Enrollment certification for Veterans Educational Benefits is processed by the Office of the Registrar, located in room 150 Hannah Administration Building.
The Department of Veteran Affairs determines eligibility for veteran and dependent education benefits. Once a determination is made, the Office of the
Registrar certifies student enrollment in compliance with the Department of Veterans Affairs regulations. The Veterans Certification Team is dedicated
to making your experience at MSU a positive one.
All students seeking Veterans Educational Benefits at MSU must submit:
When a student earns the minimum number of credits for graduation, an assessment of all courses taken, including transfer,
will need to be completed prior to future certification of Veterans Educational Benefits. The Veterans Certification Excessive
Number of Credits form needs to be completed by your academic advisor and signed by your Associate Dean,
indicating the remaining credits required for graduation.
Students enrolled in a Second Bachelor’s, Graduate, or Graduate Professional degree program at MSU are required to have an
Academic Program Plan prior to certification of the benefits. The Academic Program Plan should list all
course work required to complete the intended degree. MSU will only certify courses listed on the program plan or courses
confirmed by your academic advisor to the Department of Veteran Affairs for educational benefits.
The Office of the Registrar’s Veterans Certification Team will submit enrollment certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs,
approximately 60 days prior to the start of the term.
Michigan State University offers in-state tuition if:
Your enrollment status may differ between Michigan State University and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The Department of Veteran Affairs calculates rate of pursuit by start and end dates of each course and the
number of credits enrolled. Enrollment in non-standard term courses will affect your enrollment status with
the Department of Veteran Affairs. The Department of Veteran Affairs requires MSU to report the actual start
and end dates of each course. Your benefit amount may vary throughout the semester depending on the official
start and end dates of your courses. Official course dates can be found in Schedule Builder, within Schedule of Courses.
Class attendance and completion is required for students receiving Veterans Educational Benefits. The Department of Veterans
Affairs only pays for courses a student completes. Lack of attendance or completion of any course could affect your benefits
and create a debt with the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The drop period for Department of Veteran Affairs purposes, is a reasonable time at the beginning of a term that does not
exceed 30 days from the first day of the term. If you drop a course during the semester/term, the Department of Veteran
Affairs may consider the drop retroactive to the start of the semester/course. Dropping a class may change your enrollment
status and lead to an overpayment. Semester dates can be found in the University Academic Calendar.
The University’s refund policy for tuition and fees for students who drop a course(s) or withdraw from the university can
be found in Academic Programs.
If a failing grade is received, Michigan State University is required to verify the last date of attendance. If the instructor
verifies completion of the course, no repayment to the Department of Veteran Affairs will be expected. If the course was not
completed, Michigan State University is required to provide a last date of attendance to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
The Department of Veteran Affairs may require repayment of benefits.
The Department of Veteran Affairs will pay once for a student to repeat a course if the original grade received was a 0.0 or if
the grade received does not meet the minimum requirement for graduation.
If you are planning to enroll but do not wish to receive benefits, complete the Requesting No Benefits form.
The completed form needs to be submitted to the Veterans Certification Team at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester in which
benefits are not sought.
Eligibility for veteran and dependent education benefits is determined by the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Applications can be submitted online using the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) or you may call 1-888-GI Bill -1 (888-442-4551)
to have an application mailed to you.
Enrollment Certification Request (pdf)
Academic Program Plan (pdf)
Excessive Number of Credits (pdf)
Requesting No Benefits (pdf)
Advance Payment Request (pdf)