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 GI Bill 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Applications and appropriate documentation should be completed at least 8-12 weeks prior to your term starting date to ensure timely processing.  Carefully review the different GI Bill options by reading the information presented on the GI Bill website (click on the logo)

 

Most GI Bills:  GI Bill checks are sent directly to the student electronically or by check, not the university.  Chapter 30, Chapter 1607 (REAP) and Chapter 1606 veterans must verify their enrollment on the last day of each month enrolled before the next GI Bill payment is issued. You can verify your enrollment in the following ways:  

  • Phone in your enrollment information 1-877-823-2378
  • Verify via website www.gibill.va.gov, then click on WAVE.

Applying for GI Bill Benefits for the First Time OR Switching to the new Post 9/11 GI Bill

1. You will need to submit the VA application by completing the on-line form at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

  • Click on “Start VONAPP”.  If you have any questions when you are completing the form, please call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL1.

2. You will need to complete the SRU VA Enrollment. Please attach a copy of the application you submitted online in number 1 to the VA or a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility.

3. Post 9/11 GI Bill: After the VA has determined your eligibility for Chapter 33, you should send a copy of the determination letter to the SRU Office of Veterans Affairs. The VA will not send the school this information, and SRU will need this letter to know about your tuition rate. Chapter 33 entitles you to some/all of tuition depending on your eligibility. SRU cannot defer your tuition or partial tuition from the VA until we have a copy of your annual letter from the VA.

4. SRU will report your enrollment to the VA each semester when you are registered (and when bills are ready for Post 9/11 GI Bill students).

5. The VA will be in contact with you regarding your eligibility (please allow 8-12 weeks for processing).

Transferring GI Bill Benefits to SRU or Returning to SRU after a Break in Enrollment

1. You must complete the SRU VA Enrollment Form on page 4 and submit it to the SRU Veterans Affairs Office.

2. You must also complete a VA 22-1995 Form and attach it to the SRU form in number 1.

  • If you are a Chapter 35 recipient (Survivors and Dependents Education Benefits), you must instead complete a VA 22-5495 Form.

3. SRU will report your enrollment to the VA each semester when you are registered (and when bills are ready for Post 9/11 GI Bill students).

4. The VA will be in contact with you regarding your eligibility (please allow 8-12 weeks for processing).

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Note

1. Carefully review your options about the Post 9/11 GI Bill by reading the information on the www.gibill.va.gov web site.  The VA page does have a section called “Compare the Programs” so that you can review your options.  The SRU Veterans Affairs is unable to provide this type of advice because we do not have access to your military records, and we do not make the determination of your eligibility. 

2.  If you are considering the switch to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, please be aware that it is an irrevocable decision when you elect to give up one of the other VA benefit programs (Chapter 30, 1606, 1607).

3.  If you decide to switch to the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill (or begin using VA benefits for the first time), you will need to do the following:
You will need to submit the VA application by completing the on-line form at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

  • Click on "Start VONAPP"
  • If you have any questions when you are completing the form, please call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL1.

4.  You will need to complete the SRU VA Enrollment. Please attach a copy of the application you submitted to the VA.

5.  After the VA has determined your eligibility for Chapter 33, you should send a copy of the determination letter to the SRU Office of Veterans Affairs.  The VA will not send the school this information, and SRU will need this letter to know about your tuition rate.  Chapter 33 entitles        you to some/all of tuition depending on your eligibility.

  • SRU cannot defer your tuition or partial tuition from the VA until we have a copy of your annual letter from the VA.                   

NOTE:  An enrollment certification form will be sent to you each spring. This information is used to certify your GI Bill for subsequent semesters, after your initial enrollment. If you do not return this form indicating your enrollment information, you will not be certified for future GI Bill education benefits.  The form will be available on the SRU Veterans Home page every April.

 

Contact Information

1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock PA 16057

107 Maltby Center

724.738.2044
724.738.2922 (fax)

Financial.aid@sru.edu

M-F: 8:00-4:30
Summer: 8:00-4:00

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