For students

We provide the following policies and resources to help military students succeed at Virginia Commonwealth University:

Enrollment verification

All students receiving benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs must submit the Request for Certification to Military Student Services each semester, including summer sessions. Our office certifies enrollment to the VA for processing. The VA determines eligibility for education assistance in all cases.

Students receiving benefits under Ch. 30 or Ch. 1606 of the Montgomery GI Bill must verify their enrollment to the VA each month on the Department of Veterans Affairs W.A.V.E. website.

Enrollment changes

Adding, dropping or withdrawing from classes can impact on VA benefits eligibility. Any changes to enrollment must be documented through the Request for Certification and submitted to Military Student Services.

Tutoring assistance

For tutoring assistance, call the Campus Learning Center at (804) 827-8108. The GI Bill also provides supplemental tutoring assistance for students enrolled at least half time who are falling behind in an approved course.

For questions about this program, contact the GI Bill helpline at (888) 442-4551.

Military student organizations

Joining a military student organization is great way to meet other veterans at VCU:

  • Student Veterans Association helps veterans take full advantage of the educational and career-enhancing opportunities provided at VCU through academic, social and service events.
  • VCU ROTC, in partnership with the University of Richmond ROTC Spider Battalion, enables students to participate in military classes and activities. The ROTC program sponsors a Ranger Challenge team, an elite group of cadets who train in Ranger tactics and compete in events against ROTC cadets from other universities.
  • Military Medical Student Association connects military medical students and faculty, and shares the contribution of military medicine with all medical students. For information, contact vcummsa@gmail.com.

Short-term military training

Faculty members are expected to make reasonable academic accommodations for students who are absent because of mandated short-term military training. Students who have been called for training during the semester, should contact the Military Student Services Office at (840) 828-6563 for important guidance.

Deployment

Military Services tuition relief allows special accommodations for students whose service in the military requires their sudden withdrawal from VCU when activated for more than 30 days. Download the tuition relief form.

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