Study Away Using VA Benefits

Students can use Chapter 33 VA Education Benefits (for other Chapters, contact UM's Military and Veterans Services Office for more information) at an approved location either at another school in the United States or another country. When using VA Education benefits at another campus (host campus) there are a few questions that need to be answered.

Q1. Who is receiving the tuition and fees for the classes?

Q2. Where is the student degree-seeking?

Q3. What will the VA pay for and what is the student's fiscal responsibility?

Q4. Is the program at the host campus approved?

Q5. Will the classes the student is taking transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements at the home campus.

Please review the answers for each program (Study Abroad, National Student Exchange and other options) below.

For further assistance or specific questions about any options to study away please contact UM's Military and Veterans Services Office and we will be happy to assist.

Programs

Study Abroad is for students who want to study in a foreign country. For more information and to apply for a study abroad program please visit UM's page for study abroad.

Answers to the questions for the Study Abroad program while using VA Benefits:

Q1. Who is receiving the tuition and fees for the classes?

     A1. The only time the tuition and fees will be paid to the University of Montana is if the Study Abroad trip is instructor-led and billed through the University of Montana.

     A2. The VA will not pay for a Study Abroad program that is sponsored by a 3rd party unless the 3rd party is approved for VA Educations benefits.

     A3. If the student is seeking to attend school overseas outside of the Study Abroad program please review the "Other Options" section.

 Q2. Where is the student degree-seeking?

     A1. When the student is participating in a UM instructor-led program then the student should be degree-seeking at the University of Montana.

Q3. What will the VA pay for and what is the student's fiscal responsibility?

     A1. Please review the VA Fact Sheet for more information on what the VA will pay based on different scenarios. 

Q4. Is the program at the host campus approved?

     A1. For a list of approved schools and programs visit the Public WEAMS website. Search by Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) and then by state or country. This will list schools that are approved and within that school, you can view programs that are approved and it will list the points of contact (School Certifying Official (SCO)) at that location.

Q5. Will the classes the student is taking transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements at the home campus.

     A1. The student's program advisor will need to verify the classes the student takes will transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements. The advisor will want to work with the admissions transcript evaluators to verify and may need to provide certification to the home campus SCO who may need to send a parent letter to the host campus SCO to verify.

National Student Exchange (NSE) is for students who want to study at an approved location within the United States. For more information and to apply to the NSE program please visit UM's NSE page.

Answers to the questions for the NSE program while using VA Benefits:

Q1. Who is receiving the tuition and fees for the classes?

     A1. When using VA Benefits with the NSE program the student can only select to pay at the host school option ("pay away"), the student cannot use the home payment option while using VA benefits.

 Q2. Where is the student degree-seeking?

     A1. When the student is participating in the NSE program the student should be degree-seeking at UM; however, if the student is going to transfer to another school and be degree-seeking at that location they will need to transfer their benefits and this is not part of the NSE program.

Q3. What will the VA pay for and what is the student's fiscal responsibility?

     A1. The VA will pay the standard tuition and fees as charged by the host school which is the location that will verify the student's classes to the VA for their benefits, please contact the host location School Certifying Official (SCO) for more information on that location's standard tuition and fees.

Q4. Is the program at the host campus approved?

     A1. For a list of approved schools and programs visit the Public WEAMS website. Search by Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) and then by state. This will list schools that are approved and within that school, you can view programs that are approved and it will list the points of contact (SCO) at that location.

Q5. Will the classes the student is taking transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements at the home campus.

     A1. The student's program advisor will need to verify the classes the student takes will transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements. The advisor will want to work with the admissions transcript evaluators to verify and may need to provide certification to the home campus SCO who may need to send a parent letter to the host campus SCO to verify.

Students do not have to be participating in the Study Abroad or National Exchange Program to take classes at another location; however, the application process with the other school will be the student's responsibility. Students can take classes at UM and another location at the same time in this instance and would be a guest student at the other location for the classes which are approved for VA Education benefits.

Answers to the questions for using VA Benefits at another location:

Q1. Who is receiving the tuition and fees for the classes?

     A1. When using VA Benefits while taking classes at another location, that location will receive the tuition and fees for approved classes.

 Q2. Where is the student degree-seeking?

     A1. When the student is taking classes at another location the student should be degree-seeking at UM; however, if the student is going to transfer to another school and be degree-seeking at that location they will need to transfer their benefits.

Q3. What will the VA pay for and what is the student's fiscal responsibility?

     A1. The VA will pay the standard tuition and fees as charged by the host school which is the location that will verify the student's classes to the VA for their benefits, please contact the host location School Certifying Official (SCO) for more information on that location's standard tuition and fees.

Q4. Is the program at the host campus approved?

     A1. For a list of approved schools and programs visit the Public WEAMS website. Search by Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) and then by state. This will list schools that are approved and within that school, you can view programs that are approved and it will list the points of contact (SCO) at that location.

