Military Students

The Roger Williams University Military Educational Benefits Program Team is here to support you! Whether you are serving, have served, or both, RWU is excited to work with you on your next steps.

We collaborate and maintain partnerships with education officers throughout the military branches so we can best serve our military families and offer services and resources like military discounts and a Student Veteran Organization (SVO).

For more than 30 years, RWU has collaborated and maintained partnerships with education officers throughout the military branches and we offer military benefits like waived application fee, discounted tuition rates for both service members and their spouses, online program offerings, personal advising, academic support, and much more.

Our advisors understand where you've been and where you want to go, because some have military backgrounds and understand the culture and lingo that you're used to. We'll make it easy for you by helping you navigate the application process for tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits and other tuition benefits, including financial aid. Then while you're here we'll set you up with our career transition resources that helps translate your military experience into credits and in-demand careers.

Whether attending a local campus or working towards a degree online, a RWU experience is possible no matter where you are. We offer a wide range of programs at all levels — from associate through graduates.

RWU supports the following benefits:

Program

What is it?

Who is Eligible?

Benefit

Tuition Assistance

Note: $250 per credit hour is supported by University College. See the rate description below.

Tuition Assistance is a military benefit that pays the cost of tuition and some fees.

Virtually all military servicemembers are eligible. However, criteria for eligibility is determined by each branch.

Tuition Assistance covers up to 100% Tuition and Fees not to exceed:

  • $250 @ Semester Credit Hour

 

  • $166 @ Quarter Credit Hour

 

  • $4,500@ Fiscal Year (Navy has a 16 credit hour annual limit).

 

Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible servicemembers and veterans for:

  • College
  • Business and Technical Vocational Courses
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training
  • Flight Training
  • Licensing & Testing Programs
  • Servicemembers (Active Duty, Guard and Reserve) and Veterans who have served at least 90 days on active duty since 9/10/2001.

 

  • Survivors of military member who died on active duty after 9/10/2011 may be eligible for Fry Scholarship program which pays the same as Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Paid Tuition and Fees, Living (Housing) Stipend and Book Stipend.

 

  • Benefits are tiered based on number of days on active duty.

 

  • Some limitations apply to those currently on active duty.

 

  • Benefits can be transferred to Spouse or Family member.

Montgomery GI Bill

(Active Duty & Veteran)

MGIB provides up to 36 months (4 regular school years) of education benefits to eligible veterans for:

  • College, Business
  • Technical or Vocational Courses
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training
  • Flight Training
  • Active Duty members who have served at least two years on active duty.

 

  • There are four categories of Veteran eligibility depending on when you enlisted and how long you served on active duty.

Up to $2,122 per month for full-time institutional education.

Montgomery GI Bill  Selected Reserves

Same as MGIB-AD at reduced rates.

  • Six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve.

 

  • Officers must agree to serve six years in addition to their original obligation.

 

  • High school diploma/GED.

 

  • Maintain selected Reserve Status.

 

Up to $397 per month for full-time institutional education.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

Education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. May be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.

You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of a service member who died, is missing, or was permanently disabled while on duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Up to $1,265 per month for full-time institutional education.

Work-Study Program

If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree program, or a vocational or professional program, you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance.

The VA work-study allowance is available to persons training under one of the VA benefit programs:

• GI Bill

• Vocational Rehabilitation (for Veterans)

• DEA

• Dependents may also be eligible

You'll earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater.

Yellow Ribbon Program

RWU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and currently offers a total of 15 spots in the program at any one time; spots are not tied to an individual major, but the student must be enrolled as a full time day student.  The institution is required to approve spots to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, returning Yellow Ribbon recipients will automatically qualify for the next year if needed. However, when all spots are being utilized, a spot will not be available until one of the students using a spot has graduated or left the institution.



University College, located at the Providence Campus, serves as the lead coordinator for all aspects of the RWU Military Education Benefits Program. Dean Gena Bianco directs the program and Kimberly DiPietro, Director of Operations, manages the program on behalf of the Dean. Morgan Beltre and Brenda Coffey are Military Benefit Assistants and certified VA School Certifying Officials for RWU. Leside Torres, Senior Accountant, is the Finance Manager for the program.

The RWU Military Education Benefits Team can be reached at (401) 254-3530 or rwumilitary@rwu.edu.

For academic and benefit enrollment assistance, contact Morgan Beltre at (401) 254-4864 or mbeltre@rwu.edu.

For financial assistance, contact Brenda Coffey at (401) 254-3111 or bcoffey@rwu.edu.

Law students please contact Karen Moniz, Academic and Business Services Coordinator at (401) 254-4657 or kmoniz@rwu.edu.


