FAQs for Veterans

FAQS (Click on the questions below for answers)

  1. How do I apply for benefits with the VA?
  2. Pace University is my school of choice.  Do my benefits apply to all programs offered?
  3. What does the Post-9/11 GI Bill cover?
  4. How do I verify my enrollment?
  5. What is the difference between in-residence training and distance learning?
  6. How long does it take to get my check after I verify my enrollment?
  7. How do I find out if my program is approved for VA benefits?
  8. Do I get a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) while enrolled in distance learning?
  9. What do I need to do if I would like to change my school or training program?
  10. Where can I get a copy of my discharge papers (DD 214 form)?
  11. Will the VA pay for me to have a tutor?

 

 FAQS with Answers.

  1.        How do I apply for benefits with the VA?

Apply online using the Veterans On Line Application (VONAPP).    The VONAPP (Veterans On Line Application) website is an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that enables service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for benefits using the Internet.  For information about how to apply, please click here.  This link will take you to the online application form (available on our web site under "Education Benefits."

  1.        Pace University is my school of choice.  Do my benefits apply to all programs offered?

If You have Decided on a Program

1. Find out if the program is approved for VA benefits. To do this, you can check with the Pace University’s Veteran Affairs Office or search the GI Bill web site here, or contact VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

2. If you cannot find your program of interest list as an approved program on the VA site, contact the Pace university's Veteran's Affairs Office to request approval.

3. Once registered for the semester, notify the Veteran Affairs Office to certify your enrollment with the VA.

If You Have not Decided on a Program

If you have not decided on a program, or simply want a determination of your eligibility for education benefits, submit your application to the Veteran's Affairs (click here for contact information). If you are eligible for benefits, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility showing detailing your benefits.

3.       What does the Post-9/11 GI Bill cover?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.  You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

As of August 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective for training.  Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training.  All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits.  Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

If you are also eligible for Chapter 30, 1606 , or 1607 benefits, you may be eligible to pursue training for on-the-job training, apprenticeship, correspondence, flight and preparatory courses under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

4        How do I verify my enrollment?

If you're receiving the Active Duty or Reserve GI Bill or REAP, use the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or call the toll free telephone line at 1-877-VA-ECERT (1-877-823-2378) to verify your attendance.

Click here to begin using the WAVE program.

If you're receiving DEA benefits and are enrolled in a non-college degree program, you can verify your attendance by calling 1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

If you're receiving DEA benefits and enrolled in a college degree program, you don't need to verify your attendance.

If you're receiving VEAP benefits, you don't need to verify your attendance.

If you're receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits you do not need to verify your attendance through WAVE.  The Pace University Veterans Affairs Office is responsible for verifying your attendance with the VA at the beginning of the semester.  You are responsible for ensuring that the Pace Veterans Affairs Office is aware of your enrollment, and any subsequent changes in your schedule.  

5.      What is the difference between in-residence training and distance learning?

In-residencetraining for undergraduate students consists of regularly scheduled standard class sessions (at least once every two weeks).  The total number of hours of classroom instruction (based on 50 minutes of instruction per hour) must equal, or be greater than, the number of credit hours awarded for the course multiplied by the number of weeks in the term.

EXAMPLE: A student is enrolled in a 3-credit course over a 16 week semester.  The course must be scheduled for a total of 48 hours of class sessions and meet at least every other week.

In-residence training for graduate students consists of regularly scheduled standard class sessions, research (either on or off campus), or a combination of both.

Distance learningconsists of interaction between the student and the instructor (who is physically separated from the student) through the use of communications technology instead of regularly scheduled, conventional classroom or laboratory sessions.  Communications technology includes mail, telephone, audio or videoconferencing, computer technology (on-line internet courses or email), or other electronic means such as one-way and two-way transmissions through open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, broadband lines, fiber optics, satellite, or wireless communications devices.

Any courses that consist of some interaction using communications technology and some weeks of standard class sessions, but that do not meet the requirements to be classified as in-residence training, are considered distance learning.

6.       How long does it take to get my check after I verify my enrollment?

If you have a check mailed, you can expect your monthly benefit payment approximately 14 days after you verify your enrollment. If you have your benefits sent to a direct deposit account, you can expect your payment within 7 days of verifying your school attendance.

If you do not receive your payment within this timeframe, please contact the VA to confirm that payment has been issued. You can contact by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

NOTE:If you haven't received a check that was issued, you must wait at least three weeks from the original check issue date to request a replacement. Once the three week period has passed, please call an Education Case Manager at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to assist you in getting another check. This process could take up to 6 weeks.

7.      How do I find out if my program is approved for VA benefits?

To find out if your program is approved for VA benefits, you can do one of the following:

·         Search for approved programs using the VA web site – the search feature can be accessed by clicking here.

·         Contact the school or training facility to see if they have applied for VA approval through their State Approving Agency.

·         Contact the VA Regional Processing Office for your area by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

8.      Do I get a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) while enrolled in distance learning?

If your entire enrollment is distance or online training you are not entitled to the BAH portion of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

If just one of your classes is categorized as “in-residence” and you are otherwise eligible, you would be entitled to the applicable BAH rate for the time you are engaged in “in-residence” training. This may include in-residence course(s) at the secondary school, provided you will receive credit toward your degree program for those courses.

The BAH will be determined by the ZIP code of the “in-residence” course(s) school location.

9.      What do I need to do if I would like to change my school or training program?

To change from one school or training program to another, individuals receiving benefits under MGIB-AD (Chapter 30), MGIB-SR (Chapter 1606), VEAP (Chapter 32) and REAP (Chapter 1607) will need to submit a VA Form 22-1995 "Request For Change of Program or Place of Training" to the Regional Processing Office serving your state.

Individuals receiving benefits under the Dependents Educational Assistance Program will need to submit VA Form 22-5495 instead of Form 22-1995.

Both forms can be submitted online using the VONAPP application:

LINK TO VONAPP APPLICATION

If you wish to submit a paper copy of the form please go to our forms page located HERE
For a list of mailing addresses for the paper version of the form see HERE

10.      Where can I get a copy of my discharge papers (DD 214 form)?

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not maintain records of veterans' military service, except as is necessary for providing benefits. For information about obtaining your military record, please visit the Military Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Click here to access National Archives and request your military record.

Your questions may also be sent to:

National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

11.       Will the VA pay for me to have a tutor?

Yes, tutorial assistance is available if you’re receiving VA educational assistance at the half-time or higher rate and have a deficiency in a subject that makes tutoring necessary. You can be reimbursed up to $100 per month up to a maximum of $1200.

To apply for tutorial assistance you must complete VA Form 22-1990t, which can be found here. Your school certifying official and tutor must sign the form.
When the form is complete, please mail it to the VA Regional Processing Office that serves the state in which your school is located, as indicated on page 2 of the form.