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University of Detroit Mercy is thankful for all the men and women who have bravely served our country. Veterans add a highly valued voice to the Detroit Mercy community.

The life experiences students bring from military service can provide a unique perspective in the classroom, student groups and campus events.

Detroit Mercy is proud to participate in the following eligible programs:

  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33 including Yellow Ribbon
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – Veterans with Disabilities (Chapter 31)

The Detroit Mercy VA Certifying Official is Diane M. Praet, Associate Vice President and University Registrar. She can be reached at 313-993-3313 or praetdm@udmercy.edu.

Many of the service offices on campus have designated individuals who will work with veterans and their spouses or dependents. Offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounting, Career Education Center, Student Success Center, Wellness Center as well as the individual colleges/schools/faculty advisors are all available to promote student support and success.

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    Steps to apply for GI Bill Education Benefits

    1. Visit the GI Bill Website at www.gibill.va.gov to apply online and learn more about education benefit descriptions and payment rates. If you have already applied and would like to know the status of your application, please call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 and speak with a Veteran Benefits Counselor.
    2. Once you have been approved, you will be sent a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This will provide you with the chapter benefits for which you are eligible and the rate of pay you will receive. You will need to provide a copy of this letter to the VA Certifying Official at Detroit Mercy.
    3. If you are a current service member who would like to transfer Chapter 33 benefits to a dependent, please review the information here.
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    Steps to begin using your benefits at University of Detroit Mercy

    In order to begin using your benefits, you must apply for admission to University of Detroit Mercy and be accepted into a degree program. Please contact Betsey Konieczki at 800-635-5020 or betsey.konieczki@udmercy.edu for more information. You can apply for admissions here.

    To begin using your GI Bill benefits at University of Detroit Mercy, please submit the following forms to the Office of the Registrar either in person, by fax 313-993-3317 or by email to registrar@udmercy.edu

    1. Detroit Mercy VA Education Benefit Enrollment Certification Form
    2. Certificate of Eligibility (If you have not received your COE from the VA yet, please submit the Detroit Mercy Enrollment form for processing. Your COE can be submitted to us once you receive it from the VA.)
    3. Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation bring a copy of your approved VA Form 28-1905 from your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) that lists the dates of your Chapter 31 eligibility and the degree program that has been authorized in your Individual Written Rehabilitation Plan (IWRP) to the Office of the Registrar.
    4. If you are an undergraduate student, send us your Joint Services Military transcript so we can evaluate and see if you can earn transfer credit towards your Detroit Mercy degree. The link to the JST request form is https://jst.doded.mil/official.html. A copy of your DD214 with three years of military service can also give you four elective undergraduate credits.
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    Steps to continue using your benefits at University of Detroit Mercy

    1. At the end of each month: Confirm your enrollment with the VA (Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 but not necessary for Chapter 33 recipients) — this normally requires a phone call to the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 or 1-800-827-1000 or go to GIBILL.va.gov and Click on Verify Attendance.
    2. Each Semester: Diane Praet, associate vice president & university registrar, will certify your continued enrollment. If you do not wish to use your VA benefits for that semester, please contact her by email at praetdm@udmercy.edu before you register for that semester.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you withdraw from one or more of your classes it could affect your eligibility for VA Benefits. It is your responsibility to notify the VA Certifying Official if you add or drop any courses during the semester.

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    Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program

    As of Fall 2016, the University of Detroit Mercy participates in the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP).

    • Public Act 259 of 2014 established the Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP) to provide tuition assistance to members of the Michigan National Guard who are attending any public or private college, university, vocational school, technical school or trade school located in Michigan.  For more information about the program, please call 517-481-7640 or email MINGSTAP@michigan.gov.

      • Up to $600 per credit hour
      • Up to $6000 per year  

      MINGSTAP is available to members of the Michigan National Guard who (1) are active in the National Guard (including the traditional service of one weekend/month and two weeks/year; (2) are not absent without leave or under UCMJ charges; and (3) meet the additional criteria established by the TAG consistent with the guard's recruiting and retention requirements.

      • Certificates
      • Bachelor’s Degree
      • Master’s or First Professional Degree  

      Public Act 259 of 2014  Frequently Asked Questions

    Point of Contact: Department of Military and Veterans Affairs State Operations – Budget Office 3423 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Lansing, MI 48906 Phone: 517-481-7640 Fax: 517-481-7644 Email: MINGSTAP@michigan.gov

Veterans Benefits Frequently Asked Questions

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    Am I eligible for VA educational benefits?

