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Veterans Educational Benefits

Upper Iowa University is proud of its association with the Department of Education of the State of Iowa and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  We offer face-to-face, online and self-paced learning opportunities to individuals located around the world.  Members of the total military family can mix and match the style of courses to provide the best fit for their busy lives.   

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VA Educational Benefits

Chapter 30 - The Montgomery GI Bill ®

Active Duty benefits are paid directly to the veteran in monthly benefits based on your training time. If eligible, a book allowance is also paid to the veteran. Students are responsible for paying their own tuition and fees directly to the university.

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program Service

These benefits for tuition and fees are paid directly to the university.

Chapter 33 - The Post 9/11 GI Bill ®

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides up to 36 months of education benefits for tuition, fees, books, housing and more for eligible individuals. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following release from active duty. Benefits are paid based on the veterans percent of eligibility and the rate at which you pursue your degree. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the university. If eligible, book and housing allowance are paid directly to the veteran.  

UIU is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program is available to a limited number of students attending UIU’s Fayette Campus. 

Chapter 35 - Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program

These benefits are paid directly to the beneficiary based on your training time. Students are responsible for paying their own tuition and fees directly to the university.

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill ® – Selected Reserve

These benefits are paid directly to the student in monthly benefits based on their training time. Students are responsible for paying their own tuition and fees directly to the university.

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program

These benefits are paid directly to the student in monthly benefits based on their training time. Students are responsible for paying their own tuition and fees directly to the university. 

New Student

  1. Contact the VA Education Call Center (1-888-442-4551) and/or School Certifying Official via email to review VA education benefit options.  Learn and compare education programs and benefits with the GI Bill® Comparison Tool 
  2. Apply for VA Education Benefits online or call 1-888-442-4551 to have a form mailed to you.  
  3. Submit a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter from the VA by email to [email protected]. 

Transfer Student

If you have used VA education benefits before at another college or while on active duty, you do not need to re-apply for your benefits. To transfer your education benefits to Upper Iowa University, you will need to: 

  1. Complete the Request for Change of Program of Place of Training VA Form 22-1995 or 22-5495 (for dependents) at Update your Education Benefits Form.   
  2. Submit a copy of current COE from the VA by email to [email protected] 
  3. Reapply for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov as applicable or add school code: 001893 to current year application. 

Returning Student

  1. Let us know if you will be continuing to use your VA benefits for the remainder of your program.  
  2. Reapply for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov as applicable or add school code: 001893 to current year application. 

What to expect: 

  • Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is prorated by the number of days in the month. If your classes start later than the first of the month or end before the last day of the month, your payment will be prorated by the actual number of days in classes. 
  • Withdrawing from some or all of your courses could result in a debt with the VA unless mitigating circumstances are present.  Failure to attend must be reported to the VA and may result in a debt with the VA.  
  • VA education benefits pay for the completion of degree programs; thus, only courses required for a student’s degree will be certified for benefit payment.  Repeat courses may not be covered by VA education benefits. Confirm with your Academic Advisor prior to registering.   
  • Student should monitor their VA payments and UIU Student Account each session to ensure VA compliance and accuracy.  If you have questions, please contact the VA Education Call Center (1-888-442-4551), your SCO and/or UIU Student Financial Services, as applicable. 
  • Your grades do matter.  The VA will be notified of academic probations and suspensions, which may result in suspension of entitlement.  Seek assistance from your Academic Advisor and other UIU Academic Resources. 
  • If you are under Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607 or Chapter 30, you are responsible to verify your attendance each month to receive payment. Verify attendance online at WAVE or by calling 877-823-2378. 

Your Resources: 

  • Learn and compare education programs and benefits at https://www.va.gov/education. Please note that your file number is your social security number (Exception: Chapter 35). 
  • Visit the GI Bill® website  and Vets.gov to learn more about VA Education benefit eligibility requirements and application forms.   
  • Know your benefit at ebenefits – the US Government information system to view and retrieve your benefit information. 
  • Our School Certifying Official can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 563-425-5946. 

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.