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First Time Applicants

Chapters 30, 33, 35:

 Apply online for your VA education benefits at VONAPP

  • SAVE the CONFIRMATION number when you submit! In approximately 6 weeks, the VA will mail a "Certificate of Eligibility." Mike Grabowski needs this certificate to certify you for your education benefits.

Apply for Admission, Financial Aid, and New Student Orientation.

Provide the following to Mike Grabowski:

  • DD214 & Certificate of Eligibility
  • Veteran Registration Intent Form (VAINTENT)

Chapter 31

Contact your VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: (509) 434-7750, located in Bldg. 6A at Spokane VAMC

Chapters 1606, 1607

Apply online for your VA education benefits at: VONAPP

  • SAVE the CONFIRMATION number when you submit! In approximately 6 weeks, the VA will mail a "Certificate of Eligibility." Our office needs this certificate to certify you for your education benefits.

Apply for Admission, Financial Aid, and New Student Orientation.

Provide the following to Mike Grabowski:

  • DD214 & Certificate of Eligibility
  • Veteran Registration Intent Form (VAINTENT)

DOD Tuition Assistance – please visit the following site, by service branch:

Note: After Gonzaga processes your application, it is forwarded electronically to the VA Regional Office in Muskogee, Oklahoma for further processing. New applications may take 6-8 weeks to process after receipt by the VA. Apply early.

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Returning Students

Gonzaga returning students who have used benefits during last academic year- please submit an updated VAINTENT form to Mike Grabowski

All other returning applicants- All Chapters- Please follow the First Time Applicant process.

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Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33)

The New Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is effective August 1, 2009 (Fall 2009 quarter)

Are you eligible?

  • Do you have one the following:
    • 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001?
    • Discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days continuous active duty?
  • Are you a spouse or a dependent of an Active Duty service member who:
    • Served 6 years and has reenlisted an additional 4 years, for a total of 10 years of service?
    • Is currently serving Active Duty or transferred Chapter 33 benefits BEFORE separation/retirement?

If you answered "yes", then you may be eligible for Chapter 33 benefits.

If you are eligible, how much will you receive?

 The chart below is an indication only of the percentage you may be allowed. There are many variables in how applicable active duty time is calculated. Officially applying for this new bill is the only way to find out exactly what you will receive. VA must check with Department of Defense for full service information.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch 33) Benefit Chart

Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty 9/10/01 of:
Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable Books at 100% = $1000 maximum per year
At least 36 months 100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 30 continuous days and discharge due to disability 100% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 30 months...less than 36 months 90% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 24 months...less than 30 months 80% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 18 months...less than 24 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 70% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 12 months...less than 18 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 60% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 6 months...less than 12 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 50% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 90 days...less than 6 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 40% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
At least 12 months...less than 18 months, excludes service on active duty in entry level and skill training 60% of tuition, monthly housing allowance, books
Remember: VA will pay tuition only for those classes that are required for graduation in you specific program of study  

If You Wish to Apply:

Please do not be in a rush! There are many "ins" and "outs" to this new bill, and it may not be the best choice for you. Choosing Chapter 33 is an irrevocable decision. You may want to take the following steps:

  1. Go to www.gibill.va.gov and educate yourself as much as possible.
  2. Follow that up with a visit to www.military.com
  3. If you have questions, please call the VA (1-888-442-4551) or email your questions by accessing VA's "questions and answers" at www.gibill.va.gov

If you decide to apply, you will complete an application on the VA website: www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

You will receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA. Bring a copy of the eligibility letter to Mike Grabowski on campus for further processing.

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Veteran Responsibilities

VA Status Changes:

Important! Notify Mike Grabowski on campus regarding any changes that may affect your VA status:

  • Add/drop classes. This may change your eligibility for benefits or cause you to owe a repayment of your benefits.
  • Stop attending class(es).
  • Change your program of study.
  • Change of address or phone number.

Change of Address

  • Call the VA’s toll free number (888-442-4551) to verify that your new address is in their database.
  • Notify the post office so they may forward your checks.
  • Notify Mike Grabowski and TRANS office.
  • Change your Gonzaga student information online.

Know the Requirements for Your Program:

You must apply for a specific educational program. The VA will pay only for courses required for graduation.

