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GI Bill

The GI Bill is a benefit paid to eligible members of the United States Armed Forces. There are several different chapters under which a student may receive benefits. These chapters are explained in the following linked text. Also, please be aware that the Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility for receiving benefits, not the Central Washington University Veterans Center. To find out more about eligibility requirements, please contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551, or visit their website by contacting them at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


  • I was active duty (not reserve/national guard) and have never used my benefits before. What do I need to do to start my benefits?
    You are eligible for Chapter 30 benefits and would need to print, fill out completely, sign and return the following documents to our office. You are most welcome to send them to our office before you apply to the University. Also, you must provide a copy of your final DD-214 Member 4 copy. If you qualified for the college fund (kicker) please provide a copy of your kicker contract as well. If in the National guard or Reserves and have a kicker, please provide a copy.

    1990- Directions are also included. If all questions are not completed, this will delay processing of your benefits. When it asks for your major:

    If you are UNDER 90 CREDITS - You will automatically be entered as a BA Undecided.

    If you are OVER 90 CREDITS - Be specific! Look in the online catalog to see if you are majoring in a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. If that degree requires that you choose a specialization - YOU MUST ALSO WRITE DOWN YOUR SPECIALIZATION. If your major states "Department Approved Electives" you must contact your major advisor and provide a list of these electives to our Veterans Center to receive benefits. If the major does NOT require a minor or you are seeking more than one degree, please refer to the Statement of Understanding Item #3

    • Post-Baccalaureate: If you are going to receive a second Undergraduate degree you must meet with your advisor and provide a list of classes that will transfer from your first degree to your second. You will only be paid for the classes that are needed for the new undergraduate degree and any other additional CWU requirements for that same degree.
    • Master's Students: You can not be paid for any classes until the Veterans Center has received an official list of the Masters Degree classes from the Graduate Office. The VA requires 10 credits for full-time status.


    Statement of Understanding - Notice: There is a cover letter and two copies of the Statement of Understanding. You must fill out and sign the VA Student File Copy and return it with all of your other required documentation. We recommend that you pay close attention to these rules and regulations so that you will receive full-time status from the VA each month.

    Official Military Transcripts AND Official Prior Transcripts - Please refer to Item #1 in the Statement of Understanding. Prior military credit is a requirement, even if you have already provided them to a former school. You will only be certified your first quarter of enrollment with the VA if these official documents have not been received. If you have already provided this documentation, before you start your first quarter, you will be certified the entire school year (except summer quarter). Also, if you had foreign language in high school, provide an official copy of your High School Transcripts to the University before the end of your first quarter.

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  • I was active duty (not reserve/national guard) and have used my benefits before. What do I need to do to restart my benefits at CWU?
    You are eligible for Chapter 30 benefits. Along with the following documentation, please provide a copy of your final DD-214 Member 4 copy. If in the National guard or Reserves and have a kicker, please provide a copy.

    1995- Directions are also included. If all questions are not completed, this will delay processing of your benefits. When it asks for your major:

    If you are UNDER 90 CREDITS - You will automatically be entered as a BA Undecided.

    If you are OVER 90 CREDITS - Be specific! Look in the online catalog to see if you are majoring in a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. If that degree requires that you choose a specialization - YOU MUST ALSO WRITE DOWN YOUR SPECIALIZATION. If your major states "Department Approved Electives" you must contact your major advisor and provide a list of these electives to our Veterans Center to receive benefits. If the major does NOT require a minor or you are seeking more than one degree, please refer to the Statement of Understanding Item #3

    • Post-Baccalaureate: If you are going to receive a second Undergraduate degree you must meet with your advisor and provide a list of classes that will transfer from your first degree to your second. You will only be paid for the classes that are needed for the new undergraduate degree and any other additional CWU requirements for that same degree.
    • Master's Students: You can not be paid for any classes until the Veterans Center has received an official list of the Masters Degree classes from the Graduate Office. The VA requires 10 credits for full-time status.


    Statement of Understanding- Notice: There is a cover letter and two copies of the Statement of Understanding. You must fill out and sign the VA Student File Copy and return it with all of your other required documentation. We recommend that you pay close attention to these rules and regulations so that you will receive full-time status from the VA each month.

    Official Military Transcripts AND Official Prior Transcripts- Please refer to Item #1 in the Statement of Understanding. Prior military credit is a requirement, even if you have already provided them to a former school. You will only be certified your first quarter of enrollment with the VA if these official documents have not been received. If you have already provided this documentation, before you start your first quarter, you will be certified the entire school year (except summer quarter). Also, if you had foreign language in high school, provide an official copy of your High School Transcripts to the University before the end of your first quarter.

