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?
Certificate of Eligibility
You will receive this document in the mail about two months after submitting your application.
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.
- 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.