Veterans Education Benefits

The Office of the Registrar serves as the Certifying Official to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on behalf of Emory University. Veterans and the dependents of Veterans who are eligible to receive benefits will work with the Veterans Benefits Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar. Information about VA education benefits is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill or call 1-888-442-4551.

Activate Your VA Benefits

  1. Apply and be admitted to one of the schools within the university
  2. Contact the Department of VETERANS AFFAIRS to determine eligibility and activate your educational benefits. We recommend you also register with eBenefits.
  3. Complete the Veterans Enrollment Data Form.
  4. Contact the certifying official in the Registrar's Office.
  5. Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) you’ve obtained from the VA.  You can request that a copy of your COE be faxed to the Registrar’s Office at (404) 727-4997.
  6. Please read our VA Educational Benefits information packet for new Emory students. Contact the Registrar’s Office to obtain the packet.
  7. If you are eligible at the 100% rate for Chapter 33 benefits and interested in applying for Yellow Ribbon benefits, reach out to your school’s Yellow Ribbon Program contact person. (Please see our Yellow Ribbon information in the section below.)
  8. If you will be receiving Chapter 35 Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA), please submit a copy of your VA benefits application (VA Form 22-5490) in addition to the Enrollment Data Form.

Contact the Certifying Official at Emory

Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, via:

  1. Phone: 404-727-6042
  2. Fax: 404-727-4997
  3. Office: Room 100 Boisfeuillet Jones Center
  4. Email: registr@emory.edu
  5. Mail: 
Office of the Registrar
200 Dowman Drive
100 Boisfeuillet Jones Center
Atlanta, GA 30322

Important Note: If you are in the Graduate Medical Education program, your certifying official is the Associate Director for Graduate Medical Education, Jianli Zhao, jzhao@emory.edu.  

Emory Continuing Education also has its own certifying official. For more information, please visit ECE’s website.

*Please note the Wound, Ostomy, & Continence Nursing Education program is NOT approved for VA benefits at this time.

The certifying officials in the Registrar’s Office typically certify your hours (but not tuition and fees) to the VA shortly before the beginning of each semester. This is to ensure that the VA can begin processing your books and housing money in a timely manner. You will receive notification from us and from the VA when your enrollment has been reported and processed.

Please do not be alarmed at the beginning of the term when you receive notification from the VA stating that we reported $0 for tuition and fees. This will be updated soon after the drop/add period, when we are finally able to report an accurate tuition and fee amounts for our VA students.

 You MUST notify the school Certifying Official if you:

  •  Used all of your Veteran Educational Benefits
  •  Change course load or Program of Study
  •  Withdraw from classes (after start of term)
  •  Terminate enrollment (before start of term)

Each school at Emory has chosen to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows degree granting institutions of higher learning in the U.S. to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the annual VA tuition and fees benefit (The 2015-2016 tuition and fees cap is $21,084.89. The 2016-2017 cap is $21,970.46.). The combined school and VA contribution cannot exceed the tuition and fees amounts charged to the student.

You must be eligible at the benefits rate of 100% under the Post 9/11 GI Bill ® (CH33) in order to be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Application to the Yellow Ribbon Program is not a guaranteed benefit. Acceptance and confirmation are determined by each school’s Yellow Ribbon representative.

Participation Levels for 2016-2017

School

Program Level

# of Participants

Max Annual Amount per Eligible Student

Total Emory Investment

School Contact

Accepting Applications for Fall 2016

Business

undergraduate

1

7,000

7,000

Libby Egnor

Ongoing;
first-come, first-served

 

graduate *

50

19,000

950,000

Amy Stalzer

Ongoing:
first-come,
first-served

College

undergraduate

16

7,000

112,000

Jason Ciejka

June 1, 2016

Laney Graduate 

graduate (Master’s level)

4

7,500

30,000

Janice Kang

Ongoing;
first-come, first-served

Law

doctoral

2

5,500

11,000

Jenna Bowen

Ongoing;
first-come, first-served

Law JM

Graduate

10

7,500

75,000

Lynn Labuda

Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 - Pending VA approval for 2017-2018

Allied Health and Medical

doctoral

2

5,500

11,000

Mike Behler

June 15, 2016

 

graduate

3

4,650

13,950

 

 

Nursing

undergraduate

5

7,500

37,500

Katie Kennedy

July 1, 2016

 

graduate 

4

7,500

30,000

 

 

Oxford 

undergraduate

1

7,000

7,000

Emily Culbertson 

June 1, 2016

Public Health 

graduate

2

2,500

5,000

Robie Freeman Michaux

June 1, 2016

Theology

graduate

6

2,500

15,000

Jory White

Ongoing:
first-come,
first-served

Note: Click on the School to find more information on their Yellow Ribbon program

