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It is past the last day to drop a class with a refund/tuition adjustment- what will happen if I drop a class at this point?
Once census day has passed (the last day to add/drop with a tuition adjustment) any class drop can result in a debt to the VA. This will depend on the chapter of benefits that you are receiving. Typically, if you are still enrolled in 12 or more hours after the drop, you would not owe any money because the drop would not result in a difference in tuition and fees. However, if the drop causes your total hours to fall below 12 you will most likely owe money to the VA. Any change in training status will result in owing money to VA.
I received a letter from the VA stating that IUPUI reported $0 for tuition and fees. Why is this?
This is due to new reporting guidelines. The Office for Veterans & Military Personnel will report the number of credit hours that you are enrolled in as soon as you turn in your enrollment worksheet. We will also report $0.00 for tuition and fees at that time. This is to ensure that VA can go ahead and begin processing your book money and BAH in a timely manner. We must wait until Census Day to report tuition and fees since this is the last day that changes may be made to your student accounts. Once census day has arrived and we know that no other changes will be made to your account and no other financial aid remains outstanding, we will go back in and adjust your enrollment certification with the VA and report the correct tuition and fees at that time. VA will then send the payment to the school.
Will VA pay for Study Abroad?
Effective Fall 2012, VA will no longer pay for study abroad unless studying abroad is a graduation requirement in your program. Previously, VA would cover tuition associated with the study abroad as long as the courses were applicable to graduation in the students major. Now VA will only pay if the actual study abroad is a requirement.
When does VA pay a student's monthly stipend (BAH)?
VA pays on the 1st of the month for the previous month. Please keep in mind that since you are only paid for days you are enrolled in school, some months will be prorated based on enrollment status.
I am Chapter 33. Can I use GI Bill in conjunction with other types of Financial Aid?
That depends on the type of aid. Pell Grants and student loans are always ok. If you receive a type of aid that is specific in that it only covers tuition and/or fees, you cannot double dip. Examples of these are aid from your department, ROTC scholarships, military TA, employer based aid, athletic scholarships, and VA scholarships. This list is not all inclusive so please check with the VA office if you are unsure about a certain type of aid that you are receiving.
What happens if I fail a class?
If you fail a class (receive an F) and that F is not due to attendance, you do not have to pay VA back for that class. However, if you quit attending class and fail, you will have to pay back money for that class. If you receive a "U" grade, you will also have to pay money back for that class regardless of whether it was due to attendance.
Can I take a class for credit only?
Yes, if your department will allow you to take the course credit only as a graduation requirement. If they will only allow the class when graded, VA will not pay if you take it credit only.
Will VA pay for DE (online) courses?
Yes, the VA will pay for courses that are taken online although for Chapter 33/Post 9/11 students these online hours must be reported separately. If all of your hours are being taken online, you will be paid a totally different BAH rate. It is equivalent to ½ the national average and the amount is prorated based on your eligible percentage and training status. If you are taking a combination of online and on campus hours, you will receive the regular BAH rate. If you receive any chapter other than Chapter 33, VA does not view online classes differently under those chapters so the total number of hours will be reported to VA regardless of whether they are DE or on campus.
I have not been paid. What happened?
Several things can delay payment. If you are Chapter 30/1606/1607 did you log into WAVE or call VA on the 1st to verify enrollment? Do you still have months of entitlement left? Did you submit an enrollment worksheet to the VA office for certification? Your best option is to call VA at 1-888-442-4551 to check on the status of your payments.
How long does it take to process benefits?
If you have never used your VA benefits before, or if you have had a lapse in your benefits, you can expect processing to take 8 to 10 weeks.
What is a "kicker" and how do I know if it pertains to me?

An individual's branch of service may offer the College Fund. The College Fund money, or "kicker," is an additional amount of money that increases an individual's basic MGIB monthly benefit and is included in his or her VA payment.

Important: An individual cannot receive his or her College Fund money without receiving MGIB. A common misunderstanding is that the College Fund is a separate benefit from MGIB. Actually, the College Fund is part of the MGIB. It's an add-on to the basic MGIB benefit.

Qualifications for the "College Fund" are established by the military branches. The qualifications are usually based on a critical occupational specialty. The VA does not determine eligibility to this additional benefit.

If you qualify for the College Fund, you do not receive it in one lump sum payment. Your total College Fund is divided into monthly payments that are added to regular MGIB payments.

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The Office for Veterans and Military Personnel (OVMP) is a centralized office designed to provide comprehensive resources to veterans and Veterans Affairs benefit recipients to aid in their overall success as IUPUI students. In addition to providing the required certification for IUPUI student-veterans to receive education entitlement, we also provide advice, guidance, advocacy, and outreach services for our student veteran population. We act as a liaison between IUPUI and the Department of Veterans Affairs while assisting our student veterans in their transition from military to student life. Our team consists of veterans and civilians dedicated to creating a veteran friendly campus.

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