Veteran Benefits

Veteran Benefits

Contact a VA Coordinator by phone or email.
For an appointment with a VA Coordinator please call the number below:

(208) 496-1609
vabenefits@byui.edu

Veteran benefits are financial aid funds available through the US Department of Veteran Affairs to students who are actively serving in the military, students who are serving in the Reserves or National Guard, and dependents or survivors of disabled or deceased veterans. There are several Veteran benefits award levels (referred to as chapters). For any semester a student wishes to receive benefits, a VA Class Certification Form must be submitted to the Student Financial Aid Office. For more information please visit the GI BILL WEBSITE.

VA Benefits (i.e. GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, etc.) is not affiliated with or controlled by BYU-Idaho.

How Do I Get Benefits?

The GI Bill website can help you identify what education benefits you are eligible for here. To receive benefits you must apply through the Veteran Online Application (VONAPP) website.

Once you have applied for benefits you must submit the following documents to the BYU-Idaho Student Financial Aid Office:

Certificate of Eligibility

You will receive this document in the mail about two months after submitting your application.

OR

Request for Change of Program or Place of Training

If you are transferring to BYU-Idaho, please submit this form on the on the  VONAPP website , and then to our office.


AND

VA Class Certification Form

You will need to fill out a VA Class Certification Form each semester you plan on receiving benefits. This form is found here.

It is important to verify that your declared major, minor, and/or clusters are listed on your official BYU-Idaho degree audit. Only courses that count towards graduation will be reported to the VA. Students can view their official BYU-Idaho degree audit by visiting the “Students” tab at my.byui.edu. We recommend you meet with an academic advisor if you are unsure which of your classes count towards graduation requirements.

Chapter 33 and 33T

The VA will pay tuition for classes required for graduation. If you are taking 9 credits or more, you will receive full housing allowance for the enrollment period. If your parent is transferring Chapter 33 benefits to you via the milConnect website, this process must be complete before you apply for VA benefits.

Chapter 1606, 1607, and 30

You must enroll in 10 credits or more and provide verification of enrollment to the Department of Veteran Affairs every month to receive full benefits. Verify your enrollment here or call (877) 823-2378

Chapter 31 and 35

You must enroll in 10 credits or more to receive full benefits.

Visit the VA GI Bill site or call the VA Education Phone number: (888) 442-4551 (press 1, then 0 for an operator). The benefit programs change frequently, so it is best to refer directly to the VA for questions about the programs.
BYU-Idaho no longer participates in the MFTA program. If you think you should qualify for MFTA benefits, please contact us at vabenefits@byui.edu or come into our office to learn more about your benefits options.
VA benefit checks are sent directly to the address you provide on the VA application. Benefit checks are NOT paid to the school. The money is intended to help defray educational expenses, but does not have to go directly toward tuition costs; it can be used for any educational expenses you choose. Exceptions to this rule:
  • Chapter 33: Tuition & fee payments come to BYU-Idaho and cover the actual tuition and fees charged to your student account. If you have already paid your tuition and fees, the funds will be available for you to transfer to your bank account online or pick up in check form.
  • Direct Deposit: Students receiving chapter 30, 33, 35, 1606 and 1607 can request to have their benefit checks deposited directly into their bank account by electing direct deposit on their VA application or calling (888) 442-4551.

Eligible students receive the equivalent of 36 months of full time VA education benefits. This means you can receive ½ time benefits over a period of 72 months, or ¾ time over 48 months, etc. If you are unsure how many months remain, contact the VA at (888) 442-4551.

Exception to the 36 month limit - Students with eligibility under more than one program – can receive a combined total of 48 months of full-time VA benefits.

Your timeframe depends on the benefit program you are eligible for. Contact the VA at (888) 442-4551, or visit the Veteran Affairs site for guidelines.
Contact the Boise Guard/Reserve office at (208) 272-3761. You may also mail a copy of your kicker contract to the VA.
Please contact your unit and service for assistance. You may also access the Integrated Personnel Electronic Records Management System (I-PERMS).