Information for Veterans
- Before you can receive education benefits, you must log into VONAPP (http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp) and apply for benefits with the VA. If you don't have the capability to apply online, you can call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to have a paper form mailed to you.
- Once the VA has processed your application, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) stating your entitlement. Take this to Clarkson’s VA Certifying Official (located in SAS) for processing. This proof of eligibility is required before you can be certified at Clarkson.
- Clarkson’s VA Certifying Official will enter you into a database with the VA and certify your enrollment at the beginning of each semester. This certification is what tells the VA to begin paying your benefits. All necessary paperwork must be on file with the Certifying Official prior to certification.
- If you change benefit programs (for example, change from the Montgomery GI Bill to the Post 9/11 GI Bill) an updated Certificate of Eligibility must be presented to the Certifying Official at Clarkson.
What happens if I…
- Change my major?
You must notify Clarkson’s Certifying Official once you change your major, so your record can be updated with the VA. A VA Change of Program form must be filed with the Certifying Official before you can be certified again.
- Change my address?
Contact Clarkson’s Certifying Official so your record can be updated.
- Drop a class?
Under most education benefits, dropping and adding classes will not have an effect on your benefits. Here are the exceptions:
- If you drop below full time (12 credits per semester)
- If you drop below half time (6 credits per semester)
- If you are receiving benefits under Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill)