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Veterans, enlisted military personnel, and dependents of veterans may qualify for financial aid from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Part of DigiPen’s Office of Financial Aid’s mission is to serve the needs of individuals eligible for Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits. Financial Aid Advisors are available to assist veterans, veterans’ dependents, and others eligible for veterans benefits in addressing problems or answering questions regarding benefits, certification, or other matters relating to VA benefits.

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Eligibility

Eligibility for the various VA educational benefits programs is determined, in part, by the veteran’s date of enlistment. In all cases, the Department of Veterans Affairs makes the final determination of eligibility. See the individual program descriptions on the GI Bill® website for full eligibility criteria and application instructions. The GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official U.S. government website at benefits.va.gov/gibill/.


Applying for Veterans Benefits

To apply for Veterans Benefits, contact VA Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 or apply for benefits online at www.ebenefits.va.gov or benefits.va.gov/gibill/. The VA will determine if a veteran is eligible for benefits, and for certain VA chapters they will mail them a Certificate of Eligibility.

Those in need additional assistance should call the VA toll-free at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit www.vba.va.gov/VBA/.


Veterans Programs at DigiPen

The following VA educational assistance benefits are available at DigiPen:

  • The Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty and Veterans (Chapter 30)
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
  • Montgomery GI Bill for National Guard & Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606)

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 425-629-5002 or by email at veteranbenefits[at]us.digipen[dot]edu with any further questions.


Important Dates and Deadlines

Academic Year Dates and Deadlines2019-2020
Priority deadline for all students to provide VA Certifying Official with their updated Certificate of Eligibility and VA Benefits Certification Request Form for fall semester.July 15, 2019
VA Benefit students are certified for fall semester.July 15 2019
Fall semester tuition due.August 15, 2019
VA Benefit payments for fall semester start to arrive.August 15, 2019
Fall semester starts.September 3, 2019
Fall undergraduate and graduate census date.September 16, 2019
Priority deadline for all students to provide VA Certifying Official VA Benefits Certification Request Form for spring semester.December 6, 2019
Final grades for fall semester are certified to VA after fall grades post. Students with non-punitive grades could owe funds back to the VA.December 13, 2019
VA Benefits for spring semester are certified.December 6, 2019
Spring semester tuition due.December 15, 2019
First Day of spring semester.January 6, 2020
Spring undergraduate and graduate census date.January 20, 2020
Final grades for spring semester are certified to VA after spring grades post. Students with non-punitive grades could owe funds back to the VA.April 24, 2020

Certifying Veterans Benefits

The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for certifying veteran enrollment to the regional Veteran Affairs office each semester. Therefore, veterans must complete their registration on time, complete the VA Benefits Certification Request Form each semester, then email their completed form to veteransbenefits[at]digipen[dot]edu.

To be certified, the Office of Financial Aid will need to receive the following documents:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill® - Chapter 33:

    1. Certificate of Eligibility
    2. DD 214-Member 4
    3. DigiPen VA Benefit Certification Request Form
  • Vocational Rehabilitation - Chapter 31:

    1. DD 214-Member 4
    2. Copy of VA 28-1905 Form
    3. DigiPen VA Benefit Certification Request Form
  • Survivors and Dependents (DEA) - Chapter 35:

    1. Certificate of Eligibility
    2. DigiPen VA Benefit Certification Request Form
  • Montgomery GI Bill® - Chapter 30:

    1. Certificate of Eligibility
    2. DD 214-Member (unless still active duty)
    3. DigiPen VA Benefit Certification Request Form
  • Montgomery GI Bill® - Chapter 1606:

    1. Certificate of Eligibility
    2. Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE)
    3. DigiPen VA Benefit Certification Request Form
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) - Chapter 32:

    1. Certificate of Eligibility
    2. DD-214
    3. DigiPen VA Benefit Certification Request Form

After all documents are received and the student has registered for courses, the Office of Financial Aid will certify them for their VA Benefits.

If any changes are made to one’s course schedule, such as adding or dropping courses, they should notify the Office of Financial Aid at veteransbenefits[at]digipen[dot]edu. Any changes must be reported to the VA Office.

Please note that veterans may use their VA Benefits for summer courses. However, they will not be certified for benefits unless they complete the DigiPen VA Benefit Certification Request Form for the summer term. We recommend talking with a Financial Aid Advisor regarding summer benefits before making any decisions regarding summer certification.

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