Military Students and Veterans

Sagrado supports active-duty military students and veterans in their education process. We offer academic programs designed for non-traditional students and adults at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as a myriad of options for professional development and certifications.

Application process:

  1. Complete an online application
  2. Coordinate an appointment with an admissions officeror contact:

Katherine Castillo
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
katherine.castillo@sagrado.edu

 

Registration

Our community is here for whatever you need to be successful. For more services, contact Eigna de Jesús or Yvette Lugo at the Registrar's Office. Both are certified as Certifying Official Training VA in the Education Service SCO Course.

Our two Veteran Certification Officers will provide active military, veteran students, and their dependents the information needed to apply and the specific benefits available.

Eigna I. De Jesús Molinari
Registrar
eigna.dejesus@sagrado.edu

Yvette Lugo Morales
Associate Director
yvettem.lugo@sagrado.edu

Registrar Office Numbers:
787-728-1515 , exts. 3451 & 3452 .

Financial Aid

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the ARMY, NAVY, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force. Congress has given each branch of service the ability to pay up to 100% of its member's tuition fees. Each branch of military service has its own criteria for eligibility, mandatory service, application processes, and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the University by individual military agencies.

We recommend that students begin the process of applying for the TA at least one (1) month before the start date of the classes of the corresponding academic session, as established in the Academic calendar so that the TA is applied to your account before the start of the academic session and is reflected in your account statement. Submitting incorrect or incomplete information could cause delays in the distribution of funds.

To be certified as eligible members, students must submit the application and the required documentation through the institutional portal my.sagrado.edu , Student Service, Forms and Request, Registration Service Request. Submitting this application do not Guarantees military aid as the branch of service determines eligibility and benefits. Failure to attend classes during the census period or unsatisfactory academic progress may result in ineligibility for military aid benefits.

Estimated Study Costs for 2021-2022

Undergraduate Study Costs

Direct Charges Billed by Sagrado to Student

13 credits 7 credits
Enrollment $ 2,665 $ 1,435
General Fees $ 600 $ 600
University residences $ 1,600 $ 1,600
Total estimated direct charges $ 4,865 $ 3,635

Estimated Indirect Student Charges per semester

Off-campus residences $ 2,000 $ 2,000
Books stipend $ 850 $ 850
Transportation $ 2,500 $ 2,500
Personal expenses $ 1,250 $ 1,250
Total estimated indirect charges $ 6,600 $ 6,600
Total estimated costs $ 11,465 $ 10,235

Estimated Costs of Graduate Studies

Estimated Direct Charges Billed by Sagrado to Student per quarter

6 credits 5 credits
Enrollment $ 1,410 $ 1,175
General Fees $ 435 $ 435
University residences $ 1,600 $ 1,600
Total estimated direct charges $ 3,445 $ 3,210

Estimated Indirect Student Charges per Quarter

Off-campus residences $ 2,000 $ 2,000
Books, Materials and Equipment $ 650 $ 650
Transportation $ 2,500 $ 2,500
Personal expenses $ 1,250 $ 1,250
Total estimated indirect charges $ 6,400 $ 6,400
Total estimated costs $ 9,845 $ 9,610

The University has available the Tuition Financing Plan for students who request it. It includes estimated total costs, estimated cost of living, available financial aid, among others. You can access the following links with examples of the Financial Aid Plan.

Return Policy for Unused TA Funds

Military Tuition Aid (TA) is awarded to students on the assumption that students will attend college for the entire period for which the aid is awarded. When a student using military tuition aid drops out, they may no longer be eligible for all the TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with US Department of Defense Policy, Sagrado will return unused TA funds on a pro rata basis up to at least 60% of the period for which the funds were awarded. TA funds will be returned to the branch of service to which the student belongs (ARMY, NAVY, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force). In the event that an active military student is deployed, the case will be evaluated to identify solutions that does not result in a student's debt to Sagrado for the returned portion.

The student's official withdrawal date is used to calculate the percentage of TA earned. The official date of withdrawal of a student is the last date of attendance to a course or academic activity. The refund calculation is based on the formula below.

15 weeks

Portion of the semester completed as of the discharge date % of TA has to be returned
Week 1 100% refund
Weeks 2-3 80% refund
Weeks 4-5 70% return
Weeks 6-7 60% return
Weeks 8-9 50% refund
Week 10 (60% of courses) 40% return
Weeks 11-15 No refund

13 weeks

Portion of the semester completed as of the discharge date % of TA has to be returned
Weeks 1 100% refund
Weeks 2-3 80% refund
Weeks 4-5 60% return
Weeks 6-7 50% refund
Week 8 (60% of courses) 40% return
Weeks 9-13 No refund

Contacts for Military and Veterans

Sagrado is a proud support of those who have served our country.  The contact university officials listed below  are prepared to answer your questions and guide you through  your experience in our institution.

