Forms & Scholarships

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

Helpful Forms and Checklists

The New Student General Checklist is a basic guide to help incoming student veterans and family members through the steps necessary to utilize VA education benefits.  Some steps may not apply to every student.  If you have questions about any of the steps and if they apply to you, please contact the VETS Office.

New Student General Checklist

VETS.GOV is a web-based form submitted through an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that enables service members, veterans, their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for education benefits online.


The Yellow Ribbon program assists out-of-state students eligible for 100% Post 9/11 G.I. Bill ® (Chapter 33) by covering the cost of out-of-state tuition.

To qualify:

  • Student must provide proof of 100% eligibility under Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) G.I. Bill ® benefits
  • Student must be completely separated from Active Duty service, including terminal leave, prior to the first day of the semester
  • Student must complete the Yellow Ribbon Application and return it to the VETS Office

Yellow Ribbon Application

Using VA education benefits does not affect you eligibility for Federal Student Aid. Students should apply for FAFSA every year they plan on attending school.

Through Federal Student Aid, you can receive, but are not required to accept, federal grants, loans, and work-study awards.

When completing your FAFSA, funds from VA education benefits such as your monthly stipend do not count as income. They are considered “resources.” All other VA benefits such as compensation, pension, etc. are considered “non-taxable income” and must be documented as such on the form.

FAFSA Application

Tutorial assistance helps the student pay for necessary tutoring and is a supplement to the student’s regular education benefit. Tutorial assistance is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance at the half-time or greater rate and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary.


Student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Student must be enrolled in a post-secondary program at ½-time or more (Chapter 33 must be “at least 50%”).
  • Student must have a deficiency in a course that is part of his or her approved degree plan.
  • Student must be enrolled in the course during the semester or session. Tutoring may not occur between semesters or sessions or be used in preparation for an upcoming semester.
  • Student must provide the VETS Office with a letter from his or her professor documenting deficiency in the course and that individual tutoring is required to correct this deficiency.
  • Student must use university-approved tutors. Please see department main office for list of tutors.

Please contact the VETS Office if you wish to participate in Tutorial Assistance.

Tutorial Assistance Application

Additional Information regarding VA Tutorial Assistance

All students with military service are required to submit their military transcripts.  For Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, submit a copy of your Joint Service Transcripts.  For Air Force, submit your Community College of the Air Force transcripts.

Joint Service Transcript website


Instructions for submitting your transcripts can be found on the General Checklist form.

Scholarship Opportunities and Information

The University of Montana's Writing Center is providing a great opportunity to learn how to craft an effective scholarship essay. The next session will be announced once available.

Honorably Discharged Veteran Waiver.

a. Veterans From the Vietnam Era and Before (i.e., served anytime prior to May 8, 1975) - All honorably discharged persons who served with the United States forces in any of its wars and who are bona fide residents of the State of Montana for fee and tuition purposes are eligible for a waiver. This waiver shall not apply to persons who qualify for education stipends or other veterans’ educational benefits under federal law or regulation and shall apply only to those who have at some time qualified for benefits but whose benefits have expired or been exhausted.

b. Post-Vietnam Era Veterans (i.e., service began after May 7, 1975) - Veterans serving in the armed forces subsequent to the conflict in Vietnam are eligible for a waiver if the following conditions are met:


          a)The veteran has been awarded an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, or

          b) The veteran served in a combat theater in the Persian Gulf between August 2, 1990 and April 11, 1991 and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal, or

          c)The veteran has been awarded the Kosovo Campaign Medal.; or

          d)The veteran served in a combat theater in Afghanistan or Iraq after September 11, 2001 and received either the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Iraq Campaign Medal. For purposes of this policy any of the above noted medals shall be deemed to have been “awarded” to an individual if the individual was eligible for the medal but chose to receive another medal in lieu thereof.

     2) The veteran is pursuing his or her initial associate degree or initial baccalaureate degree.

     3) The veteran elected to become eligible for educational benefits under Title 38, Chapter 30 or 32, of the United States Code (or a successor federal program granting educational benefits based on active duty in the regular armed forces of the United States) and has exhausted such benefits or is no longer eligible for such benefits because of the passage of time. Participants in the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) or any similar contributory program who withdraw any portion of their contribution before the expiration date for their benefits are not eligible for the waiver.

     4) The veteran is a resident of Montana eligible for in-state tuition and fees under the policies of the board.

The Montana Honorably Discharged Veteran Tuition Waiver eliminates tuition costs charged to a qualifying student. It does not, however, waive any other charges.

Montana University System Policy and Procedures Manual

Honorable Discharge Waiver Application

This document lists different scholarships available to veterans and/or family members. Scholarships awarded from outside sources do not affect your GI Bill benefits.

Scholarship Information