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Applying for VA Education Benefits

Service members can receive up to 48 months of combined VA education benefits through the GI Bill® when enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in a VA approved program. Students who are eligible to receive VA education benefits may fall into one of the following categories (chapters):

You must apply to and be accepted into a program major at Saint Paul College in order to qualify for veterans education benefits. Your educational objective at the college must be the same the objective you reported to the Veterans Administration (VA).

Students receiving veterans education benefits are responsible for reporting ALL changes in credit load, program major, and address to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO). The SCO will certify enrollment and report changes in enrollment to the VA.

If you have NEVER received​ education benefits

  1. Apply online for education benefits by visiting the VA website.
  2. The VA will more than likely send you an electronic Certificate of Eligibility (COE) showing you applied. To obtain a hard copy of your COE (outlining the terms of your benefits) make a request via the “ask a question” feature.
  3. Once you have registered for classes, notify the SCO and provide the following documents:
    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  4. The SCO will review your course registration and certify enrollment with the VA.

If you HAVE previously received VA education benefits at another institution

  1. Complete and send a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form to the VA. Service members who submit this form online through eBenefits, must provide proof of submission to the SCO.
    • Chapters 30, 33, and 1606 must complete VA Form 22-1995
    • Chapter 35 must complete VA Form 22-5495
    • Chapter 31 must contact your Case Manager
  2. Once you have registered for classes, notify the SCO and provide the following documents:
    • Copy of your completed 22-1995 or 22-5495 (referenced above)
    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  3. The SCO will review your course registration and certify enrollment with the VA.

If you HAVE previously received VA education benefits at Saint Paul College

Once you have registered for classes, notify the SCO to determine whether documentation needs to be submitted in order to certify enrollment.

If you are receiving VA education benefits at another institution and plan to attend Saint Paul College as GUEST student

You will need to contact the SCO at your home school to request that a Parent Letter be sent to the Saint Paul College SCO.

Applying for Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

Military tuition assistance is an education benefit paid to qualifying service members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Navy. Each service area has established its own application process, criteria for eligibility, and restrictions. Service members eligible for military TA should apply as follows

Service members approved to receive military TA must submit the following documents to the Saint Paul College VA School Certifying Official (SCO)

  • TA Authorization Form/Voucher
Return of Tuition Assistance (TA)

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, Saint Paul College will return any unearned TA funds on a prorate basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending.

Return of unearned Tuition Assistance

16-Week Course Withdraw submitted

  • Before or during weeks 1-2: 100% return
  • During weeks 3 - 4: 75% return
  • During weeks 5 - 8: 50% return
  • During weeks 9 - 10: 40% return (60% of course is completed)
  • During weeks 11 - 16: 0% return

8-Week Course Withdraw submitted

  • Before or during week 1: 100 % return
  • During week 2: 75% return
  • During weeks 3 - 4: 50% return
  • During week 5: 40% return (60% of course is completed)
  • During weeks 6 - 8: 0% return

5-Week Course Withdraw submitted

  • Day 1-7: 100% return
  • Day 8: 77% return
  • Day 9: 74% return
  • Day 10: 71% return
  • Day 11: 69% return
  • Day 12: 66% return
  • Day 13: 63% return
  • Day 14: 60% return
  • Day 15: 57% return
  • Day 16: 54% return
  • Day 17: 51% return
  • Day 18: 49% return
  • Day 19: 46% return
  • Day 20: 43% return
  • Day 21: 40% return (60% of course is completed)
  • Day 22: 0% return

8-Week Online Classes

  • 100% of Tuition Assistance (TA) received will be returned if the student withdraws within the first week of class, but before submission of the first assignment. The student’s request will be processed as a drop for the purpose of returning TA funds only, not for financial aid attendance or recalculating of aid.
  • 75% of TA received of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after submitting the first assignment and through the end of the second week of classes.
  • 50% of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the second week of classes, but before the end of the fourth week of classes.
  • 25% of TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the fourth week of classes, but before the end of the sixth week of classes. (60% of course is completed)
  • No TA received will be returned if the student withdraws after the sixth week of classes.
Applying for State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)

State tuition reimbursement is an education benefit paid to qualifying soldiers and airmen in the Minnesota National Guard. Individuals eligible for this benefit must meet with their unit to complete and submit their STR Obligation Request Form. Effective Fall 2017, service members must apply for and use Tuition Assistance before they can be considered for STR.

Service members approved to receive STR must submit a copy of the STR Obligation Form to the Saint Paul College SCO.

Applying for Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota service members and their spouses and children. Eligibility requirements for the Minnesota GI Bill are available on the MDVA website. Students interested in applying for this benefit should contact MDVA Central Metro Regional Coordinator, Duane Bauer at duane.bauer@state.mn.us.

Apply for Financial Aid

Most Financial Aid funding can be used with military benefits. For more information about applying for Financial Aid, please visit: https://www.saintpaul.edu/admissions/financial-aid.


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