Veteran Applications

Veterans face unique challenges when they attend college, from navigating the VA, finding academic and personal counseling, finding peers that understand military life and receiving help for disabilities. Let us help you connect with all of the resources available to you in the community.

At SMU, we recognize and appreciate you and your family's sacrifice and service, and we look forward to helping you on your educational journey. Our Veteran’s Resource Center at SMU will help you maximize your educational benefits, which may include programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program. Your eligibility will be based on several factors, including when and where you served, and for how long. Veteran’s educational benefits often include tuition, fees, housing allowance, and books and supplies. 


Application Process

First, you’ll need to apply and be accepted into one of our programs, before you are able to use any approved veterans benefits at SMU. Learn more about the SMU admissions process.

Apply for VA Benefits

Second, determine your eligibility for educational benefits for you or your dependents and then submit your online application. What follows is a list of resources and links to help you get started. We suggest you apply for benefits well in advance of your anticipated enrollment at SMU to avoid any delays. 

Taking the Next Steps

The VA typically takes 30 days to process education benefit claims. If your claim is approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) award letter in the mail. You can bring this document to SMU’s Military and Veteran Student Services office, and we’ll help you complete our financial aid and enrollment process. 

Additional Resources

The Department of Veterans Affairs has many resources available to help you determine your eligibility as well as help you make your educational benefits claim 888.442.4551.


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