"Post 9/11 Gi Bill Checklist Form"

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Checklist for Using Benefits
Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill (Veteran/Active Duty)
Step One:
Apply for Benefits at
vets.gov
First Time Student– Complete VA Form 22-1990
Transfer Student – Complete VA Form 22-1995
*Typical application processing time averages 4-8 weeks.
Step Two:
Gather Documentation for MSU VA Office
___VONAPP Confirmation Page
___DD-214
___Certificate of Eligibility (mailed to student, by VA, after approval)
___Certification Request Form (obtained through MSU VA Office – required each semester)
*If benefits are pending approval, you must enroll in the Post 9/11 Payment Plan (no enrollment fee) to ensure your
class schedule is not purged, for non-payment. See instructions.
How Post 9/11 GI Bill Works:
**VA determines all eligibility. Certification does not guarantee eligibility/payment. Payment time frame listed is
based upon the timeliness of the student to submit required paperwork and the current VA processing time.
**If your percentage of eligibility is less than 100%, VA will pay that percentage of the book stipend, BAH, and
tuition/fees.
1) Certification Request Form required each semester. Class schedules are checked against a student’s RACR Degree
Audit (on MyGate). All courses must be applicable to a student’s degree. Unrestricted electives cannot be
certified/paid for. Remedial/deficiency courses cannot be taken online – must be in-residence.
2) MSU submits the pre-certification to VA (enrollment dates and credit hours). Tuition and fees will be submitted to
VA after the semester begins. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the school.
3) VA will pay a book stipend, not to exceed $1000 (or 24 credits) per academic year. Typically paid 1-2 weeks before
the semester begins. Paid to the student.
4) VA will pay a monthly BAH (housing allowance) on, or shortly after, the last day of each month (ie: August’s
payment will not be sent until August 31, at the earliest). BAH will be pro-rated for months in which a student is
not in class from the first through the last day. Paid to the student.
**BAH not paid if the student is active duty, spouse is active duty, or if the student’s rate of pursuit is half-
time or less (based on the certified credit hours).
**Online only students – BAH is half of the national average and based on rate of pursuit
*Students are responsible for any additional charges on their account that VA will not cover. These may include:
housing, meal plan, bookstore charges, parking charges/fines, etc.
Contact Information:
MSU Office of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
113 Sparks Hall
Educational Customer Service/Direct Deposit - 1-888-442-4551
Murray, KY 42071
Email:
msu.va@murraystate.edu
Phone: 270-809-3754
Fax: 270-809-3050
For additional information:
Post 9/11 GI Bill:
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp
External Scholarships:
http://www.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do
(PLEASE SEE NEXT PAGE FOR THE ADVISING CHECKLIST AND PAYMENT PLAN INSTRUCTIONS)
Checklist for Using Benefits
Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill (Veteran/Active Duty)
Step One:
Apply for Benefits at
vets.gov
First Time Student– Complete VA Form 22-1990
Transfer Student – Complete VA Form 22-1995
*Typical application processing time averages 4-8 weeks.
Step Two:
Gather Documentation for MSU VA Office
___VONAPP Confirmation Page
___DD-214
___Certificate of Eligibility (mailed to student, by VA, after approval)
___Certification Request Form (obtained through MSU VA Office – required each semester)
*If benefits are pending approval, you must enroll in the Post 9/11 Payment Plan (no enrollment fee) to ensure your
class schedule is not purged, for non-payment. See instructions.
How Post 9/11 GI Bill Works:
**VA determines all eligibility. Certification does not guarantee eligibility/payment. Payment time frame listed is
based upon the timeliness of the student to submit required paperwork and the current VA processing time.
**If your percentage of eligibility is less than 100%, VA will pay that percentage of the book stipend, BAH, and
tuition/fees.
1) Certification Request Form required each semester. Class schedules are checked against a student’s RACR Degree
Audit (on MyGate). All courses must be applicable to a student’s degree. Unrestricted electives cannot be
certified/paid for. Remedial/deficiency courses cannot be taken online – must be in-residence.
2) MSU submits the pre-certification to VA (enrollment dates and credit hours). Tuition and fees will be submitted to
VA after the semester begins. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the school.
