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GI Bill Education Benefits

If you are a veteran and enrolled either full or part-time in college, you are eligible to receive educational assistance through the GI Bill. VA education benefits may fall into one of these categories (chapters):

  • Chapter 30 - Active duty service person
  • Chapter 31 - Vocational rehabilitation and employment.
  • Chapter 35 - Veteran's dependent (spouse, surviving spouse, or child)
  • Chapter 1606 - Active selective reservist or National Guardsperson
  • Chapter 1607 - REAP - (Reserve Educational Assistance Program)

For a complete description of each chapter, go to the GI Bill website.

How do I become eligible for VA education benefits? You need to apply for benefits through the VA, which determines eligibility. The Records Office has applications for most chapters. You can also apply online at the GI Bill website.
When can I become certified?

You may be certified up to 120 days prior to the start of the term. If you are certified before the start of the term, you must inform your VA Rep of your credit load and any changes that may have occurred.
Can I apply for financial aid if I want to receive VA education benefits? Yes, VA benefits may not be sufficient to cover all educational costs. VA students are paid benefits based on the number of approved credit hours they carry and not on the cost of the school they choose to attend.
How much will I receive if I qualify for benefits? The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training, length of service, category, and if DOD put extra money in your MGIB Fund (called “kicker”). Visit the Education Benefit Payment Rates page.

Contacts

For questions, contact:

Veterans Center
Tharen Callanan, Veterans Service Coordinator
M–F, 7:30 am - 4 pm
West Campus, Room 1217
Phone: 651.779.3218
Email: tharen.callanan@century.edu

VA Certifying Official
Karla Frieler
Tel: 651.779.3296
Fax: 651.773.1708
e-mail: karla.frieler@century.edu
Century College
3300 Century Ave N
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Student responsibilities

  • To be eligible to receive educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, you need to be in a degree seeking program offered at Century College. VA will not pay for benefits if you are not seeking a degree.
  • VA will not pay for courses that do not count toward your program of study at Century College. Courses will be tracked, and could result in an overpayment if courses are taken that are not required in your major program.
  • VA does not pay for withdrawal of a course(s) unless there are mitigating circumstances involved. If you withdraw from a course, you need to let the VA office at Century College know right away. A withdrawal/drop will get reported whether or not you notify us! You will have an overpayment to the VA and will owe them money.
  • If you are repeating a class for a better grade (not because you failed the course), that class will not count in your certification for GI Bill benefits!
  • If you have prior college experience, you need to have official transcripts submitted to the Records Office for evaluation. Not doing so could result in not being able to receive your GI Bill benefits. The VA needs to see prior college credit that you have taken.
  • If you are changing your major, you need to let the Century College VA Rep know. Proper paperwork must be processed in order to receive education payment benefits.
  • Century will not submit an enrollment certification for you until notified to do so.
  • All students receiving either the Montgomery GI Bill Active duty or Selected Reserve must verify their enrollments monthly to receive payments. Verification can be done by using either the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) application on the Department of Veterans Affairs website or by calling 1-877-823-2378 and following the prompts.
  • The Military and Veterans Enactments by the 2006 Minnesota Legislature directs the UMN and MnSCU institutions to treat all U.S. military veterans as Minnesota residents for undergraduate tuition rate purposes, regardless of their state of origin or residency. Please notify the Registrar if you are being charged out-state tuition.
  • VA takes 10 – 12 weeks to process an enrollment certification. Please be timely when submitting your request.

How to Apply for Education Benefits

  1. Go to the GI Bill Website
  2. Select Education from the “Apply Online” menu
  3. Select "Start VONAPP" and begin the application process.
    (Applications are also available at the Records Office.)

    Direct link to the VONAPP application.
    When you are nearing the end of your application, you will be prompted to print it. Print the signature page, sign it, and return it to your VA Rep at Century.

    IF YOU ARE A NATIONAL GUARD MEMBER APPLYING TO USE THE GI BILL UNDER CHAPTER 1607 OR REAP, PLEASE INDICATE THAT AT THE TOP OF THE SIGNATURE PAGE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO MAIL IN. TO SPEED THE APPLICATION PROCESS, PLEASE INCLUDE A COPY OF YOUR DD-214.

  4. When you have completed your application, be sure you have submitted it online properly or returned the paper version to your VA Rep at Century.
  5. Submit your signature page along with the request for certification. (See pg 3).
  6. Register for your courses and notify your VA rep so an enrollment certification can be submitted to the VA processing center in St. Louis.
  7. When you receive your COE (Certificate of Eligibility) from the Department of Veteran Affairs, you must bring in a copy to your VA Rep.
  8. If you are a transfer student who has used the GI Bill at your previous school, get a "Change of Program or Place of Program" form from your VA Rep at Century.
  9. For questions, contact Tharen Callanan, Veteran's Service Coordinator, at 651.779.3218.

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