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Veteran Services Policy Statements

General Policies

  • All students receive billing statements from Bellevue University.
  • The Veteran Services office will certify eligible classes within 5 business days of notification to our office. This certification will be done only after your registration is shown on the School Information System (SIS).
  • Changes in course enrollment after the last day to drop or add courses may result in the retroactive loss of benefits unless the VA finds mitigating circumstances involved in the change. Loss of benefits could revert back to the beginning of the class/session.
  • If you withdraw from or stop attending classes you will be required to pay back any amount of assistance received for those classes to the VA
    You should be aware that the ultimate responsibility for the payment of Tuition and Fees is YOUR responsibility. You will not be allowed to register for or attend any further terms until all your financial obligations to Bellevue University for the current term are met.
  • You must be a degree seeking student. Also you must declare a major by the time you accumulate 60 credit hours (this number includes transfer hours). The VA does not recognize multiple majors or minors, and will not pay benefits for courses to satisfy these requirements. Generally, VA will not pay for courses that are not required for your program of study or count toward your graduation requirements. By law, Bellevue University cannot certify elective courses in excess of that number. Benefits are not payable for repeating a course that has been successfully completed. Benefits are not payable for repeating courses solely to raise your cumulative grade point average (GPA). It is your responsibility to insure that courses taken comply fully with VA requirements.
  • Each state has established, by federal law, a State Approving Agency (SAA). This agency evaluates programs offered by Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL's), and following federal guidelines, either approves or disapproves the programs offered. That information is sent to the VA who then authorizes payment of VA education benefits for approved programs. Until this process is complete, the VA Certifying Official at Bellevue University cannot certify enrollment of classes a veteran wishes to be paid for.
  • Academic advising is an important service offered for any Bellevue University student. It is very important for all VA students to realize that there is a distinct difference between Academic Advising and VA certification. It is quite possible that a course you may be advised to take will not meet VA certification requirements. For example, while it may be academically sound to repeat a class or take elective classes, the school may not certify such classes for payment and you would be personally responsible for the resultant cost. It is your responsibility to make certain that your classes meet VA certification requirements should you desire VA payment for these classes.
  • You must maintain satisfactory progress in accordance with school policy. If you are having difficulty with a particular course, please inquire about tutorial assistance.
  • It is your responsibility to have official copies of all transcripts sent to Bellevue University; you should initiate this process immediately upon initial registration for an evaluation of the amount of credit that can be allowed toward your current program of study. In addition, you may submit supporting documentation of any military training or experience for evaluation purposes. If, after 60 days, Bellevue University has not reported to the VA the amount of credit you have been awarded for prior training and education, the VA may discontinue your educational benefits until report of prior credit has been made.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) Policies

  • VA tuition and fees are paid directly to the school. You are responsible to Bellevue University for any/all tuition not covered by your Post 9/11 benefit. It is your responsibility to keep the VA informed of your mailing address and direct deposit data. You should keep all correspondence received from VA to include your eligibility notice and award letter. The award letter will provide payment information, self-verification procedures, remaining entitlement, and time period to use the benefit. VA payments are made in arrears.
  • Tuition and Fees: Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) will pay a percentage of your Tuition and Fees for courses that meet degree requirements in your educational program on file with the Bellevue University's Veteran Services office. The percentage is based on the time you spent on active duty after September 10, 2001. The percentage will vary from 40% to 100%. Please go to the GI Bill website www.gibill.va.gov for more information.
  • If you withdraw from or stop attending classes you will be required to pay back the Tuition and Fees for those classes to the VA
  • Debt- If a debt is incurred for a multiple enrollment period payment and if the full payment can't be returned to the VA, the school must send the payment to the student. The student will then need to make a payment to VA.
  • Book Stipend: The book stipend will be paid at the beginning of each term and will be based on your benefit percentage and the number of credit hours you are taking. If you are on Active Duty, effective October 1, 2011 you will be eligible for the book stipend. Please go to the GI Bill website www.gibill.va.gov for more information.
  • Housing Allowance: The Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) housing allowance is not payable if you are registered for half-time or less (Rate of Pursuit of 50% or less), or if you are on Active Duty.

Vocational Rehabilitation Policies

  • It is your responsibility to work with your VA Vocational Rehabilitation counselor to ensure your 28-1905 authorization is updated as needed. Failure to have a current 28-1905 on file can prevent you from registering for classes or ordering your books and you may need to make payment to the school.

Chapter 30/1606/1607 Policies

  • Due to VA benefits being paid directly to you, you are responsible to Bellevue University for any/all tuition due. It is your responsibility to keep the VA informed of your mailing address and direct deposit data. You should keep all correspondence received from VA to include your eligibility notice and award letter. The award letter will provide payment information, self-verification procedures, remaining entitlement, and time period to use the benefit. VA payments are made in arrears.
  • Students enrolled under Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 must self-verify their enrollment monthly by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). You can access WAVE from the GI Bill website by clicking on the link under 'Information for Benefit Recipients'. IVR allows students "to phone in" (877-823-2378).

Chapter 35 Policies

  • • Due to VA benefits being paid directly to you, you are responsible to Bellevue University for any/all tuition due. It is your responsibility to keep the VA informed of your mailing address and direct deposit data. You should keep all correspondence received from VA to include your eligibility notice and award letter. The award letter will provide payment information, self-verification procedures, remaining entitlement, and time period to use the benefit. VA payments are made in arrears.

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