Benefits Certification for Veterans, Service Members & Reservists

For some of our most commonly asked questions, please refer to our department's FAQs documentPDF File Opens in new window .

VA Chapter Benefits (Post-9/11 GI Bill, Voc Rehab, or Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty/Selected Reserve)

Using your VA education benefits:

First time using benefits:

  1. Determine your eligibility and apply for VA education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 
  2. After processing, VA will provide you with   Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
  3. Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE)   and   DD 214 - Member 4 Copy   or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) - DD Form 2384 to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC).  VRC staff will provide you with an intake packet to complete your VA benefits file.  You may complete the packet prior to visiting the VRC by downloading the packet for your type of benefits from the forms section of our site.
  4. Register for classes. If you have holds on your account preventing course registration, please contact the originating party or reach out ot us at the VRC.
  5. Submit a   Certification Request FormPDF File Opens in new window  to process your benefits every semester and any time you make changes to your course schedule/enrollment.
  6. Pay for your tuition and fees through before the   payment deadline. (Note: Chapter 31 and 33 students are will receive a "No Enrollment Cancellation" hold to prevent cancellation of courses due to nonpayment while we wait on the VA to pay the school. This hold is processed as soon as the VRC receives the initial Certification Request Form)
  7. Attend classes and maintain enrollment throughout the semester!

 

Continuing students:

  1. Register for classes. If you have holds on your account preventing course registration, please contact the originating party or reach out ot us at the VRC.
  2. Submit a   Certification Request FormPDF File Opens in new window  to process your benefits every semester and any time you make changes to your course schedule/enrollment. (Change of Program Form also required if any changes to major, minor, or concentration occur).
  3. Pay for your tuition and fees through before the   payment deadline. (Note:   Chapter 31 and 33 students are will receive a "No Enrollment Cancellation" hold to prevent cancellation of courses due to nonpayment while we wait on the VA to pay the school. This hold is processed as soon as the VRC receives the initial Certification Request Form)
  4. Attend classes and maintain enrollment throughout the semester!

Tuition Assistance (DoD)

Using your DoD Tuition Assistance benefits:
  1. Determine your eligibility and apply for Tuition Assistance (TA) by visiting your local installation education center or online virtual education center.  Each service branch has a its own application form and procedures.

    NOTE:  Prior to your course enrollment, you may be required to develop an education plan or complete TA orientation.  Your service's education center must approve your military tuition assistance for the term.
  2. After your approval to use TA, you will be provided with a   Tuition Assistance Authorization Form.  Submit a copy of your authorization form to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) with the   Tuition Assistance FormPDF File   cover sheet.
  3. Once the Tuition Assistance Forms are submitted, your TA will appear on your student account.
  4. Pay for your tuition and fees through before the   payment deadline. Deadlines must be followed even if waiting for TA Authorization from branch.
  5. Attend classes and maintain enrollment throughout the semester!

 

 Cost per credit hour breakdown (TA Recipients only): Cost Per Credit Hour Breakdown (DoD TA at CSUF)PDF File Opens in new window

 

Priority Registration Only (not using VA/DoD Benefits)

To get priority registration for the first time:
  1. Complete Intake Form and Submit a copy of your   DD 214 - Member 4 CopyDD 2384 - Notice of Basic Eligibility, or   current military orders   to the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) to register for priority registration.  VRC staff will review your paperwork to determine your eligibility for priority registration.
  2. Once priority registration is applied to your account, your registration date on your Student Portal will be updated:
    priority registration date
  3. Register for classes on the earliest date and time listed on your Student Portal. (You will be assigned multiple dates; refer to the earliest date)
  4. Pay for your tuition and fees through before the   payment deadlineOpens in new window .
  5. Attend classes and maintain enrollment throughout the semester!

NOTE: You only have to be coded for priority registration once. You will automatically be assigned the priority window for subsequent terms.

 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.