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WGU is proud to offer VA benefits-approved education programs under the Montgomery GI Bill. Reserve and National Guard members may also qualify based on their own GI Bill guidelines. Eligibility and disbursement amounts will vary depending on a number of factors, including your term of military service, years of service, etc.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Note: WGU offers affordable education. As a result, many veteran students are able to cover all of their costs with GI Bill benefits.
After your provisional acceptance, a WGU Enrollment Counselor
will refer you to the VA department at WGU. There, you will provide the necessary information to complete your benefits paperwork.
Active-duty, Reserve, and National Guard members may qualify for tuition assistance at WGU. Military personnel may apply through their base education officer or other standard methods. For more information, contact an Enrollment Counselor or WGU’s VA department.
Learn more about WGU's Tuition Assistance program.
Learn more about WGU Scholarships specially designed for military personnel, veterans, and spouses.
All WGU programs are approved for education benefits by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Q: What type of VA benefits will I qualify for?
The GI Bill provides generous education benefits to WGU students. Undergraduates may qualify for half, three-quarter, or full-time benefits.
Note: Half-time benefits are qualified as 12 Competency Units (CUs), which is considered full-time student status at WGU Missouri. Graduate students will always qualify for full-time benefits when enrolled in the minimum requirement of 8 competency units.
Q: How quickly can I get my VA money?
After you have started your degree program and developed your personalized Degree Plan, the VA department at WGU will certify your program of study to the VA. This is done by the third week of the first month of each term. You should receive your first benefit payment within 5-8 weeks after a certification is submitted each term. You should then regularly receive a monthly payment after the last day of each month and your verification of attendance (if applicable). But first, you must apply to WGU Missouri and be admitted. And you will need to have received notice of your VA education benefit eligibility. The VA department at Western Governors University can help you complete the necessary steps for attendance certification.
Q: Will I receive credit for my military experience?
WGU does not provide credit for military experience. However, students waive certain requirements based on ACE-reviewed military experience. You may also waive requirements based on DANTES and CLEP exams.
A full transcript review is always required, as well as an assessment to measure your applied education and compatibility with WGU Missouri’s learning environment. If you have served in any branch of the military you should be able to obtain a military transcriptWGU’s VA department can direct you to the online resources to request it.
Q: How do my Post 9/11 education benefits work at WGU?
Post 9/11 (CH 33) benefits are paid differently than older chapters. Based on your entitlementwhich is factored from your length of qualifying active-duty servicea percentage of your tuition and fees will be sent directly to the school. 100 percent entitlement will cover your tuition and fees completely each term you have remaining entitlement. You will also receive a monthly stipend sent directly to you if you are not on active duty or the spouse of an active-duty service member utilizing a transfer of entitlement. This payment is 50 percent of the amount paid to a student attending an on-campus school, multiplied by your rate of pursuit. In an undergraduate program, 18 CU’s is considered 100 percent pursuit, but you do not have to enroll in 18 CU’s to get the benefit. 12-17 CU’s will be paid at the corresponding lesser percentage. In a graduate program, 8 CU’s is considered 100 percent pursuit. You will also receive a book stipend once each term up to the capped amount for your entitlement.
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