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U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs

888-442-4551

GI Bill® website

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

 

VA Staff

Kelli Nakama

Certifying Official
Veterans Affairs
Office of the Registrar
QLC, Room 010
808-956-8010
uhmva@hawaii.edu

 

Additional Resources

Direct Deposit: 877-838-2778

Monthly Verification of Attendance: 877-823-2378

WAVE

 

What to Expect After Certification

Here’s what to expect after your enrollment is certified. Select one of the following options based on your current benefit.


CH 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)

  1. Confirmation Email
    Once your course enrollment is reported to the VA, you will receive a confirmation email from VA-ONCE to your hawaii.edu account. The email will indicate the number of credits certified at UH Mānoa. If you requested certification for courses at another school (e.g., Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College), you will receive a separate confirmation email.

  2. Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) & Book Stipend
    For information on Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and annual book stipends refer to Post-9/11 GI Bill (CH 33) Payment Rates. If you have questions regarding the status of your individual MHA or book stipend payments, contact the VA at 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551).

    If you are certified more than one month prior to the first day of the semester, you should expect an initial MHA payment on the first day of the month after instruction begins. You should also expect a book stipend within two to three weeks before the beginning of the semester.

    If you are certified less than one month prior to the first day of the semester, or after the semester begins, it usually takes four to six weeks to receive an initial MHA & book stipend payments.

    a red circle with explanation mark inside to catch reader's attention IMPORTANT things to know:

    • MHA is not payable to individuals on active duty (active duty trainee or transferee spouse of service member).

    • Students who are enrolled at more than half-time for courses with the same start and end dates can qualify for a MHA. MHA is not payable to students who are enrolled at half-time or less. You are encouraged to carefully consider the implications of changing your credit load before adding or dropping courses.

    • MHA is based on the ZIP code for where a student physically attends the majority of their classes. This includes locations for internships, practicums, study abroad, etc.

    • A MHA rate exception is made for those who are enrolled exclusively in online courses or distance learning. The MHA rate is half the national average MHA.

    • MHA is prorated by a student's rate of pursuit, rounded to the nearest tenth. For example, an Undergraduate student taking 9 credits would have a rate of pursuit of 75% (9÷12) and would receive 80% of the housing allowance.


  3. Tuition & Fees Payment
    Once your course registration is certified by the VA Certifying Official, the VA will send tuition & fees payment to the university in approximately six to eight weeks and the Cashier's Office will process a refund to you. You must provide the Office of the Registrar a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility in order to receive a refund.

    Your refund from the VA will be viewable through MyUH Services. To view your refund:
    • Log into MyUH Services
    • Select View My Charges/Make a Payment
    • Select View My Account for Each Term

    a red circle with explanation mark inside to catch reader's attention IMPORTANT things to know:

    • If you are certified early, the VA will still send your tuition & fees payment to the university just a few days before the first day of the semester.

    • You will receive financial obligation notices by email from the university as long as you have an outstanding balance on your account, and until the VA makes payment toward your tuition & fees. However, if you completed a Tuition Benefits Agreement Form (tuition waiver) for the semester before the payment deadline, your classes will not be cancelled for non-payment.

    • If you are enrolled in courses with different start & end dates, the VA will send separate tuition & fees payments for each set of dates.

    • Financial Aid recipients- If your financial aid disburses before VA payment is received and posted to your account, your financial aid will be applied to your tuition first. After VA payment is received, the Cashier’s Office will refund any funds that are due to you.

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CH 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment)

  1. Confirmation Email
    Once your course enrollment is reported to the VA, you will receive a confirmation email from VA-ONCE to your hawaii.edu account. The email will indicate the number of credits certified at UH Mānoa. If you requested certification for courses at another school (e.g., Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College), you will receive a separate confirmation email.

  2. Tuition & Fees Payment
    The Office of the Registrar will send a copy of your completed 1905 to the Cashier’s Office for processing. The VA will send tuition & fees payment directly to the university.

    To check the status of your tuition & fees payment:
    • Log into MyUH Services
    • Select View My Charges/Make a Payment
    • Select View My Account for Each Term

    Note: Financial Aid recipients- If your financial aid disburses before VA payment is received and posted to your account, your financial aid will be applied to your tuition first. After VA payment is received, the Cashier’s Office will refund any funds that are due to you.

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CH 30, 35, 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty, Dependents’ Educational Assistance, Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve)

  1. Confirmation Email
    Once your course enrollment is reported to the VA, you will receive a confirmation email from VA-ONCE to your hawaii.edu account. The email will indicate the number of credits certified at UH Mānoa. If you requested certification for courses at another school (e.g., Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College), you will receive a separate confirmation email.

  2. Educational Assistance Allowance
    Once your course registration is certified by the VA Certifying Official, applicants should wait approximately six to eight weeks for the VA to process and send your first payment(s). If you have not received payment from the VA within six to eight weeks from the date of certification, please call the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551 and have your VA file number handy.

    Note: The VA generally pays you on or after the first of each month following the month for which payment is due. This system is called "post-payment."

  3. Verify Your Enrollment
    If you are a CH 30 or 1606 student, you must verify your enrollment with the VA each month either by phone at 877-838-2778 or on the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.).

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