Registration Instructions for Veterans Certification
To be certified for Veterans Benefits programs, follow the University of St Thomas and U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs (USDVA) basic procedures described on these pages.
Apply for your educational benefits via https://www.vets.gov/ . Please see your chapter below for more specific information. (EXCEPTION: Applicants for Chapter 31 must meet with a USDVA counselor).
When you have completed the https://www.vets.gov/ process, please contact the Veterans School Certifying Official (SCO) in the Registrar’s Office so your registration status can be submitted to the VA. The Registrar's Office is located on the St Paul campus in Murray-Herrick Campus Center [MHC], Room 126. Please provide the following information regarding your VA education benefits:
- Benefit Chapter [and % eligible for Chp 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill]
- Your Academic Program
- Anticipated starting term for benefits
- Chp 35 recipients will also need to provide the Veteran's file number
Note: Documentation of eligibility may be necessary before we can report enrollment to the VA. Information regarding monthly stipends, eligibility periods, financial aid criteria, and any required documentation is provided at the links below.
Eligibility criteria and benefits vary. Veterans’ education benefits must be reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have specific questions about a program that aren't answered on these pages, please contact the USDVA Regional Processing Office in St. Louis toll-free at 1-888-442-4551, or go to their Web site, www.gibill.va.gov.
Verify your enrollment
Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 recipients: Once you are certified for your benefits, you must verify your enrollment with the VA at the end of each month before you will receive your payment. To verify enrollment, go to the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or call 1-877-823-2378.
Important Notice to eligible MN veterans:
The Minnesota G.I. Bill program was established in 2007 to provide postsecondary educational assistance to eligible MN veterans and service members as well as eligible spouses and children of deceased or severely disabled eligible MN veterans. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students can receive up to $500 per semester.
To review the entire list of eligibility requirements and to complete the online Minnesota GI Bill Application, please click here.
If you have questions about the MN GI Bill, please contact the UST Financial Aid Office (651) 962-6550 or the MN Office of Higher Education (651) 259-3955.
University of St. Thomas Certifying Officials
Veteran's Certification Office
(Located in the
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA)
St. Paul Regional Office
St. Louis Regional Processing Office
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
20 West 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
Web site: mdva.state.mn.us
Veterans Resource Office (Duane Bauer)
Higher Education Veterans Programs
State Veterans Service Bldg
20 W 12th St – 2nd Floor
St Paul, MN 55155
Veterans Transition Center
15 Eddy Hall
192 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Comfort for Courage
Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
30 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone toll-free from outside the Madison metropolitan area: 1-800-947-8387