How Do I Use Federal Veterans Benefits at Marquette?

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Programs new students can't enroll in and use VA Education Benefits

The 85/15 Ratio Requirement prohibits paying VA education benefits to students enrolling in a program when more than 85% of the students enrolled in that program are having a portion of their tuition, fees or other charges paid for them by the school or VA.

If the ratio of supported to non-supported students exceed 85% at the time a new student with VA education benefits enters, the student cannot receive benefits in the program.

Only new students using Chapter 31 or Chapter 35 will be able to use VA Education Benefits if enrolling in the programs listed below.

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Bachelor of Arts

French - Francophone Arts and Cultures

Bachelor of Science

Statistical Science



Health Systems Leadership

Renewable Energy Technology and Integration

Special Notice Regarding the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington D.C.

Students planning to study at the Les Aspin Center for Government in Washington D.C. are not able to utilize Veterans Education Benefits during their enrollment at the Center.  

Students who have used Federal VA Education Benefits at Marquette

First time users of Federal VA Education Benefits

Transferring from another institution

Chapter 30, 33, 1606 or 1607 recipients who used benefits at another institution and are now attending Marquette:

Chapter 35 recipients who used benefits at another institution and are now attending Marquette:

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the annual maximum cap for private institutions.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. 

The Yellow Ribbon Enhancement contribution is applied to remaining tuition and fee charges, not including housing, after a student exhausts the Chapter 33 national maximum for the academic year.  The Yellow Ribbon contribution amount listed in the table below may not covers a student's remaining tuition balance.  In this case, the student must make other arrangements to cover their tuition and fee balance after all Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon payments have been applied.

The table below identifies the contributions that Marquette University will provide to eligible students in conjunction with the Yellow Ribbon Program: 

College/School # of eligible students sponsored Amount per student for
Academic Year 2022-2023
 Undergraduate Colleges  Unlimited  $10,144.32
 Graduate School  10  $1,000.00
 Graduate School of Management  10  $1,000.00
 Law School  7  $11,664.32
 School of Dentistry (includes Post-Doctoral program)  3  $9,000.00



Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding.  Therefore, a student may be eligible if:

  • Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 36 months.
  • were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and they served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
  • are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

Application for Yellow Ribbon program is on a first come first served basis; as Marquette's participation is limited to the number of students in specified programs.  To apply student will have to:

  • provide the Office of the Registrar with a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) which certifies award at the 100% rate and potentially eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program contribution.
  • completes the Marquette Application for Certification of VA Education Benefits (must be registered for classes) and indicate that they are eligible and wish to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Once these documents are received and if a Yellow Ribbon position is available the the Office of the Registrar will apply the contribution based upon the students need.

The Office of the Registrar will notify the sponsoring School/Program, the Office of the Bursar and the Office of Student Financial Aid with the names of students who will be awarded additional education benefits based on the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Enrollment Verification

All Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) (Ch 30 & Ch 1606) students are required to verify enrollment monthly.  Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33) students receiving Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) are now required to verify their enrollment to continue receiving their MHA.  Chapter 33 students must call the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-442-4551 to provide the VA with your contact information.

What is enrollment verification?

Enrollment verification is a new requirement for Post-9/11 GI Bill® students.  Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) students this new requirement does not represent a change for you, as MGIB students are already required to verify enrollment.  When verifying enrollment, students are verifying that they have remained enrolled in the same courses or training every month. 

This requirement does not impact other programs, such as the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA), or the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship.

Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) 

Verify enrollment using the following methods:

  • use the Web Automated Verification or Enrollment (WAVE) portal.
  • call the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378).

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33)

Verify enrollment using the following method:

Text Message

Enrollment verification via text message is safe and secure.  VA will never ask for your personal information, such as social security number or bank account information via text.  VA strongly recommends text message verification for verifying your enrollment.

  • Opt in:  Students with a U.S. mobile phone number can use text messages as a simple, quick option for verifying monthly enrollment. As your enrollment approaches, you will receive the following opt-in text: “Post-9/11 GI Bill housing and kicker payments now require monthly enrollment verification. Would you like to submit yours via text? Please reply YES or NO.” Reply “YES” to opt in. The text message link will expire 14 days after receipt, so please respond within that time frame.
  • Verify: After opting in, you can verify your enrollment every month simply by responding to the following text message from VA: “Did you remain enrolled in your courses in MON YYYY as certified? Please reply YES or NO. If you have dropped all your courses, you must reply NO.” Reply “YES” to verify enrollment for the previous month.

What happens if I fail to verify my enrollment?

It is imperative that claimants read all correspondence received from the VA.  Montgomery GI Bill® recipients who fail to verify enrollment each month will not receive a monthly payment.  Post 9/11 GI Bill® recipients who fail to verify enrollment for two consecutive months will not receive MHA/kicker payments.


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How to verify enrollment: Post 9/11 GI Bill Students


Contact Marquette Central

Students who need assistance with anything concerning VA education benefits should contact Marquette Central and request to be connected with the first available VA School Certifying Official.