What exactly do I have to do in order to receive my veterans’ educational benefits?
Go to the VA website at www.va.gov.
Scroll down slightly and look on the right.
Click on ‘Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)’ and with your DD-214 on hand if you are a veteran, complete the application.
ONLY AFTER ENROLLING, Go to ‘Veterans Education’ and click. Look at the menu on the left and click ‘Veterans Student Data Sheet.’ Fill it out and click submit. You are complete.
YOU WILL NEED TO NOTIFY THE CERTIFYING OFFICIAL EVERY TERM THAT YOU ARE ENROLLED. You can do this by simply emailing the official that you are enrolled for that term.
Do I need to contact anyone other than the verifying official?
To get your veterans educational benefits started and continue using them, you will not need to contact anyone other than your certifying official unless you are using Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. Then, you will need to contact your VA counselor. Issues may arise once your benefits have started. To address those issues, you may need to contact the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551.
How much money will I receive for my benefits?
Each chapter is different but rates can be determined by visiting the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov. There are various sources on the site which can help verify amount of pay. View the comparison chart, road to success, and benefit calculator to determine amounts. The VA will also mail you benefit updates by way of postal service as long as you are enrolled in school.
How long does it take to start receiving benefits?
Enrolling at least one month before the start of classes can shrink processing times so enroll early when possible. During enrollment, processing times average about 4 weeks but can take as long as 8 weeks.
What if I add or drop classes before I start a semester if I am using the Post 9/11 (Chapter 33)? Do I need to tell someone?
As a student at the KCKCC, you have the right to add, drop, change, and withdrawal from classes during the prescribed times. If you add classes before you start a semester, you can contact your certifying official with the details. The certifying official will update the information with the VA, send you a notice, and the VA will reimburse the difference. This is not automatic and it may take the VA several weeks to update your record and make the appropriate payment.