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Veteran's Information

Loyola University New Orleans is proud to assist our nation's veterans with completion of their degree. Once admitted, students should provide their Certificate of Eligibility to Kathy Gros, our Certifiying Official and Director of Student Records.   Mrs. Gros will act as the liaison between you, the university and Veterans Administration.

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How do I apply for my Veterans Benefits or Tuition Assistance (select the link for additional information):

Tuition AssistancePrior to enrolling at Loyola University New Orleans, prospective students  should speak with their Education Service Officer (ESO) or Education Counselor within your respective military service.

Loyola University New Orleans has signed the DOD MOU which allows Loyola to participate in tuition assistance.  Please note that these benefits are paid directly to the university and are only applicable towards tuition and fees.  Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.  Each service has its own criteria for eligibility. Tuition Assistance may not be used to support textbooks, grants or scholarships.  

Post 9-11 Benefits 

Survivor and Dependent Benefits  

Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)  

 

Principles Of Excellence

Loyola University New Orleans is a participating institution in the Princples of Excellence program established by President Barack Obama in April 2012. These Principles are designed to help veterans and their families make informed choices when using their educational benefits offered by the GI Bill. Loyola University agrees to the following:

  • Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an educational program
  • Provide educational plans for all military and veteran beneficiaries
  • End fradulent and aggressive recruiting techniques
  • Accommodate Servicemembers and Reservists absent due to service requirements
  • Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice
  • Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students
  • Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs

The complete Executive Order - Principles of Excellence - can be found on the following web site -

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/27/executive-order-establishing-principles-excellence-educational-instituti

Loyola New Orleans Cohort Default Rate (CDR)

Student Right-to-Know

Capt. James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Capt. Ahn who died in a tragic parachuting accident while with his unit in 2015.  This is an annual scholarship for a student who servevd in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is now a full-time student.  The award is $1000.   The following is the link to the scholarship site: https://www.gainserviceacademyadmission.com/cpt-james-ahn-memorial-scholarship/  

Visting the Loyola University New Orleans Campus

Take a trip around campus without leaving home.  Sit back and enjoy our beautiful campus.  Click here for your virtual tour

Meet a Loyola Veteran

Craig Arceneaux is a senior in our music industry program.  Craig shares his story of transitioning from military life to music production at Loyola.  This video includes original music by Craig and his band Voodoo Roux, with a teaser clip from their latest work with Lil Wayne.  To view Craig's video, click here.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act

Loyola University New Orleans will adhere to the requirements of and comply with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, speifically S2248 PL 115-407 Section 103.

This Act applies to students attending Loyola University utilizing VA Chapter 31 or 33 benefit to obtain their education goal.  Loyola University will not impose any penalities due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the VA.  Students with payment delays will not be charged late fees, prevented from enrolling or denied access to courses, libraries or other institutional facilities.  Students are not required to borrow additional funding due to delayed funding.

Research Guides for Student Veterans -

This guide was developed to provide information to any veteran searching for information on educational benefits.

Student Veteran's Organization

A traditional Loyola student and an incoming student veteran may only be separated in age by a handful of years.  However, the life experiences by both types of student can be vastly different.  By having a student organization dedicated to bringing veterans together, Loyola University provides an easier social transition from active duty servicemember to college student.

The Loyola Student Veteran's Organization ensures an easier transition by providing an environment where prior service students can closely interact with their peers.  Through the organization, members will have an opportunity to meet with other veterans and share their experiences with one another.  They will also have an opportunity to learn about the various support services and resources available at Loyola University.  Events or other volunteer opportunities will also be available to members throughout the academic year.

Most importantly, for many veterans, the organization provide opportunities for members to just talk and unwind with students of a similar background.

Student Veteran Lounge - Currently Closed Due to COVID-19

Loyola University now has a lounge area for veterans to relax between classes.  There is a refrigerator and microwave in this area for your use.  We also provide water and coffee for your use.  The area is located in Stallings Hall 102 and the current hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Certification of Benefits

Immediately following registration held in the beginning of each semester, students who are taking courses leading towards degree requirements are eligible for benefits through the Veterans Administration and can be certified by the Director of Student Services in the Student Records Office. In accordance with Title 38, United States Code, Veterans Benefits, Loyola University certifies only those students who are admitted to a degree program and who are making satisfactory progress as determined by the probationary and exclusion policies of the university's colleges.

Reimbursement is certified for courses only and excludes noncredit courses. All inquiries concerning the certification should be directed to the Office of Student Records, 504-865-3237 or email kgros@loyno.edu.

 CREDIT HOUR CERTIFICATION RULES FOR VETERANS

Classification Full-Time 3/4 Time 1/2 Time 1/4 Time
Undergraduate 12 hours 9 hours 6 hours 3 hours
Graduate  6 hours 4-5 hours 3 hours less than 3
Law  9 hours 6 hours 4-5 hours less than 3
Summer School  6 hours 3 hours    

Registration  

Current veterans and active duty students are given priority registration during each of the registration periods.  All eligible veterans are notified of their appropriate time prior to the start of early registration.

