Certification of benefits is a service provided by the Office of Military and Veteran Services. The office serves as a liaison between Shawnee State University students and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. We assist student veterans with the processing of VA forms for educational benefits, advise student veterans concerning certain procedural requirements, and certify enrollment of Shawnee State University student veterans to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
New applicants should determine which chapter you will receive educational benefits using the chapter information provided below. Bring a copy of your DD-214 (discharge papers) to the Veterans Coordinator located on the second floor of the University Center.
To help you get started, please refer to this checklist detailing the steps you need to take to claim benefits and enroll in Shawnee State University:
Under What Chapter Am I Claiming Benefits?
The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Some veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefits program, including the:
- Post-9/11 GI Bill ® - Chapter 33
- Montgomery GI Bill ® - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) - Chapter 30
- Montgomery GI Bill ® - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) - Chapter 1606
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) - Chapter 32
- National Test Program
- Survivors’ and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
- National Call to Service Program
These forms may be obtained at the Department of Veterans Affairs education forms website.
Students under all chapters, except Chapter 35, who are enrolling for VA benefits for the first time. Chapters 30 and 33 must attach a copy of DD-214. Chapter 1606 must attach a copy of Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE - DD-2284) and Kicker papers if eligible.
VA Form 22-1990e should only be completed and submitted to VA by the family member after the Department of Defense has approved the request for Transfer of Educational Benefits. Do no use VA Form 22-1990e to apply for Transfer of Benefits.
Students under Chapter 35 who are applying for VA benefits for the first time.
Students under all chapters, except Chapter 35, who are transferring VA benefits to Shawnee State University as well as for current Shawnee State University student veterans who want to change their major.
Students under Chapter 35 who are transferring VA benefits to Shawnee State University as well as for current Shawnee State University student veterans who want to change their major.
Veterans Certification Request Form
In accordance with Public Law 116-315 and Executive Order 13607 students must provide permission prior to SSU certifying their VA educational benefits each semester. Please complete the Veterans Certification Request form each semester you wish to use your benefits. The form should be completed no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester.
Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office
Eligiblility and payment questions should be directed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office at:
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 66830
St. Louis MO 63166-6830
SSU Veterans Representative
If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Veterans Coordinator in the Student Success Center during normal office hours:
GI Bill ® is a registered trade mark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at benefits.va.gov/gibill