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Welcome Active Duty Servicemembers, Veterans, Spouses and Dependents

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Thank you for your personal service or for the service of your relative to our nation!

This website honors those "selfless souls" that have served, are currently serving, and their families.  Personal integrity, commitment, loyalty, dedication, duty, honor, and sacrifice are "hallmark" terms that accurately describe veterans. 

The Office of the Registrar's VA Certifying Officials assist with the GI Bill process and serve as liaisons between: the student and Veterans Affairs; Veterans Affairs and JMU; JMU and the student; and the State Approving Agency (SAA) in Virginia and JMU.  


529 Savings Plans and Post 9/11 Recipients

If you are a Post 9/11 recipient and will be using any 529 savings plans, we must know what the money is allowed to cover and have documented proof.  Certain 529 plans are tuition/fee specific and can only pay those costs. These plans fall under the VA policy where VA wants to be the net payer of:

"The actual net cost for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the institution for the program of education after the application of any waiver of, or reduction in, tuition and fees; and any scholarship, waiver, or other Federal, State, institutional, or employer-based aid or assistance (excluding loans and title IV funds, such as Federal Pell Grants, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Plus Loans, Perkins Loans, etc) that is provided directly to the institution and specifically designated for the sole purpose of defraying tuition and fees."

529 plans that only cover tuition and fees fall under this policy (ex - Virginia529 PrePaid plan) and the money being used each semester must be deducted before we report tuition and fees to VA.

MSDEP Online Application Now Available

The VMSDEP application is now available to be completed and submitted online; the paper application is no longer accepted. 

Click here to be taken to the VMSDEP portal.



JMU has been selected by G.I. Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2014.

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This honor places JMU in the top 20% of all schools nationwide.

Helpful Link for determining educational benefits eligibility resume building and job search  http://veterans.nbcnews.com/


NEW - GI Bill Comparison Tool

Thanks to VA’s new GI Bill® Comparison Tool , you can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries. Before this tool launched, estimating how much beneficiaries may receive under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit was challenging. The new comparison tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click.

In addition, you can find and compare information on our 10,000+ approved education and training programs, including estimated tuition and fee amounts and your projected housing allowance. Also available are each school’s graduation rate, student loan default rate and Yellow Ribbon participation. Together, the GI Bill benefit estimator and school comparison information enable students to compare education options and make the best decision for their future. In the future, VA will add additional functionality to the tool, including the ability to compare up to three schools side-by-side.


  Throughout our history, Americans have embraced and aspired to live up to our great national declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Since 1776, Americans have been called on to safeguard these principles through their service in uniform. Each year, Veterans Day is set aside for us to pause and reflect, to recall and to recognize, and to honor and celebrate the service and sacrifices of those who, for 237 years, have shouldered the immense responsibility of defending our freedom. Through these annual observances, we also rededicate ourselves to fulfilling President Abraham Lincoln’s charge to all Americans to care for those “who shall have borne the battle” and for their families.
Today, less than one percent of our population bears the responsibility of our national defense, and just over seven percent of all Americans living today have worn our Nation’s uniforms. Our Department is dedicated to serving Veterans of every generation with commitment, respect, and advocacy equal to their service and sacrifice. This is our noble mission, and we consider it a sacred duty.
As we mend bodies and spirits, deliver life-enhancing and life-saving benefits, and provide honored final resting places, let us take pride in our Nation’s willingness to fulfill its obligations for services already rendered, down payments already made, and wellness already sacrificed by Veterans to whom we owe so much. They should never be made to feel that their service is not appreciated or that our memory of the costs they have borne is fleeting.
Our gratitude should not be expressed only one day a year, but stand as an abiding commitment—every day of the year. In that way, Veterans, their families, and our survivors will never have to question the readiness of this large and powerful country to meet their need to live productive lives with respect and dignity.
There will never be enough we can do for those who have given so much personal treasure for the rest of us. And having them worry that their safety and security is something negotiable denies them the respect and dignity they earned. We must do this right and well for those future generations of Americans, who deserve to have their Constitution protected and their freedoms preserved.
On this Veterans Day 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women, who serve today at duty stations around the globe, and who have served in years past with the same unwavering commitment to protect all that we hold dear. On behalf of the American people, it is our privilege—today and every day—to help the Nation demonstrate its debt of gratitude to those who have so willingly fulfilled citizenship’s highest calling.
Eric K. Shinseki

For Veterans/families being charged out-of-state tuition:

The initial decision on residency will be made by our undergraduate Admissions Office. To be eligible for a military exception, you would need to be assigned a permanent duty station in Virginia (Note: The Pentagon is actually in Virginia.)

Receiving VA Benefits does not automatically qualify a servicemember/veteran/dependent for in-state tuition and residency. Please contact the following individuals with questions regarding residency:

  • If you are an incoming student and have questions about the fall semester and domicile, please contact Tammy Senger-Puckett in our Admissions Office at 540-568-5681.

  • If you have questions after your initial semester’s domicile or your situation changes, please contact Linda Combs at 540-568-3745 or combslc@jmu.edu.  Ms. Combs handles all domicile reclassifications for undergraduate and graduate students.


Attention - VA MOST LIKELY will not pay until end of September for Fall semesters and end of February for Spring semesters

  • We must have your "JMU Request for VA Educational Benefits" form to process your semester enrollment. No Form = no money 
  • Please have funds upfront each semester to cover books and room and board charges (or 2 months of living expenses if living off campus). 
  •  If a student is living on campus, the Room and Board charges must be paid by the 1st Friday of the semester to avoid a late fee and a hold. 
  • Be sure to return your JMU Form promptly in order to not delay payments further.
  • You must return the JMU Form to request benefits.

 To make VA inquiries, call 1-888-442-4551, Monday-Friday, 8am - 8pm (EST).

You can also ask VA a question using the Right Now Web Inquiry

Additionally, students are encouraged to register and utilize My eBenefits to assist them in the following: 

  • Obtaining up-to-date information on their educational entitlement

  • Updating their direct deposit and personal contact information

  • Downloading VA letters and personal documents

  • Viewing the current status of their payments (both education and disability)

Students can register for either a Basic or Premium account but must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligiblity Reporting System (DEERS) to obtain either account type. Visit eBenefits for more information. 

JMU SVA is on Facebook

Click Here to join the group or type in "JMU Student Veterans Association" on Facebook.

The “8 Keys to Success” for Veteran Success include the following:  

1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for Veterans.

2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.

3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all Veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.

4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all Veterans, together with the creation of a designated space (even if limited in size).

5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for Veterans.

6. Use a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on Veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion.

7. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to Veterans.

8. Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for Veterans.

Office Information:

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Location: Warren Hall A504
Phone : 540.568.6569 (Trudy Ham)
540.568.4769 (Kelly Burch)
     Fax: 540.568.5615
Email (choose one): hamth@jmu.edu