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Gen. Amos Veterans Center Idaho Commons Room 305

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2431
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-7989

Fax: 208-885-9494

Email: veterans@uidaho.edu

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Jason M. Nierman, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), USA

Physical Address:
Idaho Commons, Room 307

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2431
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-7979

Fax: 208-885-9494

Email: jnierman@uidaho.edu

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Scott Oplinger

Physical Address:
Idaho Commons Room 305

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2431
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-7989

Fax: 208-885-9494

Email: soplinger@uidaho.edu

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Dependents

Dependents interested in attending the University of Idaho on a veteran family member's benefits should take the following steps toward becoming an admitted student.

Questions? Email the Veterans Assistance Office at veterans@uidaho.edu or call 208-885-7989.

First Steps

  1. Apply for U of I admission
  2. Determine whether you are an in-state resident or out-of-state resident
  3. Visit Financial Aid
    • Students using VA education benefits may still be eligible for financial aid. 
    • Applying for all university merit-based scholarships and financial aid is a simple step-by-step process. Learn more about Financial Aid scholarships.

Apply for VA Benefits on Vets.gov

This will take 4-6 weeks. Plan accordingly.

Our office highly recommends students set up direct deposit. You will need your bank account info, including routing number and account number.

Schedule On-Campus or Phone Interview

To schedule a meeting or phone interview with Veterans Assistance staff, email Assistant Veterans Advisor Scott Oplinger. Bring Certificate of Eligibility or most recent award letter to interview.

Request GI Bill Certification

Students must submit a GI Bill Certification Request after registering for classes each semester to obtain their GI Bill benefits.

Financial Resources by Chapter

Benefits vary depending on the chapter students are using. Find details about each of the chapters below.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, otherwise known as Chapter 33, is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001, and their dependents.

Benefits include:

  • Tuition and fees paid by the VA directly to U of I student account. These include but are not limited to fees for diplomas, lab classes, course/web fees, and orientation. Fees do not include parking passes or any housing or meal plans.
  • Textbook Stipends – Based on number of credits taken, student can receive up to $1,000 per year, $41.67 per credit or $125 per three-credit class. Funds are direct-deposited into student's bank account.
  • Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)/Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) – Up to $1,307 per full month (100 percent eligibility). Funds are direct-deposited into student's bank account.
  • Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)
    SHIP is the university-offered insurance program for students not already covered by personal insurance. All students attending U of I must have health insurance. The GI Bill may cover this because it is a university requirement.

Vets.gov Account Requirement

All students must have a Vets.gov account.

The account allows students to:

  • Find benefits remaining (months and days)
  • Update mailing address
  • Set up or change direct deposit banking information
  • Verify payments made to the student and to the school for both educational and disability purposes
  • Download VA letters and personal documents

Make an appointment with Veterans Assistance work study assistants if you need help setting up your account.

GI Bill Certification Requirement

All students must complete the online GI Bill Certification Request form after registering for classes each semester.

Other Requirements

  • All classes must fulfill a degree requirement as shown on your degree audit on VandalWeb.
  • Free electives aren't restricted, but students must concentrate on required courses

The Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35 DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to service-related conditions or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

This benefit is paid to students monthly – $1,224 per full month as of Oct. 1, 2018.

GI Bill Certification Requirement
All students must complete the online GI Bill Certification Request form after registering for classes each semester.

Other Requirements

  • All classes must fulfill a degree requirement as shown on degree audit on VandalWeb.
  • Free electives aren't restricted, but students must concentrate on required courses.

Parents of Dependents

Sending your child to college with your GI Bill? Learn how to transfer benefits and other stipends and allowances.

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Contact Us

Gen. Amos Veterans Center Idaho Commons Room 305

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2431
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-7989

Fax: 208-885-9494

Email: veterans@uidaho.edu

Map

Jason M. Nierman, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.), USA

Physical Address:
Idaho Commons, Room 307

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2431
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-7979

Fax: 208-885-9494

Email: jnierman@uidaho.edu

Map

Scott Oplinger

Physical Address:
Idaho Commons Room 305

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2431
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-7989

Fax: 208-885-9494

Email: soplinger@uidaho.edu

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