Frequently Asked Questions

Education Benefits

We understand that navigating the use of GI Bill® Education Benefits and Department of Defense Tuition Assistance can be challenging. Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions to assist you, but if you find that your question is not answered below, please contact the Veterans Office or School Certifying Official.
 

Military Education Benefits FAQ Sections

General Benefit Inquiries
VA Certification Process
Primary/Secondary Certification Process
Book Stipends and Vouchers
Housing Allowance
Enrollment and Eligibility Changes
Study Abroad
Tuition Assistance
Billing and Finances
Debt Management

General Benefit Inquires                                    

Will my tuition be covered with VA Education Benefits?

There are a number of factors that determine how much the VA will send in education benefits:

►Each student is eligible for different benefits
►The level of benefits vary based on military service
►The academic program's tuition rate

►A student's enrollment status (e.g. part-time or full-time)
 

If you would like to receive an estimate of how much the VA will send in benefits, please email the Veterans Office and provide the benefit type you are eligible to receive (if Post-9/11 please provide the percentage of eligibility), how many months of eligibility you have remaining, whether you are on active duty or the spouse of someone on active duty, your GUID if you are current student or your program of interest if you are prospective student, and if known how many credits you plan to take each semester. 

How do I know what benefits I am eligible to receive and/or 
how much eligibility do I have remaining?

The Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility based on your military records or the records of the service member who transferred benefits to you. Since our office does not have access to this information, you will need to contact the VA directly by either calling 1-888-GI-BILL-1 or using the Submit-a-Question feature on the VA’s website

If you have used VA education benefits, you can access your benefit level and remaining eligibility by logging into the eBenefits Portal

How long does it take to get a Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA?

Once the VA receives a vets.gov education benefits application or request for an updated Certificate of Eligibility letter, it can take the VA 4-6 weeks to process the paperwork and send a Certificate of Eligibility letter. We understand that the timing of accessing a letter may conflict when certifications are submitted to the VA for the semster. To assist with the process, a student can be certified their first semester without a Certificate of Eligibility letter on file, but subsequent semesters will require a letter to be on file to be certified. Once you receive a Certificate of Eligibility letter, you can submit a copy of the letter to the Veterans Office via email, fax, mail, or schedule an appointment. 

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

Georgetown University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, enhancing financial access for student veterans.  This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the in-state tuition and fees of public institutions or the amount payable to private institutions in an academic year. Each year, institutions can enter into an agreement or adjust an agreement to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Therefore, the rates and maximums for the Yellow Ribbon Program can change from year-to-year.

The Yellow Ribbon Program is structured to take effect once an eligible participant has met the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year. Once the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum has been met, depending on the academic school the participant is enrolled in, the school will contribute Yellow Ribbon Program funding and is also matched by the VA up to the dollar amount specified by the academic program. Academic schools that have a limit to the number of students who can participate in the program are accepted into the Yellow Ribbon Program on a first-come-first serve basis.

The VA regulates that Yellow Ribbon Program participants must be 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits, not on active duty or receiving transferred benefits from a spouse on active duty, enrolled in a degree-seeking program, and will accrue a total of tuition and fees amount that is more than the Post-9/11 private tuition maximum for an academic year. An academic year starts on August 1 and ends July 31. 

Some programs at Georgetown have a participant cap. In these cases, students must request to participate in the YRP in writing to the Veterans Office and provide a Certificate of Eligibility Letter that reflects he/she is 100% and not on active duty. Participants in capped programs will be accepted on a first-come-first serve basis. Once a student has been enrolled in Yellow Ribbon Program they are automatically enrolled in subsequent academic years.

Learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program at Georgetown, access the Request Forms for schools with participant caps, and the dollar maximums each academic school will provide. 

What is full-time enrollment at Georgetown University?

