To receive VA educational benefits, students are required to do the following:
Step 1: Complete Application for Benefits
VA regulations governing institution-approved training of veterans and/or dependents of veterans require that certain documents be on file prior to certification of enrollment. To start the application process to use your GI Bill® or to use the GI Bill® of your spouse or parent, you first need to submit an application for benefits.
Information concerning applying for the GI Bill® can be found on the website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. If VA benefits have been received for prior training at another institution, the student must submit form 22-1995, Change of Program or Place of Training.
Please check the groups (A or B) below to see what information needs to accompany your request.
Group A: Individuals under the following categories:
- Ch. 30 - Active Duty/Former Active Duty
- Ch. 33 Post 09/11 GI Bill
- Ch. 33 TOE 09/11 GI Bill Transfer of Eligibility
- Ch. 1606 - Selected Reserve
- Ch. 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
Individuals applying for benefits under Group A are encouraged to submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4) or National Guard form DD-2384 “NOBE” signed by the Unit Commander and Certificate of Eligibility.
Group B: Individuals under the following category:
- Ch. 35 - Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
Individuals applying for benefits under Group B are encouraged to submit a copy of their birth certificate (dependents) or their marriage certificate (spouses) and Certificate of Eligibility.
Step 2: Submit all Official Transcripts
Prior to being certified for benefits, you must submit all official transcripts from your high school/GED equivalency, from any college/universities you’ve attended, and military transcripts to the Admissions Office.
To check to see if your transcript has been received, you may contact the Admissions Office at (252) 451-8300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Register & Pay for Classes
Once you have registered and paid for classes, please complete the Veteran Services Enrollment Form. You can obtain the form from Student and Enrollment Services or fill out the Veteran Services Enrollment Form online.
For Chapters 33, 33TOE, and 31, please complete the same form for certification. The Veterans Services Officer will make sure that your classes are held until payment is received from the Veterans Affairs. Please make sure that if you are not 100% that you pay your percentage you are responsible for.
Once this information has been received, the Veterans Services Officer will submit your enrollment certification to the Department of Veteran Affairs. It can take anywhere from 60-90 days for VA to process your information and for you to receive your first check.
**Students receiving VA Educational Benefits must submit the Enrollment Verification Form each semester they wish to have their classes certified.
Step 4: Verify Enrollment (For individuals under Ch. 30, Ch. 1606, and Ch. 1607 only)
Prior to receiving your check, you must verify your enrollment at the end of the month on a monthly basis. You should wait until the end of the first month of school to verify your enrollment for the first time.
- Fall semester - verify for the first time on August 31
- Spring semester - verify for the first time on January 31
- Summer - verify for the first time on May 31
You can verify your enrollment by one of the following methods: