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Veterans Benefit Information

The current processing time for veterans education benefits claims, new certifications and changes to current enrollment is now 12 weeks. This is due to the high volume of new Post 9-11 applications. For students wanting to check the status of a claim, the best way to do this is to ask a question via the GI Bill “Ask a Question” tool at: https://gibill.custhelp.com/

Grays Harbor College is approved for the education and training of veterans, the children and spouses of deceased or 100% disabled veterans, and eligible members of the selected reserves.

Tuition Waivers: Veterans and dependents of 100% disabled veterans may qualify for tuition waivers. Veterans, reservists and dependents should contact the Veterans Affairs Office for additional information by calling one of the following numbers: (360) 538-4084, or 1-800-562-4830.

 

Veterans attending GHC who receive Veterans Administration benefits must meet three minimum standard requirements in addition to those required by the college.

1. Complete all coursework paid for. Grades of "N" "V" or "W" will result in an overpayment; this means you will have to repay some of the benefits you received. "I" grades do not meet the completed coursework requirement. "I" grades must be changed to an acceptable letter grade to avoid repayment.

2. Veterans using benefits must declare a program of study, or degree, and will be paid only for those classes that apply toward graduation from the declared program of study.

3. Veterans must notify the Veteran's Office when changing classes, changing program of study, withdrawing from classes or when deciding to stop attending college.



ADMISSION

Complete an application for regular student status and submit to the Admissions and Registration Office.

  • Follow Admissions and Registrations requirements.

  • Select a program of study (a requirement for VA benefits.)

  • Have your college transcripts sent from all other accredited institutions.  These must be official. 

 

REGISTRATION

  • Only students who have received a letter of admission may register.

  • Academic advisors and counselors will assist in planning a class schedule.

  • Only those courses within your program of study are eligible to count towards veterans’ benefits.

 

PROGRAM SELECTION

  • Veterans receiving VA benefits may select any program leading to a degree offered at Grays Harbor College upon approval from the Veterans’ Services Office.  Only one program may be pursued under certification for benefits.  If the veteran decides to major in two programs at the same time, only one will be certified.  The VA will not pay for courses that were taken under an unapproved program after the approved program is completed.

  • Veterans may receive VA benefits for a second degree and for courses taken after completion of a first degree.

  • Veterans may change a program of study and continue to receive benefits if the VA approves the new program.

 

CLASS ATTENDANCE

  • The VA requires veterans receiving benefits to attend all scheduled class meetings.  Failure to do so can result in the loss of benefits and repayment of benefits already received for the quarter in question.

 

VETERANS EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

The following must be submitted for the certification process to begin.  No forms will be accepted individually.  It is your responsibility to assemble all needed material and submit them to the Veterans’ office.

Note: Many of the forms specified below seem to have been replaced by an online application tool. If you need to find the actual form, try searching at http://benefits.va.gov/forms/ and/or http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/student_handouts/ and/or http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp

Applicants Under Chapters 30, 34, & 35

  • New applicants complete VA Form 22-1990 or Apply Online HERE

  • Transfer students must complete VA Form 22-1195 or Apply Online HERE

  • Submit copies of:
    • DD-214 Report of separation
    • Marriage certificate (upon request)
    • Birth certificates of dependant children (upon request)
    • Divorce decrees (upon request)

Applicants Under Chapter 35

  • New applicants complete VA Form 22-5490 or Apply Online HERE

  • Transfer students complete VA Form 22-5495 or Apply Online HERE

  • Submit copies of marriage/birth certificates.


Applicants Under chapter 1606 (Reserves)

  • New applicants complete VA Form 22-1990 or Apply Online HERE

  • Transfer students complete VA Form 22-1995 or Apply Online HERE

  • Submit a copy of DD-2384, Notice of Basic eligibility (NOBE), that has been signed by the approving Officer of your unit.  This form is only valid for 120 days after issue!


Applicants Under Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)

  • This program is a vocational rehabilitation/reemployment program for disabled veterans.  Students are pre-approved for this program and will have a vocational counselor assigned to them.  They will have a 28-1905 Form, which shows the approved program for the student.

 

PAYMENT

  • The first check should arrive 6 to 8 weeks after the first day of classes, or later if the veteran should apply for certification after classes begin.
  • Information about qualifying pay rates and payment dates is available only through direct contact between the student and Department of Veterans Affairs.  Call 1-888-442-4551.

 

CERTIFICATION USING VETERANS STANDARD OF PROGRESS

Veterans’ Services will not pay educational benefits if one of the following should occur:

  • You register for classes that are not specified as necessary for the declared program.
  • You fail to submit all previous college transcripts for evaluation.
  • You register for two or more courses and receive “F”, “U”, or “V” grades for all courses for one quarter.
  • You fail to convert an “I” grade to a letter grade within one year from receipt of the “I” grade.
  • You fail to achieve the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for two consecutive quarters.
  • You fail to attend class for the quarter the VA benefits were received.

 

OTHER VETERANS BENEFITS

 

ENTITLEMENT TO BENEFITS

This school certifies your enrollment status, programs and academic progress.  All questions concerning payments are to be referred to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-442-4551 or inquire at their website at: www.vba.va.gov/gibill.

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

Grays Harbor College provides equal opportunities and equal access in education and employment for all persons.  the college is committed to enduring freedom from discrimination based on gender race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, sexual preference, disabled and veterans status, or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability, in accordance with current state and federal laws.