For the standard Fall or Spring semester, the Office of the University Registrar determines that full-time enrollment is 12 or more credits are required for undergraduates and 9 or more credits for graduate students. For the full Summer semester, 12 or more credits are required for undergraduate students and 6 or more credits are required for graduate students to be considered full-time. Exceptions regarding full-time status due to Thesis Research and Continuous Registration can be found in the Graduate School Bulletin

If your enrollment is more than 51% part-time, but less than full-time, then the VA will use a sliding scale to determine your rate of pursuit. The rate of pursuit is the number of credits taken over a span of time. For example, a graduate student who is enrolled in 6 credits for the full Fall semester would have the rate of pursuit of 70%.     

What is the Georgetown University Student Health Insurance Premier Plan? 

Georgetown University requires students to have some form of health insurance while attending as a student and therefore, students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance and a fee is applied to their student account. Since this is a required fee, it is a fee that we can report to the VA and students will have the opportunity to indicate on the Benefits Request Form your intent to either keep or waive the Student Health Insurance. If you indicate on the Benefits Request Form that you will not be keeping the Student Health Insurance, the VA will not be billed for the fee.

If you were charged the Student Health Insurance and you would like to waive the Georgetown Health Insurance, you need to follow the appropriate steps listed with the Office of Student Health Insurance. If a student waives the insurance after the deadline, the student will be charged a $100 late fee that will be the student's responsibility to pay. Questions about the Premier Plan Student Health Insurance should be directed to the Office of Student Health Insurance.

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VA Certification Process

How do I access my benefits at Georgetown?

You are required to take a few steps to access VA education benefits. For detailed information about the certification process, please go to our Using Military Education Benefits section of our website

Please note that if you are enrolled at the Center for Continuing and Professional Education certificate programs, the School of Medicine, or the Law Center, please contact the designated School Certifying Official to get more information about the certification process at that location.

I am transferring to Georgetown or I completed A degree at another school—what do I need to do?

If you used VA education benefits at another institution and you are enrolling in a program on the Main Campus or School of Continuing Studies, you will need to complete a Change of Program (VA FORM 22-1995) form using the vets.gov application to indicate Georgetown University as their new institution. The VA will process the letter and send you a new Certificate of Eligibility letter, which we ask you to provide to our office via email, phone, fax, or schedule an appointment. The remaining steps of the certification process are the same as new students using VA education benefits. For more information about the certification process, please go to our Using Military Education Benefits section of our website

Please note that if you are enrolled at the Center for Continuing and Professional Education certificate programs, the School of Medicine, or the Law Center, please contact the designated School Certifying Official to get more information about the certification process at that location.

How often do I apply to use benefits?

You need to apply for benefits from the VA using vets.gov application at least once. If you wish to be certified for benefits while enrolled in a program on the Main Campus or the School of Continuing Studies, you must submit a Benefit Request Form each semester you register for classes, wish to use VA education benefits, and have available eligibility for benefits. 

You can opt to not request to be certified during specific semesters on their program by not completing the Benefits Request Form. For example, a student can request benefits in the Fall semesters only because he/she will meet with private school tuition cap for the academic year in the Fall semester or a student will receive scholarships for certain semesters and may want to reserve VA education benefits for another semester.

Please note that if you are enrolled at the Center for Continuing and Professional Education certificate programs, the School of Medicine, or the Law Center, please contact the designated School Certifying Official to get more information about the certification process at that location. 

I am getting an access denied error with the Benefit Request Form (BRF)—
how do I get access?

The BRF and Yellow Ribbon Program Request Form are limited to Georgetown University email accounts only, so if you are logged into another email account while accessing these forms, you will need to logout of the other email, log into their Georgetown email account and access the forms.

Learn more if you are unsure of your NetID and password or have questions about how to access Georgetown University email account. If you are in need of additional support, please contact University Information Services by emailing help@georgetown.edu or calling (202) 687-4949. 

I received an email from the VA indicating that I was certified for a portion of classes, but not all—
when will my other class(es) be submitted to the VA?

Certifications are submitted based on course term dates and to avoid errors in a certification due to course registration changes, a certification is submitted to the VA closer to start date of the course. If you are enrolled in a module course that begins later in the semester, a certification will be submitted to the VA closer to start date of the module term.

