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 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?

    Will you be applying for Federal 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:
7:30 am to 4:30 pm
7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: (605) 394-2400
Fax: (605) 394-1268

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