The Montgomery G.I. Bill establishes a program of education benefits for essentially three groups or categories of individuals based on their active duty service. The benefits available to each person may vary depending on their particular situation and length of active duty service.
For more information on eligibility on Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty we encourage you to visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/benefits.htm. Also see: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch30_pamphlet.pdf.
Students wishing to use Tuition Assistance and VA for the same courses require special information. Please link to the new information section for the program called: "Top Up" for detailed information about what to do. If you do NOT plan to use Tuition Assistance from the military, and plan to use ONLY your regular VA educational benefits while on active duty; then please follow the instructions listed below.
An Active Duty person wishing to apply for Chapter 30 benefits with Cameron University will need to have completed the following:
- Provided Official Transcripts of all prior accredited institutions of higher education attended/attending currently to the Cameron University Undergraduate Admissions Office. (This is a requirement for all students using veterans benefits, even if the Admissions Office does not need them for your admission to the university. The reason for this requirement is the Department of Veteran Affairs requires the CU-VA Office to officially report all prior credit completed at other higher educational institutions.) For additional information visit Cameron's Undergraduate Admission's web site.
*Graduate students would need to provide official transcripts to Cameron Graduate Admissions Office. (See Graduate Studies for more information.)
Students must be admitted to Cameron University before the CU-VA will proceed with processing a student's paperwork for veterans benefits.
- Either an Application for educational benefits VA Form 22-1990 or a request for Change of Program or Place of Training, VA Form 22-1995 - completed. IMPORTANT: The CU-VA office is required to maintain a student file for everyone using veterans benefits. Any VA form should be processed through the CU-VA office for purposes of checking for correctness & completeness; as well as to provide the CU-VA with basic information if a problem should arise. For students within state we recommend contacting our office for free preprinted forms to ensure completion of the correct forms, but VA forms may be accessed through: http://www.va.gov/vaforms
***NOTE: All ACTIVE DUTY STUDENTS MUST have their Armed Forces Education Services Officer's Certification Signature on all new applications and on a change of place/program form.
Special Tips & Information for Active Duty students:
- We encourage early enrollment for purposes of course selection, and so the CU-VA office has enough time for preparing your certification so it can be forwarded to the Muskogee VA Office to avoid longer wait times on receiving your reimbursements than as required by VA. VA pays benefits based on attendance as well as number of hours taken and course lengths.
- MONTHLY VERIFICATION PROCEDURES
Currently, CH 30 recipients must verify attendance on a monthly basis. You must do monthly verifications. You may call your verification telephonically or verify via the internet. You may call: 1-877-823-2378 and follow the instructions provided OR you may go on the internet to: http://www.gibill.va.gov/ and follow the link to the WAVE Program, then follow instructions provided. The Muskogee office will reimburse any back payment owed once your claim is processed and your verification is received.
- Students wishing to use Tuition Assistance and VA for the same courses require special information. Please link to the new information section for the program called "Top-Up"for detailed information about what to do.
When you provide your class schedule for a semester you must inform the CU-VA if you are taking a course through the Tuition Assistance Program. Failure to notify the CU-VA of receipt of Tuition Assistance can result in an overpayment of VA educational benefits.
- Active Duty- New GI Bill (Chapter 30) will only pay tuition and fees! Active Duty Chapter 30 students enrolled as half-time status or more will not receive a lump sum payment.
- A change in your class schedule may affect your VA benefits. Frequent changes often can cause a student to have an overpayment of benefits. Frequent changes of schedule may also delay your certification process, especially if non-required courses for your approved VA Educational Objective are taken.
- If you will be retiring or leaving the service and continuing to utilize your veterans benefits; a new application will need to be completed as soon as possible after receipt of your DD-Form 214(Copy 4). See Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill for Veterans. If you are within the United States the CU-VA recommends all veterans take all original DD-Form 214's to a County Courthouse to be placed on record. This enables you to obtain a CERTIFIED copy at any time.
- VA Educational Benefits are non-taxable.
For additional benefit usage information see appropriate pages on the CU-VA Student Information in the menu.