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Military & Veterans Benefits

Your dedication to your communities makes a difference. Recognized as a Military Friendly School, we take your experience seriously. We’re grateful to you for your service and commitment to our communities.

Active-duty military personnel are eligible to receive a 10% tuition discount in appreciation for your service. You may also discover additional Military or Veteran Affairs benefits as you make this important investment.

Receiving Your Military Funding

As you follow this next step in your journey, we’re passionate about walking with you to reach your goals. Watch this video to discover more about how to receive your military or VA benefits. You’ll learn about determining eligibility, your required paperwork and additional steps to complete. Through each stage, your student financial services specialist will support you in moving forward to receive the benefits you deserve.

How to Receive Benefits

We’re dedicated to getting you access to the discounts and resources that you deserve. Your financial services representative will help you navigate the application process for Military and Veteran Affairs benefits.

01

Complete Your SFSG

Your Student Financial Success Guide is where you’ll share your status as a military personnel and other relevant information.

Complete the Guide

02

Submit Proof of Service

Provide your enrollment counselor with a copy of your DD214 if honorably discharged or a copy of your DD220 Active Duty Report if still serving.

03

Apply Online for Education Benefits

Use the Veterans Benefits Administration’s e-benefits portal to complete your application for benefits.

04

VA Authorization

Complete and send in your VA Authorization Form to PGS no later than two weeks before you start your first course. This form notes the Veterans Educational Benefits you’ll receive.

VA Authorization Form

05

Certification

Your CU Certifying Official certifies your benefits based on your enrollment and bills the VA for the cost of tuition and fees. Courses will be certified one at a time as you go through the program. Be sure to let your Certifying Official know of any changes in your schedule as soon as possible.

My education was less about the ‘goals’ and more about the process. The Marine Corps had a lot to do with developing that mindset. Every process I work on improving produces better results, ultimately achieving my desired outcome.

Samuel Dietz (B.S. ’20)

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Applying for Education Benefits

After completing your application for Veterans Benefits, the VA will process your application and provide you with a Certificate of Eligibility. This certificate may take several weeks to receive from the VA. Once received, provide this certificate to Cornerstone’s VA Benefits Coordinator. If you have previously used your veterans benefits at another institution or are advancing from a bachelor’s to a master’s program, you’ll need to submit the VA Request for Change of Program of Place of Training form. This form should be sent to both the St. Louis Regional Office and Cornerstone University. You can also complete the electronic 22-1995 form on the Department of Veteran Affairs website.

Benefits Excluding Post 9/11 Chapter 33

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.

Compliance Code 3679(E)

We, Cornerstone University, will permit any covered individual (a student who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits) to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the Student Financial Services Office a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Affairs’ (VA) website—eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  • The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  • 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

We will not impose to a covered individual any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities. We will not require that a covered individual borrow additional funds because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to Cornerstone due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.

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Info for Active Military

As a DoD personnel you are eligible for all forms of financial aid that Cornerstone offers. Your School Certifying Official (SCO) can provide information for application for federal student aid programs, scholarships, grants, loans, etc., to DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) recipients.

If you qualify for a Pell Grant through Federal Financial Aid, you will have your TA benefits applied first to your account balance prior to the application of your Pell Grant funds to your account. Unlike TA funds, which are tuition-restricted, Pell Grant funds are not tuition-restricted and may be applied to other allowable charges on the account.

Once you, as an eligible Service member, decide to use TA, Cornerstone University will enroll the student only after the TA is approved. Service members will be solely responsible for all tuition costs without this prior approval. CU can pre-register a Service member in a course while final TA paperwork is being processed. All Military TA must be requested and approved prior to the start date of the course each semester/term. The Military TA is approved on a course-by-course basis and only for the specific course(s) and class dates that a Service member requests via their online account.

All students, including TA eligible members are given access to a Financial Aid Specialist who can provide information on all types of financial aid. This includes federal financial aid. All students can reduce or decline their federal loan before disbursement each semester/term

Service member’s point of contact is Cornerstone’s School Certifying Official. This person can be a liaison between other offices on campus to support the student through academic and financial advising, disability services, and career counseling.

Cornerstone University will allow Service members and reservists to be readmitted to a program if they are temporarily unable to attend class or have to suspend their studies due to service requirements.

Kim Desgranges

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At Cornerstone University, you’ll get the full college experience with a Christ-centered worldview. Learn more about the undergraduate experience below or explore campus with a virtual tour.

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Persevere in what you know you’re capable of. Our programs for adults provide a creative approach to learning anchored in Christ-centered virtues as you follow your unwavering purpose.

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Go further as an influencer in your work and community. Our graduate programs prepare you to open new doors as you reach your God-given potential.

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