No. Only classes that are specifically required for your degree program (to include any minors) and listed in the EWU Catalog will be counted towards your VA benefits.
Example, PHED 150 Fast Fitness, PHED 152 Strength Training, and like classes, do not count.
Yes! In fact, we encourage students to file your FAFSA(link is external) to see what financial aid you may be eligible for; financial aid may and can be helpful. VA benefits are no longer included in the calculations of financial aid awards. VA benefits aren’t always enough to cover the cost associated with being a student (books, living expenses, etc.). There are financial aid counselors available to help you determine what would be beneficial for you to accept from the financial aid package you are offered. Grants and scholarships are “free” money, but loans are debt that you do pay back. EWU Financial Aid Office is located in Sutton Hall, 1st Floor. Their website is at: EWU Financial Aid
• Veterans: Tuition waiver covers roughly half of tuition costs. To be eligible you must be a student seeking first undergraduate degree, in-state resident, full time student taking 10 or more state supported credits and be in good satisfactory academic standing towards degree. Funds are available on a limited basis and distributed first come, first serve within the priority deadline established for the quarter. Tuition waiver does not apply for summer quarter. Waiver does not apply if receiving third party assistance, such as chapter 33, 31 or tuition assistance.
• Dependents: Tuition waiver covers tuition and course fees only. To qualify, a student must be a dependent of a 100% disabled or deceased veteran as defined by U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, legal Washington state resident, must be undergraduate student seeking first undergraduate degree and documentation must be verified of veteran being a Washington state resident status at time of disability or death. Funds are available on a limited basis and distributed first come, first serve within the priority deadline established for the quarter.
Application can be made on a yearly basis or quarterly basis. Applications will not be awarded retroactive or past the published deadlines (on application).
Click here for application and information on each waiver.
- Have you submitted a copy of your class schedule to the VRC as verification that you are enrolled in classes and want to claim your benefits? The VRC doesn't submit verification unless a schedule is submitted to our office.
- The VA typically pays on the first of every month for the previous month. For example, October 1 you’ll get a check for the month of September. Payments are prorated, meaning checks will be less during months we aren’t in school from beginning to end. (September, December, January, March and June; June and August for Summer QTRs)
- For Chapters 30 and 1606: You will not receive payment until you have verified your attendance. Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using our Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling our toll free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1-877-823-2378.
- VA may not have processed your certification yet; it can take anywhere from 7-14 business days after your verification has been sent from the school to the VA, depending on their work load.
- Previous over payments (debts)/balances with the VA could be satisfied by current awards.
- When in doubt, you can contact our regional office in Muskogee, OK at: 1-888-442-4551
Many student veterans at Eastern are still fulfilling service obligations either in the Active Duty, Reserves, or National Guard. The EWU Academic Policy 303-30, Chapter 7 covers policy on students called to active duty or deployed. This policy discusses periods of service less than 30 days and more than 30 days. (https://inside.ewu.edu/policies/knowledge-base/category/academics/)
For military credits to be evaluated, your Joint Service Transcripts or Community College of the Air Force transcripts need to be submitted to the Admissions office. See step #2 of ten-steps-to-enrollment
For more information visit www.ewu.edu/undergrad/transfer
Upon evaluation if you feel there is an area that did not get evaluated and warrants credit, you will need to obtain supporting documentation of the class or course and submit it to the EWU Transfer Center.
No. The Post 9/11 GI Bill® will only pay the costs associated with in-state enrollment. However, we can review residency eligibility under the federal Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability act of 2014. Access waiver here. Please see the Veterans Resource Center for more information and to provide documentation to ensure you are charged the correct tuition rates.
To address true Washington residency please contact EWU residency office (link here). It may take 12 months to establish and open up other doors to help finance your education.
Tuition Assistance programs are branch specific and must be worked out between the service member pursuing the benefits and their respective Chain of Command/Education Counselor. Our office has no oversight regarding your Tuition Assistance benefits nor do we process any paperwork associated with the benefit. Service members need to first check with an education counselor for the specifics involving TA by visiting their local installation education office or by going online to a virtual education center.
- Meet with an academic adviser to map out a plan of study.Those with 90 credits or above should schedule an appointment with the advisors in your major department. Those with below 90 credits who have not yet decided on a major should contact the Academic Advising Center to begin working on their plan of study.
- Contact the Veterans Resource Center if you want to use TA Top Up (MGIB CH30) in conjunction with your TA authorization.
