Shenandoah University supports veterans, active duty, and their dependents in their endeavor to attain degrees in higher education.
To assist veterans and dependents a simple checklist is provided below as well as some helpful links.
- Enroll for the VA benefits online by using the Veterans Online Application.
- Contact the Office of Admissions to complete an application to Shenandoah. The Admissions staff will guide you through the admission and enrollment process.
- Order your military transcript
- Apply for financial aid to help with costs not covered by VA benefits.
Visit The GI Bill Website For Up-To-Date Information Regarding Veteran’s Benefits.
All students wishing to enroll at Shenandoah University with VA Benefits must enroll for the benefits online. Once you have applied it may take up to 12 weeks to receive a response from the VA.
Once the Department of Veteran Affairs has processed the application, the student will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE). A copy of this certificate should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. This certificate includes the chapter for which the student is eligible, the student’s file number, and the date benefits expire. The Registrar’s Office will need this certificate in order to certify the student online.
Once you have been granted VA benefits the only thing you will need to do to continue your benefits at Shenandoah University is remain a full time student. Enrollment certifications will be updated once the Enrollment Certification Request has been completed after registering for each semester’s classes.
Ch 33, Yellow Ribbon
Yellow Ribbon is granted to undergraduate Ch 33 students with 100% eligibility. Shenandoah University accepts 55 yellow ribbon students per semester. Eligibility for entitlement to receive Yellow Ribbon aid for this 55 student limit is based on a first to turn in the ECR basis. Those who have applied for the program and meet eligibility guidelines but have not turned in their ECR will not be guaranteed a slot into the program. Individuals must register for classes and complete the form to receive yellow ribbon benefits.
Yellow Ribbon is granted to Health Professions Graduate (not including Nursing) Ch 33 students with 100% eligibility. Shenandoah University accepts 15 yellow ribbon students per semester. Eligibility for entitlement to receive Yellow Ribbon aid for this 15 student limit is based on a first to turn in the ECR basis. Those who have applied for the program and meet eligibility guidelines but have not turned in their ECR will not be guaranteed a slot into the program. Individuals must register for classes and complete the form to receive yellow ribbon benefits.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 540-665-5585.
Other Resources For Veterans
The following website link contains a quick guide to veterans benefits and contact information for the Virginia Department of Veterans Service. The web page also contains the first edition of The Salute, a newsletter for Virginia veterans from the attorney general.
Post 911 GI Bill And Yellow Ribbon Program
The Post 911 GI Bill pays benefits based on the amount of time served by the qualifying service member. If the service member is certified with 100% eligibility, then he/she will also qualify for Yellow Ribbon Benefits. Shenandoah University participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for undergraduate students only. The Post 911 GI Bill will pay up to $17,500 per year for full-time undergraduate and graduate students. This includes coverage of both tuition and curriculum/mandatory fees. Since this cap exceeds the per term cost of undergraduate tuition and fees, Yellow Ribbon Benefits will not be applied until the spring term (for those who qualify). Shenandoah Univerisity will match up to $2500 of Yellow Ribbon funds for undergraduate students only. Please be aware that your remaining Post 911 GI Bill funds and Yellow Ribbon funds may not be enough to cover your tuition and fees costs for the spring term. It is strongly recommended that students complete the FAFSA which can be found online atwww.FAFSA.ED.GOV. The FAFSA must be completed yearly. All students planning to use Post 911 GI Bill benefits to cover tuition and fees, must turn in a Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar’s Office prior to the start date of the first term in which the student plans to enroll. Both BAH payments and money to purchase books are paid directly to the student or actual service member. Students who plan to live on campus will either need to pay room and board fees out of pocket at the beginning of the term or make payment arrangements with the Office of Student Accounts.
Montgomery GI Bill
The Montgomery GI Bill pays a monthly stipend directly to you, payment is not made directly to Shenandoah University. It is your responsibility to make payment to Shenandoah University by the specified tuition due dates.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
If you are eligible to receive this benefit, you must go to the MyCAA website and complete the necessary information. The Office of Student Accounts checks the MyCAA/AI Portal on a regular basis and submits invoices through the MyCAA/AI Portal. An invoice can not be processed if your name and the courses for which you are enrolled do not appear on the MyCAA/AI Portal which is maintained by the Department of Defense. Once an invoice is processed in the MyCAA/AI Portal it takes 20 to 30 days before payment will be received for your MyCAA benefits.
Invoicing/Billing A Third Party Payer Directly For Military Benefits
The Office of Student Accounts processes invoices to Military Tuition Benefit Programs, when a written notice from the Military Tuition Benefits Program is received. Examples of these programs are Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, Army Continuing Education Programs, etc.
Book And Supply Benefits
If you receive benefits to cover book and supply purchases, you will need to work directly with the SU Bookstore. Please contact the SU Bookstore/Follett at 540-665-4523.
If you have questions or need further information please contact the Office of Student Accounts at 540-678-4476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VA Certifying Official
The VA Certifying Official is the liaison between Shenandoah University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Certifying Official for Shenandoah University is the Registrar. This person is responsible for reporting student enrollment information (term dates and credit loads) to the VA so benefit payments are disbursed. Students with VA Benefits must enroll for the VA benefits online by using the Veterans Online Application. Once the student has enrolled online it may take up to 12 weeks to receive the Certificate of Eligibility. Once the student receives this Certificate, a copy of the Certificate needs to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Once this is received the Registrar will certify the student online.
Once VA Benefits are granted and the student remains a full time student, the Registrar’s office will automatically update enrollment certifications 30 days prior to the start of a new semester.
Two faculty members serve as advocates for veterans and military students enrolled at Shenandoah University. They can help by:
- Fielding questions about VA Educational Benefits
- Directing students to the right contact on campus
- Assisting students with completing VA forms
- Assisting students with contacting the VA with specific benefit-related issues
Dr. Cindy Schendel
Salli Hamilton, ABD
1460 University Dr.
Winchester, VA 22601
Campus Location: Gregory Hall, Rooms 153 and 156