Yellow Ribbon Participation

Loyola University New Orleans participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for those veterans who are 100% eligible for the Post 9-11 benefit. Loyola will provide up to $12,000 per academic year which VA will match. This is in addition to the Post 9-11 benefit of $26,042.81 (effective August 1, 2021) per academic year. This benefit is available to all eligible undergraduate, graduate and nursing doctoral students. This benefit is available to a maximum of 25 students from the College of Law.

Distance Learning - 

You can use your GI benefits for online distance learning approved programs.  See the VA site for further information - https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/how-to-use-benefits/online-distance-learning/

Study Abroad Opportunities for Veterans

Studying abroad will give you the opportunity to acquire a greater understanding of foreign cultures and languages.  The VA has authorized GI Bill recipients to use their benefits to study abroad under certain circumstances.  Please visit the VA website for further infornation - https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/education/Post-911_Study_Abroad.pdf

Information on Loyola's Study Abroad programs can be found on the Center for International Education website

Active Duty Military Withdrawal/Leave of Absence

Loyola University New Orleans wishes to provide as much assistance as possible to students who are called to active duty in the United State armed services. To this end, these guidelines shall be followed with appropriate consideration, approved by the president of the University, as required under special individual circumstances.  For additional guidelines, please read the Miliary Service Policy for Active Duty .

Release Of Information To Veterans Administration

If requested, Loyola University New Orleans is required to provide Veterans Administration with copies of grades and academic records to support certifications or to show failure to meet progress requirements without seeking prior approval of the individual veteran.

School Compliance - Title 38 United States Code Section 3679(e)

Loyola University New Orleans will permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to Loyola New Orleans a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33.  Loyola New Orleans will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities because of the individual's inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33.   Note:  individuals may still be responsible for non-tuition and/or fees related to the semester charges.  These charges must be paid by the deadline established by the university.

eBenefits

This site provides benefit information to veterans, service members and family member of service members and veterans.  Before calling VA with a question, you might be able to have your question answered on this site.

Ultimate Guide to Veterans Benefits

There is information in this guide that you may or may not be aware of.  Take some time to review.  You may find that there are benefits that you are entitled to receive.

Tax Guide for Military Members & Veterans

Wouldn't life be grand without taxes?  You can't avoid them altogether, but as an active-duty U.S. military member of a veteran, you have access to tax benefits that are mostly unavailable to other Americans.  In return for your service to the country, the federal government and individual states have established tax breaks to lighten your financial load or to ease your return to civilian life.   

GI Bill Comparison Tool

Calculate your benefits and research approved programs 

Paying for College

This site can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and enter actual financial aid award information.

Resources Available for Veterans (on campus)

Student Success Center - The SSC is committed to providing a comprehensive academic support system for a diverse student body in all four undergraduate colleges. View their services offered on their website.

University Counseling Center - Services include psychiatric services, psychological testing, outreach, crisis intervention

Career Development - EMPLOYOLA should be your first stop in any job or internship search.  

Other Resources Available for Veterans and their Families

This comprehensive guide serves two purposes: (1) to address the many challenges that college-bound veterans face daily and (2) to provide valuable information and resources vetted by actual student veterans who have experienced (and overcome) these challenges first-hand.

Transitioning from Military Service to the Civilian Workforce

Military and Veteran Cellphone Discounts for 2020

Substance Abuse and Addiction Treatment for Veterans

Addiction Resources

Veterans Guide to Starting a Business

SBA Guide on Funding Your Business

Mesothelioma Guide - 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. This outreach site specializes in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. Services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members.

Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness 

Resources for Veteran-Owned Business - Successful veteran business owners share how to start a business, find funding, and gain customers

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - free resources to help bring awareness to these issues:

  • Treatment Options for PTSD and Addiction provides information on the signs of PTSD, substance abuse and its connection to PTSD, a look at military and veterans with PTSD, and how to get help. 
  • Veterans’ Mental Health Issues discusses a range of veteran health concerns such as depression, PTSD, anxiety and substance abuse with interesting statistics related to each.  
  • Veteran Drug & Alcohol Rehab gives statistics of U.S. veterans with substance addiction, how mental health and chronic pain affect addiction and additional support groups for veterans. 
  • Does VA Insurance Cover Addiction Treatment? This guide provides you with a form to check your coverage, how to get treatment through VA insurance and finding veteran rehabs. 

Questions

Questions reqarding your individual entitlement should be directed to Veterans Administration – 1-800-827-1000. Other questions can be directed to Kathy Gros, Director of Student Records and School Certifying Official (504) 865-3237 or kgros@loyno.edu.  Her office is located in Thomas Hall 204.