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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

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Request VA Certification

All courses used toward VA education benefits must be required for your current degree program. The VA will only pay for courses that you earn credits for and that will count toward your degree requirements. If you need assistance with selecting courses, contact your academic advisor and/or refer to the Undergraduate Bachelor Degree Program Sheets or to your Graduate Student VA Education Plan.

You must request certification for each semester you intend to use your benefit. You will need to submit a VA Enrollment Certification Request [PDF] form to the Office of the Registrar after it is approved and signed by your academic advisor (see below).

Student Classification
Advisor Approval for VA Forms
Undergraduate Students
College or School Student Academic Services (SAS)
office. To find your Academic Advisor, visit the
Academic Advising Guide.

Note: Contact your College or School SAS office for instructions. College or School SAS offices approve
courses for VA certification; however, some offices
may also require approval from your Department.
Graduate Students
Department Advisor or Department Chair
Shidler Graduate Students
Program Advisor
Law Students
Law School Registrar
Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified Students
An official memo from your Department is required each semester

Select one of the following options based on your current benefit:


CH 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill)

Complete the steps below to request certification each semester.

  1. Register for Classes
    You cannot be certified with the VA unless you are registered in classes. The VA will consider the start & end dates for each class when determining your full-time enrollment status. If applicable, complete Math or Chemistry placement exams prior to registration.

    Register according to your STAR GPS time assignment and finalize your registration as early as possible. You are responsible for meeting all of the university’s registration and payment deadlines as published on the Academic Calendar.

    If you register for classes at another institution (e.g., Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College), UH Mānoa will send a “parent letter” to the secondary institution requesting certification for the classes you are enrolled in there. You will receive a separate confirmation email when the secondary institution certifies your enrollment to the VA. The VA will also send a separate tuition & fees payment to the secondary institution. If you are a Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) student, the secondary institution may charge you the non-resident tuition rate during the fall and spring semesters. Please contact the secondary institution for more information.

  2. CH 33 Tuition & Fees Benefit Agreement
    Complete a CH 33 Tuition & Fees Benefits Agreement form at the Office of the Registrar or scan and email the form to uhmva@hawaii.edu. The agreement form must be received prior to your payment deadline, or your classes may be cancelled for non-payment.

    • The Tuition & Fees Benefits Agreement form does NOT need to be turned in with the Request for VA Enrollment Certification Request form.
    • You can also make a payment toward tuition & fees and receive a refund upon VA payment to the university or notify the Office of the Registrar if you receive a financial aid award to meet the payment deadline.

  3. Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form
    After you are registered for classes, complete the Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form with your academic advisor. Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar, either in person or via email to uhmva@hawaii.edu. We cannot certify your enrollment with the VA without this form, so make sure to complete it before each semester.

  4. Change in Enrollment (Add/Drop)
    Notify the Office of the Registrar promptly if you need to update your benefits after certification by completing a VA Add/Drop Form. Advisor approval is only required for added courses. You will receive a confirmation email after your certification is updated.

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CH 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment)

Complete the steps below to request certification each semester.

  1. Register for Classes
    You cannot be certified with the VA unless you are registered in classes. The VA will consider the start & end dates for each class when determining your full-time enrollment status. If applicable, complete Math or Chemistry placement exams prior to registration.

    Register according to your STAR GPS time assignment and finalize your registration as early as possible. You are responsible for meeting all of the university’s registration and payment deadlines as published on the Academic Calendar.

  2. VA Form 28-1905
    If you are a receiving CH 31 benefits at UH Mānoa for the first time, please have your case manager send a VA Form 28-1905 directly to uhmva@hawaii.edu prior to the payment deadline, or your classes may be cancelled for non-payment.

    If you are a continuing CH 31 recipient at UH Mānoa, have your case manager send a new VA Form 28-1905 directly to uhmva@hawaii.edu only if the enrollment period dates have expired on your current form or if your degree program has changed.

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

    • Discuss all the “specific guidelines” that should be included on your 1905 with your case manager in advance. If eligible, specific guidelines may include case manager authorization for: non-resident tuition, parking, bookstore purchases, supplies, computers/software, approval for specific courses, repetition of courses, and for graduation supplies or fees. Failure to do so may result in a delay of timely certification and receipt of benefits.
    • If you are being certified for courses at another institution (e.g., Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College), your case manager must send a VA Form 28-1905 directly to their School Certifying Official to authorize the certification of courses taken at the secondary institution. You will receive a separate confirmation email when the secondary institution certifies your enrollment to the VA.

  3. Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form
    After you are registered for classes, complete the Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form with your academic advisor. Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar either in person or via email to uhmva@hawaii.edu. We cannot certify your enrollment with the VA without this form, so make sure to complete it before each semester.

  4. Change in Enrollment (Add/Drop)
    Notify the Office of the Registrar promptly if you need to update your benefits after certification by completing a VA Add/Drop Form. Advisor approval is only required for added courses. You will receive a confirmation email after your certification is updated.

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

Complete the steps below to request certification each semester.

  1. Register for Classes
    You cannot be certified with the VA unless you are registered in classes. The VA will consider the start & end dates for each class when determining your full-time enrollment status. If applicable, complete Math or Chemistry placement exams prior to registration.

    Register according to your STAR GPS time assignment and finalize your registration as early as possible. You are responsible for meeting all of the university’s registration and payment deadlines as published on the Academic Calendar.

    If you register for classes at another institution (e.g., Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College), UH Mānoa will send a “parent letter” to the secondary institution requesting certification for the classes you are enrolled in there. You will receive a separate confirmation email when the secondary institution certifies your enrollment to the VA.

  2. Tuition & Fees Payment or Financial Aid Award
    You must make a payment toward tuition & fees or receive a financial aid award before your classes can be certified to the VA. You are responsible for your own tuition & fees by the payment deadline or your classes may be cancelled for non-payment.

    Visit Paying your Bill for information about tuition & fees payment or payment plans.

    Notify the Office of the Registrar if you are receiving:
    • CH 30 Top-Up (TATU)
    • CH 1606 Tuition Assistance (TA). The SCO cannot certify any class to the VA under CH 1606 benefits if you are receiving TA for the class

  3. Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form
    After you are registered for classes, complete the Request for VA Enrollment Certification Form with your academic advisor. Submit the form to the Office of the Registrar either in person or via email to uhmva@hawaii.edu. We cannot certify your enrollment with the VA without this form, so make sure to complete it before each semester.

  4. Change in Enrollment (Add/Drop)
    Notify the Office of the Registrar promptly if you need to update your benefits after certification by completing a VA Add/Drop Form. Advisor approval is only required for added courses. You will receive a confirmation email after your certification is updated.

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