University of Southern Indiana

New Applicants for Benefits

WHERE DO I START?

Whether you are transitioning from the active component, returning to campus as an active reservist or starting college for the first time as a dependent of a Veteran, the process can be overwhelming, stressful and intimidating. When this occurs, our staff at the Veteran, Military and Family Resource Center (VMFRC) is your first point of contact to assist you or your student in finding their direction.

Our knowledgeable staff are here to help. In the meantime, the following checklist will assist you in making sure your transition to college student starts on the right path.

USI VMFRC 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.

 

Pre-Admission / Application Phase

1. Apply for Admission - Students with a direct* military affiliation receive an Admission Fee Waiver. Simply apply on-line and select the “pay later” option. Then contact our office so we can submit the forms to the Admission Office. Once the form is received, they will process your application. /admission or call 800-467-1965 (*direct meaning you have served. Dependents are not eligible)

2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - This form is what our Financial Assistance Office needs to determine your eligibility to programs that provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. https://fafsa.ed.gov/

3. Request Transcripts for Evaluation - Any forms of training, whether military or other institutions, should be evaluated by our Registrar. Request transcripts be sent directly to them through the institution or if military through JST or CCAF. http://www.usi.edu/outreach/veterans/rules-and-information

4. Apply for Scholarships - Expand the opportunity to offset any costs that are not included in your benefits or financial assistance. /admission/scholarships

5. Apply for GI Bill Benefits - A more convenient way of applying is now available on-line through the Veteran’s On-line Application (VONAPP). Print out a copy of your application before submitting it if possible. If you are transferring your VA Educational benefits from another institution, simply complete a VA Form 22-1995 (GI Bill) or VA Form 22-5495 (Chapter 35) using VONAPP or by visiting our office. http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp or call 1-888-GI-BILL1

6. Apply for Campus Housing - If you opt to live on campus, there are certain options that you should investigate. http://www.usi.edu/housing/ or call 812-468-2000

 

Post-Admission / Course Planning Phase

1. Schedule and Orientation - Orientation is your opportunity to learn about the institution and get registered for your first semester courses. Visit the webpage and chose the orientation that is right for you./orientation/

2. Bring Completed Forms to the VMFRC - Once the VA processes your claim, they will send you a Certificate of Eligibility stating the type and amount of benefits you have. Bring that copy, your DD214 and any other forms you have to the Education Center Room 0114.http://www.usi.edu/outreach/veterans

3. Certify Enrollment - To inform our office that you want to utilize your VA benefits, complete the on-line “VA Certificate of Enrollment” form. This must be completed EACH semester you want to claim benefits. https://usi.edu/outreach/veterans/va-certificate-of-enrollment-(1)

4. Be Involved - There are many activities and organizations that involve our student Veteran population including our Student Veteran Association Chapter and our on campus American Legion Post 324. There are always students available to assist you or your student.

 

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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