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    Jun 23, 2024  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterans’ Educational Benefits

American University’s degree and graduate-certificate programs are reviewed annually by DC’s State Approving Agency and the VA for VA Educational Benefits eligibility. These programs are approved for educational benefits under the various federal laws relating to veterans. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and up-to-date information, changes in federal regulations and university policy may occur at any time without notice. For the most accurate and up-to-date information please visit or email

Certification of Enrollment to the Veterans Administration

After registering for classes, new, continuing, or transfer students who intend to use their VA educational benefits must submit an online Request for Certification of Enrollment for VA Benefits form every semester/term and submit it to AU Central - Veteran Services. Enrollment will be certified with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after AU Central - Veteran Services has received the request. To fill out the Certification Request form, go to, select applications and information, then select Request for Certification.

Students who are entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31 (Veterans Readiness and Employment), Chapter 33 (Post-9/11), or Chapter 35 (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance) GI Bill® Benefits must submit the following:

  • Certificate of eligibility or a Statement of Benefits from the VA website - eBenefits (must be submitted once)
  • Request for Certification via AU’s website (this must be completed each semester or term)
  • Approved Purchase Order from VR&E (Chapter 31 only/submitted each semester/term or year)

If these steps have been taken, AU will not impose any penalty including finance charges and will not deny access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities until after payment from the VA has been received or 90 days after the School Certifying Official submits a request for tuition and fees to the VA, whichever date is earlier. Students will not be required to borrow additional funds in the interim of a delayed disbursement of VA funding from Chapter 31, Chapter 33, or Chapter 35.

Any balance due 90 days after a student’s tuition and fees have been certified to the VA that is not covered by received or pending VA Education Benefits funding will be subject to monthly finance charges of .05% of the balance due and an account balance stop.

Important Academic Regulations for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students using any Chapter VA Educational benefit who fail to meet the conditions of their probation outlined in Regulation 5.7  of the Undergraduate Regulations will not be eligible to continue to use VA Education Benefits in future semesters and may be dismissed.

For further information on the administration of veterans’ educational benefits, inquiries may be emailed to or by visiting the Veterans Services team in AU Central, 201 Asbury Building.

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 website: Education and Training Home (