Your service matters.

Cornerstone University is recognized as a Military Friendly School and takes your service seriously. Whether you are a veteran or active-duty military personnel, we're grateful for your service. Thank you for serving our communities!

In recognition of and appreciation for your service, active-duty military personnel are eligible for a 10% tuition discount. To be eligible to use the military or Veteran Affairs benefits, you must be an enrolled student pursuing a degree.

Proof of Service

Note your status as a military personnel and information such as your chapter as you complete the Student Financial Success Guide. Then, submit proof of your service to your enrollment counselor.

If honorably discharged, submit a copy of your DD214; duplicates can be obtained from the National Archives. Or, if you are still serving on active duty, submit a copy of your DD220 Active Duty Report. You can find these forms by visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Education Benefits

During the admission process, apply online for education benefits using the Veterans Benefit Administration's e-benefits portal. After you complete your application for benefits, the VA will process your application and provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility, which may take several weeks to receive. Once you receive it, submit this Certificate of Eligibility to Cornerstone's VA Benefits Coordinator.

If you have used benefits at a previous institution or will be changing from a bachelor's to a master's program, submit the VA Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Form to both the St. Louis Regional Office and Cornerstone. Or, locate an electronic version of the 22-1995 form on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

If you receive benefits other than the Post 9/11 Chapter 33, you may be reimbursed through the Department of Veteran Affairs. For this plan, you'll receive funds and need to pay tuition at least two weeks before the start of your first course.


Your CU Certifying Official will certify your benefits according to your enrollment and billed cost of tuition and required fees. This certification communicates your enrollment and expenses to the VA so they can award your eligible benefits. Expect a two-week to 10-week time frame for all benefits to be received.


Your CU Certifying Official will certify your benefits in advance for each course start date to ensure timely awarding of benefits. You must notify your Certifying Official of all enrollment changes as far in advance as possible. If you register for a class, drop a class or change programs, notify your Certifying Official immediately.

VA Authorization

Send a completed Cornerstone VA Authorization Form to the PGS Admissions Office no later than two weeks before the start of your first course. This form notes what Veterans Educational Benefits you'll receive. You can ask your counselor or student financial services specialist for a copy. Be sure you allow enough time to submit the form.

If you aren't sure what benefits you are eligible for, wait until you receive your Certificate of Eligibility in order to complete this VA Authorization form. It may take up to 60 days to receive your Certificate of Eligibility after applying for VA benefits.