General Things to Remember

  • Please be aware of chapter specific things to remember and certification processes, which are highlighted below.
  • We are only able to certify a student as non-matriculated pending final admission into the university for 2 terms.
    • The VA defines a term as courses that have different start/stop dates.
  • We are only able to certify General Education Requirements for students in the BA Undeclared or Exploratory degree program.
  • Remedial courses (below 100 level) must be taken in the traditional classroom setting.
  • Students may pursue a dual objective as long as all objectives pursued are generally recognized as being reasonably related to a single career field.
  • Prerequisites for required courses can be certified, but recommended courses are not certifiable.
  • The only course that is not required for any degree program, but will be certified, is GUID A150.
    • This course must be taken in the traditional classroom setting if not required for current degree program.
  • We encourage students to sign up for an eBenefits premium account, which will give them access to their benefit information, payment history, remaining eligibility information and other helpful features.

    Summer 2015 Rate of Pursuit Guide

     10-Week
    Session
    First 5-Week
    Session
    Second 5-Week
    Session
    Classes Held
    TBATBATBA
    Undergraduate rates
    Full Time: 8 credits
    3/4 Time: 6 credits
    Full Time: 4 credits
    3/4 Time: 3 credits
    Full Time: 4 credits
    3/4 Time: 3 credits
    Special
    Exception
    Undergraduates Only: Students may take a 3 credit class in each of the three terms above and be considered full time rate of pursuit: 9 credits
    Graduate rates
    Full Time: 6 credits
    Full Time: 3 credits
    Full Time: 3 credits

  • CHAPTER 33 IMPORTANT SUMMER 2015 NOTE: In order to be eligible to receive the full Alaska BAH rate of $2,160 per month students must be taking a course in the traditional classroom setting the entire time class is in session. Examples would include registering for a traditional setting course in both 5-Week sessions (Dates TBA) or registering for a traditional setting course in the 10-Week session (Dates TBA). For more information regarding benefits for all online courses please see our Chapter 33 Benefits.

How to Request Certification

  • Students using benefits for the first time at UAA:
  • Students who are continuing their certification at UAA:
  • If you make changes after your initial certification has been submitted to the VA, such as adding/dropping a class, changing your major, declaring a minor, or changing the type of VA benefits you are utilizing, then submit the VA Report of Change online form. An automated email from the VA is generated once your certification has been submitted.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

Benefits

  • Tuition and fees for certified classes are paid directly to the school.
    • Tuition and fee specific funding on the student account, such as tuition  assistance, tuition waivers or scholarships that are tuition and fee specific, will be deducted from the total submitted to the VA for payment.
    • For more information regarding 'Certification and Federal Aid Disbursement Process Reminders' for Chapter 33 students please review our Veterans Financial Assistance home page.
  • Books & Supplies Stipend: $41.67 per credit hour for the first 24 credits in an academic year paid to student.
  • Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to student: Based on rate of pursuit of certified classes with at least one credit in the traditional classroom setting.
    • 2014-2015 academic year: Full-time rate of pursuit and 100% eligible is $2,160 per month. BAH for students who are below full-time rate of pursuit or less than 100% eligible will be prorated.
    • Must be above 1/2 time rate of pursuit to be eligible for BAH. For undergraduates this is more than 6 credit hours and for graduates this is more than 4.5 credit hours.
    • For students taking all online classes, the BAH for 100% eligible, full-time rate of pursuit drops down to 1/2 of the national average, therefore, $754.50 for academic year 14/15.
    • Benefits for the first and last months of each term will be prorated by the number of days class is in session.

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Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

Chapter Specific Things to Remember

  • Vocational Rehabilitation students must meet with their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor before utilizing their benefits.
  • Benefits for the first and last months of each term will be prorated by the number of days class is in session.
  • Students must be in (or have an application on file) the approved program listed on their VA 28-1905.
    • We are only able to certify a student as non-matriculated pending final admission into the university for 2 terms. The VA defines a term as courses that have different start/stop dates.

