VA Benefits

Follow these steps to use your VA benefits at Mason!

First time Student at Mason

1. Apply for or update your education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

2. Upload the COE or a copy of your Ebenefits page HERE.  Students are required to have a Certificate of Eligibilty on file with the exception of Chapter 31 (Voc Rehab.)  If a COE is not received by the middle of your first semester, we will not certify VA benefits for future terms until a COE is received. The COE is not required  in order to submit a VRRF your first semester.

3. Submit a Veterans Registration and Reporting Form (VRRF) to request your benefits certified.  Please be sure you have registered for classes prior to submitting your request. To avoid late fees, the VRRF must be submitted prior to the first day of class.  If you make any changes to your schedule after submitting the first VRRF, please submit a change VRRF.   The first VRRF every term is a new request and any subsequent changes are a change.  If you intend to combine TA with Chapter 30 as Top Up, be sure to write Top Up  in the comments section.

4.  Submit a Section 702 Out-of-StateTuition Exemption if you are domiciled as an Out-of-State student.  Students using the Post 9-11 GI Bill, Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill or Chapter 31 and reside in Virginia are eligible for a Section 702 Out of State Waiver.  The application must be submitted each term you are using benefits and meet the eligibility criteria of residing in Virginia.

5. For  Chapter 33 Students only, a memo will be placed on your student account approximately a week after the VRRF is submitted.  This will be reflected in your student account as an expected payment from the VA.  Any outstanding balance remaining for housing and meal plan will need to be settled by the first day of class, either through a payment plan or paid in full. Remember, the monthly housing stipend is paid directly to the student in arrears at the end of each month.  

6. Beneficiaries using Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 must verify enrollment monthly, either through Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by calling 1-877-823-2378.

7. Please note, recent changes in DoD policy now allow Federal Tuition Assistance and Chapter 1606 to be used concurrently if a student is attending class half-time or greater.  1606 requests less than half-time will be validated to ensure a student is not using Federal Tuition Assistance in conjunction with the VA benefit. 

Returning Students

Request that your benefits be certified! Submit a Veterans Registration and Reporting Form (VRRF) before the first day of class each semester. If you change your schedule after turning this form in, you must file a change request.  If you intend to use TA with Chapter 30 as Top Up, please be sure to write Top Up in the comments section of the VRRF.

Submit a Section 702 Out-of-StateTuition Exemption if you are domiciled as an Out-of-State student.  Students using the Post 9-11 GI Bill, Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill or Chapter 31 and reside in Virginia are eligible for a Section 702 Out of State Waiver.  The application must be submitted each term you are using benefits and meet the eligibility criteria of residing in Virginia.

Please note, recent changes in DoD policy now allow Federal Tuition Assistance and Chapter 1606 to be used concurrently if a student is attending class half-time or greater.  1606 requests less than half-time will be validated to ensure a student is not using Federal Tuition Assistance in conjunction with the VA benefit. 


 

Volunteer stands in front of signs promoting veteran events at Mason Sci-Tech Campus

Students, faculty, and staff at Mason's Science and Technology Campus in Manassas mark Veterans Day at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Events included a concert by students from Mason's School of Music.