Mike Grabowski will compare the classes you have enrolled in each quarter against the appropriate Program of Study

Repeat courses are not generally allowed, except for those passed with less than a 1.0 GPA. The exception is if the Gonzaga degree you are pursuing has a minimum GPA requirement for that particular course.

Counselor/faculty academic consultant error is not an acceptable reason for taking classes not applicable to your program.

Transfer Students:

If you have attended another college or university request that your official transcripts be sent to the Gonzaga Office of Admissions. Please send your Official Transcripts to:

Gonzaga Office of Admission

502 E. Boone Avenue

Spokane, WA 99258-0102

509-313-6572/ Toll Free: 800-322-2584

Transfer Evaluation Information (https://zagweb.gonzaga.edu/gnzdocs/ug_transfer.pdf)

General Information for Transfer Students (https://zagweb.gonzaga.edu/gnzdocs/ug_geninfo.pdf)

Grades:

  • Impact of Grades Earned on VA Benefits
  • Attend classes all quarter and earn a 2.0 GPA each quarter to remain in good standing with the VA.
  • W” or “Z” grades are considered non-punitive grades and will create a benefit overpayment, resulting in a VA debt.
  • 0.0 (failing) grades are considered punitive grades and may not result in an overpayment.
  • DO NOTSTOP ATTENDING CLASSES!

The VA will NOT create an overpayment if you continue to attend

If you stop attending classes – you will receive an overpayment, resulting in a VA debt

Resources:

Visit Gonzaga’s TRANS office- Located in The Hemmingson Center room 313 Hours: M-F 9:00-5:00 pm.

The TRANS office is the perfect place to get away from the crowds and have a quiet place to study, relax or visit with fellow veterans. Computers, comfortable chairs and fresh coffee are available.

 The TRANS office is staffed by a VetCorps member and a VA work study who is knowledgeable of ALL the local resources available for a veteran and their family. If you are facing eviction, utility shut-off notice, problems with faculty/staff/students on campus, getting connected with readjustment counselors and VA healthcare – you name it and VetCorps is available for you

Other Resources and Key Veteran Contacts in The Spokane Region:

  • Army Wounded Warrior (AW2): 509-434-7527
  • Healthcare for Homeless Veterans: 509-462-2500
  • Spokane County Veteran Services: 509-477-3690
  • OIF/OEF VA Transition Team: 509-434-7286
  • Veterans Outreach Center: 509-444-8387
  • Spokane WorkSource Veterans Team: 509-532-3102

Veterans Information Sheet – a printable document with phone numbers and addresses of local community resources, veterans’ offices, and military associations.

WIN211 – Washington’s Information Network – A community resource database that can be accessed ONLINE or by simply calling 2-1-1 and a referral specialist will assist you.

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Gonzaga University Veterans Benefits Advisor

The Registrar's Office is located in College Hall, Room 229. The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and serves all veterans and undergraduate students through law students.

The primary Veteran Advisor is Michael Grabowski.
Phone: (509) 313-6596
Office: College Hall 229
E-Mail: grabowski@gonzaga.edu

The alternate Veteran Coordinator is Ryan Forim.
Phone: (509) 313-6509
Office: College Hall 229
E-Mail: forim@gonzaga.edu

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do all classes count for VA benefits?

No. Only classes that are specifically required for your degree program and listed in the Gonzaga Course Catalogue will be counted towards your VA benefits.

How do I receive back pay?

Generally VA will pay back pay up to one year from date of signature on application.

Why haven't I received my check yet?

Have you submitted your verification letter to Mike Grabowski?

Has your enrollment certification been done through Mike Grabowski or through the toll free verification number 1-877-823-2378 for chapters 30, 32, 1606 and 1607? (Chapters 31, 33 and 35 do not need to verify at the end of each month).

VA may not have processed your certification yet; it can take as little as 2 weeks to as many as 8 weeks, depending on their work load.

Previous over payments will be satisfied by current awards. Current benefits could be applied towards previous balance.

How do I receive benefits via direct deposit?

Direct deposit authorization can be initiated at time of application. To update, change or add direct deposit information call: 1-877-838-2778.

How do I change my address with the VA?

Address changes can be submitted at the time enrollment card is filled out or by calling VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Which military school credits transfer over to college credit?