Due to Georgetown University’s certification process, once you complete a Benefit Request Form for the semester, if you are receiving benefits where the VA will send tuition payments directly to the school, a memo will be placed on your account to reflect the anticipated payment that will be sent for the module course. Learn more about the certification process for the Main Campus and the School of Continuing Studies.  

Why was my certification submitted with $0 tuition?

Students who certified for Post-9/11 benefits can have a certification submitted to reflect course dates and number credits before or during the add/drop period so that the VA can issue the book stipend and housing allowance in a timely fashion. Since tuition and fees can change during the add/drop period, $0 is listed in the initial certification to avoid erroneous payments from the VA for tuition. After the add/drop period concludes, the School Certifying Official will submit an adjusted certification to indicate the accurate tuition amount so that tuition benefits can be sent to the school. Once a certification requests tuition it can take 2-4 weeks for the VA to process and send payment directly to the school. As a part of the BRF processing, the Office of Third Party Billing generates a memo to reflect the expected payment from the VA to protect a student from late fees while we wait for the VA to send payment.

Another reason why tuition and fees would be listed as $0 for students receiving Post-9/11 or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits is in the event a student is receiving a tuition-specific scholarship that covers tuition and fees in full for the term. The School Certifying Official will have to report the net tuition cost of after the tuition is taken into account. This policy is in accordance to a VA regulation where the VA deems themselves as the last payer for tuition-specific funding.

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Primary/Secondary Certification Process

Do I need to be enrolled in a degree seeking program to use my VA educational benefits at Georgetown?

To be eligible for benefits, you must be enrolled in courses that are pursuant to an outcome (e.g. Certificate, Degree). Some programs at Georgetown University will offer students a conditional or probationary admission offer, which requires student to complete coursework with passing grades before being admitted to the degree program. Since the courses will count toward the intended degree program, you can receive benefits for those courses.

The VA will NOT pay for courses if a student is not intending to enroll in a degree program or if the courses do not apply to a degree program at another school. 

Can I use benefits to pay for courses at Georgetown that fulfill degree requirements at another school?

Yes, as long as those courses count towards the degree requirements at your primary school. The School Certifying Official at your home institution must provide a primary school letter that indicates what courses can be applied to your degree. The letter must be sent to the School Certifying Official in the Georgetown University Veterans Office. More information about the primary/secondary certification process can be found here.

Can I use my benefits to take courses at another school to fulfill degree requirements for my Georgetown Degree?

If you are interested in taking a course at another institution that is countable toward your degree, you must first get the approval of your program or dean’s office. If it has been approved by your program or dean, inform the Georgetown Veterans Office of your intent to enroll at a second school. The School Certifying Official will provide a “Primary School Letter” that you will need to submit to School Certifying Official at the other institution.

If you are taking a course at one of the schools within the Washington DC Consortium, provide the course enrollment dates to the Georgetown School Certifying Official and have your program coordinator or dean email the School Certifying Official to confirm that the course(s) apply to your degree at Georgetown. More information about the primary/secondary certification process can be found here.

Are there any other options to use benefits if I am not interested in pursuing a degree?

You may want to consider a certification program offered by the Center for Continuing and Professional Education. Please contact them directly for VA approved programs and how to use VA education benefits.

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Book Stipends and Vouchers

When do I get the Book Stipend?

If you are eligible for Post-9/11 education benefits, the VA will send the book stipend directly to the bank account you provided the VA when you applied for benefits. It can take approximately about 2-6 weeks from the date the initial certification was submitted by the school for payment to be released to you. The VA will continue to pay the book stipend at a per credit hour rate each term you are certified until your eligible maximum has been met for the academic year.

How much student eligible for Post-9/11 benefits receives in book stipend depends on the student’s percentage of eligibility. Students who are 100% for Post-9/11 benefits can receive up to $1,000 for the year. If a student is less than 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits, the student is eligible for a percentage of $1,000 for the year (e.g. a student who is 80% eligible can receive up to $800 in book stipends for the academic year.)

