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Important GI Bill Update - COVID-19

UW Tacoma recently received an important update about the GI Bill in regards to the COVID-19 national emergency. You can view the full text by expanding the section below.


Dear School Certifying Official,

Over the past two weeks, VA has worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for impacted students during this difficult time. The Senate and House passed S.3503 and the bill will be headed to POTUS to sign, which will give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies. The new law allows for VA to continue to pay benefits regardless of the fact that the program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, students will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that they received for resident training until January 1, 2021, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. VA is working to immediately implement the new changes to address current and future school terms to ensure students continue to receive their education benefits.

What should GI Bill Students know?
There is no action required from a GI Bill student. VA has scheduled several training sessions with all VA approved schools and training facilities over the next couple of days to provide further guidance. We will work closely with schools to ensure enrollments are accurately certified and processed timely.

We are committed to providing regular updates to you through direct email campaigns and social media about VA’s effort to implement these new changes.

If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.

Education Service


The Veteran & Military Resource Center cannot provide in-person services at this time due to precautions around COVID-19. Staff members are working remotely and can be reached by email. For general inquiries, please contact

Contact Information

Front Desk Phone: 253-692-5723

About the Veteran and Military Resource Center

The Veteran and Military Resource Center (VMRC) at UW Tacoma serves as a resource for students providing support and referrals throughout campus and in our community. The VMRC is also responsible for developing and offering campus programming that benefits our military connected students. The VMRC is comprised of two staffs: the Veteran and Military Services Staff and the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) Staff. 

The Veteran and Military Services Staff is here to help military veterans and their dependents access their VA educational benefits and Washington state tuition waivers. Our benefits advisors can provide you with general benefit information as well as certify your educational benefits.

Co-located in the VMRC space is VIBE.  VIBE provides an applied training environment that supports military veterans’ entrepreneurial aspirations and promotes their understanding of the modern startup life cycle.

Alaska Airlines began sponsoring the VMRC location in 2016. This sponsorship includes a ten-year $20,000 annual donation to the center. The funds aid in providing student supportive programming and VIBE event backing.

Veteran Services Staff

Veterans Benefit Advisor/
School Certifying Official
Military-Connected Career Development Specialist
Veterans Benefit Advisor/
School Certifying Official
PAVE Team Leader
WDVA Veterans Corps Navigator
Abby E. Murray, MFA & Ph.D.
Instructor, Army War College Fellows

VIBE Staff

VIBE Director



TLB 307A  |  Phone: 253-692-5723  |  Fax: 253-692-4788  |   |  Mon – Fri:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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