University of Southern Indiana

New Applicants for Benefits

USI Veterans Support Services is located on the lower level of the Education Center, Room 0114, and provides assistance to all prospective and enrolled student veterans, servicepersons, dependents, survivors of veterans, and other eligible persons.

USI Veterans Support Services and the University Registrar are responsible for certifying and monitoring enrollment, academic progress, and other academic information. It is the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to approve applications and to make decisions regarding payment, issuance of checks, and eligibility.

All veterans and dependents who wish to receive VA benefits at the University of Southern Indiana for the first time (or if it has been at least five years since last receiving benefits) must apply with the Department of Veterans Affairs using the VONAPP Veterans Online Application. Additionally, students must submit a USI VA Certification of Enrollment before each semester they wish to receive benefits.

Please note that new applicants should expect a wait of approximately 8-10 weeks for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to process and send their first subsistence check. Beneficiaries who are renewing their benefits at the same school should expect a wait of approximately 4-6 weeks for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to process and send their first subsistence check.

If you wish to speak with a counselor regarding mental health, personal, or disability resources, please contact the USI Counseling Center (Orr Center room 1051; 812/464-1867). Their experienced staff will be glad to meet with you and help you with any special needs you may have.

VA Chapters and Types of Aid Available

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

More Information at GI Bill Website

Chapter 1606 (Guard or Reserves) If you have never received VA educational benefits, it’s been at least five years since you last received benefits, or have used your benefits at another institution. please complete VONAPP, submit a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) to USI Veterans Support Services, and complete the USI VA Certification of Enrollment. The USI VA Certification of Enrollment must be processed prior to each semester attended; failure to do so will delay payment of your benefits. NOTE: recipients of this chapter must also verify their enrollment status with the VA at the end of each month attended. This can be done using the WAVE – Web Automated Verification of Enrollment, or by calling (877) 823-2378.

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) If you are eligible for VA educational benefits under Chapter 31, your VA assigned case manager must first authorize you. Your case manager will forward VA Form 28-1905 to the school for certification. You must also fill out the USI VA Certification of Enrollment. Both certifications must be processed prior to each semester attended; failure to do so will delay payment of your benefits. Please contact our office directly for more information on this chapter.

Chapter 30 (Prior Active Duty/Active Duty) If you have never received VA educational benefits, it’s been at least five years since you last received benefits, or have used your benefits at another institution, please complete VONAPP, submit a copy of your DD-214 to USI Veterans Support Services, and complete the USI VA Certification of Enrollment. The USI VA Certification of Enrollment must be processed prior to each semester attended; failure to do so will delay payment of your benefits. NOTE: recipients of this chapter must also verify their enrollment status with the VA at the end of each month attended. This can be done using the WAVE – Web Automated Verification of Enrollment, or by calling (877) 823-2378.  

Chapter 35 (Dependent 26 Years Old or Younger or Spouse of a 100% Disabled Veteran) If you have never received VA educational benefits, it’s been at least five years since you last received benefits, or have used your benefits at another institution, please complete VONAPP. You will also complete the USI VA Certification of Enrollment. The USI VA Certification of Enrollment must be processed prior to each semester attended; failure to do so will delay payment of your benefits. NOTE: recipients of this chapter must also verify their enrollment status with the VA at the end of each month attended. This can be done using the WAVE – Web Automated Verification of Enrollment, or by calling (877) 823-2378.

Chapter 1607 (Guard or Reserves, Served in Contingency Zone for 3+ Months) If you have never received VA educational benefits, it’s been at least five years since you last received benefits, or have used your benefits at another institution, please complete VONAPP, attach a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), your orders overseas, your most updated DD-214, and complete the USI VA Certification of Enrollment. The USI VA Certification of Enrollment must be processed prior to each semester attended; failure to do so will delay payment of your benefits. NOTE: recipients of this chapter must also verify their enrollment status with the VA at the end of each month attended. This can be done using the WAVE – Web Automated Verification of Enrollment, or by calling (877) 823-2378.

Child of Disabled of Deceased Veteran (CDV) State universities in Indiana waive certain fees for the children of service-connected disabled or deceased Indiana veterans. The CDV program is a type of state financial aid administered by the Student Financial Assistance Office.


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