Veteran's Benefits

Cornerstone University appreciates those who have chosen to serve our country in the armed forces, whether stateside or on foreign soil. Our office of Veterans Education Benefits assists our Veteran students in receiving the education they need to influence our world for Christ.

If you have served our country as a part of the armed forces, you may be eligible to receive education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Whether you have been released from active duty, currently serving on active duty, are in the National Guard or Reserves or are a spouse or dependent of a veteran, you may be eligible for these benefits. The certifying officials at Cornerstone University will be happy to assist you in obtaining and using your benefits to help you meet your educational goals.

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Your VA Representatives

Heather Smith | Undergraduate Studies & Seminary

Associate Director of Student Financial Services
VA Certifying Official
Phone: 616.254.1650 ext 1058

Kim DesGrangs VA RepKim Desgranges | Professional & Graduate Studies
VA Certifying Official
Phone: 616.254.1650 ext 1930

Receiving Education Benefits

1. To receive benefits at Cornerstone University, first time applicants must submit a copy of your DD214; if you are on active duty, submit a copy of your current, non-expired Military ID and a DD220 (Active Duty Report).

2. Please submit the Cornerstone VA Authorization Form to Cornerstone. You must submit this form each semester you plan to use your education benefits. This lets us know what benefits to certify.

3. To apply for Education Benefits, go to (VONAPP).

  • A notice will come stating the benefits for which you are eligible, called a Certificate of Eligibility, which must be submitted to your Certifying Official at Cornerstone when received. Those who qualify for chapter 1606 or 1607 will need to submit a Notice of Basic Eligibility to your Certifying Official at Cornerstone.
  • If you have used benefits at a previous institution or will be changing your program, you must submit your Certificate of Eligibility or Notice of Basic Eligibility, as well as the Change of Program/Place of Training form to both the St. Louis Regional Office and to Cornerstone University:
  • Service members use form 22-1995
  • Dependents of Service members use form 22-5495.

4. Certification: Your Cornerstone 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 2-10 week time frame for all benefits to be received.

  • If you receive Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607, you must complete a Student Verification of Enrollment on the last day of the month or first day for the previous month. This is done through the W.A.V.E. portal at

5. Re-certification: your Cornerstone Certifying Official will certify your benefits by term or class (PGS) in advance 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.


Authorization for Cornerstone Certifying Official to certify benefits form. You must submit this form each semester that you wish to use your educational benefits.

Voc Rehab request for Supplies

Transfer students need to submit the Change of Program/Place of Training form to our office. Service members use form 22-1995, Dependents of Service members use form 22-5495.

Enroll for Direct Deposit using form 22-0296.

No-cost medical treatment may be available to Soldiers and Veterans who have been injured within the last 3 years through the Wounded Warrior Traumatic Brain Injury Project.

Helpful Links

Dept. of Veteran Affairs:

Montgomery G.I. Bill

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Our PGS students in the Michigan Army or Air National Guard can apply for the Michigan National Guard and Air National Guard Grant.

Visit the Veterans Services page to find out about all programs and services provided by the VA. Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the VA. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under conditions other than “dishonorable,” and certain benefits require service during wartime. If you are new to the VA, the

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors booklet will help you get started.

Benefit Payment Rates. These rates are specifically for chapters 30, 1606, 1607 and 35, which are disbursed directly to the student.

Apply for VA Education Benefits using the VONAPP (Veterans Online Application) system.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Benefit Estimator. Contact admissions to find out what tuition and fees will be applied to your bill.

WAVE Benefits Enrollment Verification. Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 students must complete a Student Verification of Enrollment on the last day of the month or first day for the previous month.

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program.

VA Health Care. VA operates more than 1,400 sites of care, including hospitals, community clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers and various other facilities.

VA Disability Compensation. Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.

VA Life Insurance. Benefits for veterans and service members who may not be able to get insurance from private companies because of the extra risks involved in military service, or a service connected disability.

VA Pension Program. Pension benefits are meant as assistance for eligible veterans, surviving spouses and children who demonstrate financial need.

Anthony Castelli Attorney's Veteran's College Scholarship is giving away an annual scholarship awarded to a current military veteran or honorably discharged veteran or parent, sibling, child or grandchild of a current or honorably discharged veteran.

Survivor Benefits

Burial and Memorial benefits