Chapter Specific Certification Processes

  • You must submit a VA 28-1905 form with your approved degree program, place of training, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor's signature, and valid enrollment period listed before certification can take place.
    • Your counselor may email an electronic copy of this form to UAA_Veterans@uaa.alaska.edu or you can drop off a paper copy to Enrollment Services at the UAA One Stop Center.
    • You are responsible for providing us with an updated VA 28-1905 form once your initial form becomes invalid.
  • After you have been certified, an authorization will be sent to the book store so you may charge your textbooks and supplies needed as early as a week prior to the start of each term.
  • If you change your major or declare a minor, you will need to have your counselor submit a revised VA 28-1905 indicating this change.

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Chapter 35: Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)

Benefits

  • The Monthly Educational Assistance Allowance Stipend for certified classes will be paid to the student at the beginning of the month for the previous month. The student will be responsible for paying their tuition, fees and books before the payment deadline to avoid being assessed late fees.
  • Benefits for the first and last months of each term will be prorated by the number of days class is in session.
  • The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they are eligible for more than one education benefit.

    Chapter 35 Benefit Rates

    Training Time
    Monthly Rates
    Full Time
    $1,018.00
    3/4 Time
    $763.00
    1/2 Time
    $506.00
    Less than 1/2 time more than 1/4 time
    Tuition and fee charges ONLY not to exceed $506.00
    1/4 time or less
    Tuition and fee charges ONLY not to exceed $254.50
    Effective Oct. 1, 2014 - Sept. 30, 2015

Chapter Specific Certification Processes

  • Before we are able to certify you we will need your file and payee numbers, which are located on your Certificate of Eligibility.

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Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty

Benefits

  • The Monthly Educational Assistance Stipend for certified classes will be paid to the student at the beginning of the month for the previous month. The student will be responsible for paying their tuition, fees and books before the payment deadline to avoid being assessed late fees.
  • Benefits for the first and last months of each term will be prorated by the number of days class is in session.
  • The student is eligible to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits. The following rates apply to those completing an enlistment of three years or more.

    Chapter 30 Benefit Rates

    Training Time
    Monthly Rate
    Full Time
    $1,717.00
    3/4 Time
    $1,287.75
    1/2 Time
    $858.50
    Less than 1/2 time more than 1/4 time
    Tuition and fee charges ONLY not to exceed $858.50
    1/4 time or less
    Tuition and fee charges ONLY not to exceed $429.25
    Effective Oct. 1, 2014 - Sept. 30, 2015

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Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill-SR

Benefits

  • The Monthly Educational Allowance Stipend for certified classes will be paid to the student at the beginning of the month for the previous month. The student will be responsible for paying their tuition, fees and books before the payment deadline to avoid being assessed late fees.
  • Benefits for the first and last months of each term will be prorated by the number of days class is in session.
  • The student is eligible to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits.

    Chapter 1606 Benefit Rates

    Training Time
    Monthly Rate
    Full Time
    $367.00
    3/4 Time
    $274.00
    1/2 Time
    $182.00
    Less than 1/2 Time
    $91.75
    Effective Oct. 1, 2014 - Sept. 30, 2015

Chapter Specific Certification Processes

  • Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to Enrollment Services at the UAA One Stop Center.
    • Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) is not a valid form to confirm benefit eligibility (Effective Sept. 16, 2014).

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VA Questions or Concerns

  • Email the UAA Certifying Officials at UAA_Veterans@uaa.alaska.edu,
  • Nichole Grunwald, Military and Veteran Community Services Assistant: (907) 786-1183, ngrunwa1@uaa.alaska.edu,
  • Terry Jackson, Vet Success on Campus Counselor: (907) 786-6962, terry.jackson@va.gov,
  • For general VA inquiries call (907) 786-1480, or
  • Stop by in person at the UAA Student One Stop in the University Center located at 2901 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage, AK 99503.