Veterans Education Benefits

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APPLICATION FOR BENEFITS

To apply for the Post 9/11 G I Bill, go to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/vonapp.  It will take approximately 8 to 12 weeks for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process the application for benefits. Once the application is finalized, the student will receive a CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY verifying the amount of benefits and months of entitlement available. The VA Certifying Official will need a copy for your file.

You will need to apply for your benefits no later than the date provided below to allow the Department of Veteran Affairs ample time to process your application for benefits.  Applying by this date does not guarantee that your application will be processed before the semester begins.

Fall

July 1st

Spring

November 1st

Summer

March 1st

Active Duty

If you apply for benefits while on active duty, you must submit a copy of your DD 214 to the Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Processing Office upon separation from active duty to receive the appropriate amount of education benefits.

Veteran

If you are applying for G I Bill education benefits and you have been separated for less than 6 months,  you will need to supply your DD 214 along with your application for benefits.

KICKERS

Eligible active duty members, reservists and veterans with kicker contracts must submit a copy of the contracts to the VA along with the application for benefits.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Chapter 33 veterans transferring from another school must complete a Change of Place of Training (22-1995) online.

Dependents transferring from another institution using the Post 9/11 G I Bill must fill out a Change of Place of Training (22-5495) online.

 

REQUESTING BENEFITS

To request the use of your benefits please fill out the Benefit Enrollment Form at http://louisville.edu/veterans/forms/bf. When you have completed the form, click ‘submit’ at the bottom of the page.  THIS FORM MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE START OF EACH SEMESTER THAT YOU ARE USING BENEFITS.

TUITION PAYMENT

The University of Louisville requires tuition to be paid at the time of registration.  Due to extended processing time of the VA, you cannot rely on your education benefits to cover the initial tuition payment.  It may be necessary to seek an alternate payment plan.  Please contact the Bursar’s Office or the Veteran Affairs representative for more information.

APPROVED DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Veteran Affairs will only pay education benefits for courses that apply towards an approved major or degree program.  It is the responsibility of the veteran/dependent to make sure courses he/she is enrolled in are approved as general education requirements.

CHANGING MAJORS

It is the responsibility of the veteran/dependent to notify this office if you are changing majors or degree programs.  Failure to comply will terminate VA education benefits.

VISITING STUDENT AT ANOTHER SCHOOL

If you are attending another university as a visiting student, you must have a visiting student letter on file in the Registrar’s Office before the course can be certified for VA benefits. You will need to bring a copy of the visiting student letter to the U of L Veteran Affairs Representative for your certification to be processed and VA payment can be applied while you are attending another school.  To receive credit when the course is completed, the student must request an official transcript to be mailed to the Registrar’s Office.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS

It is the responsibility of the veteran/dependent to keep the Department of Veteran Affairs and the certifying official informed of your current address.  To update your address, go to www.gibill.va.gov (Ask a question/find an answer) and submit the information.

DIRECT DEPOSIT

To establish or change direct deposit information, contact the Department of Veteran Affairs at 1-877-838-2778 IMMEDIATELY.  Failure to contact the VA with changes will delay your payments.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION

If you are pursuing teacher certification, please submit a listing of the courses required for certification.  Courses not on the list will not be certified for VA benefits.

DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER

The Disability Resource Center is located in room 119 in Stevenson Hall.  The staff coordinates services and programs for students with disabilities.  Accommodations and support are individualized depending on the needs of each student.  For more information, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (502)852-6938.

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME STATUS (VA purposes only)

UNDERGRADUATE

Fall/Spring

GRADUATE

Fall/Spring

12 hrs+

Full Time

9 hrs+

Full Time

9 hrs-11 hrs

¾ time

6 hrs-8 hrs

¾ time

6 hrs-8 hrs

½ time

4 hrs-5 hrs

½ time

1 hr-5 hrs

Less than ½ time

3 hrs

More than ¼ but less than ½ time

 

Please contact the Veterans Affairs Representative regarding summer enrollment status.

UNAUTHORIZED REPEATS

The Department of Veteran Affairs will only pay for a repeated course when the initial grade is an “EF”.  A grade of “D” or higher is considered a satisfactory grade by the Department of Veteran Affairs and will not be paid if the course is repeated.

VA POLICY FOR PAYMENT OF THE FOLLOWING PUNITIVE GRADES:

  • “EF”(Earned F)- VA will pay for the course

 

  • “UF”(unearned failure-student stopped attending)- VA will not pay

 

  • “NP”(Non-participatory-student never attended class)-VA will not pay

AUDITS

THE VA WILL NOT PAY FOR AUDITED COURSES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES