VA Application & Certification

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Benefit Comparison & Program Eligibility

To determine which VA education benefit program best fits you or your dependent′s needs, visit the VA′s Comparison Tool/Payment Rates webpage to compare the programs for which you may be eligible.

Applying for VA Education Benefits

Once you have decided on the education benefit for which you want to apply, you may complete the Veterans On Line Application (VONAPP) by creating a new account and logging in. Be sure to select the appropriate application from the drop-down menu and complete. [Veterans complete 22-1990. Chapter 33 dependents complete 22-1990E. Chapter 35 (DEA) dependents complete 22-5490.]

If you are unable to complete an online application, call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to have a form mailed to you.

Certificate of Eligibility

Your VA Regional Office will process your application and determine your eligibility. Following their review, you should receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. Please forward the certificate to Financial Aid by fax (901-843-3435), email (finaid@rhodes.edu) or mail (Rhodes College, Financial Aid, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38112).

Enrollment Certification

The Office of Financial Aid must certify enrollment each semester and verify continuing attendance, satisfactory academic progress and major declarations throughout the year. Enrollment certifications are completed following the extended drop period and can take up to six weeks to be processed by VA before benefits are received.

Note: Chapter 1606 Selected Reserve participants are required to self-certify their enrollment monthly through the WAVE website or by phone at 1-877-823-2378.

Student Responsibilities

To continue receiving veterans′ education benefits, the VA requires students to attend class regularly, make satisfactory academic progress and adhere to a specific degree program. Changes in major and courseload (adds, drops, withdrawal and section changes) should be reported immediately to Financial Aid (finaid@rhodes.edu or 901-843-3810).