Veterans Education Benefits Checklist
Mission: This guide is designed to help veterans entering college. Contact the VA Education Office if you are unsure which educational benefits you are eligible for. Consider all of your educational benefits and the resources you have while still serving in the military.
Apply for admission
o Check with Admissions for requirements
· Complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)
Your FAFSA application determines your eligibility for low or no interest student loans as well as state and other federal grants
Report any veterans benefits you will be receiving
If you have not paid taxes, report the income you received for the calendar year specified in the FAFSA application.
Financial aid is calculated based off of your previous years earnings. If this doesnt accurately reflect your income at the time you will be taking classes, make sure to do a financial aid appeal at the college to youre your application reassessed.
· Compile all transcripts from previous colleges and any military training that can be evaluated for transfer credit. Find your military transcripts:
o Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcripts System (AARTS):
o Community College of the Air Force Transcript Request Forms (CCAR):
o Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
o Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART):
· Inquire about any required testing for placement, for example, math and foreign language programs.
· Attend the schools orientation process and learn about the following:
o Rules, Regulations, & Policies
o Tutoring Sessions, Team Athletics, & Extracurricular Activities
o Financial Aid
o Housing Availability
· Consult your academic advisor
o Register for classes
· Apply for VA benefits
o Contact the VA certifying official on campus to apply for benefits
Complete VA Form 22-1990:
Complete VA Form 22-1995 for a change of program/school:
IF discharged from active duty provide VA Official with your DD214:
· Typically you will have to wait 8-12 weeks to receive your check from the VA.
· Once you receive the check, or direct deposit, you need to verify attendance every month, except for the Post 9/11 GI Bill either by:
o Phone (877) 823-2378
o Link: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/default.cfm
· Contact OEF/OIF program manager at your local VA Hospital for access to VA health care services and information on service-connected disabilities.
o OEF/OIF Program Managers
· Contact Shippensburg University Office of Disability Services, if any services are needed.
· Apply for scholarships and grants
o Fast Web Scholarship Search Engine
o Fin Aid Scholarship Search Engine