Military & Veterans Services

New Location & Fall 2022 Update

Effective May 16, 2022, the Office of Military & Veterans Services will be in the Harriet Tubman Quadrangle (The Quad) at 2455 4th Street NW. Please enter at the Lower Level doors facing 4th Street NW. 

Please welcome our new Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Megan Kennedy! Megan is an Army Veteran, and the dependent of two Navy Veterans. She came all the way from California to serve military-connected students at Howard! 

Complete the Fall 2022 Certification Survey. This should be completed by all students seeking to use benefits during the Fall 2022 semester after you have enrolled in classes. You will be able to upload your COE (Certificate of Eligibility) in the survey. You must complete the entire survey and receive the confirmation email to be certified.

If you already completed the Fall 2022 Survey and have an update, please Click here to update your benefits or schedule for the Fall 2022 semester .

  

 

The Office of Military & Veterans Services (OMVS) provides support for all military-connected students and their families including: veterans/prior service, active duty, reservists, National Guard, ROTC, retirees, spouses and children in their educational goals.   

Acting as liaison between the US Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) and the University, we assist with the processing of Veteran Affairs education benefits, advise on procedural requirements, and certify enrollments to the VA.

OMVS is also dedicated to ensuring a supporting and inclusive campus for military-connected students and works to link students to resources and support offices within and outside of Howard University. We are an Alliance Partner of the National Veterans Leadership Foundation.

Please click on a subject below to learn more about the military-connected student experience in the Mecca, understand how the benefit certification process works, and find answers to frequently asked questions. 

Monday - Friday  | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST

Harriet Tubman Quadrangle (Quad)

2455 4th Street NW
Lower Level
Washington, DC 20059

EM: veterans@howard.edu

PH: 202-238-2422 

TTD Services 
202-238-2425 

Transportation - Shuttle Service

Military and Veterans Services

Using Benefits at Howard University

1. Securing Your Benefits

Students who wish to use VA educational benefits at Howard University must begin by applying for the benefits to which they are entitled.

The first step is to visit the VA website and apply for the appropriate benefit. Sending in a hard copy application by postal mail will significantly delay this process. You can also seek help in this process by calling 888-442-4551.

Students should not indicate Howard University as their Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) until they have been accepted. Once they have applied for benefits and been approved, students will receive what is called a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Students can also go to the VA website and see how many months of benefits they have used and how many remain. The newest and fastest way to get your VA Benefits questions answered is by using the Ask VA tool online.

 

2. Applying for Benefits at Howard

Each semester that you choose to use your benefits, you must complete a benefits survey here on our website. The survey will ask you several questions and provide a place to upload your COE.

Helpful Hint: When completing the address portion off the questionnaire, you should use the address where you would like benefit related documentation to go. Many students choose to use their permanent address if it is different from their student address.

Students can apply for benefits as early as 60 days before the beginning of a term.  Students must be registered for classes in an upcoming term before requesting to use their benefits as enrollment must be verified for certification. 

 

3. Certification Process

Howard University follows a two-step certification process (mandated by law). 

  1. Students will be certified before the beginning of the semester to ensure that the first payment is paid on time.  Early certification will also ensure that students receiving Chapter 33 benefits will receive their book stipend and students using Chapter 31 will have access to their book voucher early. Students will receive a certification email once they are certified.
  2. After add/drop, students will be certified again to confirm their registered hours and to enter their tuition and fees (for Chapter 31 & 33 students).

All stipends and Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments are sent directly to the student. You can always call the VA to discover where the payments are going (some Chapter 35 and 33 payments will go to the sponsor by default).

Helpful Hint: Make sure there are no holds far before registration time to ensure you get the classes you need. The VA will only recognize classes that contribute to your academic degree. Also, Chapter 33 students must be enrolled in at least one hybrid or on-campus hour to receive full MHA. Otherwise, they will only receive half the national average.

 

4. Reconciliation

After tuition and fees are paid to the University for Chapter 33 students, we will make sure that payments match what is expected. There is a cap on the amount of tuition and fees the VA will cover per year at the University.

All students will be closely monitored, and changes in enrollment will be reported to the VA. 

All outside scholarships that apply to only tuition and fees and Third Party payments must be reported if received after the add/drop date.

Certification Surveys

Each semester, students MUST complete a survey asking to be certified as mandated by law. 

Click here to be certified for the Fall 2022 semester (Already asked to be certified? Use the link below to report...changes to your schedule, changes to your benefits, new scholarships, total withdrawal, etc.) You must complete the entire survey and receive the confirmation email to be certified.

