Veterans seeking enrollment at Northwest Vista College are encouraged to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs for information regarding specific type of eligibility and extent of educational benefits coverage. The Northwest Vista College VA Center (Cypress Campus Center # 110) staff will assist students by providing certification of courses and electronically submitting such information to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Eligible veterans and dependents must declare an educational goal (i.e. follow an approved Northwest Vista College degree plan or a 2+2 approved transfer plan) in order to be eligible to receive educational benefits from the Department of the Veterans Administration. The VA will only pay for courses in the declared program and any exceptions require compliance with VA guidelines.
National and Regional Contacts
Educational Benefits Information:
1 (888) 442-4551
VA Education and Benefits Web site: http://www.gibill.va.gov
VA Western Regional Education Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out if I am eligible for VA benefits, the amount of payment and the length of my eligibility?
These questions may be directed to the VA by calling 1 (888) 442-4551 or by using the National And Regional Contact information listed above. Northwest Vista College provides certification of coursework only, we are not able to provide information regarding eligibility, payment, and other VA services.
I've never used my benefits before, how do I apply?
- Apply online electronically at www.gibill.va.gov completing VONAPP
- Download a PDF version of the application from the VA Web site
- Meet with advising staff in NVC VA Center (Cypress Campus Center # 110)
How/when do I request certification of my courses?
Chapter 31 Students: Each semester, after registering for classes and prior to payment deadlines, a student must submit a Request for Certification to the NVC Veteran Center in order so that a student can receive his or her payment voucher to be taken to NVC Business Services for payment of tuition and fees. In addition, a current VA Form 28-1905 must be on file so that VA adviosrs may process a payment voucher and create Books and Supplies Voucher. Students requesting Chapter 31 certification should see an Academic Advisor in the NVC Veteran Center (Cypress Campus Center # 110).
Chapter 33 Students: Each semester, after registering for classes and prior to payment deadlines, a student must submit a Request for Certification to NVC Veteran Center in order so a student can receive his or her payment voucher to be taken to NVC Business Services for payment of tuition and fees. Students requesting Chapter 33 certification should see an Academic Advisor in the NVC Veteran Center (Cypress Campus Center # 110).
All other Chapters (30, 35, 1606, 1607): Each semester, after registration and confirmation of necessary payments to the College, students may seek certification with an Academic Advisor in the Veteran Center. Please visit the Veteran Center during advising hours (M-TR 0800-1700 & Fridays 1300-1700) and notify front desk staff that you will be needing VA certification.
It is the student's responsibility to request certification each semester of enrollment and to inform the NVC Veteran Center of any changes (adding, dropping, or switching courses) in enrollment status.
What if I have a Parent Letter from another institution?
Students seeking supplemental enrollment at Northwest Vista College should seek VA certification in the same manner as described above. Students will be required to provide a Parent Letter from their primary institution at the time of certification.
What documents may I need to provide for certification?
- VA Form DD-214, if separated from the military
- VA Form 28-1905, if using Chapter 31 benefits
- Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
- Copy of military transcript
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE) letter, if using CH 33 benefits
How do I allow my Basic Training to apply as college credit?
Northwest Vista College will grant academic credit for 4 semester hours of Kinesiology to Veterans who provide an official military transcript that supports successful completion of military basic training.
What if I change my schedule (add/drop courses) after certification?
Students changing their enrollment status after certification are required to notify the NVC Veteran Center immediately. We will then notify the VA by submitting a Notice of Change in Student Status VA Form 22-1999b.
What about Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)?
The Veterans Administration may provide educational assistance to qualified veterans under Vocational Rehabilitation Educational Services (Ch 31). Acceptance into this program will permit Northwest Vista College to offer courses for which the VA will pay tuition, fees, textbooks, school supplies, and a living allowance for the student. Every semester of enrollment will require that an approved veteran visit the NVC Veteran Center and participate in the administrative process necessary for the delivery of VA educational benefits.
What about the Hazelwood Act?
The Hazelwood Act (Article 2654-B-1) aids veterans who have exhausted all of their VA educational benefits. A legal resident of Texas is exempt from payment of tuition and certain required fees when the applicant meets certain criteria.
Contact Financial Aid for eligibility and application requirements.