Veterans Education Benefits Policy

Selected academic programs at the University of Puget Sound are approved by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Formal application for admission to the university will be completed through the Office of Admission. Before a student may be certified, a student must be accepted for admission and registered for courses. In cases where the student is taking courses for the purpose of transfering

A student who is considering admission to the university as a transfer student should contact the Office of Admission at 800.396.7191 for advice on admission to the university and for assistance with the evaluation of possible transfer credit.

A student who is eligible for Chapter 30, 35 1606, or 1607 benefits should contact the Veteran's Affairs Coordinator in the Office the Registrar (Jones Hall, room 013; 253.879.3160). A student who qualifies for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 or for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation benefits should contact the Office of Student Financial Services (Jones Hall, room 019; 253.879.3234).

Any student who is uncertain regarding his or her eligibility for benefits may contact the Department of Veterans Affairs by telephone at 888.442.4551. A student interested in applying for Chapter 31 benefits may contact the Department of Veterans Affairs by telephone at 800.827.1000.

A student may also apply for benefits using an online application (VONAPP) at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp.  Once approved, a student must bring the Certificate of Eligibility to the Veterans Affairs Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar (Jones Hall, room 013; 253.879.3160).

A student's enrollment status is a factor in determining the total amount of funding paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Therfore the university must report changes of enrollment status. Any student who decides to withdraw from a course or courses should contact the Certifying Official in the Office of the Registrar (Jones Hall, room 013; 253.879.3160) before withdrawing or dropping a course . (See the section titled "Academic Load" for definitions of full-time, half-time and less than half-time enrollment status.)

The Department of Veterans of Affairs will pay only for those courses that advance a student's progression toward a degree and reduce the number of units needed to graduate.  Therefore any student who must repeat a course must notify the Certifying Official in the Office of the Registrar (Jones Hall, room 013; 253.879.3160). A student planning on taking a course at another institution should also contact the Certifying Official regarding the transferability of credit from the other institution.

A student will automatically be certified each term provided the student remains in good academic standing and continues to make satisfactory academic progress towards graduation. (See the section titled Academic Standing for a definition of good academic standing and see the Student Financial Services Web page http://www.pugetsound.edu/admission/financing-your-education/financial-aid/maintaining-eligibility/satisfactory-academic-progress/  for a definition of satisfactory academic progress).

A student called to active military service must contact the Veterans Affairs Coordinator (Jones Hall, room 013; 253.879.3160) for advice on withdrawing from classes and must also contact the Office of Student Financial Services (Jones Hall, room 019; 253.879.3234) for advice on settling the student's financial account. Upon submission of military orders at the time of withdrawal, and depending upon the date of withdrawal, a student may be eligible to be dropped from each registered course without record or to be dropped from each registered course with a W grade (a non-punitive grade). Additionally, military orders may also provide a student a complete tuition adjustment. Following withdrawal, a student is eligible to apply for a Leave of Absence that may be extended for up to five years.