Click here to update your benefits or schedule for the Fall 2022 semester (Use this link if you have already asked to be certified using the link above)

Certification for new students!

Please note that all students must be enrolled in classes to be certified and no student can be certified more than 60 days before beginning of the semester in question. If you are new to Howard, you will need to complete the survey for the appropriate semester after you are enrolled in your classes. 

Once you complete the survey, the Office of Military & Veterans Services may reach out for additional information needed to process your claim. 

Retroactive Certification

CLICK HERE TO BE CERTIFIED FOR THE SUMMER 2022 SEMESTER

CLICK HERE TO BE CERTIFIED FOR THE SPRING 2022 SEMESTER

CLICK HERE TO BE CERTIFIED FOR THE FALL 2021 SEMESTER

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Admissions & Enrollment

I'm a veteran or military student applying to go to Howard. Is there a special application process?

All prospective students use the same process for application regardless of veteran/military status. Howard University does not offer fee waivers for veterans/military. If you are interested in a particular program and wish to learn more about it, we recommend that you reach out to the Department and request more information: 

·       Undergraduate Admission: Some programs have additional requirements.

o   The date for Fall 2022 Undergraduate Admission has passed. The next undergraduate application cycle is for Spring 2023. The undergraduate application deadline is November 1, 2022, and the document deadline is November 15, 2022.

·       Graduate Admission

·       Professional Admission

 

How do I join the ROTC as a student at Howard?

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) are part of the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University. Please contact their respective programs below for more information:

·       Air Force ROTC

·       Army ROTC

 

What financial aid is there for veterans/military-connected students at Howard?

All students should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which opens on October 1st every year for the next academic year. This information helps Howard University award you grants (money you don’t have to pay back!) that you may not know you are eligible for from the federal government as well as scholarships (money you don’t have to pay back!)  through the Common Application and the University.

Additionally, if you scroll down our page, you will find a list of scholarships explicitly for veterans, service members, military spouses, and military children from a bunch of organizations that love to support military-connected students! Use our new Benefits & Schedules Updates Survey to report any scholarships you receive so we can celebrate with you!

 

Can I use FAFSA with VA benefits?

Yes!

 

Can I use scholarships with VA benefits?

Yes! Use our new Benefits & Schedules Updates Survey to report any scholarships you receive so we can celebrate with you!

Note: Some scholarships that are solely for tuition and fees will be subtracted from Chapter 33 tuition and fee payments.

 

What if I must defer enrollment due to military service?

Make sure you complete all required forms for your college and department to start the deferment process. Then, send an email with your full name, Howard ID, program/major so we can support your deferment request.

 

How do I request accommodations through Disability Support Services?

The earlier you request accommodations, the better! You can request academic or physical accommodations at the University by going to the website below:

Howard University Disability Services

 

What is FERPA?

 

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.
  • OMVS will communicate directly with the student concerning all aspects of their student file including certification to the VA. 

 

VA Education Benefits

What are the different benefits that can be used at Howard University?

Veterans and military-connected students can use a variety of different benefits.  While a detailed list of all benefits can be found on the VA's website, below are some of the most used benefits and some information about each one. You must apply for each benefit through the VA online before you can use them at the University.

Chapter 33

Chapter 33 (Post-9/11) beneficiaries generally receive a book stipend, a monthly housing allowance, and payment towards tuition and fees. You may also be eligible for tutoring assistance. They may also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program under certain conditions.

Chapter 33 – Transfer of Entitlement

Qualified dependents of active duty or Selected Reserve members may be able to transfer their Post-9/11 benefits under certain conditions. This right is exercised by the Department of Defense and they have the final say over whether benefits will be transferred.

Fry Scholarships

Learn about the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship), a scholarship for children and spouses of certain Veterans. If your parent or spouse died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, while serving in one of the Armed Forces, or was a member of the Selected Reserve who died from a service-connected disability, you may qualify for this benefit.

Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

The Edith Nourse Rogers Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship allows some eligible Veterans and dependents in high-demand fields to extend their Post-9/11 GI Bill or Fry Scholarship benefits for up to 9 months.

Chapter 35 

Chapter 35 (DEA) beneficiaries receive a monthly housing allowance.

Chapter 1606

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery Selected Reserve) beneficiaries receive a monthly housing allowance.

Chapter 30

Chapter 30 (Montgomery Active Duty) beneficiaries receive a monthly housing allowance. You may also be eligible for tutoring assistance.

