UT Tyler

Veterans Resource Center

Using Your VA Benefits at UT Tyler

(Link) GI Bill Checklist

(Link) Vocational Rehab Checklist

All applications must be submitted as a complete application, from your School Email Account as PDF attachments.  Incomplete applications are not accepted,  you will be required to resubmit the complete application/all documents in one email.

Submit at least 3 weeks prior to the bill due date.  CH31 and CH33 are our first priority for certification along with Hazlewood applications as they cover tuition.   Students who submit their applications and/or certification requests less than 3 weeks prior to the bill due date will have to be prepared to pay their bill upfront, or take an emergency loan, or get on a payment plan if eligible.

STEP ONE: Applying for Benefits

Submit one of the following application forms online thru (Link) Ebenefits. or VETS.GOV depending on your educational benefit request. Identify the specific benefit program on the application (ex: Chapter 33 Post 9/11, Chapter 30/35 Montgomery GI Bill or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehab).

 Do not bring us these forms. They are submitted electronically

  • Form 22-1990 – Veterans applying for benefit for the first time. (Ch. 30 & Ch. 33)
  • Form 22-1995 – Veterans who are changing their place of training. (Ch. 30 & Ch. 33)
  • Form 22-5490 – Dependent of a veteran applying for the first time. (Ch. 35)
  • Form 22-5495 – Dependent of a veteran changing their place of training. (Ch. 35)
  • Form 28-1905 - Veterans eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits. (Ch. 31)

The above VA  documents are submitted electronically thru /Ebenefits and/or VONNAPP DO NOT send us these forms.

Send us the Certificate of Eligibility you receive in the mail (must be recent/with in 6 months) or 1905 (CH31/VocRehab) 

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)

For TEB eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, visit the (Link) Department of Veterans Affairs website.

  • Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA by completing VA Form 22-1990e. VA Form 22-1990e should only be completed and submitted to VA by the family member after DoD has approved the request for TEB. Do not use VA Form 22-1990e to apply for TEB.

STEP TWO: Documentation Required for All Benefit Types

All students utilizing benefits at UT Tyler must scan and email complete applications and updates as attached PDF document to vrc@uttyler.edu in one email from their UT Tyler student email account. (Link) Per UT Tyler Policy, all communication by email must be received from and sent to your UT Tyler student email account.

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) - mailed to you after you apply online for GI Bill benefits.
  • DD-214 (copy).
  • Degree plan-MUST BE SIGNED BY YOUR ADVISOR, MUST SHOW ALL REQUIRED CLASSES AND HOW MANY/WHAT ELECTIVES YOU MAY TAKE
  • (Link) Enrollment Certification Request FormThis form must be submitted every semester you wish to use benefits at UT Tyler.

STEP THREE: Additional Documentation Needed

If you are a dependent, receiving vocational rehabilitation benefits or attending another institution at the same time you are attending UT Tyler, the following documentation is needed:

  • Dependents – a copy of a marriage license or birth certificate indicating dependent status.
  • Vocational rehabilitation – the VA Form 28-1905 must be submitted (an approval letter from a vocational rehabilitation office will be accepted in place of the Form 28-1905).
  • If you are also attending another college or university, you must submit a copy of your schedule from that institution to the UT Tyler Enrollment Services Center. A Parent Institution Letter will be sent to the other college or university to give them verification to certify you for those courses.

Upon receipt of all of the required documentation, certification will be sent to the VA reporting your credit hours and tuition and fee totals. This process initiates the payment of your BAH and, in certain cases, book stipends. Students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill will receive an award on their student account to cover the cost of tuition and fees based on their percentage of eligibility.

STEP FOUR: (Link) Enrollment Certification RequestComplete only after you received a confirmation email that we received your complete application AND you have enrolled in classes.

  • This informs us that you want to use benefits and what classes you are taking for a specific semester/term.  We do not receive your enrollment certification

 

  • -It DOES NOT certify you.  We have to verify that the classes you requested certification for are on your degree plan or that you have an open elective slot appropriate for the elective being taken.  we have to verify/calculate your bill after excluding cost not allowed to be reported to the VA,  your previous grades and  GPA and then we can to report it/certify you to the VA. 

 

  • We can not start certification until Bills are finalized.

 

  • - If you have previously used your benefit at UT Tyler without a break in enrollment (summer is not considered a break in enrollment), you need only to submit this online form to indicate your enrollment for a given semester. This form must be submitted every semester you wish to use your benefits at UT Tyler. You must list the correct VA benefit and the correct session. Only Chapter 31 and Chapter 33 will be processed before the first day of class. Chapters 30, 35 and 1606 will be processed after you pay your bill and we verify you haven't been dropped from your classes. If we receive the incorrect benefit/chapter and/or session, then that is what we will go off of to process your benefit. 

 

  • If you are not enrolled in classes/in the classes on your request you will not be certified and will have to resubmit after enrolling.   Multiple requests-we will look only at the most recent request.

 

If you are also attending another college or university, you must submit a copy of your schedule from that institution to the UT Tyler Office of Veterans Affairs. A Parent Institution Letter will be sent to the other college or university to give them verification to certify you for those courses

 

STEP FIVE: Processing Time

 

CH31 and CH33: IF you submitted ALL your paperwork AND Enrollment Certification Request (CH31-get on VocRehab approved list-Tyler Office only) at least 3 weeks prior to the bill due date.  Processing starts once bills are final, about 3 weeks prior to bill due date.

1st payment

Up to 3 weeks for us to process.

Up to 3 weeks for the VA to acknowledge they received it and accept it.

Up to 2 weeks for you to receive the payment after the VA pushes pay.  (deadline for payment to be scheduled and scheduled payment days)

 

Follow on payments

CH31-VocRehab Councilor has to manually push pay each month, then up to 2 weeks for you to receive the payment after the VA pushes pay

CH33 about the first of the month

 

 

CH30, CH35 and CH1606: Processing starts the week class starts.

1st payment

Up to 3 weeks for us to process.

Up to 3 weeks for the VA to acknowledge they received it and accept it.

Up to 2 weeks for you to receive the payment after the VA pushes pay.  (deadline for payment to be scheduled and scheduled payment days)

 

Follow on payments

CH30 and CH1606 Last day of the month you must complete WAVE Verification either online or by phone. then payment is scheduled.

CH35 1st week of the month

CH31 and CH33 are our first priority along with Hazlewood applications as they cover tuition.  Applications and or certification requests submitted less than 3 weeks prior to the bill due date will have to be prepared to pay their bill upfront, or take an emergency loan, or get on a payment plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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