At the time of application to the university veterans should submit all copies of transcripts from military experience for credit evaluation along with any other college transcripts.

How do my VA benefits affect financial aid?

VA benefits are no longer included in the calculations of financial aid awards.

Who handles tuition assistance?

Tuition assistance is through your unit and student financial services.

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Veterans Off Campus Resources

Spokane Veterans Center

13109 E Mirabeau Pkwy,
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Phone: (509) 444-8387

Make the Connection: Shared Experiences & Support for Veterans

Explore life events or experiences that you can relate to and get information, stories, and resources for support.

Military OneSource

Confidential DoD-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, and reserve members, and their families.

Spokane Veterans Forum

SVF provides services through partnerships with veterans groups, federal, state and local governments, local businesses and non-profits in the Inland Northwest.

Spokane Veterans Forum Community Resource Guide

A comprehensive guide of organizations that provide support services to veterans and their families.

Student Veterans of America

SVA's mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

Vet Center Combat Call Center

Phone: 877-WAR-VETS
Confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life.

Military Sexual Assault

RAINN Safe Helpline for the DoD Community

  • Live 1-on-1 Help
  • Confidential
  • Worldwide 24/7

www.SafeHelpline.org

Call: 878-995-5247

Text: 55-247

Post Traumatic Stress

National Center for PTSD

Includes information on Moral Injury and co-occurring trauma (polytrauma).

Suicide Prevention and Support

Veterans Crisis Line

Provides crisis intervention services via phone, text, and instant chat. 

1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

Scholarships for Service People or Veterans

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FAQS For Faculty

Who is a Veteran?

As of 2012 there were over 660,000 veterans living in Washington State. In many cases, students identified as veterans at Gonzaga University are those receiving veteran educational benefits, usually referred to as the GI Bill or Post 9/11 Educational Benefits. But we do not limit the use of the term or our services only to those veterans.

Generally speaking, a Veteran is someone who has served in one of the five services of the US Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard). The term veteran is applied to an individual who has completed a specific term of service and has been discharged from his or her service obligation; however, the term also applies to those individuals currently serving on Active Duty, as well as those fulfilling their obligation in the Reserves or National Guard. 

Many of our student veterans have been deployed one or multiple times to combat zones around the world. However, not all veterans are "combat" veterans; nonetheless, many have served honorably in other areas around the country and the world. Our Veterans have lived in and immersed themselves in different cultures throughout the US and the world, from Japan to England and Korea to Germany, as well as Panama, Africa and Iceland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans are often resilient and resourceful individuals who bring a variety of skills and experiences to the University. The basic military and technical training the Armed Forces provides instills service members with a strong sense of discipline and teamwork, and the multi-faceted mission of our modern military offers vast opportunities for them to apply their skills in real world situations with a workforce as diverse as any other in the civilian world, if not more.

Taking into account these skills and experiences, student Veterans are a substantial resource for enhancing classroom dialogue and bringing firsthand perspectives to course content. Despite these strengths, Veterans face additional challenges in college-anything from struggling to overcome stereotypes that are negative and grossly misrepresentative, to adjusting to life as a student after several years away, taking on a full college course load while simultaneously meeting the adult obligations of providing for a family, to coping with the mental stresses and physical wounds of combat service.

I'm hearing a lot more about Veterans on campus. Why is that?

If you're hearing a lot more about Veterans on campus, it's because our office is doing its job. More to the point, it's because recent changes to Veterans benefits, coupled with the incremental draw-down in Iraq and Afghanistan, have led to increasing numbers of Veterans in higher education.

In 2009, Congress passed an expansion of education benefits for military Veterans who have served or will serve after September 11, 2001. Commonly known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, this program is creating a surge of Veteran student enrollment which is expected to last over the next decade. Gonzaga is among the many institutions working to address important questions about Veterans' needs and the ways valuable support services can be structured accordingly.

In most cases these GI Bill educational benefits cover tuition at Gonzaga for up to 36 months, provide a book stipend of $1000 an academic year, and provide a housing allowance. The GI Benefits are like an academic scholarship a veteran has earned by serving in the Armed Services.

Can you recommend best practices for working with Veterans in the classroom?

