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. Your first step is to submit all of the required documentation to the University's Veterans Certification Office located in the Registrar’s Office, Murray-Herrick, Room 126 (EXCEPTION: Applicants for Chapter 31 must meet with a USDVA counselor).
Note: The documentation you submit to the University will be forwarded electronically within two business days to the USDVA St. Louis Office. Their decision on your eligibility may take up to 12 weeks.
IMPORTANT: If you complete and submit the Application for VA Benefits (22-1990) or the Change of Program or Place of Training (22-1995) online, you must mail your VONAPP signature page directly to the VA office in St. Louis to avoid a hold on your payments.
Note: When you have completed the VONAPP process, please notify the Veterans Certification official in the Registrar’s Office so your academic registration status can be submitted from the school to the VA.
Monthly stipends, eligibility periods, financial aid criteria, and the documentation required are given at the links below. Eligibility criteria and benefits vary. Veterans’ education benefits must be reported on 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.
Chapter 30 and 1606 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 is a new program established in 2007 to provide postsecondary educational assistance to eligible MN veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. 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 complete listing of eligibility requirements and to complete the online Minnesota GI Bill Application, please click here.
To learn more, contact the UST Financial Aid Office (651) 962-6550 or the Office of Higher Education (651) 259-3955.
University of St. Thomas Certifying Officials
Terry Lynn Eggert
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