Veterans’ Services Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I apply for my veterans benefits?
Once you are admitted and registered at UIndy, you can contact the Veterans Affairs Representative in the Registrar's Office: firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-788-3504. First-time users of the Guard, Reserves, active duty or Chapter 1607 should go to the GI Bill® website and complete Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Benefits) and submit it to the Registrar's Office. If you have used your veterans benefits before, but are new to UIndy, then complete Form 22-1995 (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training) and submit it to the Registrar's Office to transfer your benefits.
I am a child of a 100% disabled veteran or deceased veteran (Chapter 35). How do I apply for my parent veteran benefit?
If your parent has received a letter stating he/she is classified as 100% disabled, and you have been admitted to UIndy, see the veterans affairs representative to receive the paperwork needed to receive your Chapter 35 benefits. Go to the GI Bill® website, complete Form 22-5490 (Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance)and submit it to the Registrar's Office. If your parent is less than 100% disabled, then you will need to contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance with the Child of a Disabled Veteran (CDV) benefits.
Do I have to certify my classes every semester?
Yes. You must complete and submit a request for certification for future enrollment periods to the veterans affairs representative in the Registrar's Office prior to the beginning of each semester you attend.
What do I do if I change majors?
Notify the veterans affairs representative in the Registrar's Office.
Will the VA pay if I want to repeat a course?
Benefits will not be paid for courses in which a passing grade has previously been earned.
Does the GI Bill® pay my tuition and fees?
The GI Bill® is a monthly benefit issued directly to the student or direct deposited for Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606. It is the student's responsibility to make payment for their University bill to the Bursar's office by the semester payment deadline.
How much money will I receive?
Am I still responsible for covering the application fee and deposit?
Yes. UIndy is unable to waive the application fee and deposit for veterans.
Will I automatically receive benefits next semester?
No. You must certify your classes through the veterans affairs representative in the Registrar's Office each semester that you want to use the GI Bill®. You must complete and submit a Request for Certification for Future Enrollment Periods prior to the beginning of each semester you attend.
How do I know what chapter I am under?
Consult the GI Bill® website for details or see the Veterans Affairs Representative in the Registrar's office.
When will I receive my money?
The veterans affairs representative in the Registrar's Office will submit paperwork for Chapters 30, 1606, 1607 and 35 to the VA Regional office in St. Louis. The VA generally takes at least eight to ten weeks to process the paperwork for continuing students and 10 to 12 weeks to process the paperwork for new students. You will receive notification of your award at the address you provided on your application.
How can I drop a class and not have to pay back VA?
Discuss your options with the veterans affairs representative in the Registrar's Office.
I have been called to active duty. What do I need to do to withdraw from the university?
Any student called to active military duty may present a copy of their military service orders to the veterans affairs representative in the Registrar's Office and:
- Withdraw from all courses and receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees at any time during the semester through the end of final exams
- With the permission of each instructor, receive an incomplete or final grade in the courses taken.
Such requests and documentation may be presented by the student or other responsible party who has the student's permission to make the request. Refunds of fees will not be made if the student receives a grade and credit for the course, and all refunds will be adjusted as required by financial aid regulations. If a withdrawal is processed after the fourth week of classes, the grade of W will be assigned.
What is WAVE?
If you are receiving benefits under Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 and 1607, you must submit a monthly attendance verification on the last day of each month you are enrolled, in order to receive your check or direct deposit. You may do this by contacting the VA Regional Office at 1-877-823-2378 or on the GI Bill ®website.
If you have not heard from the VA in more than eight weeks, you can contact the VA Regional Office in St. Louis to check on the status of your benefits at 1-888-442-4551.
WAVE also can be used to check the status of processing for your benefits, processing for your monthly verification, to start or change direct deposit and to set up an email reminder about your monthly verification.
More questions? Ask the UIndy veterans affairs representative.
Kathy J. Elliott
Esch Hall 131