Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits and Tuition Assistance (TA) Benefits

Western Seminary works with veterans and active duty armed forces personnel in the receiving of Veteran's Affairs (VA) and other educational benefits. A student’s ability to qualify for and receive these benefits is determined by the government and not Western Seminary, though a VA Certifying Official on Western staff is available to counsel students that may qualify to receive these benefits. That official will assist eligible students by certifying and tracking students’ enrollment and progress in their degree program. Students receiving these types of benefits will need to partner with their certifying official each semester to ensure full understanding and clear communication about enrollment.

If you are eligible to receive VA benefits, please follow these steps:

(1) Send your Certificate of Eligibility to the Certifying Official at your campus

(2) Complete and submit the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities for Students Receiving VA Benefits

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent the students enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to;
  • Require student secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny their access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;
  • Provide written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies

School Certifying Officials by campus:

Online Campus

Financial Aid Office
503.517.1814
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Portland Campus

Financial Aid Office
503.517.1814
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San Jose Campus

Wes Ehrhart
916.488.3720 x307
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Sacramento Campus

Wes Ehrhart
916.488.3720 x307
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For TA Benefits, please contact:

Reid Kisling
503.517.1820
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Research and apply for benefits online at:

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