VA School Certifying Official
Student Financial Services
104 McDougall Hall
Portland, ME 04103
107 Decary Hall
Biddeford, ME 04005
*By Appointment Only
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The University of New England (UNE) is strongly committed to supporting men and women who have served our nation through military service. UNE serves veterans, service members and their families, who are accessing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits, often referred to as the GI Bill®.
Students attending UNE who are eligible to receive VA Educational Benefits may qualify for one of the following Chapters of the GI Bill® of Educational Assistance:
- CHAPTER 30 Montgomery GI Bill®
- CHAPTER 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
- CHAPTER 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®
- CHAPTER 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® FRY Scholarship
- CHAPTER 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
- CHAPTER 1606 Montgomery GI Bill® - Selected Reserve
- CHAPTER 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program
Become familiar with the VA Education Benefit Checklist and follow each step in order for your benefits to be certified.
A Certification Request must be completed each semester in order to be certified with the VA.
You are responsible for any and all charges due to late submission of the request form and any other required documentation.
Any changes in enrollment must be communicated to the School Certifying Official (SCO) immediately. You will be responsible for any and all charges owed the VA and/or the school as a result of any changes.
You are responsible for maintaining your benefit eligibility. The SCO does not have access to see this information. If you request certification it will be processed, however, should the VA deny payment it is the student's responsibility to make payment arrangements with Student Accounts for all outstanding charges.
UNE is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program.
The Yellow Ribbon program allows for additional funding for students who are 100% eligible for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 benefits beyond the tuition and fees cap.
UNE will pay up to $5,000 and the VA will match UNE's payment not to exceed the total cost of tuition and fees.
There is a limited number of slots each year and they are given on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In order to be eligible for a slot a current Certificate of Eligibility (COE) must be submitted. The date the COE is submitted with determine if a slot is awarded.
Yellow Ribbon benefits will not be processed until the annual tuition and fees cap has been exhausted.
*Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon.
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- Please see the document to the right titled "Certifying Non-Matriculated Students"
Check back for updates and/or changes to processing.
- If you are utilizing Tuition Assistance (TA) please contact Cathy Mahan in Student Financial Services.
- If you are utilizing GI Bill® benefits please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.