Veteran Education Benefits FAQ
In order to be certified with the VA each semester, you must notify WGTC's Veterans Office that you have registered. Click here to send semester classes to Ms. Wheeler for Certification. All Veterans using MILITARY benefits must turn in this application to VAresources@westgatech.edu each semester before they can be certified with Veteran Affairs.
How do I apply for VA Education Benefits?
To apply for VA Education Benefits, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Click on Education & Training>For Students>Apply for Benefits and use the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) to complete the form. After you submit the application and it is approved, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail in 3-4 weeks. Submit a copy of the certificate along with your DD-214 to the VA Certifying Official.
You can also sign up for an account through eBenefits on www.benefits.va.gov/gibill. This site will give you immediate access to educational and non-educational benefit information and various forms.
I am a Transfer Student, What Do I Need to Do to Start My Benefits at WGTC?
If you have used your benefits at another institution, please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill and complete the “Change of Program or Place of Training” form. Submit a copy of the completed form to the VA Certifying Official.
I’m logged into VONAPP, which form should I complete?
The following is a list of commonly used forms:
22-1990 – Application for VA Education Benefits (use this form if you are the veteran or have had Post 9/11 benefits transferred to you by a veteran)
22-5490 – Application for Survivor’s and Dependent’s Educational Assistance (use this form if you are a dependent of a veteran that has a 100% service-connected disability or is deceased due to the disability)
22-1995 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (use this form if you are the veteran and you are transferring to another institution)
22-5495 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (use this form if you are the dependent of a veteran and you are transferring to another institution)
I have registered for classes and submitted all of my documents. When will I be certified?
First you must notify your Certifying Official that you have registered so they can send your information into VA.
The certification process begins approximately 30 days before the start of any given term. Once you are certified, you should receive an email confirmation.
Do VA benefits affect financial aid?
You can receive financial aid and VA education benefits at the same time. However, VA does mandate that HOPE is the first payer and the balance remaining is submitted to the VA. The Pell Grant is not affected by VA Education benefits.
I want to know how much my monthly payment will be. Can you tell me?
You can access payment rates on the Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Do I have to verify my enrollment each month to receive payment from the VA?
The following chapters are required to verify enrollment monthly. This can be done via the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) on the website or calling 1-877-823-2378.
Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI BILL)
Chapter 1606 (Selective Reserve)
Chapter 1607 (REAP)
Am I required to pay my tuition/fees/books out-of-pocket?
With the exception of some Chapter 33 and Chapter 31, all students are required to pay tuition/fees/books out of pocket. If a Chapter 33 student is not covered at 100% or is considered out-of-state, they will be required to pay the difference. You can also apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov to see if you qualify for HOPE or the Pell Grant. For Chapter 33 recipients only: VA only covers the in-state portion of tuition and fees. If you are classified as an out-of-state student, you are responsible for the out-of-state portion of tuition.
I haven’t received my payment yet? When can I expect it?
Payments begin the month after the beginning of each semester. If you have not received your monthly payment and it has been at least 30-45 days since your enrollment certification was submitted by WGTC, please call the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551.
I received a letter from the VA stating that West Georgia Technical College did not report tuition and fees? Why is that?
Due to issues with overpayments, the VA Certifying Official reports credit hours separately from tuition and fees. Credit hours are reported before the start of the term. However, to ensure that tuition and fees are reported accurately to the VA, they are submitted after the add/drop and HOPE is processed.
Should you need additional information, our WGTC VA Certifying representative, Ruthie Wheeler, can be reached at 678-664-0564 or VAresources@westgatech.edu.