Veterans Certification

New and transitioning students that have questions about the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) processes or benefit entitlements should contact the Veterans Resource Center or the Department of Veteran Affairs.

The Registrar’s Office is the School of Mines designated certifying official. This means that the Registrar’s Office certifies your enrollment at Mines to the VA every semester and can assist you with the processes for certifying your benefits with the VA.

Establishing VA Education Benefits

Students who have never received benefits must fill out the Application for Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) to establish their eligibility. Form 22-1990 may be filled out online at

If you are transferring our benefits, you must fill out a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995). Once these forms are processed, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility via regular mail. You must provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar’s Office with your Mines student ID number in person or via email at

Who can be certified to receive veteran education benefits?  

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients (active duty, veterans, dependents)
  • Students approved for Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)
  • Students using Tuition Assistance
  • Students using other VA benefits

    Veteran Registration Reporting Form (VRRF)

  • Submit a VRRF for each semester of enrollment after your registration is finalized and no more changes are anticipated. If you make changes to your registration after the initial submission of your VRRF, you must resubmit an updated VRRF as soon as possible.

    To ensure continued benefit payments, update your address with the VA by calling 888-442-4551.

    VA Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill

    Procedures for Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants and recipients  

    Active Duty and Veterans:


    VA Benefits – Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)

    To begin the transition to the School of Mines, contact the Veterans Resource Center located on the lower level of the Surbeck Center.

    Since the VA only pays for classes that are required for a student’s approved degree program, students should carefully review their degree audit on Banner/WebAdviser and work closely with their academic advisor to be sure all registered classes apply to their degree requirements.

    After registration is finalized, students should submit an online Veteran Registration Reporting Form (VRRF). The VRRF prompts the university to submit an enrollment certification to the VA which is required to start VA benefit payments for the term.

    The university sends official communications only to your Mines email account. Please check your account often and use it anytime you communicate with the university.

    VA Benefits – Tuition Assistance and Top Up

    Student Accounts handles Tuition Assistance (TA) for military members.

    Will you be applying for SD State Tuition Assistance?

  • How to Apply:
  • Contact: SSG Andy Kennedy at 

  • Will you be applying for Federal Tuition Assistance?

  • Tuition Assistance funds are a unique, distinct source of financial aid available to eligible Service members and is the first payer.
  • Prior to enrolling please contact your Educational Officer for approval.
  • Contact: Ms. Linda Abbott 605-767-6675 or

       How to Apply for Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)

  • Go to
  • Select "Create/Activate Account
  • Complete the required personal information 4-This will give student a username and password 5-Log back in with username and password 6-Select "Request TA Access" smart link 7-View the "Welcome to VIA" video 8-Go thru assessment and answer questions 9-Select a career goal/degree program and home college 10-Submit request for account approval 11-Once account is approved, Soldier receives an e-mail/text 12-Go back into GoArmyEd and select "Request TA" link 13-Complete the Common Application (for the college info) 14-Sign the statement of understanding (SOU) 15-Load course/cost verification document into e-file and save 16-Select your course, fill out missing information (dates/prices, etc.), and submit 17-Soldier will receive an e-mail once the TA has been approved. 

      Will you be applying for MilTA (Air Force Tuition Assistance)?  

Military Tuition Assistance


The Air Force Military Tuition Assistance (MilTA) program is an important quality of life program that provides tuition for college courses taken by active duty personnel during off-duty hours. MilTA is capped at $250 per semester hour (or $166 per quarter hour) and is restricted to a maximum of $4500 per fiscal year. The program is one of the most frequent reasons given for enlisting and re-enlisting in the Air Force.

General Rules

Air Force Military Tuition Assistance is authorized for active duty Airmen pursuing an educational goal. An education plan must be on file with the base education office. Military Tuition Assistance is authorized for college goals up to the master’s level. MilTA is not authorized for courses leading to a lateral or lower-level degree than already possessed. For additional information please contact your base education office.


  • TA will be provided for a CCAF degree regardless of your current education level.
  • Airmen apply for Military Tuition Assistance online via AFVEC during the school's registration period. Airmen may also call their base education office and discuss other options for applying when on TDY.
  • Airmen are expected to discuss their schedule with their supervisor to ensure that participation has his/her support.
  • After completing a tuition assistance request form and registering for class, Airmen may still drop/change courses without penalty as long as the course has not started and the base education office and the academic institution are notified. If Airmen drop a course after the drop / add period, they must still notify the base education office and the academic institution but are liable for the cost of tuition, unless they qualify for a waiver of tuition assistance reimbursement.
  • If an Airman receives a grade of incomplete from an academic institution, he/she must clear the incomplete or reimburse the government for the full amount of tuition assistance.

If you plan on using tuition assistance in conjunction with other VA benefits:

Tuition Assistance Top Up  

To be eligible for the Top-up benefit, you must be approved for federal Tuition Assistance by a military department and be eligible for MGIB-Active Duty benefits or the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The amount of this benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military for the course.

See the GI Bill website for  Tuition Assistance Top-Up details including application procedures.

VA Benefits – Other Benefit

If you plan on using any other benefits:






Office of the Registrar

O'Harra Building, Room 201

Office Hours

Academic Year:
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Phone: (605) 394-2400
Fax: (605) 394-1268

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