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University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu

Veteran Students

UH West O‘ahu is dedicated to supporting our military, veteran students, and their family members. We recognize the unique experiences that come with serving in the armed forces and are grateful for the service and sacrifice provided in the defense of our great nation. 

Office of the Registrar
Campus Center, C141
91-1001 Farrington Highway
Kapolei, HI 96707
Phone: (808) 689-2900
Fax: (808) 689-2901
Email: uhwo.records@hawaii.edu

Benefits

Student Veteran Services provides assistance to eligible active duty, veterans, and their dependents using VA educational benefits. Students receive assistance with their enrollment certification and academic advisors assist in creating an appropriate academic plan to ensure successful degree completion.

The University is an approved educational institution for education and training under the Veterans Educational Assistance Act (GI Bill®) and the Dependent’s Act. Information regarding eligibility, entitlement and types of training authorized may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Federal Benefits

  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
  • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation Program
  • Chapter 32: Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®
  • Chapter 35: Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

Information regarding eligibility, entitlement and types of training authorized may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or by contacting the Veterans Education Call Center toll-free at: 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). The Education Call Center is located in Muskogee, OK, and Education Case Managers accept calls from 7:00AM – 7:00PM central time, Monday – Friday. The system’s automated functions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides information about education benefits, how to apply for education benefits, status of claims, and individual student payment issues.

Veteran Benefits Information (PDF)

Tuition

Non-resident veterans who were honorably discharged within 3 years of enrollment at the University and are eligible for GI Bill® education benefits may qualify for and pay in-state resident tuition. Eligible students must complete and submit the Veterans Exemption Form and provide a copy of their DD-214 and VA Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Admissions, C-141, prior to the first day of instruction for the semester in which the exemption is being requested.  For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (808) 689-2900 or by email at uhwo.admissions@hawaii.edu.

Residency Exemption Form (PDF)

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

Chapter 33 payments for tuition and fees are paid directly to the University approximately six weeks after the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) receives and processes the certification sent by the UH West O‘ahu VA Certifying Official. Refunds due to non-attendance will be returned to the DVA. Students are held responsible for all tuition and fees incurred if the funds are returned to the DVA and the student has not officially withdrawn from the University.

Residency Exemption Forms

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and the Department of Veterans Affairs will match the same amount as the institution. Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program are required to offer participation to students on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) Certificate of Eligibility showing Yellow Ribbon Program eligibility.
  • Classified as a non-resident student paying the non-resident tuition rate.
  • Admitted to a degree program for the semester in which benefits are being requested with UH West O‘ahu as your home institution.

Note: Active duty personnel receiving Chapter 33 benefits and spouses of active duty personnel receiving Transfer of Entitlement (ToE) benefits are not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Application Process

For the 2018-2019 academic year, UH West O‘ahu will offer Yellow Ribbon Program awards to students who meet the eligibility requirements on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, students must submit ALL of the following documents as one application packet to be considered:

Completed application packets will be accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year beginning June 1, 2018. Documents submitted before this date will not be accepted. The application deadline is August 16, 2018 for fall 2018 and January 4, 2019 for spring 2019.

Completed applications may be dropped off in-person (C-141), mailed, or emailed to the Office of the Registrar.

Notification Process

Eligible students who submit their application packet by the deadline will be notified by phone or through their UH email account of their award status. The 2018-2019 Yellow Ribbon Program award is valid from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019.

Rules and Regulations for VA Certifications

Class Registration

All classes used towards VA educational benefits must satisfy requirements outlined by the student’s declared degree or certificate program. Classes that do not fulfill a program or graduation requirement cannot be certified. Students are encouraged to meet with a student services academic advisor if they are uncertain if a course is required.

Enrollment Verification

To be certified each semester, all VA students must submit the appropriate Veteran Student Enrollment Form. It is recommended that students meet with a student services academic advisor before submitting their enrollment form. Recertification is not automatic. Students are encouraged to submit the Veteran Student Enrollment Form to the Office of the Registrar as early as possible to avoid delays in processing payment(s) from the VA.

Changes in Enrollment

All VA students are responsible for notifying the Office of the Registrar of any changes to their class schedule used for certification, including involuntary changes such as a cancelled class. Notification requires the student to submit the Veteran Student Change in Enrollment Status Form.

Repeating Classes

Classes that have been successfully completed may not be certified if they are repeated. Classes that are failed or for which the grade does not meet the minimum requirements for graduation may be certified if they are repeated. The VA will not pay for a class that has already been successfully completed with a passing grade.

Veteran Affairs Certification Process

New Students – First Time Users of VA Benefits

  1. Submit an online application for VA benefits. To determine which benefit you qualify for, please contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 or visit their website.
  2. Apply for admission by the appropriate deadline and be admitted to UH West O‘ahu. Submit an online application and application fee to begin the admissions process.
  3. Upon receiving an acceptance letter from the University and having submitted an online application to the VA, please contact the Office of the Registrar to submit the appropriate paperwork to begin the certification process.
  4. If you are using VA benefits for the first time submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility. If you have not yet received a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA but would like to start your benefits, provide a copy of your application VA Form 22-1990, 22-1990E, or 22-5490.
  5. Upon registering for classes, submit the appropriate Veteran Student Enrollment Forms.

Transfer Students – Previously Used VA Benefits at Another Institution

  1. Apply for admission by the appropriate deadline and be admitted to UH West O‘ahu. Submit an online application and application fee to begin the admissions process.
  2. Upon receiving an acceptance letter from the University and having submitted an online application to the VA, please contact the Office of the Registrar to submit the appropriate paperwork to begin the certification process.
  3. If you have previously used benefits and are transferring from another institution, submit a copy of one of the following after having submitted original form to the Regional Processing Office in Muskogee, Oklahoma:
    • Individuals receiving benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, MGIB-AD, MGIB-SR, VEAP, and REAP will need to submit a VA Form 22-1995 “Request For Change of Program or Place of Training”
    • Individuals receiving benefits under the Dependents’ Education Assistance Program will need to submit a VA Form 22-5495 instead of Form 22-1995.
  4. Upon registering for classes, submit the appropriate Veteran Student Enrollment Forms.

Vocational Rehabilitation Students

If you are not a continuing UH West O‘ahu student, you must apply for admission by the appropriate deadline and be admitted. Submit an online application and application fee to begin the admissions process. Contact your counselor at Vocational Rehabilitation to send a VA Form 28-1905 verifying and approving your educational benefits. Upon registering for classes, submit the appropriate Veteran Student Enrollment Forms.

Continuing Students

Upon registering for classes, submit the appropriate Veteran Student Enrollment Form. Recertification is not automatic and enrollment forms must be submitted for the appropriate semester prior to being certified.

Veteran Affairs (VA) Scholarships

UH West Oʻahu offers a number of scholarships to help you finance your education.

See scholarships for veteran students

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