General Questions

  • Requesting Classes for to be certified

    Students using VA educational programs needs to submit a request for enrollment each semester that are planning to use their benefits.

    Steps to sending your request for enrollment.

    Once you have submitted the form you will receive an automatic email to your FIU email. In order to verify that your request has been received by our office, you can try to resubmit the form. If you get an error stating “Document already exist in the drawer” that means we have received your form and are currently working on it. You will get another automated email when your classes have been sent to the VA for payment.

  • Non-Residency Tuition Deposit Waivers

    The VA requires that all prior credit must be evaluated by FIU prior to a student’s initial enrollment. Students must identify any prior credit that has been earned. Additionally, a Joint Services Transcript or any College transcripts should should be sent to FIU for all students. Students who are currently having prior credits evaluated are strongly encouraged to register only for courses in which they know they will not receive prior credit. If prior credit is later given for a course a student is currently taking, FIU must terminate the enrollment, as this would constitute excessive credits. Terminations of enrollment will likely result in a reduction in BAH and/or books and supplies payment for the course/term a prior credit was awarded.

  • Verify Monthly Enrollment

    WAVE

    The VA requires that students using GI Bill® benefits (excluding Post 9/11 GI Bill®) verify their enrollment monthly. Verification begins the last day of the month of the courses you are enrolled in. Students will not receive VA benefits if they do not verify through WAVE. Please note, it may take up to 6 weeks for your enrollment information to be available in WAVE. To verify attendance through WAVE, please click here or call the VA at 1-877-823-2378.

     

  • Using Tuition Assistance and GI Bill

    Federal law prohibits Active Duty service-members from receiving VA benefits for the same course tuition that is being paid by Military Tuition Assistance. Effective November 2014, the Department of Defense announced that they will no longer authorize Tuition Assistance for classes for which a member is also receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve program (Ch. 1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Ch. 1607), or any other GI Bill® program other than the Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty program (Ch. 30) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program (Ch. 33). Active Duty service-members who are eligible for Ch. 30 benefits can use non Active-Duty TA in conjunction with VA benefits. For students using Ch. 33 benefits, TA must be applied to the registration first, and any remaining tuition can be certified under the Ch. 33 benefit.

  • VA Top-Up Information

    The Top-Up benefit may be used when a student is using Active Duty federal tuition assistance and the course cost will not be completely funded by TA. TA Top-Up may be used for Chapter's 30 & 33 only. Students who wish to apply for TA Top-Up should contact veterans@fiu.edu to request a TA Top-Up Request Form. APUS will submit an enrollment to the VA to include the amount of tuition and fees’ remaining after all TA funding has been reduced. Please note, the use of Top-Up will exhaust a portion of your GI Bill® benefits. The amount exhausted depends on the chapter benefit being used and the time length of the courses.

  • VA Payments

    Students using Chapters 30, 32, 35, 1606, and 1607 will receive monthly payments from the VA based on their enrollment status each month enrolled in courses. The VA makes payments based on your monthly attendance and not semester attendance. Payments are sent from the VA by direct deposit or check after you have verified your monthly attendance through WAVE.

    It is the responsibility of the student using Chapters 30, 32, 35, 1606, and 1607 to make payment arrangements with the university prior to the start of courses.

    Tuition and Fees for Post 9/11 GI Bill® is paid directly to FIU. If students are not receiving the 100% benefit rate, it is the responsibility of the student to make payment arrangements that will cover the courses. Current VA payment rates may be viewed here.

  • Basic Housing Allowance

    Beginning for courses starting on or after 1 October 2011, students (other than those on Active Duty) will receive a housing allowance for courses solely in distance learning with the Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefit. The housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. A student must be enrolled at a rate of pursuit greater than half time (.51%) to receive this benefit. Please remember, the housing allowance is pro-rated based off your enrollment status, percentage of eligibility, and dates of course enrollments. For more information, please click here.