- Go to How to Use the Military Tuition Assistance Program, for more information regarding TA benefits.
Once you have an approved TA request, EWU Student Financial Services processes these requests. EWU VRC Staff can assist with getting any paperwork to this office as well.
EWU has a draft policy that returns any unearned tuition assistance (TA) funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided to the military Service Branch.
VA pays MHA (military housing allowance) based on the zip code of the degree granting school, not where classes are taken. All chapter 33 recipients receive MHA based on EWU's zip code in Cheney, 99004.
Under the Forever GI Bill, this policy will change. More to come on or around August 01, 2018.
If you are eligible and receive the the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, you will receive payment after your quarterly or semester certification is submitted to the VA. This usually arrives on or around the first day of the term and payment is sent directly to the bank account you listed on your original VA application. This amount is calculated at approximately $41.67 per credit hour. Students normally take 12 to 15 credits per quarter/semester. The first payment will be between $500.00 and $625.00. The maximum is $1,000.00 per academic year. Once you reach this amount, the VA will not send any more payments until the new academic year which runs from August to August. Students attending Eastern are traditionally out of book money during their second quarter.
If you delay in submitting your schedule to the VRC, your payments will be delayed too.
Generally VA will pay back pay up to one year from date of award of your VA Education Benefit. If this applies to you, please seek assistance through EWU VRC office.
Individuals who entered Active Duty after June 30, 1985 OR who served a combination of at least 2 years of Active Duty service and 4 years of Selected Reserve service after June 30, 1985 may qualify to receive a refund of the $1,200.00 deduction for MGIB- Active Duty (Chapter 30) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33).
- Individuals must have made an irrevocable election to use Chapter 33 by relinquishing benefits under Chapter 30 and had entitlement remaining as of the date of relinquishment of Chapter 30.
- Only individuals who actually made the contributions may receive the refund.
- Individuals must be receiving a housing allowance at the time entitlement exhausts to receive the refund. As long as you meet the criteria listed above, the refund will be added to the last housing payment. Remember: Your training-time needs to be more than half-time to be eligible.
- Individuals receiving transferred benefits are not entitled to the Chapter 30 refund. (Example: If you transfer your entire 36 months of benefits to your eligible dependents, you will not receive a refund).
- The amount of the refund will be equal to the number of months and days the individual had remaining under Chapter 30, divided by 36 months, multiplied by $1,200.00. For example, if an individual has 20 months of entitlement remaining under Chapter 30 prior to relinquishing the benefit in lieu of Chapter 33, then the individual would receive $666.67 as a refund equaling 20 months. The calculation is (20 divided by 36, multiplied by $1,200.00).
Direct deposit authorization is initiated at time of the VA Education benefit application. To update, change or add direct deposit information call the regional office at 1-888-442-4551.
Yes, you may be eligible for more than one VA education benefit program. However, you may only receive payments from one program at a time. You can receive a maximum of 48 months of benefits under any combination of VA education programs you qualify for. If you are eligible for more than one benefit program you must notify the VA in writing which program you intend to use before enrolling in training.
The VA does not pay for the actual costs to participate in EWU commencement ceremony. If you are using the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) or VR&E (Chapter 31), we can ask for reimbursement under these benefits for the graduation application fee. Once you apply for graduation, provide the VRC office a receipt of this transaction so we can research and ask for reimbursement from the VA. It will be applied to your EWU student account the same way these types of funds are applied each quarter.
You can obtain this information a few ways:
- View this information via your eBenefits account. To set up an account, go to their website.
- You can call the VA Education Benefit hotline at 1-888-442-4551, to receive an update on the status of your remaining eligibility.
- You can check your eligibility via Vets.gov
- For Reserve members, you can access information via the W.A.V.E. website.
Address changes should be submitted to the VA Education regional office in Muskogee, OK by calling the VA at 1-888-442-4551.
Request a letter of verification from the Registrar's office. This process is via online means at https://inside.ewu.edu/records-and-registration/enrollmentdegree-verification
EWU ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION
- Login on EagleNet
- Under Student Records select "EWU Enrollment Verification"
- Select the term
- Select the Verification Type
- Select the Number of Copies
- Press Continue
Your enrollment verification will be ready for pick up, can be mailed or be faxed by the next morning.
If you have any questions, you can contact them at 509-359-2321.