Chapter 31 

Chapter 31 (VR&E) beneficiaries can receive a book & supplies voucher, tuition and fee support, a monthly stipend/housing allowance, and other support based on their VR&E counselor's recommendations.

 

When do we apply for benefits at Howard?

Using benefits at the University is called certification. A survey to ask for certification of benefits will be posted on this website prior to the end of the preceding semester. You should complete the survey as soon as you are enrolled in classes since you must confirm your enrollment for the survey. If you have any holds on your account, this may prevent you from enrolling in classes which will delay your certification. Some programs at the University are not approved by the VA for certification.

 

What is a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)?

After a student applies online for benefits and the VA approves it, the VA provides a Certificate of Eligibility (COE).  This is necessary for the University to properly process your benefits.  All students receiving benefits except Chapter 31 must have a COE on file. Chapter 31 students must ensure that their VR&E counselor has sent a Purchase Order (PO) to Howard for Tuition & Fees as well as to the Howard Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) for books and supplies.

If you need a replacement COE, you can use the new Ask VA tool online or call the VA Educational Benefits helpline at (888) 442-4551.

 

How does certification for VA education benefits work?

 

Howard University follows a two-step certification process (mandated by law). After each certification, the student will be sent an email to the email address(es) provided by the VA system.

  1. Students will be certified before the beginning of the semester to ensure that the first payment is paid on time.  Early certification will also ensure that students receiving Chapter 33 benefits will receive their book stipend and students using Chapter 31 will have access to their book voucher early. Students will receive a certification email from the VA system once they are certified.
  2. After add/drop, students will be certified again to confirm their registered hours and to enter their tuition and fees (for Chapter 31 & 33 students).

All stipends and Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments are sent directly to the student. You can always call the VA to discover where the payments are going (some Chapter 35 and 33 payments will go to the sponsor by default).

Helpful Hint: Make sure there are no holds far before registration time to ensure you get the classes you need. The VA will only recognize classes that contribute to your academic degree. Also, Chapter 33 students must be enrolled in at least one hybrid or on-campus hour to receive full MHA. Otherwise, they will only receive half the national average

     

    What do I do if I want to change my benefit chapter?

    Use our new Benefits & Schedules Updates Survey to report your old chapter and upload your COE for your new chapter. You may need to verify this change with the VA. 

     

    When will my Tuition and Fees be paid?

    For Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 students, tuition and fees will be billed to the VA after the final add/drop/withdrawal date for each semester. For Chapter 33, there is a cap to the amount of tuition that the VA will pay per year on the VA’s online comparison tool.

    We must verify that each student is still enrolled in the courses they reported for certification. If there have been any changes to your schedule, please officially drop a class through BisonWeb or your advisor. Then, notify us using our new Benefits & Schedules Updates Survey as soon as you can.

     

    How much will I still owe?

    For Chapter 33 students, tuition and mandatory fees are covered up the amount of the VA tuition cap beginning with each fall semester (the academic year concludes every summer). This amount will be paid directly to the University. Generally, this means all of Fall semester's tuition and fees are covered, and most of Spring semester's tuition and fees will be covered. For most students, summer tuition will not be covered. For those that are eligible for Yellow Ribbon, there will still be a gap in coverage for Spring semester as 2022-2023 tuition and fees were raised.

    For Chapter 31 students, tuition and mandatory fees are covered for every semester that is approved by your VA VR&E counselor. This amount will be paid to the University.

    For all other VA education beneficiary students, you are responsible for ensuring that your debt to the University is paid.

    ***We strongly recommend All students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which opens on October 1st every year for the next academic year. If you continue scrolling on this webpage, you will also find scholarship opportunities for military-connected students. 

    Students and their families should calculate tuition and mandatory fees using the VA's online comparison tool, their E-Pay account, and the yearly Cost of Attendance for the University to anticipate how much they will still owe every semester. 

     

    When will we receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or stipend money for the semester?

    Money will be distributed on first of the month following the first day of classes for all students enrolled. Please note that to ensure a timely disbursement of funds, students must submit the Certification Survey for the semester for which they wish to be certified as soon as they are registered for classes. Certification can happen up to 60 days before the first day of class. Students who are certified late in the semester may experience a delay in their benefits. 

    Chapter 33 students may receive a book stipend earlier than this. Chapter 31 students should have their books and supplies POs (vouchers) sent directly to the Howard Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) by their VR&E counselor.

    After students receive their initial payment, the VA will distribute their MHA and/or stipends each month for the prior month. 

     

    How much is my Monthly Housing Allowance and/or stipend each month?

