Starting your VA educational benefits at CUI is simple, just follow the steps below. If you need help, the Veterans Services Office can assist you through the process.
1. Apply for admission to CUI
All prospective students must complete the appropriate application for admissions. Be sure you familiarize yourself with any requirements that may be part of your application for admission.
2. (Optional) Complete the Free Application for Federal and Student Aid (FAFSA)
It is highly recommended that you apply for financial aid to see if you qualify for grants to help cover the costs of tuition and other college needs. Veterans education benefits do not count as income in determining your eligibility for Federal Financial Aid. School code 013885. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office.
3. Submit all transcripts and test scores
Students are required to submit official transcripts from all prior attended colleges, universities, and training institutes. This includes previous military training. If you have completed any Prior Learning Assessments (PLA), such as CLEP or DSST, have transcripts delivered directly to CUI’s records office. All transcripts must be received before the end of your first semester.
Office of the Registrar
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612
4. Apply for veterans educational benefits
Apply to the VA for educational benefits by going to the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) website. If you have previously applied for benefits this step can be skipped, provide the Veterans Service Office with your Certificate of Eligibility. If you are a transfer student, complete VA Form 22-1995/5495.
5. Register for classes
Once you are selected for admission to the university, the next step is to register for your classes. Students must enroll in classes prior to requesting certification for VA educational benefits. Only register for classes that are required for your major. If you need help selecting classes, contact the appropriate advising office and make an appointment to meet with an advisor.
6. Pay your tuition and fees
If you are using Chapter 33-Post 9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation make sure you contact the Veterans Service Office in advance of the payment deadline (1 week before start of class) to make payment arrangements.
7. Visit Veterans Services Office and connect with other veterans on campus
The Veterans Service Office is your central point of contact for any veteran-related questions or support needs while you attend CUI. Once all prior steps are complete, check in with the Veterans Affair Coordinator to file your request to certify your enrollment to the VA. Find out what other required documents are required to be submitted.
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8. Create an Education Plan
Before the end of your first semester and after all your transcripts are received and evaluated, you must meet with an academic advisor. An academic advisor will help you to develop your Education Plan. After your first semester, students with no Education Plan on file or pending transcripts will not be certified for future semesters until both tasks are completed.