VA Education Benefits FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions for prospective DBH students, current DBH students, and DBH program alumni.


For Prospective DBH Students

Do you accept the Post 9-11/GI Bill™? 

Yes

How do I know if I qualify for VA Education Benefits?

The first thing a student must do is apply for VA education benefits if they haven’t already at va.gov. Students must also be admitted to an approved program and enroll in classes for the academic term. Contact the Veterans Affairs Educational Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 first to determine status of your educational benefit or contacting them via email by submitting a question found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website (http://www.gibill.va.gov/).  After your educational benefits are determined, set up an appointment with the VA Certifying Official at CGI.

How do I apply for VA Education Benefits (GI Bill™)?

Prospective DBH students seeking VA education benefits must apply through the VA and be accepted to an SAA-approved program. To get started, contact the Veterans Affairs Educational Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 first to determine the status of your educational benefit or contacting them via email by submitting a question found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website (http://www.gibill.va.gov/).

When do I need to apply for VA Education Benefits if I intend to apply for admission to CGI?

Students seeking VA education benefits should apply as soon as possible to determine eligibility.

When will I be notified of my VA Education Benefits status?

Processing times vary based on VA workload. On average the Department of Veterans Affairs processes a Certificate of Eligibility within 4-6 weeks.

Do I need to reapply for VA Education Benefits each year I’m enrolled at CGI?

After enrolling in classes for each term, students are responsible for providing CGI's VA Certifying Official, email: veterans@cgi.edu, with their class schedules in a timely manner. Students are also responsible for notifying CGI’s SCO’s of any enrollment changes (e.g., adding or dropping courses, program withdrawals, etc.) they make after their enrollment has been certified. 

What if I have received benefits at another institution?

Submit form 22-1995 Change of Program or Place of Training and request official transcripts from all other institutions. This form must be submitted to the VA via https://www.va.gov/education/change-gi-bill-benefits/.


For Currently Enrolled DBH Students

How do I use VA Education Benefits (Post 9/11/GI Bill™) to cover my tuition and fees at CGI?

The first thing a student must do is apply for VA education benefits if they haven’t already at va.gov. Students must also be admitted to an approved program and enroll in classes for the term. Contact the Veterans Affairs Educational Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 first to determine status of your educational benefit or contacting them via email by submitting a question found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website (http://www.gibill.va.gov/).  After your educational benefits are determined, set up an appointment with the CGI's VA Certifying Official, email: veterans@cgi.edu.

Can VA Education Benefits reimburse me for tuition and fee charges prior to (DATE benefits are eligible at CGI)?

As long as you qualified for the Post 9/11 GI Bill educational benefit during the period you had to pay for, the VA will reimburse you for those expenses. As a matter of fact, they will go back up to one year and pay back benefits. 

The VA will not pay for back benefits if you were not eligible for them yet. For example, if you had made a transfer request to a family member, but it had not been approved yet, they would not pay that family member for the money they had to pay out to start school. If the transfer request had been approved before school started, but the student did not have a Certificate of Eligibility yet, then the VA would reimburse the student. 

You would have to claim reimbursement by contacting the VA and submitting the information they request. CGI's VA Certifying Official, email: veterans@cgi.edu, could help you with the letter and supporting documentation you would need.

How do I know if I qualify for VA Education Benefits?

The first thing a student must do is apply for VA education benefits if they haven’t already. Students must also be admitted to an approved program and enroll in classes for the term. To get started, contact the Veterans Affairs Educational Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 first to determine the status of your educational benefit or contacting them via email by submitting a question found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website (http://www.gibill.va.gov/).

How do I inform CGI I want to use VA Education Benefits for my tuition?

After your educational benefits are determined, set up an appointment with the VA Certifying Official at CGI.

What if I change my enrollment status or credit hours?

This occurs when you drop a class(es), withdraw from a class(es) or are dropped from a class(es) by the instructor. Most often, the CGI Veteran Certifying Official will receive notification, but there are occasions where this does not happen.

It is your responsibility to inform the CGI Veteran Certifying Official, email: veterans@cgi.edu, of the change as well as the DVA Regional Office.

How do I receive payment for my VA Education Benefits?

The VA makes payment directly to the veteran by (1) direct deposit or (2) mailing a check to the mailing address on file at the VA. To establish or change your direct deposit information, click on the Direct Deposit Enrollment Form link after you have logged into WAVE. Changes and enrollments are usually processed the next business day.

    • Montgomery GI Bill® (Ch 30 and 1606) and REAP: If you attend school, you must verify your enrollment each month by using the WAVE or IVR system or by calling the toll free 1-877-823-2378. Remember that you cannot be paid for a month until the month is over and you verify that you were still in attendance for that month.
    • Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch 31): The VA will send payment for tuition and fees directly to CGI. Book stipends (if applicable) will be sent to you near the beginning of the term (or once your enrollment is processed). Any applicable housing allowance will also be sent directly to you at the end of each month for which you have an enrollment.
    • Dependent and Eligible Spouse: The VA will pay the student directly via check.

Do I need to reapply for VA Education Benefits each year I’m enrolled at CGI?

Students receiving Active Duty GI Bill (Chapter 30) and Reserve GI Bill (Chapter 1606) benefits have an additional, ongoing responsibility. These students are required to verify their enrollment monthly by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE).  The monthly verification of enrollment has not been added for the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) or Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35), with one exception. Chapter 35 Non-College Degree (NCD) students are mailed a monthly verification form (VA Form 22-8979) to verify enrollment.

What if I withdraw from the DBH program at CGI?

Should it become necessary for you to withdraw from all classes, you must contact the CGI Registrar before doing so. There are many concerns you should be aware of before withdrawing completely (i.e., repayment). Depending on the circumstances of the withdrawal, the CGI Registrar may be able to assist you in preventing a repayment.

Please note that failure to report changes constitutes fraud and is the primary cause for the delays in the delivery of your educational checks and occurrences of overpayment.


For DBH Alumni

Can VA Education Benefits reimburse me for tuition and fee charges if I've graduated from the DBH program prior to October 21, 2020?

As long as you qualified for the Post 9/11 GI Bill educational benefit during the period you had to pay for, the VA will reimburse you for those expenses. As a matter of fact, they will go back up to one year and pay back benefits. 

The VA will not pay for back benefits if you were not eligible for them yet. For example, if you had made a transfer request to a family member, but it had not been approved yet, they would not pay that family member for the money they had to pay out to start school. If the transfer request had been approved before school started, but the student did not have a Certificate of Eligibility yet, then the VA would reimburse the student. 

You would have to claim reimbursement by contacting the VA and submitting the information they request. CGI's VA Certifying Official, email: veterans@cgi.edu, can help you with the letter and supporting documentation you would need.

 


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