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Applying for Initial and Continuing VA Benefits at SMU

NOTE: At this time, SMU certifies VA students for academic programs only.

Documents required to apply for initial VA educational benefits can be printed from this page.

  • VA forms must be submitted online to VA.
  • Copies of VA forms (and other documents listed below) must be submitted to the Registrar's Office

Four ways to submit documents to Registrar's Office:

  • Fax ALL documents to 214-768-2507 (Attn: VA Certifying Official)
  • Email to vdecena@smu.edu or mgoff@smu.edu
  • Deliver to Registrar’s Office
      Laura Lee Blanton Building, Room 101
      6185 Airline Road
      Dallas, TX 75205
  • Mail to Southern Methodist University
      Registrar’s Office
      PO Box 750181
      Dallas, TX 75275-0181

What documents do I need to submit?

Using VA Benefits for the First Time



Using VA Benefits for the First Time at SMU

(If you previously used VA benefits at another school)



    Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents)



      Submit to Registrar’s Office
      • Copy of 22-5495 AND Certificate/Letter of Eligibility from VA
      • Information Sheet for Claiming Veterans
      • Undergrad - Copies of all official transcripts (if transferring)
      • If pursuing a master’s degree, provide copy of transcript showing bachelor’s degree (if other coursework is listed on transcript, then copies of those transcripts are also required)

Continuing SMU VA Students


  • Inform VA Certifying Official EACH TERM that you wish to be certified with VA
  • Veterans are responsible for knowing when their VA benefits are exhausted