Students receiving benefits for Chapters 30, 35, and 1606 are not eligible for the Book Stipend. Students receiving Vocational Rehabilitation benefits are eligible to receive a Book Voucher. For more information about how to access a voucher, please see the FAQ listed below. 

If you have questions about a book stipend you received from the VA, you will need to contact the VA directly by either calling 1-888-GI-BILL-1 or using the Submit-a-Question feature. The VA will not release payment information that the VA sends directly to a student. 

Why is my book stipend less than expected?

The VA sends the book stipend at a per credit hour rate until the maximum has been met for the academic year. For example, if a student is 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits and enrolls in 6 credits for a term, the VA will send $41.67 per credit hour for a book stipend approximately $250 for the term. In another example, if a student is 80% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits and enrolls in 6 credits, the VA will send $33.37 per credit hour for a book stipend approximately $200 for the term.  

In the event that you enrolled in terms earlier in the academic year and your current enrollment brings you to the book stipend maximum, the VA will send the amount that does not exceed the maximum. For example if a student is 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits and enrolled in 15 credits in the Fall term and received $625 in a book stipend and later enrolls in 12 credits in the Spring term, the student will receive $375 in books for a total of $1,000 for the academic year. 

I am receiving Post-9/11 benefits—do I have to pay for books at the
Georgetown University Bookstore?

If you are receiving a book stipend for Post-9/11 benefits, the stipend is sent directly to the bank account the student provided the VA when you completed the vets.gov education benefits application (or formally the VONAPP application). The VA does not regulate where the book stipend must be used. 

I am eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation benefits—
how do I get my book voucher?

Once you have submitted the semester's Benefit Request Form and your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor provides our School Certifying Official a completed VA FORM 28-1905 form for the semester, the Office of Third Party Billing will be able to review your eligibility for the term. You can coordinate with the Office of Third Party Billing to have book voucher provided to the Georgetown University Bookstore to purchase your required course books. 

School of Medicine and Law Center students using Vocational Rehabilitation, please contact your School Certifying Official for more information on how to obtain a book voucher.

The campus bookstore does not have the required books in stock—
can I Use the book Voucher elsewhere?

The Vocational Rehabilitation Book Voucher can only be used at the Georgetown University Bookstore. If you are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation benefits and your required books are not in stock at the Georgetown University Bookstore, you have the option to purchase the books elsewhere and provide the receipts directly to your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. You would not use the book voucher in this process. 

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Housing allowance

What is the Post-9/11 Monthly Housing Allowance?

If you are not on active duty or the spouse of someone on active duty and enrolled in classes more than half time in a term, then you should be eligible for the Post-9/11 Housing Allowance. If you are receiving transferred benefits from a parent/legal guardian and enrolled in classes more than half time for a term, there is no impact as to whether the service member is on active duty or not to receive the Post-9/11 Housing Allowance.

If you are eligible for the housing allowance and enrolled in courses 51% part-time or more, the VA bases the housing allowance on where the classes are taken:

►If you are taking courses in-residence, the allowance is based on the Basic Allowance Housing calculator for an E-5 with dependents located in the zip code of the school.
►If you are taking exclusively online courses, the allowance is based on a national average the VA determines.
►If you are taking a combination of in-residence and online courses, then as long as you are enrolled in at least one credit in-residence, the VA will issue the housing allowance as though you were taking all in-residence courses.

When should I expect to receive my Post-9/11 Housing Allowance?

The VA sends the housing allowance at the beginning of the month for the previous month’s enrollment. For example, if you are eligible for the housing allowance and enrolled in classes in the month of September, the housing allowance will be sent to the bank account the VA has on file for you during the first week of October.

As a reminder, the VA will only send payment for the dates you enrolled in classes, so if classes begin or end in the middle of the month, the VA will send a prorated monthly payment.

Why is my Post-9/11 Housing Allowance less than expected?

