Quick tips for student veterans
We’re in the last days of summer, which means a new semester is coming up for folks using VA education benefits (http://gibill.va.gov/). And for some, it might be the first time attending school using the GI Bill. So here are a few tips that will help you spend more time thinking about homework and exams and less time thinking about paperwork:
Before you start class, make sure to certify your enrollment with the certifying official on campus. They’re usually found within financial aid, but they may be elsewhere. Double check to make sure your paperwork is in order.
If you’re using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may be eligible for a book stipend. To make sure your money stretches far, consider renting your textbooks from the campus bookstore or online retailers instead of buying them.
Make sure to notify your certifying official of any changes to your schedule once you certify. Any modifications can change your tuition or housing payments, so make sure you fill them in as soon as possible.
Ask around for a Veterans group on campus. Student Veteran groups have pushed for more resources and assistance at hundreds of campuses across the country. If there isn’t a group at your school, consider starting one (http://www.studentveterans.org/).
Track news, announcements, helpful information on VA’s GI Bill page (http://gibill.va.gov/). You can also follow our GI Bill Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/gibillEducation) and the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/vavetbenefits).
Remember to stop, take a breath, and enjoy your time in college.