Veterans and Military

One of Washington University in St. Louis' goals is to welcome students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds to create an inclusive community that is welcoming, nurturing and intellectually rigorous. Our diverse population is enriched by veterans and military personnel who bring a wealth of experiences and perspectives that provide an invaluable contribution to the learning and working environments of our campuses. Washington University is committed to ensuring the success of all military personnel and veterans in their pursuit of attitudes, skills and habits of lifelong learning and leadership.

Veterans, military personnel and their dependents can use the following resources to locate services, policies and procedures to ensure their continued success. We hope that you will take advantage of these resources and let us know how we may assist and support your needs.

Thank you for your service.

Employee Support

An Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer
Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid and employment. The university does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to:

Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1184
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

It is the policy of the university to:

  1. provide equal employment opportunity to all job applicants and employees;
  2. administer recruiting, hiring, compensation and benefit practices, training, upgrading and promotion procedures, transfer and terminations of employment without discrimination because of race, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, sexual preference/orientation or veteran status with regard to any position or employment for which the applicant or employee is qualified;
  3. provide a workplace free from harassment based on any of the foregoing factors; and
  4. encourage the hiring of minorities, women, disabled-individuals, Vietnam era veterans and disabled veterans.

Military Leave of Absence
Faculty and staff members of Washington University who are also members of the United States military will receive a leave of absence to fulfill their military obligations. More information is available on the Time Off Policies page.

Available Resources for Students

Information for potential Tuition Assistance Benefit (TA Benefit) recipients
We are excited you are considering using your TA Benefit at Washington University in Saint Louis. Your best point of contact for information about financial resources is the financial aid advisor for the program you in which you are interested. Below are links to certain information the Department of Defense asks that we share with you as you make your college decision.

The College Scorecard is a consumer planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school. This tool is most useful for potential full-time undergraduate students.

The College Navigator is a consumer tool that provides school information about tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. This tool is most useful for potential full-time students, but has limited information for graduate students.

The Paying for College webpage contains a tool that can be used by prospective students to compare detailed financial information for up to three schools at a time. This site also includes general information about financial aid and financial literacy.

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a model financial aid award letter designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about college costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where they attend school. For a personalized Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, please contact the financial aid representative for the program in which you’re interested.

The designated point of contact for service members is the University Registrar, Sue Hosack. If you are receiving TA benefits and are seeking access to disability counseling then please contact Cornerstone.

Tuition Assistance Policy (Unearned TA Funds)
It is the policy of Washington University in St. Louis to return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stops attending. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the university will work with the service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Yellow Ribbon) / Montgomery GI Bill / Reservist / Survivors & Dependents
Washington University provides assistance for veterans, active duty military personnel, dependents and survivors seeking educational benefits through the Veterans Administration. Acceptance into a degree or certification program and registration for courses is handled individually by school.

Applicants can apply for benefits online through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Applicants will need to provide a copy of their “Certificate of Eligibility” from the Department of Veterans Affairs when arranging tuition payments.

VA Certifying Official
For the Danforth Campus (undergraduate programs and all graduate programs except Medicine):
Eileen Radomski
University Registrar’s Office
(314) 935-5933
registrar.wustl.edu

Medical School:
Stephanie Brelsford
School of Medicine Registrar’s Office
(314) 362-6848
wusmregistrar.wustl.edu

Learn more about veteran certification on the Office of the University Registrar website.

Student Support Groups
Washington University in St. Louis Student Veterans Association (WUVETS)
Current graduate and undergraduate student veterans form WUVETS, which works to represent and advocate for the interests of student veterans. WUVETS provides support and resources to veterans and their family members to help them transition to Washington University.

Olin Veterans Association (OVA)
The Olin Veterans Association (OVA) exists to assist veteran students, alumni, and applicants in transitioning successfully into the business world.

Student Veterans Association (SVA) at Washington University Law
The Student Veterans Association (SVA) at the law school exists to create a meaningful value proposition for students transitioning from military to civilian life who view professional legal education as a viable next step in their career path, as well as for nonveterans interested in future military service or veterans' affairs.

The University College Veterans Club
The University College Veterans Club supports student veterans enrolled in undergraduate, postbaccalaureate and graduate programs at University College in Arts & Sciences.

Scholarships
A number of scholarships are available for veterans, active duty military personnel, dependents and survivors in both graduate and undergraduate programs. Additional information can be found on the individual school sites and through the following resources:

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
Air Force and Army ROTC programs are available. More information is available at the Bulletin website.