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Veterans Benefits Checklists and Calendars

Student Checklist

Applying for Benefits
  • Have you applied for benefits via the VA?
    • Veterans may be eligible for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs depending on their status. In order to apply for veteran’s benefits, please visit their website
      • Although it is possible to be eligible for multiple forms of VA educational benefits, only one type of benefit can be used at any given time.
    • After applying and completing all necessary paperwork, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter from the VA detailing the chapter and benefits for which you are eligible. If you are the veteran, you must submit your VA form DD-214 indicating an honorable discharge.
  • Have you received your acceptance letter to NYU?
    • Reach out to your academic advisor and register for classes. 
      • You must be enrolled in courses in order to be certified by NYU to receive educational benefits.
  • Have you registered for classes?
    • Request to be certified by NYU to receive your benefits.
      • When submitting the online request form in your first semester at NYU, remember to attach a copy of your COE and VA Form DD-214 (latter required only if student is the veteran).
      • Note: Veterans receiving Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) benefits must submit an original Authorization & Certification of Entrance or Re-entrance into Rehabilitation & Certification of Status (VA form 22-1905) to the SCO every term.
    • Remember that all students receiving veterans benefits are expected to complete their designated academic career objective (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or certificate) with the minimum possible number of credits. 
      • Credits taken for non-punitive grades (“W” grades) or audit purposes, as well as credits beyond the minimum scholastic requirements of an academic program will not be authorized for payment by the VA.

 

Admissions Counselor Checklist

  • Is the prospective student a veteran or dependent?
    • Prospective students who are eligible for veterans benefits should begin the application process for VA benefits prior to matriculating.
  • Is the program the student is interested in VA benefit eligible?
    • Currently, all degree-granting programs (i.e. bachelors, masters, doctorate) are deemed approved by the VA as benefit-eligible.
    • The Department of Veterans Affairs maintains a database of approved programs.
      • Refer to the New York University program list to determine benefit-eligible non-degree programs. 
        • Note: This list is subject to change based on updates provided by the University.

If a student wants to compare the estimated benefits they will receive based on the school and type of benefit, direct them to the VA’s GI Bill Comparison Tool. This tool is useful for estimating the amount of benefits a student will receive depending on the institution they attend and the benefits they are eligible for, and can provide an accurate estimate of how benefits will contribute to the cost of education.
 

Advisor Checklist

For newly matriculated students:
  • Has the student applied for benefits with the VA and received a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter?
    • If the student is the veteran, VA Form DD-214 is necessary to complete the process.
  • Has the student registered for the upcoming semester? 
    • Verify that the student is aware that any courses that are audited, taken for non-punitive grades, or taken in excess of minimum academic requirements for their academic career objective (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or certificate) will not be authorized for payment of VA benefits.
    • If the student’s registration indicates that they are less than full-time, inform them of this status as it may affect the Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) monthly amount.
  • Has the student requested to be certified using the Veterans Benefits online request form?
    • The COE and DD-214 (if the student is a veteran) will be required in the first term and should be uploaded when completing the online request form.
    • If the student is receiving Chapter 31 benefits, remind them that they must submit an original Authorization & Certification of Entrance or Re-entrance into Rehabilitation & Certification of Status (VA Form 22-1905) every term.
    • Inform the student that for each semester in which they plan to utilize benefits, they must request to be certified using the Veterans Benefits online form after course registration.

 

For returning students:
  • Has the student registered for the upcoming semester? 
    • Verify that the student is aware that any courses that are audited, taken for non-punitive grades, or taken in excess of minimum academic requirements for their academic career objective (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or certificate) will not be authorized for payment of VA benefits.
    • If the student’s registration indicates that they are less than full-time, inform them of this status as it may affect the Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) monthly amount.
  • Has the student requested to be certified using the Veterans Benefits online request form?

Certification Timeline

  • 6 weeks before the term start date: Initial certification with the VA of your attendance at NYU for the upcoming term
  • 2 weeks before the term start date: Book stipend assignment (for eligible beneficiaries)
  • End of 2nd week of term: Add/drop deadline
  • After add/drop deadline: Final certification with the VA of your exact amount of credits (in-person and/or online) and tuition/fee charges for the term.
  • Any registration changes after add/drop should be communicated to the Certifying Official.
  • Basic Allowance Housing (BAH) payments are paid to eligible beneficiaries the beginning of the month for the month before.
    • Example: September BAH is paid at the beginning of October.