Veteran Certification Services

Welcome Veteran Affairs (VA) Beneficiary Students!

We support current and former service members and their dependents as they further their education at Marshall University. The Office of the Registrar certifies the enrollments of students utilizing their VA educational benefits to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. VA beneficiary students must be enrolled in an approved program of study and all courses must be degree applicable and meet VA requirements. Students are required to submit a VA Certification Request form to the Office of the Registrar for each semester they request enrollment certification to the VA for disbursement of education benefits.

VA Certification Request
In order to receive education benefits, your enrollment must be certified to the VA. Once your schedule is final, you may submit the VA Certification Request Form below.

VA Certification Request Form

**VA enrollment certification will not occur without a completed VA Certification Request form. After course registration, and at least four weeks prior to the tuition due date, please submit the VA Certification Request Form.**

Click here for information regarding the Veterans Choice Act.

How to Apply for VA Benefits

First-Time Recipients of VA Benefits

  • If you are a dependent (child or spouse of service member) using Post-9/11 (Chapter 33), then the service member must transfer the benefit to you. The service member must have an approval letter from the Department of Defense before you can apply for Post-9/11 (Chapter 33) benefit. For dependents of a veteran who is 100% disabled due to service-connected illness or injury, or deceased from such service-connected illness or injury, you can apply for the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) program and no prior transfer from the veteran is required.
  • You must submit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affair’s Application for Benefits for the appropriate education benefit.
    • After the application has been submitted, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Letter from the VA.
  • You must be admitted to the University and registered for courses before submitting your letter of eligibility to the Office of the Registrar and requesting certification of your enrollment.
  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Letter or VON APP Confirmation Page if COE has not yet been received.
  • Submit the VA Certification Request Form.
  • If you are not Active Duty, submit a copy of your DD-214.
  • If you are a WV Guard or Reservist, submit a copy of your Notification of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) to the VA.

Continuing Recipients of VA Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions

How are VA education benefits calculated during Fall and Spring semesters at Marshall?
During the fall and spring, Marshall University offers full term 16-week courses, in addition to 1st 8-weeks and 2nd 8-weeks courses. The University requires undergraduate students to be enrolled a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to be classified as full-time. Students are not required to be full-time to receive VA benefits. However, to receive the maximum monthly benefit, you must be enrolled as a full-time student. Part-time enrollment will reduce monthly payments proportionately as VA Education benefits are based on student enrollment status (e.g. full-time, half-time, etc.):

Undergraduate Students – VA Training Time

Status Fall/Spring Semester Hours
Full-time 12 or more hours
Three-quarter time 9 – 11 hours
Half-time 6 – 8 hours
Less than half, more than quarter-time 4 – 5 hours
Quarter-time or less 1 – 3 hours

Graduate students at Marshall University are required to be enrolled a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to be classified as full-time. Graduate student VA benefits are paid based on the training time certified by the University.

** Non-standard term (8-weeks) courses are certified based on begin and end date of the course. This may cause a reduction in your VA monthly payment.
For example: If an undergraduate student registers for 12 credit hours with 9 credit hours of enrollment spanning the full semester, and 3 credit hours spanning one 8-weeks long course, the VA will pay full monthly payment rate only for the time period during which the 8-weeks long course overlaps the 9 credit hours of the full semester.

How are VA education benefits calculated during Summer terms at Marshall?
During the summer, Marshall University offers shorter sessions (Intersession, Summer I, Summer II, Summer III). When a term is not standard, the credit hours are converted to what the VA calls “equivalent” credit hours to determine training time. The VA pays education benefits for nonstandard enrollment periods based on credit equivalents. Schools report the actual number of credits and the VA makes the conversion. When enrollment overlaps, credit hour equivalents for the period of overlap are combined. You may mix and match sessions, but be aware that training times and pay rates may change during the term. VA Education benefits are based on student enrollment status (e.g. full-time, half-time, etc.). Students are not required to be full-time to receive VA benefits, but to receive the maximum benefit, you must be enrolled full-time. Part-time benefit rates are reduced proportionately.

Undergraduate Students – VA Training Time

Summer Sessions Hours Needed for Full Time
Intersession – 4 weeks 3 or more hours
Summer I – 12 weeks 8 or more hours
Summer II – 5 weeks 4 or more hours
Summer III – 5 weeks 4 or more hours

The scenarios below represent different ways to achieve undergraduate full-time status. Note that you will only receive your full allowance of VA benefits during the time you are classified as full-time, which the VA calculates on a day-to-day basis. The most common ways undergraduate students manage summer enrollment for VA education benefit purposes is one of three scenarios:

Graduate student training time follows MU policy of 4 hours in any one summer session equals full-time for that session.

Contact Information
Lora Varney, Veteran Certification Official
Phone: (304) 696-2254
Fax: (304) 696-6476
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am-11:30am and 12:30pm-4:30pm
Location: Old Main 106A, Office of the Registrar