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  • I am in the reserve/national guard and have never used my benefits before. What do I need to do to start my benefits?
    You are eligible for Chapter 1606 benefits and would need to print, fill out completely, sign and return the following documents to our office. You are most welcome to send them to our office before you apply to the University. Also, you must provide a copy of your final DD-214 Member 4 copy and your DD-2384 Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). (Please contact your Unit Administrator or Education Officer for your NOBE). If you qualified for the college fund (kicker) please provide a copy of your kicker contract as well.

    1990- Directions are also included. If all questions are not completed, this will delay processing of your benefits. When it asks for your major:

    If you are UNDER 90 CREDITS - You will automatically be entered as a BA Undecided.

    If you are OVER 90 CREDITS - Be specific! Look in the online catalog to see if you are majoring in a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. If that degree requires that you choose a specialization - YOU MUST ALSO WRITE DOWN YOUR SPECIALIZATION. If your major states "Department Approved Electives" you must contact your major advisor and provide a list of these electives to our Veterans Center to receive benefits. If the major does NOT require a minor or you are seeking more than one degree, please refer to the Statement of Understanding Item #3

    • Post-Baccalaureate: If you are going to receive a second Undergraduate degree you must meet with your advisor and provide a list of classes that will transfer from your first degree to your second. You will only be paid for the classes that are needed for the new undergraduate degree and any other additional CWU requirements for that same degree.
    • Master's Students: You can not be paid for any classes until the Veterans Center has received an official list of the Masters Degree classes from the Graduate Office. The VA requires 10 credits for full-time status.


    Statement of Understanding- Notice: There is a cover letter and two copies of the Statement of Understanding. You must fill out and sign the VA Student File Copy and return it with all of your other required documentation. We recommend that you pay close attention to these rules and regulations so that you will receive full-time status from the VA each month.

    Official Military Transcripts AND Official Prior Transcripts- Please refer to Item #1 in the Statement of Understanding. Prior military credit is a requirement, even if you have already provided them to a former school. You will only be certified your first quarter of enrollment with the VA if these official documents have not been received. If you have already provided this documentation, before you start your first quarter, you will be certified the entire school year (except summer quarter). Also, if you had foreign language in high school, provide an official copy of your High School Transcripts to the University before the end of your first quarter.

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  • I am in the reserve/national guard and have used my benefits before. What do I need to do to restart my benefits at CWU?
    You are eligible for Chapter 1606 benefits. Along with the following documentation, please provide a copy of your final DD-214 Member 4 copy.

    1995- Directions are also included. If all questions are not completed, this will delay processing of your benefits. When it asks for your major:

    If you are UNDER 90 CREDITS - You will automatically be entered as a BA Undecided.

    If you are OVER 90 CREDITS - Be specific! Look in the online catalog to see if you are majoring in a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. If that degree requires that you choose a specialization - YOU MUST ALSO WRITE DOWN YOUR SPECIALIZATION. If your major states "Department Approved Electives" you must contact your major advisor and provide a list of these electives to our Veterans Center to receive benefits. If the major does NOT require a minor or you are seeking more than one degree, please refer to the Statement of Understanding Item #3

    • Post-Baccalaureate: If you are going to receive a second Undergraduate degree you must meet with your advisor and provide a list of classes that will transfer from your first degree to your second. You will only be paid for the classes that are needed for the new undergraduate degree and any other additional CWU requirements for that same degree.
    • Master's Students: You can not be paid for any classes until the Veterans Center has received an official list of the Masters Degree classes from the Graduate Office. The VA requires 10 credits for full-time status.


    Statement of Understanding- Notice: There is a cover letter and two copies of the Statement of Understanding. You must fill out and sign the VA Student File Copy and return it with all of your other required documentation. We recommend that you pay close attention to these rules and regulations so that you will receive full-time status from the VA each month.

    Official Military Transcripts AND Official Prior Transcripts- Please refer to Item #1 in the Statement of Understanding. Prior military credit is a requirement, even if you have already provided them to a former school. You will only be certified your first quarter of enrollment with the VA if these official documents have not been received. If you have already provided this documentation, before you start your first quarter, you will be certified the entire school year (except summer quarter). Also, if you had foreign language in high school, provide an official copy of your High School Transcripts to the University before the end of your first quarter.

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  • I am in the reserve/national guard, have never used my benefits before, and have been sent to a combat area. What do I need to do to start my benefits?
    There is a new education benefit available to certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001. These benefits are referred to as the "Reserve Educational Assistance Program" (REAP) or Chapter 1607. Along with the following documentation, please provide a copy of your final DD-214 Member 4 copy and copies of your orders to active duty and orders releasing you from active duty. If you qualified for the college fund (kicker) please provide a copy of your kicker contract as well.

