Getting Started with the GI Bill®
Items to Remember:
The university's certifying official does not automatically know to certify you for your courses unless you verbally communicate this information with the official.
It takes time for the VA to process a benefit request (normally 6-12 weeks). Please keep this in mind and begin the process early enough to avoid any delay in starting coursework.
To apply for veterans or dependent benefits, visit the VA Education Website. Here, you can apply for benefits, manage your benefits, and request a Certificate of Eligibility,
If you are a transfer student (a student who has been using VA benefits while attending another college or university), you will need to complete the Change of Program or Place of Training request online.
The VA will only cover costs for coursework that is listed in your degree plan.
If you are receiving Chapter 30, Chapter 35, or Chapter 1606 benefits, you must verify your attendance (generally the last day of each month of coursework) in the WAVE system. https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do.
You must notify the university's VA certifying official if you have dropped or withdrawn from a course.
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Compliance with 38 USC 3679(e)
Allowing Veterans to Attend or Participate in Courses while Pending VA Payment
Section 103 of Public Law (PL) 115-407, ‘Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018,’ amends Title 38 US Code 3679 by adding a new subsection (e) that requires disapproval of courses of education, beginning August 1, 2019, at any educational institution that does not have a policy in place that will allow an individual to attend or participate in a course of education, pending VA payment, providing the individual submits a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33.
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), Mayville State University adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA. Mayville State University will not:
- Prevent the student’s enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
- Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:
- Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
- Provide a written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies