MUIH welcomes all men and women with a background in the U.S. Armed Forces. Whether you are on active duty, in the Reserves or National Guard, a veteran, or a family member of a veteran, MUIH is dedicated to helping you succeed. The VA Certifying Official’s in The Office of the Registrar will certify your enrollment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) by providing your dates of enrollment and the courses that you are taking.

How to Apply for Benefits

New Student Veterans

Step 1. Complete the VA Application for Education Benefits

Step 2. Provide the following to the MUIH VA Certifying Officials:

If you have used VA education benefits previously at another university, you must complete VA Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training), either online or via mail.

Policy for Protections for VA Educational Benefit Users

Returning Student Veterans

Current students must request certification of their VA benefits immediately after registering for courses each trimester via the online form available here.

MUIH School Certifying Officials

The School Certifying Official is responsible for processing certifications of enrollment for all students receiving veteran educational benefits; updating and reporting accurate enrollment to the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA); and maintaining federal compliance. Early in the admission and registration process, students eligible for VA educational benefits must contact the School Certifying Official (SCO) and identify themselves. Students should realize that an SCO cannot determine eligibility for benefits; this is the sole responsibility of the VA.

Name Title Email
Rhonda Stokes Registrar
Leslie Lawrence Associate Registrar

Yellow Ribbon Program

MUIH proudly participates in the yellow ribbon program. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the maximum base pay amount

In addition, the VA will match MUIH contributions of $100 for eligible students, once the student has exceeded the national benefit maximum per the calendar year.

Veteran Students FAQ

Student Expectations

For a document with information on what is expected of MUIH students receiving Veterans Benefits, click here.

Once accepted as a VA student, do I have to submit a tuition deposit?

No! Students receiving Veteran’s benefits may indicate on their Admissions Reply Form that they are a VA Student.

How can I learn about education benefits available to veterans, and how do I apply for benefits?

You can visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs website or contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI-Bill-1) and speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor. After consulting with a Veterans Benefits Counselor through the US Department of Veterans Affairs, you can complete form 22-1990 online at www.va.gov.

Where can I obtain a copy of my certificate of eligibility?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will mail you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility after they have determined your eligibility.

Where do I submit my tuition assistance forms & tuition waiver forms?

Can VA students also qualify financial aid? If so, how do I apply for financial aid? And what types of aid are available for VA students?

Yes, VA students can apply for financial aid. To apply for federal financial aid, students should first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Maryland University of Integrative Health school code to use when completing the FAFSA is G25784. To complete the FAFSA Entrance Counseling, Master Promissory Note, and/or Exit Interview, students should go to www.studentloans.gov.
VA students who have completed the FAFSA are considered for these types of financial aid offered by MUIH:
-Loans
-Scholarship and Fellowships

How can I find out how much time I have remaining for VA education benefits?

You must contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI- Bill-1) or www.va.gov.

What is the maximum of VA funds that I can use yearly?

You must contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI- Bill 1) or www.va.gov.

Am I eligible to receive a housing allowance?

You must contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GI- Bill-1) or or www.va.gov to check for your eligibility. Housing Allowances are calculated by the VA, based upon the students Rate of Pursuit, their individual benefit type and course enrollment each term.

What is the difference between a part-time and full-time student status? How does it affect my housing allowance?

Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 3 credits to be considered half-time. Students enrolled in 6 credits or more are considered full-time.

For students using Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill, housing allowance is calculated based on rate of pursuit. For example, since full time is considered 6 credits, students enrolled into 3 credits are at 50% rate of pursuit, and will receive 50% of their housing allowance for the period they are enrolled. Housing allowance is only paid when a student has a rate of pursuit that is more than 50%.

Who certifies my enrollment status at MUIH, so that I can receive my VA benefit?

The Registrar’s Office certifies your enrollment status at MUIH.

When will my enrollment be certified?

You will be certified when the following requirements have been met:
-Appropriate paperwork* (Certificate of Eligibility) has been submitted to the University’s VA Certifying Official.
-You are registered for the term of certification.
-You have completed the online request form available here.

*Please note Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation recipients must submit a 22-1905 form approved by their Case Manager prior to enrollment certification. Please check with your VA representative for details.

How will I know if MUIH has processed my certification?

An email will be sent to you upon submission of your certification.

How long does it take to receive VA education tuition benefits?

Normally, it takes six to eight weeks from the date of certification. The VA will send funds via electronic transfer to our Finance Department. Call the US Department of Veterans Affairs if you have questions pertaining to payment of benefits.

Are tutoring fees or book stipends available?

YES, you must contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 (1- 888-GI-Bill-1) or www.va.gov to check for your eligibility. The form is called Individualized Tutorial Assistance form 22-1990t.

Do I need to notify the MUIH VA Official if I add, drop, withdraw from classes?

YES, you must always notify MUIH of any changes in credit/course load. * Email with any schedule adjustments from your muih.edu e-mail account.

*Please note that withdrawing from a course past the schedule adjustment period may result in necessary repayment of VA funds, including housing allowance. Please visit http://www.muih.edu/admissions/financial-aid/refund-policy for more information on MUIH’s refund policy or contact your VA representative for details.

Shopping Sheet for Expenses

Points of Contact

Academic and Career Advising

Program Name Email
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and Integrative Health Sciences Chelsey Barrett
Health Coaching and Health Promotion Caressa Olivo
Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, and Herbal Medicine Matt Mazick
Nutrition Laura Steck and Casey Simms and

Career Services

Program Name Email
Career Services Coordinator Rob Brooks

Academic Success, Disability Services and Counseling and Referral Services

Program Name Email
Associate Director of Student Support and Disability Services Mimi Getachew

Financial Aid

Program Name Email
Director of Financial Aid Kristina Dean

Student Accounts/Billing

Program Name Email
Senior Accountant Brian Donelan

Military & Veterans Education Benefits

It is recommended that all students who will be using VA Education Benefits review the GI Bill® website. For comprehensive VA Education Benefits counseling, including information pertaining to payment, availability of benefits or approvals call the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Division Program Name
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty – MGIB-AD)
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E)
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill (Active Duty or Veteran)
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill (Spouse or Dependent)
Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance – DEA)
Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve – MGIB-SR)
Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Survivor & Dependents Assistance Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.