  • Books and Supplies Stipend

    Effective August 1, 2009. The books and supplies stipend is a lump sum payment (each quarter, semester, or term attended) paid directly to the student when the school’s enrollment certification is processed. The stipend is prorated by the student’s length of service percentage.

    The books and supplies stipend pays $41.67 per credit certified, up to 24 credits for the academic year (08/01/YY­07/31/YY). The start date of an enrollment period determines the academic year to which the enrollment period belongs. The maximum stipend is $1,000 per academic year. Active duty students were not eligible.

    Effective October 1, 2011. Individuals enrolled in a degree program while on active duty are now eligible for the Books and Supplies Stipend of up to $1,000.00 per academic year. The rules for calculating Books and Supplies payments are the same as those for Veterans.

  • Using VA Benefits at Multiple Institutions

    The VA requires students to declare an institution in which they will receive a degree or certification. VA benefits cannot be used at multiple institutions without declaration of a primary school and subsequent secondary school.

    If FIU is your primary school, please fill out a Dual-enrollment Request form.

    If FIU is your subsequent secondary school, please submit a guest letter to veterans@fiu.edu.

    For more information regarding using benefits at FIU and another institution, please contact veterans@fiu.edu

  • Submitting Enrollments to the VA (VA 22-1999)

    FIU will submit all enrollments to the VA electronically. Once your enrollment has been submitted to the VA, you will receive an automated email from the VA notifying you that the enrollment has been received.

  • Course Drops/Withdrawals

    Any course submitted to the VA that is dropped or withdrawn from, an updated 22-1999 enrollment verification will be sent to the VA by the school VA Certifying Official within 30 days of the change of enrollment. A reduction or termination of enrolled credit hours could result in a VA debt. For more information regarding GI Bill® debts, to include ways to prevent a debt from occurring, please click here.

  • Mitigating Circumstances

    Mitigating circumstances are circumstances beyond the student's control that prevent the student from continuing in school or that cause the student to reduce credits. The VA requires schools to document potential mitigating circumstances. Any withdrawal with a mitigating circumstance selected will require additional documentation of the mitigating circumstance to be submitted to FIU prior to the mitigating circumstance being reported. For more information on mitigating circumstances, please click here.

    If you believe your case qualifies as a mitigating circumstance please send an application here.

  • Graduation Recognition Ceremony

    FIU VMA Hosts a Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony every semester to honor our graduates. During the ceremony we give out stoles and cords to all graduating veterans and dependents. We also highlight graduating veterans by recognizing them with awards and possible scholarships.

    If you would like to find out more information please contact veterans@fiu.edu.

  • Course Extensions

    Please note that if you are granted a course extension from your professor, you will not receive VA benefits during the extension period. The VA will automatically discontinue benefits on the day after your original term ending date. Benefits will not start until a new course has been enrolled and the verification has been sent to the VA. Submission of a course extension for VA benefits will likely result in an over-payment to the student and will require future repayment.

  • Academic Probation /Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

    VA requires institutions to report veteran students who are not meeting an institution’s academic standards. When FIU is made aware of a VA Student no longer meeting academic standards, a notification will be electronically submitted to the VA on the student’s VA record.

  • Excessive Credits

    Students who are using VA benefits for courses may not register for courses that are not applicable to the current program of study. Any courses that are deemed not applicable to the current degree program will be considered excessive credits and an enrollment for the courses will not be submitted. The student will not be dropped automatically and any fees incurred would be the responsibility of the student.

  • Prior Credits

    The VA requires that all prior credit must be evaluated by FIU prior to a student’s initial enrollment. Students must identify any prior credit that has been earned. Additionally, a Joint Services Transcript or any College transcripts should be sent to FIU for all students. Students who are currently having prior credits evaluated are strongly encouraged to register only for courses in which they know they will not receive prior credit. If prior credit is later given for a course a student is currently taking, FIU must terminate the enrollment, as this would constitute excessive credits. Terminations of enrollment will likely result in a reduction in BAH and/or books and supplies payment for the course/term a prior credit was awarded.

