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  1. Your first step is to complete a VA Benefits application to use your VA Education Benefits. This will prompt the VA to review your file and you will be sent a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) outlining the VA Education Benefit you are eligible for and how many months of eligibility you have remaining.

Note: If you have used VA education benefits previously at another university, you must complete VA Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) or re-apply for your VA education benefits on va.gov, selecting "Update my current education benefits" under "Find Your Education Benefit Form.”

  1. Send a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (Usually received within 30 days of submitting your application) or a snapshot of your VA Education benefits summary from va.gov to veterans@american.edu
  2. If applicable, complete a Yellow Ribbon Application Please Note: Students enrolled in a Graduate Certificate or other non-degree program are not eligible to participate in AU's Yellow Ribbon Program. Not sure if you qualify for Yellow Ribbon? Complete our Yellow Ribbon Eligibility Quiz! For more information and a full list of requirements, please visit our Yellow Ribbon Program
  3. After meeting with your academic advisor, register for courses.
  4. Complete a Request for Certification form. This serves as your request to use VA Education Benefits for the upcoming semester.
  5. If you are already covered under a Health Insurance plan (VA or Disability health coverage) and are attending AU full-time,waive your health insurance.
  6. Make sure your direct deposit account is set up with the VA so you can receive all portions of your VA Education benefits that will be sent directly to you by the VA.
  7. Review your bill at Eagle Service and note what portion of your bill will not be covered by VA Education Benefits.

Please note: Only Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Chapter 31 VR&E payments will come directly to AU. All other payments will come to you directly from the VA

Need help determining what portion of the bill you owe and what will be covered by VA Education Benefits? Click here for additional information. 

For any amounts on your bill not covered by VA Education benefits formulate a plan to pay this balance. Payments can be made via Eagle ServiceFinancial Aid options are also available. If you would like to discuss a payment plan, please contact Veteran Services directly.

9. Make sure to submit your monthly enrollment information to the VA for timely processing of VA Benefits and BAH. **This step is not required for students using Chapter 31 (VR&E) or Chapter 35 (DEA) Benefits at this time.

Chapter 33 Enrollment Verification Instructions

Non-Chapter 33 Enrollment Verification Instructions 

10. Email veterans@american.edu if you change your schedule at any point in the semester. Here is an overview of the impact of schedule changes when using VA Education Benefits. 

Note: You only need to apply for your Certificate of Eligibility and Yellow Ribbon Application onceThe Request for Certification should be completed each semester after registration (See Returning Student Checklist)

Please note: Only Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Chapter 31 Veterans Readiness and Employment payments will come directly to AU. All other payments will come to you directly from the VA.

  1. After speaking with your academic advisor, register for courses. 
  2. Complete a Request for Certification form. This serves as your request to use VA Education Benefits
  3. If you are already covered under a Health Insurance plan and are attending AU full-time, waive your health insurance.
  4. Review your bill at Eagle Service and note what portion of your bill will not be covered by VA Education Benefits.
  5. For any amounts on your bill not covered by VA Education benefits formulate a plan to pay this balance. Payments can be made via Eagle ServiceFinancial Aid options are also available. If you would like to discuss a payment plan, please contact Veteran Services directly

Need help determining what portion of the bill you owe and what will be covered by VA Education Benefits? Click here for additional information.

6. Make sure to submit your monthly enrollment information to the VA for timely processing of VA Benefits and BAH. **This step is not required for students using Chapter 31 (VR&E) or Chapter 35 (DEA) Benefits at this time.

Chapter 33 Enrollment Verification Instructions

Non-Chapter 33 Enrollment Verification Instructions 

7. Email veterans@american.edu if you change your schedule at any point in the semester. Here is an overview of the impact of schedule changes when using VA Education Benefits. 

Visiting (Guest) students, students not matriculating at the American University, should follow this checklist.

1. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to veterans@american.edu

2. Obtain a Parent Letter from your home school's School Certifying Official. The parent letter must be printed on official letterhead and signed, and must contain the following information:

Student name;

Student ID from Parent School;

Exact courses being taken at American University;

Statement from School Certifying Official that the credits being taken at AU will apply to the guest student's degree at the parent school.

3. Scan Parent Letter and send to veterans@american.edu

4. Register for courses on Eagle Service. If this is your first time registering for courses as a non-degree student at AU, please complete a first-time non-degree application

5. As soon as you register for courses, be sure to complete your Request for Certification on the AU Veteran Services website by selecting the “GI Bill Forms and Applications” drop-down menu and clicking on the Request for Certification link. Follow the directions and submit your request. You will receive an email once your request has been processed and approved.

6. Once the Parent Letter is received by Veteran Services, you have registered for courses, and you have requested certification, AU Veteran Services will certify the your non-degree seeking student enrollment to the VA.

Please note that guest students are not eligible to receive Yellow Ribbon funds from American University.  

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website: Education and Training Home (va.gov)

 

Beginning with terms starting on or after December 17, 2021, if you are using your Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefit at an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) facility, you are required to verify your enrollment at the end of each month to receive your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and/or kicker payments.

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