University of Vermont

UVM Student Veteran Services


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Many students don't know what "the VA" is or how they come to decisions about benefits or certifications.  Learn more about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Student Responsibilities

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VA education benefits are great.  However, with those benefits come student responsibilities.  While attending UVM you must understand that it is your responsibility as a student to request to be certified by the School Certifying Official for each term you are enrolled in classes and wish to use VA benefits. UVM can never automatically certify you.  Many times students would like to save months of entitlement to use at a later date, like attending graduate school.  UVM certifying you without your request would be like us "spending" your months of entitlement.  

You must submit your  DD-214 (Member 4) and/or Certificate of Eligibility to the Registrar's Office.  If you make any changes to your enrollment, classes, or credit hours you are required to immediately report those changes to the School Ceritfying Offical.  

You can do that by logging in to the myUVM Portal and submitting a change on the Veterans page or emailing  

About Your Student Bill

Your bill is your responsibility no matter who is paying it.  You are responsible for paying any charges (tuition and fees) that are not covered by your veteran's benefits.  Pay close attention to your bill in the myUVM Portal and be sure to contact Student Financial Services if a VA payment hasn't been applied by the time your bill is due.  They are friendly and willing to work with you if you have already been certified and are waiting on payment from VA.  For example: if you are eligible and certified for the Post 9/11 GI Bill at the 100% rate and receive a UVM bill, log in to myUVM and take a look at it.  If a VA payment has not been applied, submit a question to Student Financial Services and let them know you are waiting on a VA payment.  If you have requested to be certified, you will not receive a late fee and your account will be updated once UVM receives a VA payment. 

Note that a reduction in credit hours may result in a change of eligibility for benefits even after disbursement has occured and may create a debt.  

It is up to you to make sure you register for classes and request to have your enrollment certified, see Certify My Enrollment here.  Once your enrollment is certified you will receive an auto-generated email from VAOnce with your certification details in it.  If anything looks incorrect or you have any questions, reach out to immediately to prevent delay of payment from VA or late fees from UVM.  All courses you take while using VA benefits must be required for the degree program you are enrolled in and you must maintain satisfactory academic performance with a 2.0 Cumulative GPA or higher.  Essentially, you are being paid for the opportunity to attend school, and VA will only continue to pay if you take your role seriously by maintaining satisfactory grades.  Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 recipients must verify their attendance in W.A.V.E. or by calling 1-877-823-2378.  

Last modified December 04 2013 02:32 PM