There are a number of factors that the VA reviews when determining how much a student is eligible to receive for the monthly housing allowance. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

►The VA will only pay benefits for the dates a student is enrolled in classes and will not pay for breaks between modules,  breaks between semesters, or if courses begin or end part way through the month. The VA will prorate by day for the dates you are enrolled in classes. 
►The military status (e.g. active duty or veteran), percentage of eligibility, and rate of pursuit are factors to determine how much of the housing allowance is sent each month during enrollment. If a student is less than full time, the VA will look at the number of credits over a span of time to determine the rate of pursuit. If a student is enrolled in classes less than half time, then the student is not eligible to receive a housing allowance.  
►For students enrolled in a module course (e.g. 8 weeks in length), the VA will review the rate of pursuit by correlating the number of credits you are taking (including an overlapping term) with the number of weeks of the term to determine how much of the housing allowance is issued during your enrollment. 
►For students who are less than 100% eligible for Post-9/11 benefits and eligible for the housing allowance, the VA will factor the percentage of eligibility in addition to the rate of pursuit. 

I am taking both online classes and in-residence classes—
what type of housing allowance will the VA send?

As long as a student is taking one credit in-residence in a term, the VA will send an in-residence housing allowance based on the student's percentage of eligibility and rate of pursuit, even if the other credits in the term are online credits.  

I am taking a course that is online but has a residency that is on site—
is that considered in-residence for the housing allowance?

The answer varies from program to program since it is dependent on the structure of the course and what is reported to the Office of the University Registrar. To clarify how a residency will be certified, please contact the School Certifying Official

I have met the tuition and book caps for the academic year—
can I still get a housing allowance? 

As long as a student has months of Post-9/11 eligibility remaining, is not on active duty or using transferred benefits from a spouse on active duty, and is enrolled in courses more than half-time, then the student would be able to use eligibility to receive only the monthly housing allowance.  

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Enrollment and Eligibility Changes

I have added or dropped a class—What do I do?

Once you have added or dropped a course in My Access or with your academic advisor, log into the appropriate semester’s BRF to edit the numbers of credits you are requesting to be certified. 

Depending on when the credit adjustment takes place will determine the additional steps you will need to take:

►If you adjust your credits prior to the start of the semester and before certifications have been submitted to the VA, other than editing the BRF, no further action is needed.  

►If you adjust your credits during the add/drop period, then you will need to edit the BRF and email the School Certifying Official

►If you adjust your credits after the add/drop period, you will need to edit the BRF and email the School Certifying Official regarding the change in credits and if you decreased in credits, provide a reason for the withdrawal. Learn more about the six credit exclusion and mitigating circumstances for students receiving Post-9/11 benefits. If the VA issues you a debt letter for any overpayments, provide a copy of the letter to the School Certifying Official to begin the Debt Management process. 

►If you changed classes after tuition was reported to the VA and you are receiving Post-9/11 benefits, but the credit amount is the same, review your student account in My Access to verify if your tuition and fees adjusted. If there was no financial adjustment to the course change, there is no further action needed, but if there was an adjustment, contact the School Certifying Official so an updated certification can be submitted to the VA to reflect the change. If tuition increased, then the VA will send a separate payment (if eligible) to pay the new amount, but if the tuition decreased, the VA will issue a debt letter in accordance to the Debt Management process. 

My VA education benefits changed –what do I need to do?

In the event that your VA education benefits changes such as an increase of percentage for Post-9/11 benefits, become eligible for a new benefit, or you or your spouse separated from active duty, you will need to provide the School Certifying Official a new proof of benefits. 

You can request a new Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA using the Submit-a-Question feature. Another form of proof is to provide a screenshot of your eBenefits Portal

If you or your spouse separated from the military, you can either provide the School Certifying Official an updated Certificate of Eligibility letter or provide a DD-214 (please black out any sensitive information such as a Social Security Number or classified information). 

If you become eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will need to provide a VA FORM 28-1905 to the School Certifying Official

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Study Abroad

Will the VA pay for Study Abroad?

The VA will only pay for tuition associated with Study Abroad semesters that are required for the program. The VA will not pay for travel and lodging fees that are associated with the Study Abroad costs. Students are welcome to use their Housing Allowance to pay towards these fees.

