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Veterans Affairs - Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay tuition and fees?
How long does it take to get my money?
How do I get my money?
Can I get all the money at once?
What is Advance Pay and how do I request it?
Why do I have to declare a major?
I have the Military College Fund. Do I get that too?
My Dad/Mom/Husband/wife was in the military. What benefits do I get?
Why do I have to fill out all of this paperwork?
I only received approximately 1/2 the amount of money I normally get?
How do I get direct deposit?
What is a NOBE?
Can I sign up for the GI Bill without my DD214, member 4 copy?
Can I start my GI Bill while on terminal leave?
Are TV/Internet classes payable?
What is the CAL-VET program?
It has been six weeks; where is my money?
Do I have to pay taxes on my GI Bill?
 


 

Do I have to pay tuition and fees?
For all Chapter except 33, the answer is - Yes! Students are responsible for their own fees, which are due generally upon enrollment. The GI Bill is a monthly allotment. You get paid via check or direct deposit. The VA educational benefit is to help offset the cost of tuition, fees, or books.  For Chapter 33 students, the VA will pay your enrollment fees (after certification and Muskogee processing time).  We will place a Do Not Drop indicator on your record so you are not dropped for non-payment in the meantime.

How long does it take to get my money?
The first time you file your initial application for VA educational benefits the processing by the VA can take up to 8 to 10 weeks. Once the VA processes the application and establishes a file for you subsequent processing of paperwork usually takes approximately 6 weeks. Peak periods, such as the start of the semester, educational benefit paperwork may take longer for the school and VA to process.

How do I get my money?
Once the VA processes and approves your payment you receive month payments based on your attendance in classes. The VA pays the monthly payments at the beginning of each month for the preceding month. If you are Chapter 30, 33 or 1606/07, you have the option on your application for benefits of requesting automatic deposit to your bank. Otherwise you will receive your benefit payments as hard copy checks.

Can I get all the money at once?
All GI bills are paid in monthly payments based on the previous month's attendance unless you are receiving advance pay.

What is Advance Pay and how do I request it?
If you are a first time student using GI bill benefits or have used the GI Bill before and been out of school for a semester you can request Advance Pay. We accept requests for Advance Pay 60 to 90 days prior to the beginning of the semester. The check would contain the first partial month and the next full month of attendance. The VA would send your next check to you at the beginning of the fourth month of attendance.

Why do I have to declare a major?
The VA requires you to declare an objective or goal. At Folsom Lake College that could be an AA degree or certificate from our catalog; or a BA or BS degree program through the CSU system or UC system. The BA or BS degree must be a major from a CSU or UC institution. Please see the A&R office, Transfer Center or a counselor for four-year articulation agreements.

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I have the Military College Fund. Do I get that too?
Yes, the VA should add the college fund into your monthly educational benefit check.

My Dad / Mom / husband / wife was in the military. What benefits do I get?
If the veteran is 100% permanently and totally disabled or deceased due to service connected injury or death the spouse or child may be eligible for Chapter 35 (Dependent) benefits. The spouse cannot have re-married and there is an age cut off for the children.
If you are not eligible for this program you may be eligible for a fee waiver program - the CAL VET program. The veteran must have established a percentage of disability with the VA and the child must meet an income criteria. This program waives some (but not all) of the fees for college at the Community College level; the CSU system and the UC system.

Why do I have to fill out all this paperwork?
The stack of paperwork we give you as a new student at Folsom Lake College establishes your veteran’s file at FLC and your VA file in Muskogee, OK. There is a reason for each piece of paperwork. Once the files are established you will need to complete one piece of paperwork each semester to keep benefits going, unless you change your major.

I only received approximately ½ the amount of money I normally get?
Have you dropped classes? Are you in a short session class, which ended before the end of the rest of the semester? Could an instructor have dropped you for non-attendance of a class. These are a few reasons that could affect pay. You need to contact our office so we can pull your file and find out what happened.

How do I get direct deposit?
You can request direct deposit when you apply for benefits by either attaching a voided check to your application or filling the information in on the application. Another way is to phone the VA and give them the information at 1-877-838-2778.

What is a NOBE?
For reservists utilizing Chapter 1606 a NOBE is a Notice of Basic Eligibility. You obtain your NOBE from your unit and you hand it in with your VA package of paperwork to our office.

Can I sign up for the GI Bill without my DD214, copy 4?
While we will certify you for benefits without a DD214 we ask that you obtain one as soon as possible. We are required by State law to retain a copy in your file in our office. Also there is always a possibility that not having a DD214 can hold the processing of your benefits by the VA.

Can I start my GI Bill while on terminal leave?
NO - You must be discharged from service to apply as a Veteran. Otherwise, your paperwork will be treated as an active duty person.

Are TV / Internet classes payable?
Yes; if they are required for your major.

What is the CAL Vet program?
The California Veterans Dependents Educational Assistance Program offers educational assistance to children and spouses of severely disabled or deceased veterans. Dependents of POWS and MIAS, widow(ers) of deceased veterans and wives of 100% disabled veterans may also be eligible. Ask for more information in the A&R Office.

It has been six weeks - where is my money?
Depending on the backlog at Muskogee, six weeks may be a reasonable amount of time for adjudication (processing). We suggest that you check with our office so we can pull your file and determine whether or not we need to do an inquiry.

Do I have to pay taxes on my GI Bill?
NO - All GI Bill benefits are TAX FREE.

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