Military and Veteran Students Resources

Samuel Merritt University is dedicated to providing the highest quality of comprehensive support to veteran students and creating an atmosphere of commitment, respect, and academic excellence.  Whether you are enhancing your role in the military or transitioning to a civilian career, our medical career-focused programs will help you with your goals. Service members are encouraged to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling at Samuel Merritt University.

Step 1:  Apply for Admission to Samuel Merritt University (SMU)

  • **You can complete the application process to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) while you are completing the admission and enrollment process at SMU

Step 2:  Apply for VA Educational Benefits 

If applying for the first time: 

  • Complete application for VA Educational Benefits.  
  • Chapter 30, 33, 1606 (for veterans or active service members): complete application Form 22-1990.    
  • Chapter 35 (Dependent's Educational Assistance Program - for dependents or spouse): complete application Form 22-5490
  • Chapter 31 (Vocational Readiness & Employment (VR&E)): you must apply for benefits through your local VA office or you may complete the application online.  

Previously Certified at Another Institution (if previously used benefits at another institution)

  • Chapter 30, 33, 1606 or 1607: complete and submit Form 22-1995 (Change of Program or Place of Training). 
  • Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance Program): complete and submit Form 22-5495 (Change of Program or Place of Training).  
  • Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation: updated authorization required, must be signed by VA counselor approving attendance at SMU. 

Step 3:  Contact Financial Aid

  • Apply for Financial Aid; the priority deadline is March 2nd of each year. 
  • When you complete the FAFSA, be sure to list SMU's school code:  Code:  007012
  • If using Chapter 33 or 31, your tuition/fees will be paid by VA based on your benefit eligibility.  You are responsible for any portion of tuition/fees not covered by VA benefits.  

Step 4:  Certification Process

All of the following documents can be submitted to the following email:

  • Documents Needed:
    • Submit copy of DD214 (Member 4)
    • Submit copy of Certificate of Eligibility when received from VA. 
    • For Chapter 31 (VR&E benefits), verify that authorization has been submitted to SMU from your VR&E Counselor.  

Step 5:  Registration & Certification Request 

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill®

  • The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable Discharge to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.
  • May transfer some or all of entitlement to dependents if sponsor is on active duty
  • Percentage of benefits paid is based on amount of active duty time after Sep 11, 2001 (40 – 100%)
  • Pays tuition and fees, book stipend, and housing stipend to the percent of benefits payable of sponsor and training time (full-time vs. part-time)

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill®

  • Available to those active duty members who enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces, and paid $100 per month for 12 months. This entitles them to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation
  • Not transferable to dependents
  • Pays the student a monthly stipend in arrears based on training time (full-time vs. part-time)
  • Must verify school attendance monthly

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service

  • Assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs
  • Provides comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills and interests
  • Offers assistance with post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
  • For veterans with a disability rating greater than 20%
  • Pays tuition and fees, books and supplies voucher, and monthly housing stipend
  • Must see Vocational Rehabilitation counselor to determine eligibility

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill® – Select Reserve

  • Available to those reservists and National Guard members who are actively drilling and have a 6-year obligation in the Selected Reserve
  • Pays a monthly stipend in arrears based on training time (full-time vs part-time)
  • Must verify school attendance monthly

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

  • A Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
  • Pays a monthly stipend in arrears based on training time (full-time vs part-time)
  • Must verify school attendance monthly

Chapter 35 – Survivor’s and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

  • You must be the son, daughter or spouse of:
    • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must rise out of active service in the Armed Forces
    • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence
    • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force
    • A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power
    • A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability.
  • Pays a monthly stipend in arrears based on training time (full-time vs part-time)

For additional information visit GI Bill® Website


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Less than 6.00 units


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3.00 to 5.50 units
Less than Half-Time
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Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns and we will respond as soon as possible. 

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