G.I. Bill Education Benefits
Obtaining Montgomery G.I. Bill Education Benefits and Enrollment Certification
What we do:
- University of Arkansas at Little Rock is accredited by the Veterans Administration to certify students’ enrollment so that they may qualify for educational benefits under the Montgomery G.I. Bill, Title 38 and Title 10 of the U.S. Code.
- The VA Certifying Official issues enrollment certification documents to the appropriate VA regional office and monitors students’ satisfactory progress for the VA administrator.
- The VA Certifying Official is a member of the Enrollment Planning Services Office.
What you do:
- Veterans (or other qualified persons) who want to use their educational benefits at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock must submit a Certificate of Eligibility for VA Education Benefits to the VA certifying official (UALR Admissions/Financial Office). Veterans (or other qualified persons) who have previously used VA education benefits at another institution and wish to transfer to UALR, must file VA Form 22-1995, Change of Place of Training, or VA Form 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance, with UALR Veterans Affairs.
- Apply to the VA Administration for your education benefits, confirmation number, and certificate of eligibility. Make your monthly WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) verifications.
- Select a major by the time you reach junior standing (60 credits earned).
- Contact the UALR Veterans Affairs Office:
- If you change your academic major. File VA form 22-1995, Request For Change of Program or Place Training or VA form 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance.
- If you have used VA education benefits at another institution.
- If you reduce your credit load below full time (12 credits for undergraduate; 9 for graduate).
- If you withdraw from classes at UALR.
- Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30)
- Montgomery GI Bill-Veteran-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606 - 1607)
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (Chapter 32)
- Survivors’ and Dependents’ (DEA) (Chapter 32)
- Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
- Apply for your education benefits on the G.I. Bill website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/ or you may complete necessary forms at the UALR Veterans Affairs Office.
- Provide your confirmation number and subsequent Certificate of Eligibility to the UALR Veterans Affairs Office.
Also, if you have a Notice Of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), give the UALR Veterans Affairs Office a copy.
- All students receiving benefits need to provide the Veterans Affairs Office a copy of their UALR academic advisor-approved course plan.
- Graduate students must give the Veterans Affairs Office a copy of their official Acceptance Letter to UALR Graduate School program before they can be certified to UALR.
- The UALR Veterans Affairs Office will certify your enrollment to the VA.
- On the last day of the month, verify your enrollment to the VA via the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by calling the toll free Interactive Voice Response line at 1-877-823-2378.
- Monthly benefits are paid directly to you to use at your discretion. If your enrollment has been certified 30 days prior to the start of the term, the first benefit should be expected to arrive in the month following the first full month of school. For example, if you start school in the fall, your first benefit should be expected to arrive in October.
- UALR will certify your UALR courses; your other institution will certify its own courses.
- Your UALR academic advisor must approve the other institution’s academic plan for you.
- You must provide the UALR Veterans Affairs Office with your academic advisor’s approval.
- UALR will send a ‘Parent School Letter’ to the other institution, which permits the other institution to certify you to receive VA benefits for those courses.
Veterans who first entered on active duty between 1/1/77 and 6/30/85 contributed to an education account to establish eligibility. Contribution must have been made by March 31, 1987. The maximum contribution for each participant was $2,700. Department of Defense funds equal to twice the contribution are added to the veteran’s account. Veterans have 10 years from the date of release from active duty to use VEAP benefits.
- Apply for your education benefits on the G.I. Bill website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/. Use VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Education Benefits. The form is available to be filled out online at Veterans ON-line Application (VONAPP) at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/who_uses.asp. These forms may be printed out from the Forms page at http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms1.htm.