Roger Williams University Departments

External Links - Military Sites

 

Academic Programs

Service members are eligible to enroll in any of the academic programs offered by RWU. Check out the various program and course offerings at the links below:

University College

University College, located at the RWU Providence campus, provides flexibility with part-time scheduling and on-line course offerings. Through enrollment with University College, military students are eligible to seek credit from their Joint Service Transcripts (JST), CLEP exams, DSST exams, credit from other accredited higher education institutions, and through the Credit Documentation process. The minimum residency requirement of thirty credits (10-three credit courses) applies to service members. Service members are subject to the academic and institutional rules and regulations which apply to all students at the University, as explicitly stated in the course catalog.


Military Benefits

At Roger Williams University, we know that you are juggling a demanding military career and personal life while making time to pursue your educational goals. Let us help.

RWU is able to offer a discounted tuition rate for members of the Armed Forces through University College. Most military students are eligible for government funding under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve, or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program and VRE. The discounted tuition rate and government funding may be applicable to your spouse and family members as well.

Roger Williams University offers you flexible scheduling based on your deployment and allows you to return to the program. In addition, your tuition gives you access to all of the services, course and program information regularly available to all on-campus students, including academic advisement, use of facilities, student services, access to course schedules, catalogs and more.

The RWU Military Educational Benefits team supports active duty and veterans benefits. Students seeking VA benefits should contact the military benefits assistants directly to start the process.

VA Student Certification

All military students new or returning should first obtain approval from their respective Military Educational Benefits Educational Service Officer (ESO), Military Counselor, or the Student VA Hotline prior to meeting with the RWU Military Benefits Assistants. The RWU enrollment process cannot be started until the Military Benefits Assistants collect an updated VA Educational Eligibility Letter (COE) and the student submits a completed RWU Student VA Worksheet (required prior to the start of each semester that VA benefits will be used). 

Please contact our Third Party & Military Benefits Administrative Assistant, Brenda Coffey, at 401-254-3111 or bcoffey@rwu.edu to determine the type of third party benefit that you qualify for. Once your type of benefits is confirmed, Brenda, will connect you with the correct Military benefit specialist.

Note: VA Military Benefit amounts should be determined prior to applying for Financial Aid.

Click here to view the RWU financial aid allocation of military benefits policy. This policy ensures that GI Bill & VRE benefits, when combined with university funding, does not exceed direct tuition and fees.

Army Tuition Assistance

All TA for Active Duty, USAR, and ARNG Soldiers must be requested through GoArmyEd. 

Tuition Assistance Procedures

  1. Soldiers’ TA enrollment requests must be submitted and approved through www.GoArmyEd.com prior to the course start date; any enrollments requested on or after the class start date will be approved as Soldier funded. (Apply for University attendance directly with your School of Study)
  2. TA is requested on a course-by-course basis, and each course must be part of an approved degree program.
  3. GoArmyEd will notify the Soldier, whether the TA is approved or not. If the TA request is not approved, GoArmyEd will advise the Soldier of the reason and next steps.
  4. All drops/withdrawals must take place through GoArmyEd as well as with an RWU Advisor. Soldiers who do not successfully complete a class will be required to repay the TA. Soldiers who are unable to successfully complete a class due to military reasons must request a Withdrawal for Military Reasons through GoArmyEd and complete all required steps to ensure that they will not be charged.
  5. If the Soldier wishes to take a class with a school that does not participate in the electronic GoArmyEd class schedule, a TA Request Authorization form must be completed in GoArmyEd. The TA Request Authorization will be routed to an Army Education Counselor to be reviewed and approved. Soldiers should allow extra time for this. If the TA Request Authorization is approved, the Soldier will be notified by email. Soldiers must print the approved TA Request Authorization form in GoArmyEd, provide it to the school and enroll directly with the school.
  6. Soldiers must acknowledge and electronically sign the TA Statement of Understanding (TA SOU) each quarter they wish to use TA.

Please note that students must apply and register via GoArmyEd.com and apply and register directly with RWU. The RWU military benefits assistant continuously monitors activity in GoArmyEd.com and is available to assist with questions. 

Please contact Morgan Beltre at mbeltre@rwu.edu or (401) 254-4864 for GoArmyEd questions.

RWU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and currently offers a total of 15 spots in the program at any one time; spots are not tied to individual majors, however, eligible students must be enrolled full time in a RWU Day School program.

The institution is required to approve spots to qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis (returning Yellow Ribbon recipients will automatically qualify for the next year if needed). However, when all spots are being utilized, a spot will not be available until one of the students using a spot has graduated or left the institution.

In order to be approved for the program, applicants must:

  1. Already be officially accepted to RWU
  2. Submit an application to the Yellow Ribbon Program using the form below
  3. Submit a copy of a Certificate Eligibility showing 100% eligibility for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

Applicants cannot be approved until ALL of these conditions have been met; at this time, we are unable to approve an applicant unless an accompanying Certificate of Eligibility has been submitted. However, if an applicant has been admitted to RWU, a Yellow Ribbon Program application can be submitted without a Certificate of Eligibility, and the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Once a valid Certificate of Eligibility is submitted, provided that a spot is available and all necessary, valid documents have been submitted a spot will then be approved.

