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GI Bill ® - Veterans Education Benefits

Military and Veteran Education Programs and Benefits

In the Office of the Registrar, we are happy to help active duty service members, veterans, and dependents use their military benefits at the University of Denver. Please follow the below steps to get started.

First Step: Setting up Benefits with the VA. If you have never used your benefits before and this is your first time, you'll need to apply to use them directly from the VA. You can do that online at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/.

  1. If you have used your benefits in another program at DU or at another school, you need to submit a Change Request with the VA (VA Form 22-1995). You can complete this online at: https://www.va.gov/education/change-gi-bill-benefits/
  2. If you are transferring your benefits to a dependent, you can complete the process online at https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/. Please note, after you have transferred your benefits to a dependent they must then apply to use the benefits at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/.

Either of these options will result in the VA sending you a certificate of eligibility via mail. This process usually takes 4-6 weeks. The US Department of Veteran Affairs makes all eligibility decisions.

Second Step: Setting up Benefits at DU
In order to get you started at DU. We need two pieces of information.

  1. Complete the Intent to Use Veteran Benefits Information Sheet. Some things to know about this form:
    • We do need your full SSN this is how the VA identifies your record.
    • The VA File number is for Chapter 35 Dependent only, and is the SSN of the service member who earned the benefit.
    • We do need the term you want to start using your benefits and your anticipated graduation date.
  2. We will need a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or your Statement of Benefits (Electronic from Vets.gov).
  3. Submit your documents to VACertify@du.edu.

Third Step: Certification

We can't certify your enrollment until we have all your documentation on file. Once steps one and two are complete, we can begin certifying you once you are registered for classes. We typically begin certification 30 days prior to the start of the term.

Our certification is a two-step process.

  1. First, we certify the number registered number of credit hours with the VA prior to the start of the term.
  2. Second, we certify your tuition and fees three weeks after the start of the term.

Understanding your Benefits

The VA offers benefits in the form of Chapters. Each one is unique and applies to a specific population of military program. If you are unsure of what program you qualify for, please reach out to the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 or Forever GI-BILL®

This is the most widely used program for veterans and their families.

Tuition: DU is a private school and the VA caps the tuition benefit each year. After you have reached this cap, you may qualify for Yellow Ribbon funds. The cap includes tuition costs, and applicable fees.

The Tuition Cap for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, is $25,162.14 (100% eligibility rate)

The VA does require that we deduct any tuition-based funding, such as private scholarships, institutional scholarships, grants, tuition assistance, and any other tuition-based funding before billing them for the final tuition and fees each term.

*The VA will not pay for student housing, meal plans, parking, travel or experiential learning fees or any other fee not charged to every student.

Yellow Ribbon: To be eligible for Yellow Ribbon, you must:

  • Use the Chapter 33 benefits and have benefits available.
  • Have 100% eligibility
  • Not be active duty or an active-duty spouse.

If you are eligible, we roll into Yellow Ribbon funding once you reach the tuition cap. No need to apply to use this benefit.

Yellow Ribbon Limits:

All Undergraduate students eligible for Yellow Ribbon are eligible for unlimited funding. The VA will pay 50% of your remaining costs, and DU will cover the additional 50% of your costs.

Students in the Graduate programs have variable yellow ribbon funding granted from the graduate unit.

Students in Daniels College of Business, Graduate School of Social Work, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology are eligible for unlimited Yellow Ribbon funding.

Students at Morgridge College of Education are eligible for a total of $11000 in Yellow Ribbon funding.

All other graduate students are eligible for $10,000 in Yellow Ribbon funding.

Monthly Housing Allowance: Students using Chapter 33 benefits are eligible for a monthly housing allowance. This benefit is always paid in arrears. You can expect your first housing check the first week of the month following the start of the term.

The funding is based on the following:

  1. Enrollment Status: According to VA policy, you must be registered for more than half time to qualify for housing. If you are less than full time, but more than half time your housing rate will be prorated to a percentage equal to your enrollment. To maximize your housing we recommend you register to be full time each term
    • Undergraduates are considered full time at 12 credits hours.
    • Graduates are considered full time at 8 credit hours.
  2. Dates of Enrollment: The VA will only pay for dates you are in class. For example, if your term starts on September 12th, the VA will begin paying housing on the 12th, and you will receive a prorated check for the month.
  3. Method of instruction: The VA pays based on how you take courses.
    • Online Only - You will qualify for the national average housing rate.
    • Classroom, hybrid courses, internships, externships, and independent studies - You will qualify for the housing rate based on DU's zip code.
  4. Location: The majority of our courses are taught at the main campus. Cohorts at a branch campus may have a different rate.