    1990- Directions are also included. If all questions are not completed, this will delay processing of your benefits. When it asks for your major:

    If you are UNDER 90 CREDITS - You will automatically be entered as a BA Undecided.

    If you are OVER 90 CREDITS - Be specific! Look in the online catalog to see if you are majoring in a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. If that degree requires that you choose a specialization - YOU MUST ALSO WRITE DOWN YOUR SPECIALIZATION. If your major states "Department Approved Electives" you must contact your major advisor and provide a list of these electives to our Veterans Center to receive benefits. If the major does NOT require a minor or you are seeking more than one degree, please refer to the Statement of Understanding Item #3

    • Post-Baccalaureate: If you are going to receive a second Undergraduate degree you must meet with your advisor and provide a list of classes that will transfer from your first degree to your second. You will only be paid for the classes that are needed for the new undergraduate degree and any other additional CWU requirements for that same degree.
    • Master's Students: You can not be paid for any classes until the Veterans Center has received an official list of the Masters Degree classes from the Graduate Office. The VA requires 10 credits for full-time status.


    Statement of Understanding- Notice: There is a cover letter and two copies of the Statement of Understanding. You must fill out and sign the VA Student File Copy and return it with all of your other required documentation. We recommend that you pay close attention to these rules and regulations so that you will receive full-time status from the VA each month.

    Official Military Transcripts AND Official Prior Transcripts- Please refer to Item #1 in the Statement of Understanding. Prior military credit is a requirement, even if you have already provided them to a former school. You will only be certified your first quarter of enrollment with the VA if these official documents have not been received. If you have already provided this documentation, before you start your first quarter, you will be certified the entire school year (except summer quarter). Also, if you had foreign language in high school, provide an official copy of your High School Transcripts to the University before the end of your first quarter.

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  • I am in the reserve/national guard, have used my benefits before, and have been sent to a combat area. What do I need to do to restart my benefits at CWU?
    There is a new education benefit available to certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001. These benefits are referred to as the "Reserve Educational Assistance Program" (REAP) or Chapter 1607. Along with the following documentation, please provide a copy of your final DD-214 Member 4 copy and copies of your orders to active duty and orders releasing you from active duty.

    1995- Directions are also included. If all questions are not completed, this will delay processing of your benefits. When it asks for your major:

    If you are UNDER 90 CREDITS - You will automatically be entered as a BA Undecided.

    If you are OVER 90 CREDITS - Be specific! Look in the online catalog to see if you are majoring in a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. If that degree requires that you choose a specialization - YOU MUST ALSO WRITE DOWN YOUR SPECIALIZATION. If your major states "Department Approved Electives" you must contact your major advisor and provide a list of these electives to our Veterans Center to receive benefits. If the major does NOT require a minor or you are seeking more than one degree, please refer to the Statement of Understanding Item #3

    • Post-Baccalaureate: If you are going to receive a second Undergraduate degree you must meet with your advisor and provide a list of classes that will transfer from your first degree to your second. You will only be paid for the classes that are needed for the new undergraduate degree and any other additional CWU requirements for that same degree.
    • Master's Students: You can not be paid for any classes until the Veterans Center has received an official list of the Masters Degree classes from the Graduate Office. The VA requires 10 credits for full-time status.


    Statement of Understanding- Notice: There is a cover letter and two copies of the Statement of Understanding. You must fill out and sign the VA Student File Copy and return it with all of your other required documentation. We recommend that you pay close attention to these rules and regulations so that you will receive full-time status from the VA each month.

    Official Military Transcripts AND Official Prior Transcripts- Please refer to Item #1 in the Statement of Understanding. Prior military credit is a requirement, even if you have already provided them to a former school. You will only be certified your first quarter of enrollment with the VA if these official documents have not been received. If you have already provided this documentation, before you start your first quarter, you will be certified the entire school year (except summer quarter). Also, if you had foreign language in high school, provide an official copy of your High School Transcripts to the University before the end of your first quarter.

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  • I am the spouse or dependant of a deceased veteran (due to active duty reasons) or a veteran who has been rated 100% disabled by the Department of Veteran Affairs. I have never used my benefits before, what do I need to do to start my benefits?
    You are eligible for Chapter 35 benefits. If you are the spouse, you must provide a copy of your marriage certificate and the following documentation. If you are a dependant, you must provide a copy of your birth certificate and the following documentation.