  • DOD MOU

    In order to see our DOD MOU, you can visit:https://www.dodmou.com/Home/InstitutionList

    1. Enter Our School Name/OPE ID: Florida International University - or- 00963500

    2. Select the Date requested

  • Remote Class Modalities and Benefits

    Therefore, in accordance with Federal VA guidelines and the information provided by FIU, the VMA will be certifying courses in the following manner:

     

      • In Person and Hybrid courses will be reported as previously authorized by the VA.
      • Approved Synchronous Remote will be reported as in person to the VA. These are courses converted to an online modality solely due to COVID-19.
      • Fully Online will continue to be reported as distance as per federal guidelines. Online courses that are intended to be online WILL NOT be certified as in-person but rather distance learning in which you will be paid at half of the national average.

     

    Below are the updates we received previously from the VA regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic that will be used to address the upcoming term:

     1. IHL SCO education enrollments – S.3503 Enacted: What impact does the enactment of this Senate Bill have on Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)?

    Based on recently passed legislation (Senate Bill 3503, signed into law March 21, 2020), an IHL which converts an approved residence training modality course to an online training modality for that course (distance learning), should not submit changes when the conversion is the only factor. The law only authorizes this special authority from March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020.

    • Educational institutions which convert modalities as described above do not need to submit enrollment adjustments for the current term.
    • Only converted courses – SCOs cannot certify resident credit hours to VA for online courses when there is no approval for a resident training counterpart.
    • The new law applies equally to current and new students enrolled in the converted courses.
    • In order to avoid confusion and the need to make multiple changes to enrollments, VA is asking all schools to temporarily refrain from making any future enrollment certifications (not already submitted in VA ONCE) if training has changed due to COVID-19. VA will provide further guidance as soon as possible.

     2. Post 9/11 GI Bill Beneficiary – Monthly Housing Payments: What happens when a modality changes for enrollment terms due to COVID-19?

    Based on the new law, Post 9/11 GI Bill students who pursue resident courses converted to an online modality solely due to COVID-19 will continue to receive the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) rate for resident training. The law only authorizes this special authority from March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020.

    • Note: other types of changes to the student’s enrollment status may affect payments. Non COVID-19 related changes must still be reported per normal requirements.

     3. Educational Institutions – Post 9/11 GI Bill Tuition and Fee Payments: Will there be any impact on tuition and fee payments when only the modality changes within a term due to COVID-19?

    Tuition and Fees reporting requirements will not change due to COVID-19 national emergency, nor will VA’s rules for benefit payments.

      • Note: All standard adjustments and amendments still apply to non-COVID-19 circumstances. 

     4. VA education students – Remedial/Deficiency class: Will VA education students be allowed to continue or start remedial/deficiency level courses at Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) who convert to an online modality due to COVID-19?  

    Based on the new law, an approved educational institution which converts an approved resident Remedial/Deficiency course to an online training modality for that course (distance learning), may continue to certify those credit hours to the VA as resident credit hours during the authorized timeframe: March 1, 2020, to December 21, 2020. 

  • Waiver of Transcript fee for active military, veterans, and dependents
    In accordance with F.S. 1009.26 (17a), FIU students who are active-duty military, honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces, or spouse and/or dependents are eligible for a transcript fee waiver
    • The waiver will cover the $10 transcript cost
    • Additional services such as tracking and express mail are NOT covered by the waiver
    • To use any tracking or express service, the student must provide the appropriate pre-paid envelope or paperwork to the Office of the Registrar in advance of sending the transcript(s)


    You must be confirmed as a student, dependent and/or spouse who meets the criteria above by the FIU Veteran and Military Affairs Office (VMA).

    • If you meet the criteria above and have already provided documentation to the FIU VMA Office, please email the completed VMA Transcript Request Form to transcripts@fiu.edu to request your official transcripts
    • If you have not been verified by the FIU VMA office, please complete the electronic VMA Student Intake Form, located on the FIU VMA website, prior to requesting your transcripts
    • Should you have any questions or need additional information, please email transcripts@fiu.edu.

    For more information on the process and policy, click here


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