First-time student's guide to GI Bill® and VA education benefits
You must request the usage of your benefits every semester and be admitted to a degree program at UAF.
To begin your benefits, you must first complete the application for the VA educational benefit you are requesting. This application can take 30-90 days for the VA to process. If you are an active service member interested in transferring benefits to a dependent, please go to milConnect and choose “Transfer my education benefits.”
Only the classes that are required for your degree program can be certified for VA benefits. You should work with an academic advisor and refer to Degree Works to confirm that classes are required for your program.
The Department of Military and Veteran Services (DMVS) will need a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or a Statement of Benefits from the VA eBenefits website no later than your first day of class to guarantee certification by the add/drop date.
Complete the Certification Request Form (CRF) (Docusign version or PDF version) and return it to the DMVS. The School Certifying Official processes requests within 7-10 business days after they are turned into the DMVS, in the order they were received. The CRF can be turned in as soon as you register for classes but must be turned in by the first day of class to guarantee processing by the add/drop date. The DMVS will send an email to your alaska.edu email if a class cannot be certified for any reason. The VA will send you a confirmation email when they receive our certification.
As long as we have a Certificate of Eligibility or a Statement of Benefits on file,
you will receive a deferred payment until the VA pays. However, you must submit your
Certification Request Form in order to receive the deferment until the VA pays and
all of your classes must be eligible for certification . If you are a chapter 30,
35 and 1606 student, you are responsible for ensuring your bill is paid or arrangements
are made with the business office by normal fee-payment deadlines.
This form needs to be turned in each semester to let the university know you plan to use your VA educational benefits for the upcoming semester.
If you add or drop a class, fill out a Certification Adjustment Form (CAF) (Docusign version or PDF version) so the DMVS can adjust your certification before overpayments or debts occur. This includes adding classes, dropping classes, swapping classes, wait-listed classes and total withdraws. Changing from an eligible class to an ineligible class could result in an overpayment, and you will be responsible for any ineligible classes. You will receive a confirmation email from the VA when this adjustment is submitted by UAF. Requests are processed within 7-10 business days.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.