If you are an undergraduate student enrolled in a program that requires you to study abroad and you request to be certified for the term, you will need to have your Global Education Advisor send a letter to the School Certifying Official that provides your name, GUID, where you are studying, number of credits of enrollment, and tuition and fees for the term. In addition, you will need to complete the semester’s BRF

If you are a graduate student enrolled in a program that requires you to study abroad, then there is no other action needed other than completing the semester’s BRF

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Tuition Assistance

How do I get my Tuition Assistance (TA) processed?

TA is authorized for active duty and reservists by a branch of service. Each service has its own portal for the student to apply for TA and receive a TA Authorization form.

Please notice a new change in procedure for students using Federal Tuition Assistance. Students using Department of Defense education benefits must complete the Tuition Assistance Request Form and submit a copy of their Tuition Assistance Authorization/Approval to militarybenefits@georgetown.edu. As a reminder, you must be logged out of any other gmail account and logged into your Georgetown email account to access the form.

Once a student has acquired their authorization form, email the School Certifying Official a copy of the Authorization Form. The School Certifying Official will work with the Office of Third Party Billing to process the authorization form to send an invoice to the branch of service so payment can be sent directly to the school. To learn about TA and accessing your Authorization Form, please select the link appropriate to the branch of service:

U.S. Army 
U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Air Force

 

Can I use TA with GI Bill benefits?

Students using Post-9/11 benefits and TA can both be used for the same term, but the School Certifying Official will have to report the net tuition cost of what is expected to be sent in TA. This policy is in accordance to a VA regulation where the VA deems themselves as the last payer for tuition-specific funding. For example, if your tuition is $10,000 and you are expected to receive $2,500 in TA, Georgetown will report the tuition to the VA for Post-9/11 GI Bill® as $7,500.

Students using chapters 30, 1606, or 1607 cannot use both VA benefits and TA for the same courses. For example, if you are enrolled in 3 courses and you use TA for all 3 courses, then you cannot be certified for VA benefits, but if you are enrolled in 3 courses and use TA for 2 courses, then you can receive VA benefits for the remaining course. 

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Billing and Finances

I plan on receiving VA education benefits and received a bill from the Office of Billing and Payment Services—what do I do?

All VA education beneficiaries need to submit the semester’s Benefit Request Form and submit a Proof of Benefits. Learn more about the Requesting Benefits. 

If you are receiving Post-9/11 or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits and the necessary paperwork is on file, the Office of Third Party Billing will generate a memo to indicate the expected payment from the VA for the term. This memo will serve as a place holder until the payment is received. If the memo expected matches your account balance, then there are no further steps you need to take as we wait for payment. In the event that the VA’s expected payment does not pay for your all of your account balance (e.g. you are expected to meet you yearly maximum of tuition benefits, you are less than 100% eligible for benefits, you have assessed fees the VA will not fund, or have room and board fees) then you are required to pay your contribution by the due date listed on your account or set up a University payment plan. If you do not pay your out of pocket expense by the date listed on your account or set up a payment plan, then you are responsible for paying any late fees and finance charges that accrue on your account per the Office of Billing and Payment Services’ policies

If you are receiving Chapter 30, 35, 1606, or 1607 benefits and the necessary paperwork is on file, then you will need to pay your account balance by the due date listed on your bill or set up a payment plan. Since these chapter benefits have the monthly payments sent directly to the student, it is the student’s responsibility to pay the institution per the Office of Billing and Payment Services’ policies.  

What is my out-of-pocket-expense?

If you are unable to determine the out of pocket expense once a memo has been placed on your student account (if using Post-9/11 or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits), please contact the Veterans Office to speak with the Veterans Office Director or the School Certifying Official. You can also contact the Office of Third Party Billing in the event that the Veterans Office is unavailable. When you contact a member of the Certification Team, please provide your GUID (Student ID that begins with 8) and we will be able to review your account and Certificate of Eligibility letter to determine an out of pocket expense. 

I do not see a memo on my student account—who do I contact?

Before you contact anyone, please be sure that you have completed the semester’s Benefit Request Form. This form is needed to be on file for the Office of Third Party Billing to generate a memo on your account. 

