The Graduate Institute’s Master of Arts programs (with the exception of Organizational Leadership) are approved for military veterans who are eligible to receive education benefits under the federal GI Bill. In addition, two graduate certificates, Ecotherapy and Cultural Sustainability and Integrative Health and Healing are approved for educational benefits.

The Connecticut Department of Higher Education, which oversees the operation and governance of The Graduate Institute, serves as the State Approving Agency (or SAA) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Under the egis of the Veterans Administration and the approved criteria designated under Title 38 of the United States code, eligible veterans and dependents can have their enrollments at The Graduate Institute certified and begin to receive monthly benefits.

Eligible Students

Students who are eligible to receive VA education benefits may fall into one of the following categories:

  • Active duty service person

  • Reservist or National Guard person

  • Veteran (discharged or separated service person)

  • Veteran’s dependent (spouse, surviving spouse, or child)

  • Disabled veteran


Key Contact Personnel 

The Graduate Institute’s certifying official is Karen Pace, Chief Operating Officer. 


The certifying officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the government agency responsible for determining eligibility for VA education benefits and for authorizing payment for benefits, are cited below:

  • Chief Education Liaison Officer: Michele Mendola (800) 827-1000

  • State of CT Education Liaison Representative and Education Compliance Survey Specialist: Gerard Jacques (860) 666-7324 or email:

  • Consultant, State Approving Agency: Michael Criscuolo: (860) 947-1816 or email:


Applying for Veterans Benefits

Students of The Graduate Institute must register for benefits by visiting the Veterans Administration website at

Students may inquire about the status of their VA claims by calling 888-442-4551 (press 1 for touch tone or press 0 to reach a counselor). Students will need to furnish their claim numbers and/or to identify what forms, where, and when they filed their claims with the Veterans Administration.

The Graduate Institute


171 Amity Road

Bethany, CT 06524

United States

Phone: (203) 874-4252

Fax:      (203) 874-8070

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