VETERANS AND DEPENDENTS
At Vantage College, we work to help make your transition into the classroom and into a civilian career simple and easy. Our experienced academic advisors and financial aid officers can answer your questions about using the current GI Bills, transfering credits from previous military training, and helping you get started in one of our programs.
We make it easy for veterans to:
- Use Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits
- Maximize transfer of prior credits
- Receive credit for approved military and corporate training
- Meet with military academic and financial aid advisors
- Receive affordable and flexible career training
VA EDUCATION BENEFITS
APPLYING FOR VA BENEFITS
- First time users of VA benefits: Visit www.gibill.va.gov and apply online. You can also download VA form 22-1990 from that site and mail it to the VA. (Tip: Enter form number 22-1990 in the VA Web site's search box to find it.)
- Previous users VA benefits: You may need to download VA form 22-1995 at www.gibill.va.gov and mail it to the VA. (Tip: Enter form number 22-1995 in the VA Web site's search box to find it.)
- You must send us your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or DD 214 by fax (915-242-0011) or email email@example.com to the attention of Certifying VA Official. Note: A COE is required but, if you are still waiting for your COE from the Veterans Administration, you can submit your unofficial DD 214 just to get started.
- We will email step-by-step enrollment instructions to you approximately 24-48 hours after your COE or DD 214 is received and scanned by our Military Admissions Department.
- To apply for Voc Rehab, fill out form 28-1900 or visit www.gibill.va.gov and apply online using the VONAPP process. To contact the VA in regard to Chapter 31 call toll free 1-800-827-1000, ext 7900.
- Contact your Voc Rehab counselor and you will be provided a completed VA form 28-1905, which is valid for the period designated by the Voc Rehab counselor for Vantage College.
Jerry Martin is the Senior Certifying VA Official for Vantage College; his contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-778-3923.
While we encourage active military and veterans attending Excel to contact us by phone or email with any questions pertaining to the processing of VA educational benefits while attending Vantage, specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA.
Vantage does not determine a veteran's eligibility for benefits. We will assist in the completion of applications and communication of veteran student enrollment to the VA for the purposes of certification and receipt of benefits. For more information regarding inspanidual eligibility for any of the educational benefits listed below, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Processing Center at 1-800-827-1000 or visit the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov
FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A: Each applicant's educational past is compared to the course offerings at Vantage College. If a course we offer corresponds with the training you received, then you will be awarded credit in most cases. Contact your local Vantage Certifying VA Official for more information.
Q: How do I apply to receive education benefits? A: Use the links below to learn about the education benefits you've earned. Start with the first one and move down the list. Each link will open a pop-up window, so when you get finished just close the window and move on to the next one. • VA Education Homepage - Learn everything you need to know about your benefits and how to use them. • VA Education Benefits - Learn more about your education benefits. • VA Education Benefit User Guide - Use this guide to help you navigate the benefit application process and to learn how to use your benefit wisely. Q: Am I eligible to receive the GI Bill? A: To find out if you are eligible for the GI Bill you may call 1-888-GIBILL-1(1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor. Q: I am eligible for the GI Bill. What do I do next? A: If you are eligible for the GI Bill, use VONAPP to file your application for benefits. With VONAPP you can:
• Apply for VA compensation, pension, education, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial benefits.
• Report the status of dependents, file a claim for increase in your service connected disability(ies), a new disability(ies), an ancillary benefit, entitlement to statutory benefits such as special monthly compensation, and entitlement to special monthly pension.
To file for education benefits, veterans, service members, reservists, and spouses/dependents of a "service connected" disabled or deceased veteran may use VONAPP. If the benefit you're applying for isn't listed as an option on the VONAPP form (REAP chapter 1607 for example) check unsure for the benefit type and use the remarks section of the application to indicate which benefit you wish to apply for. Q: I am currently getting funding from the GI Bill. Can I also receive financial aid at the same time? A: You may apply for financial aid while receiving GI BIll benefits. To apply for grants and loans visit the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov Q: I have been attending class for two months, why haven't I received any money? A: If at any time you think you are not receiving the proper amount of money or you find you are not receiving any money at all contact us immediately so that we may research the issue for you. Q: I applied for the GI Bill and have started taking classes. How and when should I expect my first payment? A: Usually the VA pays every month for the previous month attended and usually students choose what type of payment (either check or automatic deposit) they want during the application process. Expect a payment by the middle of the month. Q: Can I apply for the GI Bill as a non-degree seeking student?
A: All persons using the GI Bill educational benefits must be degree/certificate seeking. Vantagehas degree, diploma and certificate programs approved for these benefits, in the areas of Healthcare, Business Management and IT – Information Technology. For questions, email the Military Admissions Office email@example.comQ: I'm still Active Duty but I will be getting out soon. How soon should I start applying for my GI Bill benefits? A: It is okay to apply early however we recommend that you wait to use your benefits until you separate from the military. Q: Is there a certain number of credits that I need to take each term in order to receive my GI Bill benefits? A: There is no minimum requirement for the number of classes you take; however, the amount of funding you receive does depend on how many classes you take. Q: How do I apply to Vantage College? A: The application process is simple and straightforward. For more information about how to use your military education benefits, visit the school Military Education Office, or call / email your Vantage Certifying VA Official: Jerry Martin at 1-800-778-3923 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HELPFUL VETERAN WEBSITES
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance Program
- U.S. Department of Education website dedicated to Veterans and Military Families
- VA Benefits Comparison Tool
- Military.com (check this page for information about benefits offered through your state)
- NASFAA Tip Sheet for Military and Veterans
- My Next Move- for Veterans