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Educational Benefits for Veterans

The Institute of World Politics is committed to ensuring that our veteran student population is well integrated into the overall culture of our unique institution.

IWP administers a number of education programs that are directed towards active duty military personnel, veterans, and dependents. The benefits for each program will be dependent upon certain eligibility requirements that will be outlined in the information below. If you qualify (or believe that you may qualify) for any of the various benefit programs listed here, please do not hesitate to inquire. For additional information contact a VA education representative at 1-888-GIBILL-1 or contact the VA online.

GI Bill®

Chapter 30 The Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty, is for individuals who enlisted in the military after June 30, 1985. The MGIB provides up to 36 months of education benefits to individuals who qualify.

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, is a unique program for veterans with service-connected disabilities. If determined eligible by a VR&E caseworker, full tuition, fees, and books are paid for by the VA to the school.

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 provides benefits to individuals with at least 90 days of service after September 10, 2001, or to individuals discharged with service-connected disability after 30 days. Ch. 33 provides financial support for education as well as a monthly housing allowance.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is an agreement between IWP and the Department of Veteran Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

Chapter 35 Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans.

Chapter 1606 Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) is a benefit program available to members of the military who are in the Selected Reserve.

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency as declared by the President or Congress.

How to Apply

In attempts to make the application process as seamless as possible, we suggest that new students who are interested in using their veterans’ benefits, complete the VONAPP (Veterans’ On-Line Application) to electronically submit their information to determine their eligibility.

Once you have completed the VONAPP, the following must be provided to the Office of the Registrar in order to process your benefits claim:

Certificate of Eligibility/Notice of Basic Eligibility
VA Enrollment Certification Request

Returning Students

Once you have finalized your course schedule for the upcoming term, please submit a VA Certification Request Form to ensure that your benefits are paid in a timely manner.

In the event that you adjust your schedule, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar within 24-48 hours and submit an updated VA Certification Request Form.

NOTE: IWP’s recruitment efforts are target audiences with a passionate interest in pursing careers in diplomacy, intelligence and national security affairs. Such individuals can be found in many different places including university students, working professionals and the veteran community. To engage these individuals, IWP does the following:

  1. Participates in Graduate and Career Fairs
  2. Holds Open Houses at IWP
  3. Creates and distributes informational materials at universities, work places and military facilities
  4. Advertising on the IWP website and graduate school forums
  5. Digital marketing via LinkedIn and Facebook.

IWP does not engage in fraudulent and aggressive recruitment of military students including, but not limited to, providing compensation to individuals for securing military enrollments or engaging in high-pressure recruitment tactics. We do not seek out or in participate activities such as paying for veteran information as a recruiting tool or the promise of added benefits (outside of VA) from IWP. To accommodate the veteran community, IWP does offer scholarship options to those whose VA benefits may expire prior to the completion of their degree, but these scholarships are in sync with what would be offered to similarly competitive non-veteran students who do not have VA benefits.

Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to educational institutions on behalf of eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Each branch has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process and restrictions. Funds are approved on a course-by-course basis dependent upon degree requirements. Students using TA may also use other eligible financial aid. For estimated net price information, click the Net Price Calculator.

TA is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the Department of Defense policy (DoDI 1322.25 4. F, 2, d), IWP will return any unearned TA funds to the Military Department on a proportional basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned to the Military Department based upon when a student stops attending.

If a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, IWP will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will minimize the impact to the student for the returned portion.

Service members should visit their respective Military Service’s education portal for additional information about Military Tuition Assistance. Eligible Service members must also receive approval from an Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within the Military Service prior to enrolling.


When a student drops from the class before the 100% refund deadline, 100% of the TA will be returned to the Military Department.

When a student “officially” withdraws from a course after the 100% refund date, the date of withdrawal will be used as the last date of attendance. If a student receives an “F” grade for a course, that may be considered an “unofficial” withdrawal for TA purposes only.

For unofficial withdrawals, IWP will use the last date of attendance. Once the last date of date has been determined, IWP will recalculate your TA eligibility based on the following formula:

Number of classes completed/Total weeks of the course = Percent earned

Return of funds

Determining eligibility for TA is class specific. The start and end date will be used for each class to determine eligibility. Using the formula above, IWP will be required to return to the Military Department some or all of the TA awarded to service members that did not complete at least 60% of each course; possibly creating a balance on your IWP student account.


Veterans who chose IWP

Contact an Admissions Officer

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 at