Note: Click on the School Contact to contact them directly through email

Eligibility

According to VA regulations, students must be awarded this Yellow Ribbon funding on a first come, first served basis, within each school. To be considered for this funding, the student must be admitted to a qualifying program at Emory. Further, the student must be approved at the 100% eligibility level under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) and provide the Registrar’s Office a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) stating this eligibility level. (Students in the Continuing Education Program, please contact Gerald Clay, 404-727-9543, gclay@emory.edu. Graduate Medical Education students should contact Associate Director for Graduate Medical Education, Jianli Zhao, jzhao@emory.edu.) The school to which the student is applying for Yellow Ribbon funds (see above chart) may also require a copy of the COE. Please check with your school regarding specific Yellow Ribbon application requirements.

Emory Requirement to Receive Benefits

  • When the student receives his/her Certificate of Elibibility from the VA, he/she should forward the COE to the contact person in the school in which he/she has been admitted.
  • First come, first served processes will be unique to each school at Emory
  • Please check in with the school liaison or the schools's website for more details

Other Stipulations

  1. Per VA regulations, Emory may not expand its Yellow Ribbon offering during the academic year. Each institution must enroll in the program each academic year but, once enrolled, cannot change its commitment for that year.
  2. A student who receives the Yellow Ribbon funding from Emory will continue to receive it as long as the following conditions exist: 
  • Emory remains in the program.
  • The student remains continuously enrolled and in good standing in the program for which he/she initially received the benefit.
  • The student complies with all VA and Emory required deadlines and procedures.

Any questions regarding this program, or any VA benefit program at Emory should be referred to Veterans Benefits Coordinator.

More Information

How do I get started?

You will need to submit a Certificate of Eligibility and a Veterans Enrollment Data Form to the Registrar’s Office. The Certificate of Eligibility is provided by the VA.  At your request, the VA will fax a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar’s Office (fax: 404-727-4997).  You may complete an online application for benefits through the VA’s website, linked here: http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/.If you are certified by the VA to receive Chapter 35 benefits (DEA, Survivors & Dependents Assistance), we will require you to submit a copy of your application for VA benefits, Form 22-5490 in addition to the other documents.

Who do I contact?

Once you have been accepted at Emory, first contact the VA to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Then, please contact the Registrar’s Office; we will be able to assist you in getting the ball rolling.

Do I need to reapply each semester?

No. You do not need to complete the enrollment data form each semester. However, it is your responsibility to notify the Registrar’s Office of any change in program or enrollment such as withdrawals, leaves of absence, or when you choose not to use your benefit eligibility.

I am taking a class through Emory Continuing Education. How will I be paid by the VA?

ECE has its own VA Certifying Official. For more information, please visit their website.

I am a graduate medical student taking courses through Graduate Medical Education. Who do I need to contact about my VA educational benefits?

Please contact the Associate Director for Graduate Medical Education, Jianli Zhao, at jzhao@emory.edu.

I am eligible for Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill), and I have turned in my COE and enrollment data form to the Registrar’s Office. Now what?

We typically certify your hours (but not tuition and fees) to the VA shortly before the beginning of each semester. This is to ensure that the VA can begin processing your books and housing money in a timely manner. You will receive notification from us and from the VA when your enrollment has been reported and processed.Please do not be alarmed at the beginning of the term when you receive notification from the VA stating that we reported $0 for tuition and fees. This amount will be updated soon after the drop/add period, when we are finally able to report accurate tuition and fee amounts for our VA students. VA will then send the tuition and fees payment to Emory on your behalf.

Will I need to make a tuition payment before the VA is able to process my tuition and fees, or will Emory know that I'm a VA student and wait for payment? I don't want to be in outstanding status with the University while waiting for the VA to process the payment.

Emory will know that you are a VA student and wait for the payment from the VA; we send Student Financial Services a list of Chapter 33 students before each term begins. You won’t be in outstanding status or penalized while waiting for the VA to pay.

How long will it take for Emory to receive my Chapter 33 tuition and fees payment?

It typically takes 6-8 weeks from the time the VA is notified of the tuition and fees amount for the VA to send payment.

When will I receive my housing benefits from the VA?

If you are eligible to receive housing benefits, payments will be sent to you at the beginning of each month. Please refer to the VA for specific information.

When will I receive my books and supplied stipend from the VA?

The books and supplies stipend is usually paid to the student at the beginning of the term. For specific information, please contact the VA.

Does Emory University qualify for the VRAP program?

No, Emory University does not qualify to participate in this program. VRAP is for certificate and technical colleges only.

I didn’t receive my check last month! Why?

Please call the VA help line at 1-888-442-4551.

Does Emory Participate in Tuition Assistance?

No.