Guide to Receiving Veteran Educational Benefits at USJ

Step 1 – Apply for VA Benefits:

You can accomplish this step in one of two ways:

  1. You can call the VA directly at 888.442.4551 and speak to a benefits counselor to apply.
  2. If you would like to apply for benefits or transfer your benefit to USJ, you can visit http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/.

You can also view an estimate of how much the VA will pay towards your tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance, and books and supplies by going to the following website: https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/.

Step 2 – Certificate of Eligibility:

Once you become eligible for an educational benefit, you will receive a “Certificate of Eligibility” letter in the mail. Please note that you will not receive this letter if you are eligible for chapter 31 benefits. Please email, mail, or drop off this letter to Justin Slater, School Certifying Official, as proof of benefit eligibility. Your enrollment will not be certified to the VA without this letter unless you call and let the School Certifying Official (860.231.5505) know that you have applied and/or have transferred your benefit.

Step 3 – Registration:

In order for your enrollment to be certified to the VA, you must be registered for classes for the semester. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for VA benefits unless an application is pending through the admissions office. If you are receiving benefits under chapter 31, please speak to your case manager about this policy.

Registration for students can be done online via your MyUSJ student portal. Please log into your MyUSJ account, go to the student tab, click on registration – add/drop – course search on the left of the page, and do a course search to register. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 860.231.5225.

Step 4 – Certification Process:

Once you have registered and have turned in a “Certificate of Eligibility” form, your enrollment information will be submitted to the VA. Once submitted, please allow 3-4 weeks before payment is made by the VA. If you are eligible for a housing allowance payment, you will receive this directly from the VA. USJ participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Enrollment Changes

Any changes made to your course schedule throughout the semester, such as adding/dropping and withdrawing from courses must be reported to the VA. Any adjustments made to your course schedule can have an effect on your housing allowance payment. You can add/drop from a class directly from your MyUSJ student portal during our published add/drop period. To withdraw, you will need to fill out a paper add/drop form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

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