Q5. Will the classes the student is taking transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements at the home campus.

     A1. The student's program advisor will need to verify the classes the student takes will transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements. The advisor will want to work with the admissions transcript evaluators to verify and may need to provide certification to the home campus SCO who may need to send a parent letter to the host campus SCO to verify.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is for students who want to study in a foreign country. For more information and to apply for a study abroad program please visit UM's page for study abroad.

Answers to the questions for the Study Abroad program while using VA Benefits:

Q1. Who is receiving the tuition and fees for the classes?

     A1. The only time the tuition and fees will be paid to the University of Montana is if the Study Abroad trip is instructor-led and billed through the University of Montana.

     A2. The VA will not pay for a Study Abroad program that is sponsored by a 3rd party unless the 3rd party is approved for VA Educations benefits.

     A3. If the student is seeking to attend school overseas outside of the Study Abroad program please review the "Other Options" section.

 Q2. Where is the student degree-seeking?

     A1. When the student is participating in a UM instructor-led program then the student should be degree-seeking at the University of Montana.

Q3. What will the VA pay for and what is the student's fiscal responsibility?

     A1. Please review the VA Fact Sheet for more information on what the VA will pay based on different scenarios. 

Q4. Is the program at the host campus approved?

     A1. For a list of approved schools and programs visit the Public WEAMS website. Search by Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) and then by state or country. This will list schools that are approved and within that school, you can view programs that are approved and it will list the points of contact (School Certifying Official (SCO)) at that location.

Q5. Will the classes the student is taking transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements at the home campus.

     A1. The student's program advisor will need to verify the classes the student takes will transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements. The advisor will want to work with the admissions transcript evaluators to verify and may need to provide certification to the home campus SCO who may need to send a parent letter to the host campus SCO to verify.

National Student Exchange (NSE) is for students who want to study at an approved location within the United States. For more information and to apply to the NSE program please visit UM's NSE page.

Answers to the questions for the NSE program while using VA Benefits:

Q1. Who is receiving the tuition and fees for the classes?

     A1. When using VA Benefits with the NSE program the student can only select to pay at the host school option ("pay away"), the student cannot use the home payment option while using VA benefits.

 Q2. Where is the student degree-seeking?

     A1. When the student is participating in the NSE program the student should be degree-seeking at UM; however, if the student is going to transfer to another school and be degree-seeking at that location they will need to transfer their benefits and this is not part of the NSE program.

Q3. What will the VA pay for and what is the student's fiscal responsibility?

     A1. The VA will pay the standard tuition and fees as charged by the host school which is the location that will verify the student's classes to the VA for their benefits, please contact the host location School Certifying Official (SCO) for more information on that location's standard tuition and fees.

Q4. Is the program at the host campus approved?

     A1. For a list of approved schools and programs visit the Public WEAMS website. Search by Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) and then by state. This will list schools that are approved and within that school, you can view programs that are approved and it will list the points of contact (SCO) at that location.

Q5. Will the classes the student is taking transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements at the home campus.

     A1. The student's program advisor will need to verify the classes the student takes will transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements. The advisor will want to work with the admissions transcript evaluators to verify and may need to provide certification to the home campus SCO who may need to send a parent letter to the host campus SCO to verify.

Students do not have to be participating in the Study Abroad or National Exchange Program to take classes at another location; however, the application process with the other school will be the student's responsibility. Students can take classes at UM and another location at the same time in this instance and would be a guest student at the other location for the classes which are approved for VA Education benefits.

Answers to the questions for using VA Benefits at another location:

Q1. Who is receiving the tuition and fees for the classes?

     A1. When using VA Benefits while taking classes at another location, that location will receive the tuition and fees for approved classes.

 Q2. Where is the student degree-seeking?

     A1. When the student is taking classes at another location the student should be degree-seeking at UM; however, if the student is going to transfer to another school and be degree-seeking at that location they will need to transfer their benefits.

Q3. What will the VA pay for and what is the student's fiscal responsibility?

     A1. The VA will pay the standard tuition and fees as charged by the host school which is the location that will verify the student's classes to the VA for their benefits, please contact the host location School Certifying Official (SCO) for more information on that location's standard tuition and fees.

Q4. Is the program at the host campus approved?

     A1. For a list of approved schools and programs visit the Public WEAMS website. Search by Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) and then by state. This will list schools that are approved and within that school, you can view programs that are approved and it will list the points of contact (SCO) at that location.

Q5. Will the classes the student is taking transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements at the home campus.

     A1. The student's program advisor will need to verify the classes the student takes will transfer back and apply toward the student's graduation requirements. The advisor will want to work with the admissions transcript evaluators to verify and may need to provide certification to the home campus SCO who may need to send a parent letter to the host campus SCO to verify.