Financial Aid Office
Specific Populations

Veterans

St. Cloud State University is committed to supporting its student veterans in their educational plans. Whether you are eligible for federal benefits, state benefits, or both you will find information here that will assist you with using your military benefits to finance your education.

Veterans’ Resource Office

Located on the St. Cloud State University campus, the Veterans’ Resource Office assists student veterans in a variety of areas of college life. A full array of the services provided may be found on its website at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/veterans/ or by visiting the office in the Administrative Services Building, Room 101.

Questions about federal VA benefits (Chapter 1606, 1607, 30, 31, 33 [Post 9/11], 35 and, tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement) may be directed to:
Laura Boden
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs-Higher Ed Program
St. Cloud State University Veterans Resource Center
320-308-2185 (Office)
320-493-8153 (Cell)
320-308-3119 (Fax)
You may also wish to access the on-line resource MyMilitaryEducation.org which is a one-stop resource for educational benefits and resources for veterans and their families.

Veteran/GI Bill Office

This office will assist you with questions concerning your educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, or Family Member programs. If you need to visit with someone about getting paid for your federal benefits, the certifying official is Kathie Goenner, Administrative Services Building Room 118, (320) 308-4040. Or visit the website at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/veterans/default.aspx

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Individuals who have served in the Armed Forces on or after September 11, 2001 may be eligible for three educational benefits: tuition, housing, and book allowance. Only active duty time served after September 10, 2001 counts as eligible service. Students enrolled less than half-time (6 credits) are not eligible for the housing stipend.

The application form for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is available online at:www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22-1990-ARE.pdf and is processed by the Veterans Administration (VA). Students will receive a response explaining the VA's decision regarding eligibility for the program.

You may review further information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill at www.gibill.va.gov and also review a benefits comparison. You may also contact the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-456-8519 for additional information.

Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill program was established in 2007 to provide postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001. The MN GI Bill program was enhanced in 2013 to include all eligible Minnesota veterans, non-veterans who served in the military, and eligible spouses and children. Full-time undergraduate or graduate students may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 per semester and part-time students may be eligible to receive up to $500 per semester up to $3,000 per academic year and $10,000 per lifetime.

Eligibility requirements: Must be a Minnesota resident (defined by MN statute 136A.101 subd.8) enrolled at a Minnesota institution who is a:

  • veteran serving or has served honorably in any branch of the United States armed forces at any time, or;
  • non-veteran who has served honorably for a total of five years or more cumulatively as a member of the MN National Guard or any other active or reserve component of the United States armed forces, and any part of that service occurred on or after September 11, 2001, or;
  • surviving spouse or children of a person who has served in the military at any time, and who has died or has a total and permanent disability as a direct result of that military service only if the surviving spouse or child is eligible to receive federal education benefits under Chapter 33 as amended or Chapter 35, as amended.

Application: Contact a regional coordinator, apply online, or download the application. Return the completed form, along with a copy of your DD-214, to the regional coordinator. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must reapply for the MN GI Bill each year. Applications for fall semester open on February 1st of the current year. NOTE: Veterans benefits and federal and state aid may impact the actual amount received.

Active and Reserve Soldiers Tuition Assistance

Effective October 1, 2009, Active and Reserve Soldiers will request tuition assistance payment on-line through www.GoArmyEd.com

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