    The VA offers an online comparison tool of all benefits that can be used at the University. You can see what your MHA and/or stipend will be using the tool.

     

    How do I change my Direct Deposit information for my MHA and/or stipend?

    You must change your direct deposit with the VA. You can do so online or by calling (800) 827-1000.

     

    What is the Yellow Ribbon program and does Howard participate in it?

    The Yellow Ribbon program is a program that helps pay tuition and fees that VA education benefits and the University does not cover.  While Chapter 33 benefits will pay all tuition and fees for public schools, there is a cap for private schools.  Students are responsible for paying what Chapter 33 benefits do not. The Yellow Ribbon program is a program that schools can opt into that helps close that gap.  Schools can elect to pay a certain amount (and the VA will match that amount) or the school can split the entire cost left over with the VA.  You can learn more about the Yellow Ribbon program and who qualifies here.

    The University is currently enrolled in the Yellow Ribbon program, and has now been expanded to all students for the 2022-2023 academic year. The amount of Yellow Ribbon is approximately $4000 per academic year. Those who are eligible will be automatically enrolled by the Office of Military & Veterans Services. If any additional information is required, the student will be contacted directly by email.

     

    What happens if I drop a class, or change my schedule?

    First, officially drop a class through BisonWeb or your advisor. Then, notify us using our new Benefits & Schedules Updates Survey as soon as you can. The implications of dropping a class can vary based on your benefits.

    For all benefits, you should try to stay a full-time student.  For undergraduate programs, full-time status means taking at least 12 units during the regular semester.  For graduate programs, full-time status means taking at least 9 units during the regular term. Graduate programs should notify the Office of Military & Veterans Services if their programs do not adhere to the 9-unit guideline.  If you drop below full-time status, your benefits will change, and you will usually owe the VA money from the last date you attended class. 

    Here is some additional information on dropping classes, mitigating circumstances, and the 6-credit-hour exclusion.

     

    What do I do if I need to withdraw completely from the university?

    Complete the University’s Total Withdrawal procedure. Then, notify us using our new Benefits & Schedules Updates Survey as soon as you can. The implications of dropping a class can vary based on your benefits. You will usually owe the VA money from the last date you attended classes.

     

    Does Howard University accept Tuition Assistance?

    Tuition Assistance is a way for active-duty service members and some reservists to receive tuition support while enrolled in classes.  Howard is not currently eligible to accept Tuition Assistance, but the University hopes to be able to be reinstated in the future.

     

    What is Work Study?

    There are two different types of work study programs available to veterans and military-connected students. 

    1. Federal Work Study is available through Howard University to all students who qualify. Qualification is based on your financial package and requires you to fill out a FAFSA.  Any position through this office will be posted on Handshake with all other positions. 
    2. VA Work Study is a tax-free education benefit for students using Ch. 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, or 1606 at the Washington, DC minimum wage. Howard University is a VA Work Study site. Students who qualify should review the job description, complete a VA Work Study application, and submit it via email.

     

    Why do I need to submit transcripts for my prior colleges/universities to Howard?

    One of the criteria for approval of any school for Veterans' training is that it reviews prior credit and grant credit as appropriate to a VA student's current program. This is found in Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 21.4253(d)(3) and 21.4254(C)(4). In essence, this requires every approved school to have and enforce a policy with regard to transfer courses, credits, and previous experience.

    Please submit these official documents to the Howard University, Office of Admissions, in one of the following ways:

    1. Through an e-transcript system (e.g. Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse.  If asked for the recipient’s email address, please provide transfer@howard.edu -- highly preferred) to be officially considered for transfer credits. Note, student email submissions directly to the university are NOT accepted.
    2. Via mail (not preferred) in the original envelope from the institution which has remained sealed and unopened, please provide, or use the following address: Howard University, Attn: Transfer Services, 2400 6th Street NW, Suite 105, Washington DC, 20059

     

    Where do I go if I need help?

    • For Howard University questions, you can email veterans@howard.edu or call Megan Kennedy at (202) 238-2422. Megan encourages emails as she can access those anywhere! 
    • Verifications of enrollment for the University should be requested through BisonWeb. Generally, you must not have any holds on your account.
    • For VA questions concerning MHA (Monthly Housing Allowance) or stipends, you can use the new Ask VA tool online or call the VA Educational Benefits helpline at (888) 442-4551. This is especially important if you need documentation about the amount of your MHA or stipend!
    • ‘‘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 Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."

    Scholarship Opportunities

    This section of the website is reserved for scholarships that all military-connected students may find useful.  If you learn of any that can be added, please email us!

