Welcome to the MSU-Northern Office of Veteran Services!

In addition to certifying eligible recipients for veteran education benefits, the Office of Veteran Services ensures that recipients understand their rights and responsibilities under Department of Veteran Affairs regulations and provides information and referral services to all veterans of the U.S. military, eligible dependents and members of the Selected Reserve. A Veteran's Coordinator is available to assist veterans, their dependents, and military service persons with procedures on enrolling at Montana State University–Northern and applying for educational benefits under any GI Bill®. The Veteran’s Coordinator will act as an intermediary between veterans and the Veterans Administration Office to assist with educational benefits. For additional information on Veterans Benefits, contact the VA Certifying Official at 1-800-662-6132 ext. 4190 or (406) 265-4190 or visit http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ for current information.

Benefit Services

All veterans and eligible persons receiving educational benefits under federal guidelines are required by law to report promptly to the Veterans Coordinator any changes that may affect the amount of money being received. These include dropping courses, withdrawing from school, not attending classes, changes in marital status, and added dependents.

To be considered as full time, undergraduate students must carry 12 credits or the equivalent and graduate students must carry 9 graduate credits or the equivalent during Fall and Spring Semesters. The criteria for Summer Semester differs and veterans should contact the Veterans Coordinator.

Benefits Credits Carried
(Undergraduate Students)
Credits Carried
(Graduate Students)
Full 12 or more 9 or more*
Three-Quarter 9, 10, 11 7, 8*
One-Half 6, 7, 8 5, 6*
Fees Only Less than 6 Less than 5*

*Graduate credits only

The Veterans Administration expects veterans to make satisfactory progress, regularly attend classes, and pursue a final objective. The Veterans Coordinator may notify the Veterans Administration if the veteran does not comply.

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 Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill