: Prior Active Duty
  • Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services
    • Copy of COE showing the chapter benefits' percentage and time
    • Copy of VA Form 28-1905. If four terms have already been certified, please send a clean copy of the form to continue with certification of subsequent semesters.
    • EACH SEMESTER, the student will fill out the VA Benefits Semester Enrollment
  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

    Monthly Housing Payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts vary annually and are on the Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for E-5’s with dependents. The amount of this benefit varies from 50% to 100% depending on the length of active duty service. Recipients must have a rate of pursuit of more than 50% to receive the monthly housing allowance.

    Students enrolled in only distance learning or online courses are only eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill - Yellow Ribbon

    The Yellow Ribbon Program accepts undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students.

    Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (100% based on service requirements), or their designated transferees, are eligible. You may be eligible if any of the following apply:

    • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months
    • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability, and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001
    • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria above).

    Active-duty service members and their spouses are not yet eligible; child transferees may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate.

    Monthly Housing Payments are sent directly from the VA to the student (not to the school) via direct deposit. Benefits are paid in arrears (after the training period). For example, a student receives payment for August at the beginning of September. Payment amounts vary annually and are on the Department of Defense (DoD) Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate for E-5’s with dependents. The amount of this benefit varies from 50% to 100% depending on the length of active duty service. Recipients must have a rate of pursuit of more than 50% to receive the monthly housing allowance.

    Students enrolled in only distance learning or online courses are only eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Payments are prorated for any partial months of attendance (ex. August & December). Payment amounts do not include enrollment break periods (ex. Winter & Summer break).

  • Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
  • Chapter 1606: National Guard or Reserve

    Chapter 1606 - National Guard or Reserve - Chapter 1606 - VA Information Pamphlet

    • Copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
    • Copy of Reserves/Guard Kicker paperwork
    • EACH SEMESTER, the student will fill out the VA Benefits Semester Enrollment
    • ANY CHANGES to the major or if transferring in from another school require the veteran to complete and return VA Form 22-1995
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP)
    • Copy of COE showing the chapter benefits' percentage and time
    • Copies of all orders for the period(s) you will use to claim eligibility
    • EACH SEMESTER, the student will fill out the VA Benefits Semester Enrollment
    • ANY CHANGES to the major or if transferring in from another school require the veteran to complete and return VA Form 22-1995

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.