    Scholarships/Grants for Service Members and Veterans

    HOWARD UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIPS (HUFS) (Also for transfer students!)

    ARMED FORCES HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP 

    AAPA Veterans Caucus Scholarships

    AMVETS Natl Scholarship for Veterans

    Chapter Scholarships - AFCEA

    DAV Auxiliary Natl Educ Scholarship

    Dolphin Scholarship Foundation

    Fort Meade Officers Spouse’s Club Scholarships (members and dependents)

    FRA Education Foundation Scholarship (Navy, Marine, Coast Guard)

    Heroes Tribute Scholarship Program

    Imagine America Military Award Program

    Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant

    Leave No Veteran Behind

    MCA Chaplain Candidate Scholarship

    Military Commanders Scholarship Fund

    Military Order of the Purple Heart

    Nat Board Cert Counselors Foundation Scholarships

    Navy Seal Foundation (NSW personnel)

    Paralyzed Veterans of America

    Pat Tillman Education Scholarship

    Purple Heart Foundation

    ROTC Scholarship – AFCEA

    Student Financial Aid Guide for Veterans

    Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

    Sons and Daughters Pearl Harbor Survivor Scholarship

    Student Veterans of America

    Troops to Teachers Program

    VFW Help A Hero Scholarship

    War Veterans Scholarship - AFCEA

     

    Scholarships for Dependents (Spouses and Children)

    HOWARD UNIVERSITY FRESHMAN SCHOLARSHIPS (HUFS) (Also for transfer students!)

    American Legion Legacy Scholarship

    AMVETS

    Children’s Scholarship Fund (Elementary School)

    Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship

    Defense Commissary Agency

    FINRA Found Mil Spouse Fellowship Program – Financial Counselor

    Folds of Honor Scholarship

    • The is open to any dependent or spouse whose service member has either fallen or has a combined service-connected disability rating through the VA.  This year's application closes on March 31, 2022

    Fort Meade Enlisted Spouses’ Club Scholarships for dependent children

    Fort Meade Officers Spouse’s Club Scholarships (members and dependents)

    Gilman-McCain Scholarship

    • This is open to any child and spousal dependents of active or activated United States military personnel. This year's application closes on August 1, 2022 for programs between September 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023. 

    Hero’s Legacy Scholarship

    Hope for the Warriors Spouse/Caregiver

    Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (Marine; Navy Corpsman who served with Marine unit)

    Military Officers Assoc of America

    Military Order of the Purple Heart

    Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (Navy/Marine)

    Navy Seal Foundation (dependent of NSW member)

    NMFA Spouse Scholarships

    Noncommissioned Officer Association Scholarship

    Paralyzed Veterans of America

    Pat Tillman Education Scholarship

    Scholarships for Military Children

    Thanks USA Scholarships

     

    Additional information can be found by looking at PDF below including these opportunities above as well as other scholarships for minorities and databases:

    The following list contains several organizations which provide scholarships to military-connected students.

    Employment/Research/Internship Opportunities

    Several entities outside of Howard University reach out to engage with student veterans or share opportunities. In lieu of emailing each of these opportunities to all students, we put them on this announcement board.

    • Guggenheim Partners will be hosting its 10th annual Veterans Transition Assistance Program and I would like to make contact with your veteran community to ensure that any potential applicants are made aware of this great opportunity. The firm will run a paid 10-week summer internship across several business lines that will provide exposure and experience in the financial services industry. You can find a link to the application portal here: VTAP 2022. Due March 30, 2022.
    • CIBERVets creates an opportunity for veterans to transition to professional careers in International Business.
    • Military Voices Initiative at StoryCorp is looking for people to partner with. This initiative provides a platform for veterans, service members, and their families to preserve their stories at the Library of Congress. We like to call it a message in a bottle floating into the hearts of future generations.
    • The Veterans Curation Program (VCP) cares for Army Corps of Engineers at-risk archaeological collections while providing veterans with a bridge from military service into the public sector. To apply please visit: http://veteranscurationprogram.org/how-to-apply/
    • A Call for Veterans: The VA needs your help to better understand Loneliness in Veterans and Suicide Prevention for Veterans; study participation is voluntary and compensation is available.
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection is looking for veterans interested in internships and full time jobs: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/veterans/jobs-internships
    • Madison Barber and Jovan Hernandez at Metropolitan State University of Denver are conducting a research study on student veterans and their experiences with veteran discrimination, sense of belonging on campus, academic success, and overall mental well-being.  You can volunteer by clicking this link.