Veterans Educational Benefit Programs

The Veterans Administration determines a student’s eligibility to participate in all veteran’s educational benefit programs.  You may be eligible for several different programs so it is very important that you compare VA education benefits and review payment rates  BEFORE deciding which program you will utilize.

Applying for your VA education benefits can be done in just a few steps:

  • Apply online today if you know which benefit you want to use.
  • Visit your nearest VA regional office to apply in person.
  • Call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you.

After you apply, use VA’s interactive map to find out how quickly your regional office is processing education claims.  If your application is approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility or “COE”.  This document will outline the duration of your eligibility for educational benefits as well as which program you will be utilizing while enrolled at Notre Dame Seminary.

Once admitted, you should provide a copy of your “COE” to Cathy Simoneaux in the Registrar’s Office. As Notre Dame’s  designated School Certifying Official, Ms. Simoneaux will act as the liaison between you, Notre Dame Seminary’s Graduate School of Theology and the Veterans Administration.  Remember, Veterans Administration Educational Benefits CANNOT be paid for:

  • Courses you do not attend;
  • Courses from which you withdraw;
  • Courses you complete but receive a grade, like an “I” which will not count towards graduation.


Finally, remember that you must be making “satisfactory academic progress” towards completing your degree requirements in order to maintain your academic eligibility for assistance through the VA. These policies are available online at .

Is this the first time you will be returning to school?  Check out the “Top Ten Tips for New Students” posted at

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Revised: April 18, 2016