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New or Transfer Eligible Veteran Students

Apply to the VA to establish your eligibility for education benefits

A guide to using your VA education benefits

To use your VA education benefits, you must enroll in classes at Emporia State University and be certified by the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships & Veterans Services.

Apply to the VA to establish your eligibility for education benefits. If eligible for more than one education benefit, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill, you must choose which benefit to receive, a decision that is final and cannot be changed.
A comparison chart of benefits can be found here.

If you are a new or transfer eligible student

  1. To apply for education benefits, follow this link. Click apply for education benefits and complete the application for the appropriate chapter. Once the Department of Veterans Affairs has processed your application, they will send you a Certificate of Eligibility – submit a copy to ESU.
  2. Apply for admission and enroll in classes at ESU. Learn more at our Admissions homepage. The VA will only pay for approved degree/certificate programs.
  3. Submit a completed Veterans Information Sheet. This form requires an advisor’s signature to verify that the enrolled courses meet requirements in your degree curriculum. Enrollment certification requests must be made each time you enroll in a new semester.
  4. When your enrollment is certified to the VA, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt from the Veterans Administration.

The School Certifying Official will review course schedules. To be certified to the VA, your classes must be required for your degree curriculum. To ensure that your classes will be certified, you should use the ESU’s Degree Works program to see how your classes are fitting into your degree curriculum or visit with your Academic Advisor.

Educational benefits for all chapters, except Chapter 33, are sent directly to the student, and the students themselves are responsible for making tuition and fee payments to the university. Chapter 33 benefits for tuition and fees are sent directly to the institution and all other benefits are sent to the student. Students are responsible for any tuition and fees paid by the VA. Benefits are paid at the rate of pursuit and level of eligibility for the length of eligibility. Students are responsible for keeping informed of their remaining eligibility.
Full time rate of pursuit for is 12 for undergraduate and 9 hours for graduates. All hours must count toward a degree and students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Reporting Course Changes to the VA

Once enrolled, any change in your schedule should be reported as soon as possible to the School Certifying Official. Changes in enrollment can result in an overpayment that will be determined by the VA.