I have never used VA Education Benefits. How do I apply?
How long will it take for me to receive payment?
Is there a way to get my books without waiting for VA payment?
Yes. To purchase your course books before receiving your VA payment, you can request a book advance on your Request for Benefits Form. The Veterans Services Office will send you a promissory note to complete. For complete instructions and information, please contact the Veteran Services Office.
NOTE: If you are receiving federal Financial Aid for the term you can not receive another book advance through the Veteran Services Office. One book advance will be awarded per term.
Do I need to complete a request for benefits form every semester?
What else do I need to do prior to receiving benefits?
After you have submitted the required documentation to the Veterans Services office, you may have additional requirements. This depends on which benefit are you using. Please open and read all mail/email you receive from the VA and Mesa Community College. Students receiving benefits under Chapter 30 , 33, 1606 and 35 (CCL only) must verify their enrollment on the last day of every month and the last day of each course. You can do this using WAVE.
CH33 also have the option of receiving text or email reminders from the VA. The text reminders require only a text response. To sign up for this benefit, contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551.
How do I change my program of study?
For which courses will the VA pay?
The Department of Veteran Affairs will only pay for courses that are required on your program of study. This is the program you indicate on your VA Request for Benefits Form.
NOTE: The VA does not cover remedial/deficiency courses that have an online delivery method.
Can I use my VA Education Benefits for prior terms?
Yes, you can use your VA Education Benefits for prior terms if you meet a few conditions. The VA will "back pay" a student for up to one year preceding the current date.
Note: The VA will back pay only when courses apply to the current degree, were completed with a satisfactory grade and you were eligible to receive benefits when the courses were taken
If I qualify for more than one VA Educational Benefit program, how do I know which one is best for me?
Can I receive benefits if I'm attending more than one institution?
What does the VA consider to be full-time attendance?
Why do I have a tuition balance? Mesa's Veteran Services certified my CH33 Post 911 GI Bill enrollment.
If you are receiving CH33 benefits and your percentage of eligibility is less than 100%, you are responsible for whatever portion is not covered by the VA (i.e. your percentage is 70%, VA pays 70% and you are responsible for the remaining 30%). To learn your eligibility percentage, refer to your eBenefits homepage, or you Certificate of Eligibility.
The VA only pays for the in-state tuition rate at all public institutions. If you are receiving CH33 benefits, and not eligible for the in-state tuition rate, you are responsible for paying the remaining balance for your courses.
You may also owe the school funds due to a withdrawal or ceasing attendance. This is due to recent changes in VA debt policies. To find out contact our Veteran Services Office.