RWU Yellow Ribbon Program Application

University College

Tuition Rates - Part-time

  • Evening Classroom Course (3 credits)  $750
  • Directed Seminar (3 credits)  $750
  • Online Course (3 credits)   $750

General Fees

University College applicants may waive their application fee upon discussing their intent to apply with an admissions representative.  Applicants & current students will pay only a one (1) time semester fee of $70 for each semester of attendance. This price is not per course you take.

University College students can take up to fourteen (14) college credits and pay the evening/online course rates. If you enroll for fifteen (15) or more credits, you must pay our day course rate. Click here to view UC tuition rates and fees. 

A direct link to view our withdrawal policy, and refund schedule

For information regarding tuition rates and costs for programs offered at other RWU schools, please click here to view tuition rates and fees.

This policy applies only to students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA).  TA is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with Department of Defense (DOD) policy, RWU will return any unearned TA funds on a prorated basis through at least 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during an enrollment period. Any unearned TA funds – based upon when a student stops attending - will be returned directly to the military service from which the funds were provided, not to the service member.

Withdrawal & Refunds Military Tuition Assistance (TA) Refund Policy and Schedule

In instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, RWU will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned TA funds in compliance with the DOD policy.

To comply with the Department of Defense’s policy, RWU will return any unearned TA funds up to 60% of the semester on a prorated basis. The amount of unearned TA funds returned is based on the date of withdrawal.  After 60% of the semester has passed, TA will not be evaluated for a return to the DOD.

  • RWU currently offers 2 week, 3 week, 5 week, 6 week, 8 week, 10 week, 15 week and 16 week schedules.

 Withdrawal Liability Chart:

16 Week

Effective Withdrawal Date

Return of TA%

TA% Earned

Before or during weeks 1-2

100%

0

During weeks 3 to 4

75%

25%

During weeks 5 to 8

50%

50%

During week 9

40% (60% of course completed)

60%

During weeks 10 to 16

0%

100%

15 Week

Effective Withdrawal Date

Return of TA%

TA% Earned

Before or during weeks 1-2

100%

0

During weeks 3 to 4

90%

10%

During weeks 5 to 6

75%

25%

During weeks 7 to 8

50%

50%

During week 9

40% (60% of course completed)

60%

During weeks 10 to 15

0%

100%

10 Week

Effective Withdrawal Date

Return of TA %

TA % Earned

Before or during week 1

100%

0%

During Week 2

80%

20%

During Week 3

70%

30%

During Week 4

60%

40%

During Week 5

50%

50%

During Week 6

40% (60% of course completed)

60%

During Weeks 7 – 10

0%

100%

 

 

 

 

 

8 Week

Effective Withdrawal Date

Return of TA %

TA % Earned

Before or during week 1

100%

0%

During Week 2

75%

25%

During Week 3 and 4

50%

50%

During Week 5

40% (60% of course completed)

60%

During Week 6 to 8

0%

0%

 

 

 

 

6 Week

 

Effective Withdrawal Date

Return of TA %

TA % Earned

Before or during week 1

100%

0%

During Week 2 and 3

60%

40%

During Week 4

40% (60% of course completed)

60%

During Weeks 5 and 6

0%

0%

5 Week                                     

Effective Withdrawal Date

Return of TA %

TA % Earned

Before or during week 1

100%

0%

During Week 2

60%

40%

During Week 3

40% (60% of course completed)

60%

During Weeks 4 and 5

0

100%

3 Week

Effective Withdrawal Date

Return of TA%

TA % Earned

Before or during Day 1

100%

0%

During Day 2

90%

10%

During Day 3

86%

14%

During Day 4

81%

19%

During Day 5

76%

24%

During Day 6

71%

21%

During Day 7

67%

33%

During Day 8

62%

38%

During Day 9

57%

43%

During Day 10

52%

48%

During Day 11

48%

52%

During Days 12 to 13

40% (60% of course completed)

60%

Days 14 to 21

0%

100%

 Note: The educational institution’s week of instruction is counted as 7 days

2 Week

Effective Withdrawal Date

Return of TA%

TA% Earned

Before or during Day 1

100%

0%

During Day 2

86%

14%

During Day 3

79%

21%

During Day 4

71%

29%

During Day 5

64%

36%

During Day 6

57%

43%

During Day 7

50%

50%

During Day 8 and Day 9

40% (60% of course completed)

60%

During Days 10 to 14

0%

100%

                                        

These schedules will be implemented via the RWU Academic Standards Petition Process:

Students are responsible for knowing and complying with the academic regulations of the University. Each College and School has an Academic Standards Committee that serves as the appeal committee for students requesting exceptions to academic policy. A petition obtained from the appropriate dean’s office must be completed and submitted to the dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled. The dean of the college or school, if necessary, forwards the petition to the appropriate Academic Standards Committee.

                                                 

 

Please contact us if you have any questions! 

Roger Williams University
Attn: University College
One Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-254-3530
E-mail: rwumilitary@rwu.edu

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