Welcome to Veterans' Benefits

Veterans, active duty service members, and their dependents may be eligible for various educational benefits to help finance their education. Chowan University’s Veteran Service personnel are here to you with any questions you may have.

Types of Benefits 

Chapter Chapter Name Duty Funds Requirement Funds Payable To* Benefit Timeframe
30 Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty since 7/1/85 Student 36 months
33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® Aggregate Active Duty since 9/11/01 School 36 months
35 Survivors and Dependents (DEA) N/A Student 45 months
1606 Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve Six year commitment after 6/30/85 Student 36 months within 10 years
1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Consecutive Active Duty since 9/11/2001 Student 36 months within 10 years

*If funds are made payable to the student, please remember to make your school payment arrangement monthly.

Note: DoD announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve program (chapter 1606 of title 10, United States Code), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (chapter 1607 of title 10, United States Code), or any other GI Bill® program other than the Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty program (chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program (chapter 33 of title 38, United States Code). 

Contacts

Contact Person Phone Number Associated Items Office Location
Ruth Casper 252-398-6269 Financial & Tuition Certifications 1st Floor Columns Building
Jennifer Humphrey  252-398-6280 Academic Certifications 1st Floor Columns Building
Stephanie Peede 252-398-6281 Academic Certifications 1st Floor Columns Building 
Richard Todd 252-398-6348 Academic Certifications  1st Floor Columns Building 

Comparison Tool

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is launching an innovative new GI Bill® Comparison Tool designed to make it easier for Veterans to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. The GI Bill®Comparison Tool is designed to enable student Veterans and their families to compare education options and make informed choices that will help them reach their educational goals and find a good job.

Veteran's Benefits Checklist

In order for Chowan University to assist you with applying for and receiving your Veteran’s Benefits, you must complete the following steps:

New Applicants: Complete the form VA 22-1990, Application for Veteran’s Benefits, or apply online using vets.gov.  

Transfer students: Complete the form VA 22-1995, Request for Change of Place of Training, or apply online using vets.gov.

Complete the Declaration of Intention to use VA Benefits form. 

Within 2-3 weeks after applying, you will receive a letter from VA that your application is being processed.

Approximately 45-60 days (sometimes longer) after applying, you will receive 2 copies of the “Certificate of Eligibility”. One is for your records. The second copy needs to be sent to us for your VA file. This certificate is what we must use to certify your benefits. This will show us the amount of time you have under the benefit and the chapter for which you qualify.

In order to certify your benefits, the Veterans Affairs Office must have on your Annual Declaration of Benefits on file, and you must be registered for classes for the upcoming semester.

Register for classes. You will be contacted with the appropriate graduation workup based on your degree program. Once you declare a major, your workup may be updated. It is your responsibility to take the courses that meet your workup requirements.

REMEMBER the VA Processing Center can take up to 9-12 weeks to process your benefits. Start the process early.

While your benefits are being processed, you need to remember to do the following:

  • Apply for admission to Chowan University.
  • Turn in all academic transcripts from all schools attended.
  • Apply for Financial Aid. You can receive aid and use your VA benefits. Please consult the Financial Aid Office if you have questions regarding the aid package.
  • If you decide not to apply for Financial Aid, please consult with the Business Office to make payment arrangements on your account for any remaining tuition and/or fees after your VA benefits have been considered.

Important VA Benefit Information

Website:
The website to apply for benefits is now www.vets.gov. It's the same for if you are changing your place of training.

Certification Processing:
Due to a recent change in process location, please allow up to 12 weeks for processing. Once you receive a statement of benefits or a Certificate of Eligibility, please send the Registrar's Office a copy for your VA file. The University needs this certificate in order to certify you for the correct benefits. It will also show us the amount of time you have under the benefit and the chapter for which you qualify.

Requirements for Certification:
Before certifying students for any VA benefits, it is necessary that Chowan University has all transcripts, including High School Transcripts. The student must also have a Blass schedule before we can certify them. Once students arrive, they must also submit a Declaration of Major on file. The VA states that all students must be working toward an intended major. Every semester, students are sent a degree audit based on their intended major of study which shows that they are working towards that specific major. It is important that students follow their degree tracks to ensure that they are following the guidelines set out by the VA. The VA does not pay for classes that do not pertain to the specific major requirements.
 

Veteran's Benefits Staff

Ruth Casper
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Jennifer Humphrey
Assistant to the Registrar
Richard Todd
Assistant Database Administrator