Veterans Educational Services

How to Apply & Start Your VA Benefits at GPC

Register Early to Avoid Processing Delays

1. Gather all information needed to complete the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)

Example: DD214 (Veterans) or DD-238 (NOBE, Reservists).

2. Complete the VONAPP online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp to apply for benefits for the first time, change benefits, or to switch educational institutions.

Veterans and Reservists please use VA Form 22-1990 if you are using your benefits for the first time or VA Form 22-1995 if you have used your benefits at another college or university.

• If you are a Dependent and/or Spouse requesting Chapter 35 DEA benefits or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship for the first time please use VA Form 22-5490. If you have used your benefits at another college or university use VA Form 22-5495.

Transfer of Entitlement: For transfer of entitlement, Veterans must follow the instructions at http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2009/0409_gibill/TransferabilityProcess(milConnect)_v4Portlet_v2_36D8.pdf. Once approval has been received from the Department of Defense, please complete VA form 22-1990E at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp. The Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the student with a Certificate of Eligibility. Please submit this letter along with the GPC Enrollment Certification Request form found at http://depts.gpc.edu/~finaid/2014-2015%20Printable%20Forms/1415%20Enrollment_Certification_Request1.pdf.

Transients: Please complete the GPC Enrollment Certification Request form found at http://depts.gpc.edu/~finaid/2014-2015%20Printable%20Forms/1415%20Enrollment_Certification_Request1.pdf and provide a copy of your transient permission letter from your home college/university.

3. Complete the admissions process for Georgia Perimeter College, become officially accepted, declare a major, visit Advising and Counseling Services and get an Academic Plan based on your program of study/ major.

4. After you have registered for classes and have a finalized class schedule complete the GPC Enrollment Certification Request form found at http://depts.gpc.edu/~finaid/2014-2015%20Printable%20Forms/1415%20Enrollment_Certification_Request1.pdf and submit it to your campus financial aid office along with (i.e. DD214 member 4, Certificate of Eligibility, or NOBE and GPC Academic Plan ).

***An email confirmation will be sent to your GPC email account within approximately 2-4 weeks after registration, once your information has been transmitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for processing. The DVA typically requires a minimum of 30 days to process claims once enrollment has

been sent from GPC. Post 9/11 initial reporting will consist of HOURS ONLY…..tuition will be reported at a later date.***

Students eligible to receive funds from VA chapters 30, 35, 1606, and 1607 are responsible for paying tuition and fees upfront. Students are encouraged to apply for Title IV federal financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov. An additional financial resource option is the NELNET payment plan. Information for Nelnet can be found at http://paymentplan.gpc.edu.

Documented Post 911 students eligible at the 100% tier (In-State) and Vocational Rehabilitation students who have approved authorization on file with GPC Student Accounts and Financial Aid are not required to pay upfront.

Post 9/11 benefits DO NOT cover Out-of-State charges even if you qualify at the 100% tier.

Post 9/11 recipients must be enrolled full-time, effective 08/01/11, to receive full housing benefits. If you are not full time, your housing allowance will be prorated based on your rate of pursuit (i.e. if you enroll in 9 credits and 12 is considered full-time, your rate of pursuit is .75 which qualifies you for only 80% of your MHA rate). The minimal enrollment must be greater than half –time to receive any portion of MHA. At least one on-campus course is required to be paid at the resident rate. GPC reports actual credit hours and the VA determines a student’s rate of pursuit.

Effective October 1, 2011. Individuals only enrolled in distance learning courses will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Rates will be multiplied by the rate of pursuit rounded to the nearest multiple of 10. NOTE: Basic eligibility requirements for Monthly Housing Allowance benefits (e.g. students with a rate of pursuit >.50) remain unchanged.

Post 9/11 book stipends are paid directly to the student at a rate of $41.67 per credit hour up to the maximum tier of individual eligibility; please be prepared to purchase your books out-of-pocket each semester or use other financial resources if available. You can avoid late book payments by registering during early registration.

Tuition and fee payments for Post 911 and Vocational Rehabilitation are sent directly to the school. Post 9/11 tuition and fees are billed to the VA after the Financial Aid freeze date each semester for accuracy.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) to include the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001. The benefit is effective August 1, 2009; the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect. Effective January 1, 2015 benefits have been expanded to surviving spouses of military personnel who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Previously only children of those who died in the line of duty were eligible for this benefit. Remarriage will terminate a surviving spouse’s eligibility to the Fry Scholarship. Children, as always, will not lose eligibility if they marry.

Eligible recipients attending school may receive:

• Full tuition & fees paid directly to the school

• A monthly housing allowance

• A books & supplies stipend

If a child is eligible for the Fry Scholarship, he or she may be eligible for VA’s Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA). Although the benefits cannot be used at the same time, a child may be eligible for up to 48 months of benefits between the two programs. Find out more about DEA at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp.

Yellow Ribbon is available for the 2014-2015 award years to qualifying Post 9/11 recipients on a first come first served basis. Only Post 9/11 recipients at the 100% tier are eligible. Please visit your campus Financial Aid Office for additional information.

The following are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program

• Active Duty personnel

• Spouses of Active Duty personnel using Transferred Entitlement

• Fry Scholarship recipients

Chapters 30, 1606 and 1607 benefit, recipients are responsible for verifying enrollment via WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) at the end of each month within the certified enrollment period by visiting https://www.bibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or calling 877 823-2378 to certify continuous enrollment and avoid payment delays.

Schedule adjustments after you have been certified may create a VA overpayment resulting in a VA and/or school debt.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Education Benefits 1-888-442-4551

Monthly Verification of Enrollment 1-877-823-2378

Direct Deposit Enrollment 1-877-838-2778