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Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits

Every student who is newly activating any type of military educational benefit at Cal Poly should schedule an appointment with the CMCS Coordinator, Kari Leslie for a benefits overview. Schedule a virtual appointment here

If the student is a dependent, parent and students are invited to join in the Zoom conference. It is our goal to support our veterans and their families by answering their questions, addressing their concerns, advocating and providing resources. 

Check VA Payments Here: 

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/about/feature?feature=payment-history

When requesting your veteran benefits, please keep in mind we can now certify repeat courses only if:

  1. You received a grade with zero grade points the first attempt, i.e., grade of F, W, WU, or NC 
  2. A higher grade is required for degree completion

There was language that allowed repeats if within the school’s repeat “grade forgiveness” policy; however, that language has been removed. Please keep this in mind when requesting your veteran benefits unit certification.

 

Rounding Out: After consideration of those discussions and deliberations with OGC, VA determined that eligible GI Bill students can continue to round out in their last term, as long as the students are taking classes that are part of their program of education. The following example illustrates how this applies:

A student enrolled in a program to obtain a BA in Political Science must take two courses in governments (e.g., governments of Europe, Africa, South America, or Asia) as a graduation requirement. The university offers four courses that can meet the requirement. The student took two courses and therefore does not need a third or fourth for graduation. However, if the student wants to round out, VA will support the GI Bill student in taking a third or fourth course because the course is included in the student’s program of education, even though taking the additional course(s) is not a “graduation requirement.”

 

If this is your first time using your benefits, apply on the VA website at va.gov/education

  • If you have used your benefit anywhere other than Cal Poly, you are required to notify the VA that you have changed schools or programs. VA Form 22-1995 can be accessed and submitted at va.gov/education.
  • Once you have received a reply from the VA confirming your eligibility for benefits, you will be required to upload either your VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE), Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), or an eBenefits printout showing your current eligibility information to Cal Poly. Once you have proof of eligibility, you will request to start your benefits at Cal Poly by certifying your classes here. When we get that we will submit your certification to the VA electronically. 
  • Every quarter, you will need to let us know that you want to use your benefits by filling out the same form linked above (we expect the process to change slightly in the fall, but we'll tell you all about it in our updates ahead of time). 
  • We will never guess that you want to use your benefits that quarter - you must tell us. 
  • The best habit to get into is to do it immediately after you register for classes. 
  • Any delay means that your monthly stipend will be delayed. 
  • If your schedule changes - if you add or drop classes, there is a form on our website to update us. If you are on waitlists, it is ok to ask us to certify you at full-time if that's what you expect to be. 
  • We check your classes right after the last day to drop to make sure that you are in the number of classes you requested us to certify and that the classes are all in your degree path. 
  • The VA does not pay for classes that don't count towards your approved degree. 
  • The first time you fill out the form to certify your benefits, you will need to upload your Certificate of Eligibility. We will keep it on file in the future. 

  • Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship awardees must email the VA at stem.vbabuf@va.gov each month to confirm full or partial month attendance

Eligible Veterans apply for Vocational Rehabilitation on-line through eBenefits. Log in to your eBenefits account. Select "Additional Benefits" from your Dashboard.

  • If it is determined that you are eligible, you will be invited to attend an orientation session, in-person, at the nearest VA Regional Office.
  • Once you have completed these steps, your Vocational Rehab Counselor will forward VA Form 1905 to us.
  • Next, Complete the Certify Your Benefits
  • REMEMBER: You must complete the Certify Your Benefits form every quarter, as soon as you register for classes. Delaying submission will result in a delay to your VA Educational Benefits payments.

Have you applied for and received a Certificate of Eligibility for Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance, Transferred Post 9/11 or Fry Scholarship benefits? Once you do, you will request to start your benefits at Cal Poly by certifying your classes here. When we get that we will submit your certification to the VA electronically. 

  • Every quarter, you will need to let us know that you want to use your benefits by filling out the same form linked above (we expect the process to change slightly in the fall, but we'll tell you all about it in our updates ahead of time). 
  • We will never guess that you want to use your benefits that quarter - you must tell us. 
  • The best habit to get into is to do it immediately after you register for classes. 
  • Any delay means that your monthly stipend will be delayed. 
  • If your schedule changes - if you add or drop classes, there is a form on our website to update us. If you are on waitlists, it is ok to ask us to certify you at full-time if that's what you expect to be. 
  • We check your classes right after the last day to drop to make sure that you are in the number of classes you requested us to certify and that the classes are all in your degree path. 
  • The VA does not pay for classes that don't count towards your approved degree. 
  • The first time you fill out the form to certify your benefits, you will need to upload your Certificate of Eligibility. We will keep it on file in the future. 
 
 

 

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