If you are eligible for the College Fund, you will receive additional monies. You may be eligible for 36 months of full-time educational benefits, provided you completed your initial obligation with an honorable discharge. However, you must use your benefits within a specified time frame or they will expire.
Once you have been admitted to the school, talk to a counselor and select a degree program. Register only for courses required under your degree program. Request transcripts from all previous educational institutions and your military transcript and have them evaluated for possible credit toward your degree. This is a DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) requirement.
Students who receive either the MGIB or Selected Reserve MUST verify their enrollment each month to receive payments. This verification can be done either by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system or by using an automated telephone system (877.823.2378).
Students participating in educational programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may qualify for a deferment of tuition and fees only after producing a copy of a Statement of Benefits or a Certificate of Eligibility. Interested students should contact the Office of the University Registrar for more information. Deferments are only granted prior to the tuition deadline for each semester, provided all past due debts are satisfied. VA deferments expire on Dec. 1 for Fall term and May 1 for Spring terms.
Chapter 31 or Chapter 33: If a student is eligible to use Chapter 31 or Chapter 33, the University will defer students’ payment deadlines. The payment deadlines will be deferred a minimum of 90 days from the standard payment deadline. Charges not covered by the VA must be paid by the tuition deadline to prevent penalty fees. Penalties will not be imposed on charges covered by the VA, but may be imposed on charges that are past due and not covered by the VA Deferment.
- Fall deferment: Ends Dec. 1
- Spring deferment: Ends May 1
- Summer deferment: Ends Aug 1
For instance, if you are a full-time student taking 12 or more semester hours, you will receive full-time benefits for each month you continue with this training time. If you are a part-time student taking less than 12 semester hours, your monthly benefit checks will be reduced accordingly.
You must be enrolled half-time or more in order to receive a monthly payment from the DVA. If you are enrolled for less than half-time, or if you are on active duty, you will receive a lump sum payment of tuition cost or the amount of your monthly benefits, whichever is less.
Exception: Chapter 32 and Chapter 1606 receive monthly checks for less-than-half time training.
For example, if you are taking six credits as a half-time student, the DVA will deduct 1/2 month of entitlement for each month you are paid at the half-time training rate. In this case, you could continue going to school half-time for a total of 72 months. If you increase your training time, your monthly benefits will increase and your 36 months of eligibility will be depleted faster.
If you fail a course and the course is required for graduation, the DVA will pay you to repeat it and will not recover the money already paid you for the course you failed. However, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress as measured by your cumulative grade point average and the number of credits you have attempted. If your progress becomes unsatisfactory, your benefits will be suspended until you regain satisfactory progress for your degree program.
- The break is MORE than 56 days
- The terms either BEFORE or AFTER are shorter than the break
- The student changes schools and the break is MORE than 30 days
- The student changes schools and programs
- Training time prior to the break is less than 1/2 time (rate of pursuit is less than 50%)
- The student is on active duty
- The school does not operate on term, quarter, or semester basis
- Enrollment in non-standard terms is not consecutive.
VA also doesn’t pay break pay if:
- You specifically state that you don’t want payment for the break. You must make the request BEFORE VA actually authorizes payment for the break.
- Your entitlement will run out during the break.
- You withdraw from all courses or discontinue training during the term preceding the break.
Depending on your individual circumstances, one of these programs may give you better benefits than the others. While you are the only person who can choose which program meets your needs, the Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a step-by-step process that may help you compare the different education programs and decide which is best for you.
Follow the Step-by-Step process developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.