Veteran Benefits

 Please do this early! 

 

Submitting your paperwork just before the start of the term will result in payment delays. 

 

  1. Apply for your VA Education Benefits, or move them to our school

    • You will receive proof of your eligibility - see the links below
  2. Complete the UCCS registration process

  3. Attend UCCS Orientation, and enroll in classes

  4. Complete New Student Intake (NSI) at the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs (OVMSA)

    • This is where you will turn in your proof of eligibility, first
  5. Submit a Residency Petition for In-State Tuition with the Office of the Registrar

 

Please note that graduate students are not required to attend an orientation. 

Contact the OVMSA for benefits information after you have enrolled in classes.

 

UCCS Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs Front Desk: phone - 719-255-3253, email - military@uccs.edu

 

Applying for your Benefit for the First Time

 

To apply for your benefit

  1. Fill out VA Form 22-1990 through Vets.gov

    • Print the confirmation page for your records! 

    • Your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will be mailed to you in approximately 2 months.  

  2. Bring the COE into our office for your New Student Intake appointment

 

Note for Chapter 33 ONLY:

Chapter 33 Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) Explanation

You may submit paperwork to our office before your COE arrives.

If you do not have a Certificate of Eligibility, from St. Louis, before the start of your first semester, complete and print the following and bring it to the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs (OVMSA) for New Student Intake.

 

  1. Signed Acknowledgment of Tuition Responsibility (available in the OVMSA)

    • the student is responsible for tuition payments until the Certificate of Eligibility arrives, including any late fees that are allowed to accrue.

  2. Copy of your DD-214 Member 4

  3. Proof of VA Form 22-1990 (either the printed confirmation page or a VA email)

  4. Once you receive your NEW Certificate of Eligibility, you must bring it into our office.

 

Note for Chapter 30 ONLY:

  • We must have proof of your eligibility to certify your enrollment

    • The COE, from St. Louis, is preferred

  • This chapter does not pay tuition to the school. 

    • A stipend is paid to the student, who is responsible for making all tuition payments.

 

Residency Information - veterans using CH 30 or CH 33 may be eligible for resident rates under the Choice Act

  • All residency is determined by the Office of the Registrar

    • Veterans who have been discharged from the military for less than 3 years

      • Supporting documentation for Choice Act Residency Determination - supplied to the Admissions Office

        • DD-214 Member 4

        • Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 Certificate of Eligibility

  • Yellow Ribbon applies to Chapter 33, awarded at 100%, only

    • Covers the difference between resident and non-resident tuition

    • Needed if the student does not qualify for resident rates under the Choice Act or any other Colorado Residency Bill

      • The student must make the effort to receive resident rates

    • Contact the OVMSA at military@uccs.edu

 

 

 

Please note that CH 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is NOT an education program

The Purpose of VR&E is to provide guided opportunities for job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and other employment preparation services. 

 

Pursuing your degree at UCCS falls into the job training portion of the program.  Ultimately, your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) must approve any changes to your degree plan, to include declaring a minor. 

 

Only courses that apply to your degree plan can be certified for payment.

 

You must have a disability rating with the VA to apply for Voc Rehab.

 

To apply for Chapter 31 VR&E:

  1. Complete the process to apply for Chapter 33, above.

    • Wait until you can see your education award in eBenefits.

  2. Then, through eBenefits request Vocational Rehabilitation. 

    • Await a letter from the VBA with your appointment date and time.

    • You will meet with your Voc. Rehab Counselor (VRC).

    • VRC will send your new Eligibility Document (VA Form 28-1905).

  3. Come into our office to complete your new student Intake.

    • We cannot certify your enrollment until your Chapter 31 application process is complete and your eligibility document has been sent to our office.

 

 

This benefit cannot be used with Federal TA 

 

To apply for your benefit

  1. Complete the Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) with your unit

  2. Fill out VA Form 22-1990 through Vets.gov

    • Print the confirmation page for your records!  

    • Your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will be mailed to you in approximately 2 months.  

  • Bring the COE into our office for your New Student Intake appointment

    • If you will not have a COE before the start of your first semester, you may bring in your NOBE to your New Student Intake appointment.

    • This chapter does not pay tuition to the school

      • A stipend is paid to the student, who is responsible for making all tuition payments.

 

 

Moving Your Existing Benefit to UCCS from any other school (whether local or out of state)

 

To move your benefit from another school or to change your region:

  • Find your current Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or print off proof of your existing eligibility.  

  • Submit the VA Form 22-1995 through Vets.gov

    • Print the confirmation page for your records, or write down the date and confirmation number!

      • We will require proof you have submitted this form.

  • Your new Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will be mailed to you in approximately 2 months.  

Once you receive your NEW Certificate of Eligibility, you must bring it into our office.

 

Note for Chapter 33 ONLY:

You may submit paperwork to our office before your COE arrives.

If you do not have a Certificate of Eligibility, from St. Louis, before the start of your first semester, complete and print the following and bring it to the Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs (OVMSA) for New Student Intake.

  • Signed Acknowledgment of Tuition Responsibility (available in the OVMSA)

    • the student is responsible for tuition payments until the Certificate of Eligibility arrives, including any late fees that are allowed to accrue.

  • Proof of your existing eligibility

    • Print out from eBenefits or your old COE

  • Proof of VA Form 22-1995 (either the printed confirmation page, VA email, or confirmation number and date)

Once you receive your NEW Certificate of Eligibility, you must bring it into our office.

 

Chapter 33 BAH Explanation

 

Note for Chapter 1606 ONLY:

  • Ensure you contact your eligibility is updated with your new unit, if applicable.

  • If you will not have a COE before the start of your first semester, you may bring in your NOBE to your New Student Intake appointment.

 

 

Please remember that CH 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is NOT an education program

The Purpose of VR&E is to provide guided opportunities for job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and other employment preparation services. 

Pursuing your degree at UCCS falls into the job training portion of the program.  Ultimately, your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) must approve any changes to your degree plan, to include declaring a minor. 

 

Only courses that apply to your degree plan can be certified for payment.

 

You need to work with your Voc Rehab counselor to initiate the change.

  • Your VRC will email your eligibility document (VA Form 28-1905)

  • Come into our office to complete your New Student Intake.

Please Note: We cannot certify your enrollment until we receive the new VA From 28-1905 from your VRC.

 

 

Please remember that all students are ultimately responsible for their tuition. 

Prompt submission of your paperwork will ensure timely payment for your benefits. 

Late fees are not covered by the VA.   

Please contact the Bursar's office for further information.