In recognition of your military service to our country, you and your spouse/dependents may be eligible to receive government financial assistance for career education and training. The Veterans Administration administers GI Bill benefits for your use.
Veterans and reservists of the US armed services enroll into Trinity Western's programs through the same process as their classmates. However, if you wish to receive GI Bill benefits to pay in part for your tuition, then you need to complete the VA process as soon as possible.
1. Go online to the VA's GI Bill website and apply for benefits:
- Select Trinity Western University Bellingham as your training center when completing their process.
- If the VONAPP system provides you with a confirmation form, print two copies. Keep one for yourself and provide one to TWU for file
- For any questions regarding your GI benefits or for assistance applying, call the VA at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GIBILL1). Be sure to explain that Trinity Western University courses are on non-standard enrollment schedules (our semesters are for accelerated lengths).
2. Upon receipt of certificate of eligibility or award letter from the VA, please provide a copy to Trinity Western University as soon as possible. We cannot certify your enrollment without this paper.
3. The Trinity Western certifying officer will certify your enrollments one course at a time (or more if courses overlap) using the VA's online certification system.
- All official transcripts must be received and evaluated by us in order for you to have your Trinity Western courses certified for benefits. This is to protect you against over-funding of unnecessary courses.
- Once certified and classes begin, you may be required to verify your continued attendance monthly online at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do . Your award letter will indicate if this is necessary.
- Please note that VA funding is not applicable to practicum and electives.
Your enrollments will be certified by Trinity Western Bellingham per course, but the VA will calculate your actual enrollment based upon any overlapping class times or gaps between classes, and determine your rate of pursuit or % of enrollment for the purpose of issuing your monies. The VA will provide you with an estimate of this amount.
Note that other scholarship opportunities are available to active duty service members, reservists and veterans. Some of these include:
- Assistance listed at e-VETS website provided by the US Dept of Labor:
- National Resource Directory extensive list of scholarships:
- Army ROTC Green to Gold program:
- Air Force scholarship advice includes numerous scholarships:
- Washington State Scholarship Search:https://fortress.wa.gov/hecb/thewashboard/login.aspx