US Students


US citizens may be eligible to profit from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information can be found here.

Veteran Affairs Education Benefits (GI Bill Approval)

If you are an active duty service member or veteran, you may be eligible for veteran's education benefits. Along with the information found on this page you are also encouraged to visit the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website to learn more about eligibility requirements and other important information.

Applying for VA Benefits

If you are a first-time applicant for the Post 9/11 GI Bill (active duty or veteran) you must complete VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Education Benefits) through the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP).

Students using transferred benefits for the first time will need to complete the VA Form 22-1990E (after the transfer has been completed by the service member at the DoD level) through the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP).

Veterans must also submit a copy of their DD-214.

Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
After applying for your Certificate of Eligibility it will take about eight weeks for the VA Office in Buffalo, NY to process it. Upon receipt of your COE, please provide a copy to each of the following:

1. Ms. Bettina Keichel
Touro College Berlin Bursar Office

2. Ms. Melonie Vanderpool
Touro College New York VA Certifying Official

Change of Program or Place of Training
If you have previously used VA benefits at another university and have not changed your status, you must complete VA Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) through the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP).

VA payments are made by the Department of Veterans Affairs directly to you and are calculated in accordance with federal regulations. Education benefits are paid according to how the VA views both the nature of the courses and the course load you are taking.

Payment and Benefit Information for Other VA Educational Benefit Programs

If you are receiving education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30), MGIB Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), or Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607), you must verify your monthly enrollments online via the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) in order to release monthly payments. You may verify only after the VA has processed the certification, which may take 6-8 weeks after they have received it from the Touro College New York VA Certifying Official.

If you are not pursuing a Touro College Berlin degree, but wish to receive VA benefits for Touro College Berlin courses, you must request written permission (a parent-school letter) for each course from your degree-granting school before enrolling. The parent-school letter must be submitted to both of the following contacts with the appropriate VA application and any necessary documentation:

1. Ms. Bettina Keichel
Touro College Berlin Bursar Office

2. Ms. Melonie Vanderpool
Touro College New York VA Certifying Official

If you are receiving VA benefits, you are expected to follow all regulations and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs while attending Touro College Berlin. At Touro College Berlin, all regulations of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are enforced. You should be aware of the following requirements:

  • You are expected to make satisfactory progress toward a degree or certificate; you must comply with the academic standards of Touro College Berlin.
  • If you register for a course and then do not attend, or cease to attend without officially withdrawing, you may be misusing federal funds, which may be punishable by law.
  • Payment of benefits will be disallowed for repeating a course for which transfer credit has been rated or for which a grade that meets minimum requirements for the degree has been earned.
  • Payment of benefits will be disallowed for any course that is not a requirement in your degree or certificate program.
For More Information

For assistance and questions, contact our Touro College Berlin Bursar and VA liaison (contact information below). For more details about the bill, visit the GI Bill website.

Ms. Bettina Keichel
Touro College Berlin Bursar Office

Ms Melonie Vanderpool
Touro College New York VA Certifying Official

VA Regional Office
Address: Buffalo, NY 14240-4616 or P.O. Box 4616
Telephone: 716-857-3196 or 716-857-3197
Link to online support

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) Benefits and Payment Information

You can find your percentage of eligibility on your certificate of eligibility or by contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551. You may also determine your rate of eligibility using the following chart. Please note: Recipients of transferred benefits will always be 100% eligible.

Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable: Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of:
100 At least 36 months
100 At least 30 continuous days and discharged due to service-connected disability
90 At least 30 months < 36 months
80 At least 24 months < 30 months
70 At least 18 months < 24 months
60 At least 12 months < 18 months
50 At least 6 months < 12 months
40 At least 90 days < 6 months

All amounts below are based on 100% eligibility rates. If you are less that 100% eligible, simply multiply your percentage by an amount.

  • Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, students are eligible to have all or a portion of their tuition paid directly to the university by the VA. Touro College Berlin students are eligible to receive up to $1,010 per credit hour or up to $12,293 per semester.
  • Students are also eligible to receive up to $1000 per year for books and supplies. The books and supplies stipend is automatically calculated when a student's enrollments are submitted to the VA. Payment of this stipend is sent directly from the VA to the student.
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill students who are not active duty or the spouse of an active duty service member who had benefits transferred to them are eligible to receive a monthly housing stipend.
  • Effective 1 August 2011, in addition to the housing allowance being based on your percentage of eligibility, it is also prorated based on your "rate of pursuit." The VA calculates "rate of pursuit" by dividing the number of credit hours being pursued by the number of credit hours considered full-time by the university in question. Students with a rate of pursuit less than 50% will not be paid a monthly housing allowance. The chart below will help you determine your "rate of pursuit" at Touro College Berlin:
Number of Credit Hours Rate of Pursuit
3 credits 25% rate of pursuit
6 credits 50% rate of pursuit
7 credits 58% rate of pursuit
9 credits 75% rate of pursuit
12 credits or more 100% rate of pursuit

Your monthly housing allowance can then be calculated using the following formula*:
(Applicable Basic Allowance for Housing**) X (Percentage of Eligibility) X (Rate of Pursuit)

*Be sure to convert your percentages to decimals before calculation.
** The applicable Basic Allowance for Housing for a greater than half-time enrollment is $2,193.00 for the 2013-2014 academic year. To maximize your monthly housing allowance, we suggest you register in at least 12 credits per semester (full time).

What Our VA Students Say

Studying at Touro College in Berlin has been a unique opportunity for me to expand my worldview while pursuing higher education. One of the benefits of studying at Touro College Berlin is the multicultural atmosphere present at the school. In addition to the school being an international environment, the city of Berlin is culturally diverse as well.

Using my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits at Touro College Berlin has provided me with the ability to focus on learning in a small and engaging environment while I develop myself professionally. The professors and administration are responsive to the needs of veterans and willing to help in meeting ones educational and professional goals. Therefore, I am an advocate for Touro College Berlin.
-- Christopher P.