Veterans' Educational Benefits FAQs
I am planning to apply to a degree program, and would like to take a refresher course. Can I use my benefits to cover the costs?
We can certify a student that is non-matriculated for 2 terms. Non-matriculated students are those who are not admitted to a formal degree or certificate program.
Will I automatically receive my benefits next term?
No. You must complete a Veterans' Educational Benefits Request form each semester that you wish to be certified to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
When should I submit next term’s Veterans' Educational Benefits Request Form?
Our office begins to accept the Veterans Benefits Request form after the student has enrolled in classes for the term.
We do not begin certifying enrollment until a few weeks prior to the start of term. Submitting one month before the start of term, helps expedite this process.
Does U.Va. participate in the Yellow Ribbon program?
The School of Law, the Darden School of Business, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy (graduate only) are the only schools within U.Va. that participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.
Do I have to attend full-time to use my benefits?
No. Your entitlement is deducted based on your rate of pursuit. In other words, if the term is 4 months long, a student attending full-time will use 4 months of eligibility, while a student attending ˝ time will only use 2 months.
Chapter 33 students must attend at greater than ˝ time to receive a MHA payment, and that payment is prorated (when applicable).
Other students attending less than full time might not be eligible for the “kicker” payments (when applicable). Feel free to contact our office with your specific questions and we will do our best to assist.
I need to withdraw from the University and I paid for the term using Veterans' Educational Benefits. Can the certification be reversed? What happens then?
If you withdraw from the University, we are obliged to report that change to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Depending on the date of your withdrawal, the VA might contact you to repay a portion of your Monthly Allowance for Housing and a portion of your tuition and fee payment. After this debt is paid, you will retain the months of
eligibility during which you did not attend.
Can I use my benefits for a study abroad program?
That depends. Some, but not all study abroad programs are eligible for VA Benefits. The VA will never pay fees in excess of the standard UVa fees.
Please contact our office (434-924-4122) or email the Veterans' Affairs Coordinator with which program you hope to attend to determine if it is an approved program.
Please note: Semester at Sea is not approved for VA Benefits.
I am pursuing a degree at U.Va. and would like to attend another university as a visiting student. I would like to use my VA Educational Benefits to pay my tuition. What steps must I take?
You will need to first contact the school you hope to attend as a visiting student and be sure they can certify your attendance to the VA.
The school you are visiting will submit your VA certification for the term. You will next need to contact your School of Enrollment
They will need to send us an email verifying the courses that you hope to complete can transfer back to U.Va.
We will then draft a Parent Letter, which will need to be submitted to the other university’s Certifying Official.
I would like to be certified for a semester that I have already completed. Is that possible? What is the process?
Our office can certify terms retroactively, provided that you were eligible to receive benefits during the term dates.
Please submit a Veterans' Educational Benefits Request form to our office for each term that you wish us to certify.
Once we receive payment from the VA, Student Financial Services will be able to refund the tuition payments that you had made for the term certified.
It will be direct deposited to your bank, if you have set that up.
If not, a check will be mailed to your current mailing address in the Student Information System.
Will I need to pre-pay my tuition at the start of term to ensure my bill is not past due?
No. Once you submit your Veterans' Educational Benefits Request Form
to our office, a positive indicator will be placed on your account. This will protect you from holds or late fees. Please make payment for items that your benefits will not cover. This includes bookstore charges, housing, and meal plans.
I receive federal tuition assistance, and I am also eligible to receive Veterans' Educational Benefits. Can I use both funding sources this term?
Our office can certify your attendance to the VA the same term that you receive Tuition Assistance. However, because the VA now has “last payee” status, the Tuition Assistance will affect the total amount we can certify to VA.
Why was the tuition amount certified to the VA less than the amount I was charged?
As of 8/1/2011 the VA regulations for certifying tuition have changed. If you are an out of state student, we are required to certify the in-state rate for your program to the VA.
If you received any scholarships that are specified for tuition and fees only, these scholarships must also be deducted from the total amount reported to the VA.
I received a letter from the VA stating that the University reported my tuition as $0. Why did this happen?
Each certification has 2 parts: credits and tuition. We are able to certify credit hours earlier in the term. For students receiving the Post 9/11 GI Bill, this will generate Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payments.
We certify tuition and fees later in the semester. While we await the payment, we place a delay on the student’s account to protect her from holds or late fees.