Eigna I. De Jesús Molinari
Registrar
eigna.dejesus@sagrado.edu

Katherine Castillo
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
katherine.castillo@sagrado.edu

Natalie Nieves
Academic Manager
natalie.nieves@sagrado.edu

Natalie Negron
Director of Academic Support and Student Persistence
nataliee.negron@sagrado.edu

Yvette Lugo Morales
Associate Director
yvettem.lugo@sagrado.edu

Checklist for New Veterans Students applying for “Tuition Assistance”

I. Before the "Discharge"

  1. Get a copy of:
  • High school diploma
  • Medical and dental history (can be requested through the National Archive)
  • DD-214, (can be requested through the National Archive)
  • Acknowledgments and letters of recommendation
  • College Education Transcripts (Military Joint Service Transcripts)
  • Certificate of Eligibility (you can apply online through the Veterans Affairs (VA) eBenefits account)
  • Copy of the "GI Bill® Comparison Tool Quote *"
  1. Obtain a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
  • Create your MyPay, GI-Bill and eBenefits account (write down your usernames and passwords in a safe place).
  • To activate your GI-Bill, you must submit your application for educational benefits using VA form 22-1990 on the eBenefits website. If you have any questions, eBenefits can guide you through the application form by calling 1-800-983-0937. Begin your application procedure at least three months prior to the beginning of classes to process the VA application.
  • Be sure to select the Post 9/11 GI-Bill (Chapter 33), on your application. You can use the Montgomery GI-Bill (Chapter 30), but it will not pay the tuition in full, and you will not be eligible for Post 9/11 GI-Bill Basic Housing Assistance (BAH).
  1. Once VA has processed your application, VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)notification. (It may take four to five weeks for shipping.)

When you receive your COE, be sure to send a copy of your COE and DD-214 to the contact person in Sagrado by email so that they can create your student / VA profile and obtain your certified credits. (You must do this to start your VA benefits on time.)

  1. Upon completion of active duty (EAS), you should immediately call the VA Department of Education, Benefits and Training at (1-888-442-4551) and ask the following questions to prepare:
  • Am I registered as a veteran in the system? (You must be registered as a veteran in the system to receive BAH). Don't assume this happens automatically. You may need to send VA a copy of your DD-214 to confirm your eligibility.
  • Make sure your mailing address and pertinent information are up to date with VA, as they send out important emails periodically.
  • Make arrangements to set up your direct deposit information in the system. You must provide VA with your personal routing number and account number. Otherwise, wait for a check in the mail that could delay your receipt of benefits.

II. When you get to Sagrado

  1. Participate in the Open House in which the offerings of the programs are presented
  2. Familiarize yourself with the campus. You may request a tour of the facilities.
  3. Puerto Rico and federal law require that all students have their immunizations up to date unless there is a reason allowed by law to exempt you from this requirement. You must bring a copy of your immunization certificate to the Admissions office or you can email it to admisiones@sagrado.edu . Make sure the Admissions office confirms that they received the immunization certificate; otherwise the enrollment will be canceled which means that you will not receive your benefit.
  4. Visit your academic advisor and register for your classes.
  5. Send an email to one of Sagrado's contact persons and notify them of the classes you are enrolled in and the number of credits you are taking each semester. In addition, you must complete the Veterans Responsibility Sheet (Responsibilities for VA Beneficiaries ).
  6. Send an email to one of Sagrado's contact persons and notify them of the classes you are enrolled in and the number of credits you are taking each semester.
  7. The Sagrado contact person will send you an email informing you that your credits have been certified and that they have been sent to VA.
  8. Be diligent and confirm with VA that they have received certification. (Please note that it can take up to a week or more to receive certification.)
  9. Processing these requests can take some time and may cause a delay in the receipt of your benefits. You should be prepared to buy books and supplies, rent or housing deposits, and other out-of-pocket expenses until you receive your BAH. Stay in touch with your Veteran Certifying Officer to make sure all required documentation is in order.

III. Veterans Health and Medical Insurance

If you haven't already, be sure to enroll in the VA health network. If you need help enrolling in the VA health network, you should contact the Veteran's Administration Center.

Sign up and use eBenefits

eBenefits is a free service where you can:

get up-to-date information about your right to education

update contact information or direct deposit

download VA releases or personal documents

download VA releases or personal documents

see the current status of your payments (education and disability)

* GI Bill® ”is a registered trademark of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • VA has also developed the COVID Coach app to help both veterans and their families cope with the feelings of stress and anxiety they may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available for iOS and Android devices. Direct students to download COVID Coach visiting VA Mobile App Store .
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