    Only the VA can determine your eligibility for benefits. Review the program details at www.gibill.va.gov and apply online, or call a VA counselor at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
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    Does the VA pay my full tuition?

    It depends on your chapter and eligibility. Certain GI Bill chapters make tuition payments directly to the University, while others make the payments directly to you on a monthly basis. You are responsible for paying for all tuition and fees not covered by VA. Financial balances result in holds that prevent registration. Please check with the VA certifying official if there is a balance on your account that is unexpected.

    Schools must report the actual net cost of tuition and fees after the application of any waiver of, or reduction in tuition and fees, any scholarship, or other federal, state, institutional or employer-based aid or assistance (excluding Title IV Aid) that is provided directly to the institution and specifically designated for the sole purpose of defraying tuition and fees. The key in determining the actual net cost for tuition and fees is excluding aid that is designated for the sole purpose of tuition and fees.

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    Does University of Detroit Mercy participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

    Yes, Detroit Mercy participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program). This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

    The tuition and fee cap for 2015-16 for private institutions is $21,084.89. Yellow Ribbon Program funds may apply to tuition and fee costs exceeding the cap at private institutions. The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution. For the 2015-16 academic year, the number of Yellow Ribbon recipients at Detroit Mercy is unlimited for undergraduate degrees and unlimited for master's degrees, excluding the School of Dentistry which doesn't participate for master's degrees. The School of Dentistry will award two DDS students up to $10,000 in Yellow Ribbon each year. The School of Law will award up to five students at $10,000 for the 2015-16 academic year.

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    Am I eligible to receive regular financial aid while receiving VA benefits?

    You may be eligible for additional financial aid — please contact Caren Bendes at bendescm@udmercy.edu or 313-993-3350 in the Office of Financial Aid and scholarships for more information. Each student at Detroit Mercy is assigned a financial aid counselor to assist you if you intend to use financial aid while enrolled at Detroit Mercy.
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    How long will it take to receive my Veterans benefits?

    Your enrollment certification will be processed by the VA Certifying Official. New claims typically take 3-4 weeks for the VA to process — sometimes longer depending on current processing volume. Certifications are processed through the VA Regional Processing Office in St. Louis, MO.

    Note: The VA is generally overwhelmed with claims at the beginning of each semester. Always allow the VA 3-4 weeks to process any change in your claim. Once your initial claim is processed, you will receive your payments monthly, as applicable.

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    What should I do if I don't get a payment?

    While attending school you must verify your attendance each month by using the WAVE system (Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607). You won't be paid for a month until the month is over and you verify that you were still in attendance for that month.

    If you are receiving benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill-Chapter 33, you do not have to verify your attendance each month.

    If you do not receive a payment, please contact VA to confirm that a payment has been issued. You can contact VA at 1-888-442-4551.

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    What changes should I report to the VA Certifying Official at University of Detroit Mercy?

    To avoid delays or overpayment of VA education benefits, each VA benefit recipient is responsible for reporting any changes in status to the VA certifying official, including change of address, change of major, change in enrollment status (e.g. drop from full to part-time, or withdrawal from a course) or a complete withdrawal from school.

    You may contact University of Detroit Mercy VA Certifying Official Diane Praet at 313-993-3313 or praetdm@udmercy.edu.

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    Can I take courses at another institution and receive my benefits and meet my degree requirements?

    Yes. You must notify the VA certifying official at the school where you are receiving your degree that you want to take classes at another institution, known as the Secondary School. The institution where you are receiving your degree is the Parent School. Once you have permission from your college office at Detroit Mercy to take classes at another school and you register at the other school, you must provide the Parent School a copy of your schedule from the Secondary School. The courses must be transferable and satisfy the requirements for the degree you are pursuing at the Parent School. The Parent School will send a letter to the Secondary School stating the classes you are registered for will transfer and satisfy the requirements for the degree you are pursuing. The Secondary School will not be paid by the VA until the process takes place.

    If you are concurrently enrolled at both institutions during the same semester, both institutions will submit a certification to the VA for the courses being taken at that institution. You must request certification at the secondary school by contacting their VA certifying official.

    University of Detroit Mercy will waive the graduation requirement that the last 30 credits for active-duty service members must be earned at University of Detroit Mercy, if all other requirements have been satisfied. Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.

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    Is there a restriction on what courses I can take while I receive VA tuition benefits?

    VA will only pay for courses that are part of your degree requirements. See your Degree Evaluation in your TitanConnect account. If you have questions about your Degree Evaluation, see your academic advisor or speak with a member of the Transfer Credit/Degree Audit Team in the Office of the Registrar at 313-993-1940.
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    What should I do if I am notified that I am getting deployed?