3) VA will pay a book stipend, not to exceed $1000 (or 24 credits) per academic year. Typically paid 1-2 weeks before
the semester begins. Paid to the student.
4) VA will pay a monthly BAH (housing allowance) on, or shortly after, the last day of each month (ie: August’s
payment will not be sent until August 31, at the earliest). BAH will be pro-rated for months in which a student is
not in class from the first through the last day. Paid to the student.
**BAH not paid if the student is active duty, spouse is active duty, or if the student’s rate of pursuit is half-
time or less (based on the certified credit hours).
**Online only students – BAH is half of the national average and based on rate of pursuit
*Students are responsible for any additional charges on their account that VA will not cover. These may include:
housing, meal plan, bookstore charges, parking charges/fines, etc.
Contact Information:
MSU Office of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs
113 Sparks Hall
Educational Customer Service/Direct Deposit - 1-888-442-4551
Murray, KY 42071
Email:
msu.va@murraystate.edu
Phone: 270-809-3754
Fax: 270-809-3050
For additional information:
Post 9/11 GI Bill:
http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp
External Scholarships:
http://www.military.com/scholarship/search-for-scholarships.do
(PLEASE SEE NEXT PAGE FOR THE ADVISING CHECKLIST AND PAYMENT PLAN INSTRUCTIONS)
Advising Checklist
All students must meet with their advisor to have their hold released, before scheduling classes. They must also take care
of any other holds (Bursar, Admissions, etc). Keep in mind – the RACR is currently only available for undergraduate
students. Graduate or Post-Bac students may refer to the Academic Bulletin or contact their advisor for requirements.
_______ 1)
Look at your RACR Degree Audit to find out what classes are still needed for your degree objective.
-Log onto MyGate, click the Academics tab, look under Student Links (right-hand side of the screen),
click RACR Degree Audit. (This is what the VA Office uses to determine if classes can be certified to
VA).
_______ 2)
Create a tentative class schedule, prior to meeting with your advisor. Utilize the “What If”
feature of the RACR (View RACR, look on left-hand side, under Worksheets – click “What If”). This
feature can be run to see how your classes will fit in if you change/add your major/minor. If you want to
see how classes will fit into your degree objective, add them into the “Choose Your Future Classes” tool.
_______ 3)
Schedule an appointment with your advisor. Ask for any input from your advisor about class
suggestions. Any classes that do not appear on your RACR (ie: advisor approved or technical electives,
classes that your advisor agrees to sub) will need to be approved by your advisor and a ‘Course Exception
Form’ completed (formerly known as ‘Course Substitution Form’). Ask for a copy of the completed ‘Course
Exception Form’ (with appropriate signatures) and bring our office a copy.
_______ 4)
Complete the Certification Request Form. We will check to make sure all your classes can be
certified and address any issues/concerns.
Post 9/11 Payment Plan Instructions
There is no enrollment fee for this payment plan. Your balance will be split into two payments. You will not be able to
enroll in the payment plan until you have completed the Certification Request Form through our office and have received
an email notification that your e-bill has posted (through your MSU email account). Enrollment in the payment plan is
required each semester.
Spring Payment Due Dates: First payment due first Friday in March. Second payment due first Friday in April.
Fall Payment Due Dates: First payment due first Friday in October. Second payment due first Friday in November.
.65% will be charged to accounts that are five days late.
1) Sign into your MyGate account and click on the Money tab.
2) Click on My Account/View My E-bill.
3) Click on Payment Plan tab.
4) Click on Enroll in Payment Plan.
5) Choose appropriate term and year.
6) Choose Post 9/11 Payment Plan.
7) If you do not want to enter your banking information, check “NO, I will manage my payments manually.” Your
balance will be divided into two payments.
Billing notices are sent from the Bursar’s Office. They advise all students to check their Murray State email account on a
regular basis to avoid missed deadlines/schedule purge. They can be reached by emailing
msu.bursar@murraystate.edu
or
by calling 270-809-4227. Please visit their website at: murraystate.edu/bursar for additional information. Questions
regarding your GI Bill should be directed to the MSU VA Office –
msu.va@murraystate.edu
or 270-809-3754.
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