New Veteran Admissions and Registration
Welcome to Montana State University Billings!
While enrolling in college courses for the first time can be intimidating, below are some directions and links to help simplify the process. If at any time you have questions, or feel overwhelmed, please do not hesitate to contact the Military and Veterans Success Center. We are here to help you achieve your educational goals as smoothly as possible.
How to get started!
Veteran admissions are the same for all students with one major difference, veterans that have never used their benefits must apply for their GI Bill® prior to registering for classes. The reason for this is so that your benefits will be "active" before you start attending courses. Failing to do so can result in out-of-pocket expenses as there is no way to confirm that the veteran is entitled to GI Bill® benefits. Montana State University Billings (MSUB) does not make that determination and relies on the student to provide proof of eligibility. If a GI Bill® veteran has previously used their benefits at another university or institution, they will need to submit a change of program, to establish MSUB as their school of choice. Below are the standard admissions links to get started. MSUB Enrollment and applying for GI Bill® can be done simultaneously.
At a minimum, veterans must apply and be accepted at MSUB, apply for GI Bill® benefits, and fill out the New Veteran Student Intake form. The New Veteran Student Intake form and Certificate of eligibility (from the VA) must then be sent to the Military and Veterans Success Center. We cannot certify your benefits without these items. *Be advised that the GI Bill® application process can take up to 60 days.
Understanding the GI Bill® Process at MSUB
All newly enrolled veterans are required to fill out a New Veteran Student Intake Form and send it, along with their GI Bill® certificate of eligiblity, and their prior learning assessment to the Military and Veterans Success Center. GI Bill® benefits can not be processed until both of these documents are recieved.
If you have questions about what your next steps are, you should download and view the Veteran Enrollment Checklist so that you better understand the process to use your GI Bill® benefits and enroll at MSUB. Failure to follow these directions can result in a delay of benefits or school debt.
If you have previously used your Post 9/11 GI Bill® at MSUB you can obtain your Certificate of Eligibility by calling the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551.
If you would like a student guide on how to access your classes, view required course textbooks, order a parking pass, and more, download a copy of the New Student Workshop Handout. You can find workshop registration and information by contacting Veterans Upward Bound (vubmt.com).
Requesting Military Transcripts
Students utilizing education benefits are required by law to send their transcripts,including military training transcripts, to their educational institutions. Federal education benefits can not pay for courses previously taken, and therefore transcripts must be provided. The only exception is if your degree program or next required course requires a higher grade then the one you currently possess. If you have attended a previous college or academic institution, please contact that institution for transcript requests.
Military transcripts can be found at the links below. Failure to provide these items can result in an academic hold on your student account. Additionally, it will likely reduce the number of coourses you have to take, once your training has been formally assessed!
Former or current Air Force students submit through the Community College of the Air Force Transcript Request.
Former or current Army, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard should submit their requests through the Joint Services Transcript website.
*All transcripts must be “official” and arrive in sealed, unopened envelopes, or arrive by secure electronic transfer (not email) from the originating institution; i.e. CCAF, or JST.
Activating VA Educational Benefits
If you have never used your GI Bill® benefits before, you will need to Apply For The GI Bill | Veterans Affairs (va.gov). This process can take up to 60 days, so please allow yourself enough time before the start of your first semester of school. Once approved, you will need to send your Certificate of Eligibility to the Military and Veterans Success Center prior to your first class.
If you have previously utilized your benefits, you will need to change your school to MSUB at Change Your GI Bill School Or Program | Veterans Affairs (va.gov). Once approved, you will need to send your Certificate of Eligibility to the Military and Veterans Success Center prior to your first class.
Contact the Military and Veterans Success Center if you have questions about activating your benefits.
*Note- the GI Bill Hotline can let you know if you have been certified, number of credit hours you were certified for, and what your expected stipends will be.
You may want to consider applying for financial aid if your benefits do not cover the cost of tuition, such as the Montgomery GI Bill®, Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA), or if you know only part of the cost of tuition will be covered. An example would be the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, at or below the90% level.
The Post-9/11 GI-Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. Changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill® are now available.
To see what the Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay eligible individuals, visit Benefit Rates | Veterans Affairs (va.gov)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill® to dependents.
Current book stipend rates for FY21 is $41.67 per semester hour, not to exceed $1,000.00 annually.
Source: United States Department of Veterans Affairs Education and Training Home (va.gov).
Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program is there to offset the cost of non-resident tuition. If you are an out of state student utilizing the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, please contact the Military and Veterans Success Center for more information!
Montana University System Links
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GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is avaialble at the official U.S. goverment website at GI Bill | Veterans Affairs (va.gov)