    5495- Directions are also included. If all questions are not completed, this will delay processing of your benefits. When it asks for your major:

    If you are UNDER 90 CREDITS - You will automatically be entered as a BA Undecided.

    If you are OVER 90 CREDITS - Be specific! Look in the online catalog to see if you are majoring in a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. If that degree requires that you choose a specialization - YOU MUST ALSO WRITE DOWN YOUR SPECIALIZATION. If your major states "Department Approved Electives" you must contact your major advisor and provide a list of these electives to our Veterans Center to receive benefits. If the major does NOT require a minor or you are seeking more than one degree, please refer to the Statement of Understanding Item #3

    • Post-Baccalaureate: If you are going to receive a second Undergraduate degree you must meet with your advisor and provide a list of classes that will transfer from your first degree to your second. You will only be paid for the classes that are needed for the new undergraduate degree and any other additional CWU requirements for that same degree.
    • Master's Students: You can not be paid for any classes until the Veterans Center has received an official list of the Masters Degree classes from the Graduate Office. The VA requires 10 credits for full-time status.


    Statement of Understanding- Notice: There is a cover letter and two copies of the Statement of Understanding. You must fill out and sign the VA Student File Copy and return it with all of your other required documentation. We recommend that you pay close attention to these rules and regulations so that you will receive full-time status from the VA each month.

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  • I am the spouse or dependant of a deceased veteran (due to active duty reasons) or a veteran who has been rated 100% disabled by the Department of Veteran Affairs. I haveused my benefits before, what do I need to do to restart my benefits at CWU?
    You are eligible for Chapter 35 benefits. Please provide the following documentation:

    5495- Directions are also included. If all questions are not completed, this will delay processing of your benefits. When it asks for your major:

    If you are UNDER 90 CREDITS - You will automatically be entered as a BA Undecided.

    If you are OVER 90 CREDITS - Be specific! Look in the online catalog to see if you are majoring in a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts Degree. If that degree requires that you choose a specialization - YOU MUST ALSO WRITE DOWN YOUR SPECIALIZATION. If your major states "Department Approved Electives" you must contact your major advisor and provide a list of these electives to our Veterans Center to receive benefits. If the major does NOT require a minor or you are seeking more than one degree, please refer to the Statement of Understanding Item #3

    • Post-Baccalaureate: If you are going to receive a second Undergraduate degree you must meet with your advisor and provide a list of classes that will transfer from your first degree to your second. You will only be paid for the classes that are needed for the new undergraduate degree and any other additional CWU requirements for that same degree.
    • Master's Students: You can not be paid for any classes until the Veterans Center has received an official list of the Masters Degree classes from the Graduate Office. The VA requires 10 credits for full-time status.


    Statement of Understanding- Notice: There is a cover letter and two copies of the Statement of Understanding. You must fill out and sign the VA Student File Copy and return it with all of your other required documentation. We recommend that you pay close attention to these rules and regulations so that you will receive full-time status from the VA each month.

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  • I am a disabled Veteran and have never used my benefits before. What do I need to do to start my benefits?
    You are eligible for Chapter 31 benefits. In addition to the following information from the Department of Veterans Affairs, we do recommend that you make sure to follow the same guidelines required by all veterans who use VA Education Benefits.

    This program is designed to assist disabled veterans to return to gainful employment or to achieve maximum independence in daily living. The VA Vocational Rehabilitation program provides training to enable the disabled veteran to develop marketable job skills.

    Before beginning training programs, veterans participate in extensive counseling to select appropriate goals. Only after the Initial Evaluation is completed and a Plan of Services (IWRP) has been developed, will VA authorize a veteran to start training under Chapter 31.

    Authorization for benefits issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (28-1905) to Central Washington University Veterans Affairs. For questions on the initiation of Chapter 31 benefits all information and documentation to be obtained by contacting the Department of Veteran Affairs office in Seattle, WA (1-800-827-1000).
  • I am a disabled Veteran and have used my benefits before. What do I need to do to restart my benefits at CWU?
    You are eligible for Chapter 31 benefits. In addition to the following information from the Department of Veterans Affairs, we do recommend that you make sure to follow the same guidelines required by all veterans who use VA Education Benefits.

    Authorization for benefits issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (28-1905) to Central Washington University Veterans Center. For questions on the initiation of Chapter 31 benefits all information and documentation to be obtained by contacting the Department of Veteran Affairs office in Seattle, WA (1-800-827-1000).

    If you would like to speak directly to our office, please call 509-963-3028 or email us at va@cwu.edu and we will be happy to send you all of the documentation needed to start your benefits while attending Central Washington University.