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Where to Begin the Application Process

Being admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at Belmont and accessing your veteran education benefits involves two separate application processes: 

  1. Explore your program of interest and apply for admission to Belmont. Please visit the University Admissions page for specific application instructions and contacts:
  2. Apply for your VA Benefits online:

Before you can use your GI Bill benefits at Belmont, we may require documents from you. The application to start using your GI Bill or change the benefit to your Belmont campus should be completed on the website as linked above. We do not recommend applying via paper application. Processing time for the paper application may be delayed.


Once you have been accepted to Belmont, and have applied for your VA benefits, please submit the following documents (as applicable to your chapter of elibility noted in the table below):


  • Certificate of Eligibility:  A COE is generally received fron the VA within 3-6 weeks of applying for benefits. A copy of this document is REQUIRED for the student file and is necessary for VA certification. Upon approval and receipt of your COE or your VA Award Letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, submit a copy to the Belmont University School Certifying Official in the Registrar's Office by the end of your first semester of enrollment.
  • DD214:  Please submit a photocopy of your DD214 (member-4 copy) for all service periods if you are the service member.
  • NOBE:  A Notice of Basic Eligibility is required of those students utilizing chapter 1606 benefits.
  • Joint Service Transcript: Please submit an official JST if applicable.
  • External College Transcripts: Please submit official transcripts for any other college coursework earned.
  • Yellow Ribbon Agreement: If applicable, please sign and submit the YR agreement as found in the "Forms" section of this webpage.
  • Student Responsibility Agreement: Please sign and submit the SR agreement as found in the "Forms" section of this webpage.
  • Veteran Student Checklist: Please sign and submit the Veteran Student Checklist as found in the "Forms" section of this webpage.
Please Note*

  • It may take the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs up to 90 to 120 days to process and initial VA claim (applicaiton).
  • Second Degree and Graduate students must submit their Program of Study by the end of their first semester of enrollment.
  • Review the "Military Credit" section of this webpage for any other documentation you may need to submit.
Chapter of Eligibility Documents Required
DD214 NOBE Application COE Veteran Benefit Request VA Form 1905
Chapter 33: Post 9/11  X   22-1990, 22-1995, or 22-1990E  X X  
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty  X   22-1990 or 22-1995  X  X  
Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve    X 22-1990 or 22-1995  X  X  
Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)     22-5490 or 22-5495  X  X  
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program            X

Please submit all documentation by any of the following means: 


Fax: 615-460-5415    

Mail: Belmont University-Office of the Registrar- Gabhart Student Center- 1900 Belmont Blvd. Nashville, TN 37212.