Required Paperwork

We have done our best to provide information about how to access/use your GI Bill Educational Benefits at Gonzaga

Please read the information closely and contact us with any questions. 

If you applied for and were awarded Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits, your GI Bill Statement of Benefits will show you how much of your benefits you’ve used and how much you have left to use. 

View your GI Bill Statement of Benefits.

To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter proving their status. Access and download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and other benefit letters and documents online.https://www.va.gov/records/download-va-letters/

 

So, you have Chapter 31 or 33.  Paperwork Required when Using Chapter 31 or 33 

 Certificate of eligibility (COE)
  • This is the paperwork mailed to the veteran by the VA.
  • The COE is mailed after an application to use benefits is submitted on eBenefits.
  • A new COE is mailed at the end of the term the benefits are used on.
DD-214
  • New copies can be downloaded from eBenefits.
Proof of intent
  • Currently Gonzaga uses a form of intent for what semesters are to be claimed on the GI bill.
  • The intent form must be completed and turned in by a specific date each semester.
  • This paperwork can be in almost any form as long as it is dated.
Sign-Up for Yellow Ribbon Program
  • More details to come.

 

 

So, you have Chapter 35. Paperwork required when using Chapter 35 Benefits

DD-214

  • This must be the DD-214 of the 100% disabled veteran that has granted the award.

Proof of Rating

  • The dependent must bring in a copy of the disability rating paperwork from the VA.
  • This can be requested from eBenefits if the original is lost.
  • NOTE: This might not be required for Gonzaga.

Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

  • The COE is mailed after an application to use benefits is submitted on eBenefits under the disabled veteran's account.
  • vA new COE is mailed at the end of the term the benefits are used on.

Proof of intent

  • Currently Gonzaga uses a form of intent for what semesters are to be claimed on the GI bill.
  • This paperwork can be in almost any form as long as it is dated.

SIgn-up for Yellow Ribbon Program

  • More details to come.
 

So, you have Chapter 1606. Here's the Paperwork required when using Chapter 1606 

Certificate of eligibility (COE)
This is the paperwork mailed to the veteran after approval from their guard unit.
The 1606 COE is unique from all the others.
DD-214
New copies can be downloaded from eBenefits.
Proof of intent
Currently Gonzaga uses a form of intent for what semesters are to be claimed on the GI bill.
This paperwork can be in almost any form as long as it is dated.

Yellow Ribbon

  • More details to come.
 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer unused education benefits to immediate family members.  Qualifying immediate family members are spouses and children. The Service member must have at least six years of service and commit to an additional four years in order to transfer benefits.

 

Information on VA.Gov for how to transfer benefits from a veteran to a family member, 

 

Wondering what your educational benefits are? 

Veteran benefits vary greatly from service-member to service member. Begin by hopping on to e-benefits to learn more about your specific DOC Educational Benefits. 

Looking for a general overview?  

Link to an external resource: A College Resource for Veterans. 

Gain a better understanding of the benefits and terms:

  • 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.
 

Yellow Ribbon Program

Gonzaga is a Yellow Ribbon School. We have approximately 100 spots for undergraduates and 12 law school veterans in the program. The yellow ribbon program does not apply to any masters programs because the cost of tuition does not surpass the GiBill allotment. 

How does it work?

  • Through the Yellow Ribbon Program, Gonzaga and the VA split additional tuition costs that are not covered by your GI Bill.  For example, if the GU tuition is 45,000 and your GI Bill covers 24,000, there is a balance of 21,000. If you apply and use the yellow ribbon, GU will cover an additional 10,500 of your tuition, and the VA will also cover 10,500 - leaving you with a zero balance due for your tuition.

In order to be eligible for the program: you must qualify for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Only Veterans (or dependents under Transfer of Entitlement) at the 100% benefit level qualify. Active duty members and spouses thereof are not eligible for this program.

More details to come about how to sign-up.