Veterans Services
 

Policies for VA Benefits

Enrollment Status

Students may only receive VA Benefits for classes that are required for their program of study.  If a student is enrolled in a class that does not meet for the entire semester, he or she will not receive benefits for that class when it is not in session.

Chapter 30, 31, 35, 1606, and 1607
The VA pays only for attendance from the beginning date to the end date of the course and is combined with other courses if the attendance period is the same. The rate of pay depends on the number of units you are enrolled in.

16-week semester:

  • 12 units is Full-time
  • 9-11 units is 3/4-time
  • 6-8 units is 1/2-time
  • 4-5 units is less than 1/2-time
  • 1-3 units is 1/4-time

8-week summer semester:

  • 6 units is Full-time
  • 4-5 units is 3/4-time
  • 3 units is 1/2-time
  • 2 units is less than 1/2-time
  • 1 unit is 1/4-time

Current payment rates are available on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Chapter 33
In order to receive full-time VA Benefits for fall or spring semester, students need to be enrolled in at least 12 credits. MHA will be based the students rate of pursuit. To calculate rate of pursuit take how many credits the student is enrolled in divided by 12. If the student is enrolled in 6 or less credits, students will only be reimbursed for tuition expenses. Students must be enrolled in at least 7 credits in order to receive any amount of housing.

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Verification of Attendance

Students receiving VA benefits through Chapter 30, Chapter 1606 or Chapter 1607 must verify their attendance each month.  Students can verify their enrollment by calling 1-877-823-2378 or by using the online WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) system at the following link:  https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do.

When attendance is verified, a payment is generated for the previous month.  Students should verify their attendance on the last day of the month or the first day of the following month to assure their payment is processed in a timely manner.

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Changing Program of Study

If students decide that they want to change their program of study, they need to complete VA Form 22-1995 if they are using Chapter 30, 33, 1606, or 1607. If they are using Chapter 35, they need to complete VA Form 22-5495. These forms are available at the CSI Office of Admissions and Records from a CSI Veterans Certifying Official or online at the following link: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/ Students need to supply a CSI Veterans Certifying Official with a hard copy of the form. A student also needs to change his or her major with the CSI Office of Admissions and Records.

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Change of Personal Information

Students need to notify a CSI Veterans Certifying Official if they change their name, phone number, and/or address. Students also need to notify the CSI Office of Admissions and Records.

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Repeating a Course

Courses that are failed or for which the grade does not meet minimum requirements for graduation may be repeated and certified for VA purposes once.

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Course Add/Drop

If a student drops or withdraws from courses he or she is receiving VA Benefits for, those benefits may be reduced effective the date the withdrawal occurs. A student must notify a CSI Veterans Certifying Official when they drop, withdraw or add a course.

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Auditing a Course

Courses that are audited (AU) are not eligible for VA educational benefits.

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Incomplete Grades

If a student receives an incomplete (I) grade in a course, he or she has one year to complete the course. If after one year the course is not completed, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be notified and an overpayment may exist.

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Failing Grade

The Department of Veterans Affairs will only be notified of a failing grade (F) if the student stopped attending the class (as reported by the instructor) and  an over payment may exist.

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Transcripts

Students who are receiving VA educational benefits must supply the CSI Office of Admissions and Records with all their military transcripts. Students must also supply official transcripts from other colleges they have attended.For information on how to acquire military transcripts, review the military transcripts section of the CSI Veterans Services webpage.

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Developmental Courses

Students may receive VA Benefits for a developmental course only if they have placement scores that place them into the developmental course. Student may not take a developmental course online if they wish to receive VA Benefits. They must instead take the course in person.

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