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VA School Certifying Official (SCO)
Laura Griffin
Email: laura.griffin@saintpaul.edu
Phone: 651.403.4211
Location: Room 1250 (Records Office)

Contact the VA
Website: http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/
Phone: 1.888.442.4551

Applying for VA Education Benefits

Service members can receive up to 45 months of education assistance through the GI Bill™ when enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis in a VA approved program. Students who are eligible to receive VA education benefits may fall into one of the following categories (chapters):

You must apply to and be accepted into a program major at Saint Paul College in order to qualify for veterans education benefits. Your educational objective at the college must be the same the objective you reported to the Veterans Administration (VA).

Students receiving veterans education benefits are responsible for reporting ALL changes in credit load, program major, and address to the VA School Certifying Official (SCO).The SCO will certify enrollment and report changes in enrollment to the VA.

If you have NEVER received VA education benefits
  • Apply online for education benefits by visiting the VA website.
  • The VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) outlining the terms of your benefits approximately 4-6 weeks after you apply.
  • Once you have registered for classes, notify the SCO and provide the following documents:
    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
    • DD214-Member 4 Copy (or NOBE)
  • The SCO will review your course registration and certify enrollment with the VA.
If you HAVE previously received VA education benefits at another institution
  • Complete and send a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form to the VA. Service members who submit this form online through eBenefits, must provide proof of submission to the SCO.
    • Chapters 30, 33, and 1606 must complete VA Form 22-1995
    • Chapter 35 must complete VA Form 22-5495
    • Chapter 31 must contact your Case Manager
  • Once you have registered for classes, notify the SCO and provide the following documents:
    • Copy of your completed 22-1995 or 22-5495 (referenced above)
    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
    • DD214-Member 4 (or NOBE)
  • The SCO will review your course registration and certify enrollment with the VA.
If you HAVE previously received VA education benefits at Saint Paul College

Once you have registered for classes, notify the SCO to determine whether documentation needs to be submitted in order to certify enrollment.

If you are receiving VA education benefits at another institution and plan to attend Saint Paul College as GUEST student

You will need to contact the SCO at your home school to request that a Parent Letter be sent to laura.griffin@saintpaul.edu.

Applying for Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

Military tuition assistance is an education benefit paid to qualifying service members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Navy. Each service area has established its own application process, criteria for eligibility, and restrictions. Service members eligible for military TA should apply as follows

Service members approved to receive military TA must submit the following documents to the Saint Paul College VA School Certifying Official (SCO), Laura Griffin:

  • DD214-Member 4 copy (or NOBE)
  • TA Authorization Form/Voucher

Applying for Minnesota GI Bill

The Minnesota GI Bill provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible Minnesota service members and their spouses and children. Eligibility requirements for the Minnesota GI Bill are available on the MDVA website. Students interested in applying for this benefit should contact MDVA Central Metro Regional Coordinator, Duane Bauer at duane.bauer@state.mn.us.