    You should notify the VA certifying official and provide a copy of your orders. Depending on the timing within the semester, you may be withdrawn without penalty or may be eligible for incomplete grades. This is something that is reviewed by your college or school dean's office and the VA certifying official to see what would be in your best interest.
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    Can I use my VA educational benefits for a graduate degree?

    If you have not exhausted your benefits, they may be used towards a graduate degree.
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    I am using Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. How do I obtain a book and supplies voucher?

    Thomas Jones in the Student Accounting Office can assist you with a book and supplies voucher for the on-campus Barnes and Noble Bookstore in order to purchase or rent the items approved from your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) on your approved VA Form 28-1905. He can be reached at jonestc@udmercy.edu or 313-993-1417.

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    Will I automatically receive benefits next semester?

    Yes, as long as you remain eligible and wish to continue using your benefits. This certification is then sent to the St. Louis Regional Processing Office.

    PLEASE NOTE: Your Detroit Mercy email address is the official method of communication. It is important you watch your email for important communications regarding the use of your VA education benefits.

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    Does University of Detroit Mercy have a student veterans organization?

    Yes, the University has a student veteran organization called UDMVSO. The chapter is recognized by the Student Veterans of America (SVA). The president for the 2015-16 academic year is Jessica Pudlo and she can be reached at pudloja@udmercy.edu. The faculty advisor for the UDMVSO is veteran Mark Benvenuto, professor of Chemistry. The UDMVSO meets approximately once per month during the Fall and Winter semesters. There is also a listserve for UDMVSO members. Please contact Diane Praet, Detroit Mercy VA certifying official, if you want to be included in the listserve membership.
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    Where can I get assistance at Detroit Mercy?

    Tutoring: Student Support Services (3rd Floor in the Library) offers free tutoring in most freshman and some upper-division courses. Detroit Mercy also offers study groups conducted by tutors who sit in on specific sections of targeted courses throughout the term and run weekly study sessions primarily in the areas of math, science and statistics.

    Disability support services: Contact Emilie Wetherington of Student Support Services (3rd Floor in the Library) at 313-578-0310. Disability support services are available to all currently enrolled students at Detroit Mercy who have a documented disability that limits them in one or more major life activities. Individuals eligible for services include, but are not limited to, the following types of disabilities: mobility, orthopedic, hearing, visual, learning and attentional.

    Academic advising: At Detroit Mercy each student is assigned an individual academic advisor within your college/school or department. The name of your academic advisor is displayed on your TitanConnect account. In most degree programs you need to meet with your academic advisor before you can register for the next semester. The advisor will release your advising pin allowing you to use the online registration system.

    Personal counseling services: The Wellness Center provides personal counseling and is a no-cost counseling office that provides an appropriate and safe place for individual, group and family counseling for Detroit Mercy students. Personal counseling is within the Wellness Center located in the West Quad Residence Hall or call 313-993-1185.

    University of Detroit Mercy School of Law: The Veterans Law Clinic at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law provides second- and third-year law students the opportunity to assist indigent and homeless veterans with their VA disability and pension benefit appeals. Contact veteranslawclinic@udmercy.edu or 313-596-0235.

    Transfer Credit: Admissions requires official University transcripts sent from any other institution you've attended directly to Detroit Mercy; this includes your ACE Military Evaluation. In addition to this, please submit your DD214 form, which may qualify you for additional elective credit. If you've already been admitted, please send your DD214 to:

    Transfer Credit Team
    University of Detroit Mercy
    Office of the Registrar
    4001 W. McNichols Rd.
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038

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    Have more questions?

    If you have additional questions, many can be answered at the Federal VA Frequently Asked Questions site. Or feel free to contact the Detroit Mercy VA Certifying Official at 313-993-3313 or praetdm@udmercy.edu.

Best Colleges for Veterans

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Detroit Mercy has been ranked in the top tier of Midwest Best Regional Universities in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges." In addition to the University's ranking of 19th in the magazine's annual list of regional universities, Detroit Mercy was also ranked 12th as one of the "Best Colleges for Veterans."

Military Friendly School

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As a 2017 Military Friendly School, Detroit Mercy has been ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

Michigan Veteran-Friendly School

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Detroit Mercy has once again been designated a Gold-certified Michigan Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The Michigan Veteran-Friendly School program is designed to formally recognize academic institutions of higher learning committed to supporting the needs of student veterans and dependents. 

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