If you completed the Benefits Request Form and you are receiving Post-9/11 benefits and it has been a couple of weeks since you submitted the form, you can contact the Office of Third Party Billing to get an update regarding the memo. Please note that the memo process is a manual process that is not limited to VA education benefits and therefore can take a couple of weeks to post to an account. 

If you are receiving Chapter 30, 35, 1606, or 1607 benefits and you complete the Benefit Request Form, then the benefits are being sent directly to you monthly and therefore a memo will not be generated on your account. 

I am receiving Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 benefits—
why did  I not receive the monthly payment?

Please be sure that you have completed the semester’s Benefit Request Form. If you have completed the Benefits Request Form for the semester, you will need to verify your enrollment in the VA's WAVE system each month during your term's enrollment. When the VA has a certification on file and you have verified enrollment for the month, the VA will be able to issue the monthly payment. 

Please note that submitting information in the WAVE system is for Chapters 30, 1606, and 1607 recipients only. 

My eligibility is expected to change to change mid-semester—how will this impact the Student Account memo and payment?

Depending on the type of benefit eligibility change (e.g. increase of percentage, separation from active duty, or change in benefit chapters) will determine how the VA will adjust the payments. In most cases, the VA will prorate the payments to reflect the exact date in change for any eligible monthly housing allowances and effective the next term certified with the new eligibility for tuition benefits. Please contact the the School Certifying Official to determine if a change in eligibility mid-semester will impact your student account. 

Are there additional scholarships available?

Georgetown University offers a number of scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about institutional aid, please go to the Office of Student Financial Services. To be considered for an institutional scholarship, please be sure to complete the FAFSA and necessary procedures listed on the Office of Student Financial Services’ website

Some graduate academic programs offer merit scholarships to their students. Please contact your academic program directly to determine if there are scholarships available and how to apply.

The Veterans Office website has a list of military specific scholarships that offered specifically to Georgetown University students and national scholarships that are available to any eligible student. Please note that many of these scholarship windows are open between January and March, but due dates can be found with each organization. 

Do VA education benefits impact my Financial Aid package?

Receiving VA education benefits does not impact federal aid (e.g. federal grants and loans), but institutional aid may be impacted. Please contact your Financial Services Counselor to determine how your benefits could impact your financial aid package. 

I am receiving a scholarship—will that impact my benefits?

If you are using Post-9/11 GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits and have a tuition-specific scholarship, then yes, there will be impacts to what is reported to the VA. The School Certifying Official will have to report the net tuition cost of after the tuition is taken into account. This policy is in accordance to a VA regulation where the VA deems themselves as the last payer for tuition-specific funding. For example, if your tuition is $10,000 and you receive a $5,000 tuition scholarship, Georgetown will report the tuition to the VA for Post-9/11 GI Bill as $5,000.

If you are using Post-9/11 GI Bill or Vocational Rehabilitation benefits and have a non-tuition specific scholarship (e.g. it can be used towards housing, books, and living expenses) then the School Certifying Official is not required to report the scholarship to the VA.

If you are using Chapter 30, 35, 1606, or 1607 benefits and receiving a scholarship whether tuition-specific or not, then the School Certifying Official is not required to report the scholarships to the VA for recipients of these benefit chapters.

Receiving VA education benefits does not impact federal aid (e.g. federal grants and loans), but institutional aid may be impacted. Please contact your Financial Services Counselor to determine how your benefits could impact your financial aid package. 

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Debt Management

I received a debt letter from the VA--what do I do?

If you received a debt letter from the VA due to drop in credits or withdrawal, please scan and email a copy of the debt letter to the School Certifying Official. The Certification Team will review the debt letter and your student account to determine if the school has been overpaid in tuition. If an overpayment has taken place, our team will assist you returning the overpayment back to the VA. 

If our team determines that a credit is not available on your account due to the Georgetown University withdrawal refund policies, then you will be responsible for repaying the VA per the letter’s instructions. 

If our team determines that debt is for housing or books, you will be responsible for repaying the VA per the letter’s instructions since these payments are sent directly to you.  

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