Apply for education benefits


To use your Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits, one of the following must apply:

  1. You have been accepted into a degree program and have registered for courses.
  2. You have registered for courses as a non-degree student. If you are a non-degree seeking student, you are eligible for a maximum of 2 semesters of VA benefits in order to take prerequisite courses needed to enroll in a degree program.

To learn what education benefits you may qualify for as a military veteran, service member, or dependent, please refer to eligibility information from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).

How to use your education benefits

Step 1: Apply for benefits with the VA

Complete the application for education benefits through the VA. Once your VA application has been processed, you'll receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) verifying your eligibility and benefits.

Step 2: Submit Certificate of Eligibility 

Submit your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to University Veterans Services via email at [email protected] or upload your COE while completing the Veteran Benefit Request in the following step.

Step 3: Request to use your benefits at UMN

Once you are registered, complete the Veteran Benefits Request for the term in which you want to use your benefits. You must submit this form for every semester in which you want to use your benefits.


If you're new to the University, have questions about how your benefits might affect financial aid, or want an explanation of the certification process, please call or visit University Veteran Services.


“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 website at