Using Educational Benefits
Applying for Benefits or Changing Your Place of Training
VA Educational Benefits Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, and 1606
Veterans and dependents applying for chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, and 1606 benefits or those already using the benefits but wish to change their place of training must submit the appropriate application to the VA. Online applications can be found on the Vets.gov website. After completing the application, print a copy for your records.
Below is an explanation of form names and the chapter benefits that may use the form. For questions about VONAPP, which form to use, or the status of applications, please contact the VA Educational Benefits Toll-free number: 888-442-4551
|Form Number||Form Name||Who Needs It?|
Application for VA Education Benefits
• Chapter 30, 1607, or 1606
Request For Change of Program or Place of Training
• Chapter 30, 33, 1607, or 1606
Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
• Chapter 35
Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance
• Chapter 35
Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation
• Chapter 31
- Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill®)
- Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill® - Transfer of Entitlement)
- Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Active Duty)
- Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation): Veterans who qualify for educational benefits as disabled veterans may be entitled to special educational benefits. Veterans should visit the Veterans Administration Regional Office, 1301 Clay Street, North Tower, Oakland, CA 94612, to determine their eligibility for disabled status (telephone: 1-800-827-1000).
- Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill® - Reservists)
- Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance)
Please visit the GI-Bill® website to find out more information regarding educational benefits or call the VA Educational Benefits Toll-free number: 888-442-4551
Active Duty Tuition Assistance:
For more information on application process and eligibility, contact your military educational office.
Tuition Fee Waiver for Dependents of Service-Connected Disabled or Deceased Veterans:
For more information about the application, go to the CalVet Website.
A County Veteran Services Officer can help determine eligibility of the applicant and submit application. Once applicant has received eligibility documentation from the County Veteran Service Officer this documentation goes to the Financial Aid Office; Bldg. 2, 2nd Floor. For a list of CVSO’s please visit the Vet Services Page.
Certification Process for VA Educational Benefits
VA Educational Benefits Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, and 1606:
If you are eligible for and plan to use VA Educational Benefits, you will need to submit the following documents to the VA Certifying Official before your classes can be certified:
- Certificate of Eligibility obtained from the VA after you have submitted the Veterans Online Application (if you are a Reservist, you will need the Notice of Basic Eligibility)
- Student Educational Plan (obtained from a counselor in Step 5)
- Completed Veteran's Benefits Statement of Responsibility form
- Completed Veterans Certification Request form
Please note, only classes listed on your Educational Plan will be certified.
Tuition Fee Waiver for Dependents of Service-Connected Disabled or Deceased Veterans
Once applicant has received eligibility documentation from the County Veteran Service Officer this documentation goes to the Financial Aid Office; Bldg. 2, 2nd Floor. For a list of CVSO’s please visit the Vet Services Page.
Important Additional Information
In order to receive your VA Educational Benefits, you must have all of your courses listed in your Student Educational Plan (SEP) that you complete with an academic counselor. You must frequently provide the VA Certifying Official with an updated copy of your SEP if you add or remove courses from you plan. If the VA Certifying Official does not have an up-to-date copy, you are at risk of decertification.
You must have an Educational Objective and major on file. You may change your educational objective (major) between semesters using your WebSMART account. Changing your objective requires obtaining a new SEP from an academic counselor.
You must contact the VA on the last day of each month or within the first week of each month to verify your enrollment. You can call (877) 823-2378 or go online at www.gibill.va.gov/wave for enrollment verification.
In order to collect your monthly allowance, you must be certified for 7 units or more (more than half-time) in the fall and spring semesters and 6 units in the summer semester. If your certification drops to half-time or below, you will stop receiving a monthly payment. Veterans must be enrolled full-time to receive 100% of their Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) entitlement.
If you withdraw, drop, or receiving a failing grade, this may lead to an overpayment and a debt. If an overpayment is created resulting in a debt you may be responsible for repaying the VA for tuition and fees, books, and basic housing allowance. The amount of the overpayment may vary depending on the date in which you withdraw, drop, or receive a failing grade.
Reminders for Certification Every Semester
If you are receiving educational benefits (Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, and 1606), you must provide the VA Certifying Official with an updated Student Educational Plan (SEP) and completed Veterans Certification Request Form each semester! Complete and submit this form after you have registered for classes. Only classes listed on your SEP will be certified.
Veterans and dependents receiving educational benefits will be subject to Academic Standards for Continued Eligibility. See online catalog for more details.