Benefits Usage Guidelines
Before certifying to the VA that you are enrolled, it will be necessary for you to file the VA Certification Form with our office.
Once you have applied for VA Certification, you will receive your Certificate of Eligibility by mail. This award letter will come from the VA and will state your percentage of eligibility for VA benefits and the number of months and days of entitlement you are allotted. Your certificate of Eligibility is required for benefits processing.
The VA Certification Form must be filed every semester that you are enrolled at Tarleton State University. You will receive a new Certificate of Eligibility each semester.
If you are receiving Chapter 30 or 1606 benefits you must verify your enrollment with the VA at the end of each month so that you will receive your payment. Be sure that you have verified exact start and end dates for any classes in which you are enrolled that are shorter or extend beyond the regular semester. You can verify enrollment via Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or 1-877-823-2378. If you notice either class dates or credit amounts are incorrect while verifying, please contact our office.
Receiving Your Benefits
Direct deposit is the safest and fastest way for you to receive your education benefits payment. There are three ways to set up a direct deposit for your payments. You can call 1-877-838-2778 to set up or change direct deposit. You can use eBenefits to make necessary changes.
Expiration of Benefits
If you are a Veteran using your benefits, you are entitled to no more than 48 months of combined VA benefits (Chapters 33, 30, 31, 1606). What this means for you is that although your Certificate of Eligibility might state that you only have a couple of days or months of benefits remaining, the VA may still cover you for the entire semester at the basic rate. If you have any further questions regarding your remaining benefits and payment, call the VA at 1-888-442-4551 or check out your eBenefits account.
If you are eligible for the ARMY College Fund, other – kickers, or benefits with payment for dependents, the additional amount will stop on the delimiting date, but the basic rate will continue through to the end of the current enrollment period.
If you are the dependent using transferred entitlement, the VA will cover your tuition up until you’ve exhausted your months and days, or until your delimitating date, whichever comes first. You can ask the Veteran to remove the delimiting date by contacting the VA or making the adjustment in eBenefits.