The unique circumstances and non-traditional backgrounds student veterans bring to the University sometimes create challenges and potential sources of conflict or discomfort for both the veteran and the University employee. A great resource is a document that The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs developed to provide insights and guidelines for working with student Veterans in the classroom: Veteran Guidelines and Best Practices in the Classroom

What should I do if one of my students has to miss class due to military service?

Many student veterans at Gonzaga are still fulfilling service obligations either in the Active Duty, Reserves, or National Guard.

Faculty and Staff who work with student Veterans are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the relevant University Policy and not to hesitate to contact the TVRAS staff to provide clarity or details. The TVRAS staff continually talks with our student veterans who are still serving to ensure they keep their professors informed of any pending or potential deployments which may affect their academic schedule.

Where can I find scholarly articles and resources regarding Veterans in higher education?

Information and research related to veterans' issues are available through the government and nonprofit organization websites listed below.

How can I learn more or get involved with Veteran-centered events on campus?

If you are a veteran yourself or would simply like to be more informed or involved in veterans-centered events on campus, the TVRAS office would like to hear from you.

Who can I contact if I have a question regarding one of my students who is a Veteran?

If you have any questions or concerns about student veterans, please contact the TVRAS office at 509-313-5606. Email Sarah Martin, Ricky Johnson, Colleen Vandenboom or stop by Hemmingson 313.

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Military Service Education Benefits

Gonzaga University Veterans Benefits Advisor

The Registrar's Office is located in College Hall, Room 229. The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and serves all veterans and undergraduate students through law students.

The primary Veteran Advisor is Michael Grabowski.
Phone: (509) 313-6596
Office: College Hall 229
E-Mail: grabowski@gonzaga.edu

The alternate Veteran Coordinator is Ryan Forim.
Phone: (509) 313-6509
Office: College Hall 229
E-Mail: forim@gonzaga.edu

Comprehensive Guidebook for College-Bound Veterans

Higher Education Resources for Veterans & Their Families

Veterans going to college for the first time face a wide range of challenges. Before classes begin, there's pressure to find the right school, navigating the new GI Bill, and making sure all necessary materials have been organized and submitted. This comprehensive guidebook addresses many of the challenges college-bound veterans face daily, including those of a financial, social, academic, medical, and geographic nature. This guide also provides valuable information and resources vetted by actual student veterans who have experienced, and overcome, these challenges first-hand.

Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits

Joint Services Transcript

JST is the Joint Services Transcript that will replace the Coast Guard Institute Transcript, the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) and the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART).

Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (Chapter 33)

The Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act signed into law on June 30, 2008 will take effect August 1, 2009. The new chapter will provide up to 36 months of educational benefits for qualifying veterans up to 15 years following discharge or release from the last period of active duty.

Yellow Ribbon Program (Chapter 33)

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the in-state tuition and fees of public institutions or the annual amount payable to private institutions. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. Gonzaga University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, enhancing financial access for student veterans. For more information, contact Mike Grabowski at (509) 313-6596.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved. Your benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP (Chapter 1607 of title 10, U.S. Code) is an education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), and National Guard, who are called to active service.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

Chapter 32, VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. The mission of VR&E is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Also, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service provides vocational-educational counseling to veterans and certain dependents. VR&E can provide a wide range of vocational and educational counseling services to service members still on active duty, as well as veterans and dependents who are eligible for one of VA's educational benefit programs.

Tuition Assistance for Graduate Programs for Gonzaga Veterans and Service Members

Gonzaga School of Law

Yellow Ribbon: This program is available to undergrad and law students. Only Chapter 33 veterans are eligible. The Yellow ribbon benefit does not apply until all VA benefit funds are used up. It then takes the remaining balance of tuition after VA benefits are gone, and then pays for half of it up to ten thousand dollars for undergrad, and five thousand for graduate students.

Gonzaga Graduate School of Accounting and Business Information

Through these programs, the school of business is very flexible with the students. Generally, with scholarships and other aid opportunities, combined with the GI Bill if it has not already been used, all costs typically are covered.

Gonzaga Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science

No financial aid is offered to Veterans through any graduate program through the school other than VA benefits that already exist.

Gonzaga Graduate School of Nursing and Human Physiology

No financial aid is offered to Veterans through any graduate program through school other than VA benefits that already exist.

Gonzaga Graduate School of Education

The only additional aid on top of VA benefits is a 10% discount for ACTIVE DUTY personnel.

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