 Book Voucher: Students are eligible for a $1000 book stipend each year (100% eligibility rate). Funds are disbursed after the start of the term. Plan to pay for books up front and be reimbursed when the VA makes their payment. Each term the amount is prorated based on the number of credits you register for during the term. Once you reach the cap, there will be no more book stipends until the next year. The current calculation for books is approximately $41 per credit hour.

Important – The Monthly Housing Allowance and the Book Voucher are managed and distributed by the VA. If you have questions about payment, you can call them at 1-888-442-4551.

For more information on calculating your benefits, please visit the following GI BILL® Comparison Tool/ Calculate your benefits website:
https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/profile/31814106.

All other Chapters:

Chapters 30 (Montgomery), Chapter 1606 (Reservists), and Chapter 35 (Survivor or Dependent's Educational Assistance) receive a monthly stipend from the VA. We will certify you for your enrollment and the VA will pay you directly. You will be responsible for making any payments to the university directly. For more information, please visit: https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/.

Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) formerly VA Vocational Rehab program, students in this program will need to apply and be accepted through the VR&E program. You will work directly with your counselor to be enrolled, find a program, pay for books, etc. We will coordinate the certification process once the counselor has sent us your authorization for the quarter. For more information visit: https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/.

Statement of Understanding

When using veteran benefits, and being certified, you agree to contact the School Certifying Official at VACertify@du.edu within 72 hours if you make any of the following changes:

  • Increase or decrease enrollment
  • Withdraw from class
  • Withdrawal from the University
  • Make a change in address
  • Change programs
  • Receive a No Pass grade or an Incomplete.

A reduction in your course load may result in a retroactive reduction in benefits and a debt to the Veteran's Administration (VA). You will be responsible for paying back any and all debts to the VA if an overpayment is made.

The VA is ultimately responsible for determining payments for tuition, fees, monthly housing allowance, and book stipends. These payments are dependent on which chapter you use, the dates of registration and/or enrollment, and my enrollment status of full or half time.

University of Denver Institution Policy on Recruiting, Marketing, and Advertising

The University of Denver believes in supporting and protecting our students through fair and equitable practices, which is inclusive of our military and veteran students. We abide by all federal laws, including the Higher Education Act (H.E.A) for Title IV funding, and the principles of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The University of Denver follows and upholds the Department of Veterans Affairs Principles of Excellence, including DoD's policies on tuition assistance.

View the full policy here: DU Policy on Recruiting, Marketing, and Advertising

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Section 103)

In accordance with Title 38 U.S. Code 3679(e), the University of Denver will not penalize or limit the participation of students covered under the Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill ® or Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment program, while awaiting the payment of tuition and fees by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The University will not charge late fees, deny access to institutional facilities, require students to take additional funding, or drop them from classes to for non-payment, to all covered students using Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill ® or Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment program.

To be a covered individual, the University of Denver will require the following documentation by the first payment deadline, no later than the first day of the start of the term:

  1. Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of benefits, or
  2. VA Form 28-1905 or Authorization from the counselor

Active Military – Tuition Assistance

All active-duty Service members using tuition assistance from the military should first speak to their Educational Services Officer (ES) or educational counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling as a student at the University of Denver. If you have authorizations to submit for payment, please send them to VAcertify@du.edu and Bursar@du.edu.

Contact Information:
School Certifying Official: Michelle Fryer, 303-871-4878. For the fastest response, please email: VACertify@du.edu.

Additional Support: Our dynamic staff in Veterans Services will be happy to answer all of your questions about getting started with benefits, but are also available to assist in offering support to you as a student veteran, active duty service member/spouse, reservist, dependent, or ROTC. You can view their website at du.edu/veterans, visit with a Veteran Support Specialist in Nelson Hall, Room 124, call 303-871-4831, or email veterans@du.edu

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 at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.