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Steps To Receiving Your Benefits at UC

The VONAPP (VA Online Application) is retired and the website is no longer available. The application(s) to apply for VA benefits are now available at Vets.gov or eBenefits.

After your application has been processed, you should receive a Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA determining your eligibility. Please submit a copy of this letter to our office.

You may submit any one of the following documents:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (C.O.E.)
  • "Proof of Eligibility" page from your eBenefits account. 
  • "Post-9/11 GI Bill Statement of Benefits" from your account on Vets.gov

** Please note, we do not require these documents in order to submit your enrollment certification to the VA.

In order to access your Statement of Benefits or Proof of Eligibility page, you must have an account set up with Vets.gov or eBenefits. If you have questions regarding your application state or Certificate of Eligibility, please contace the VA Regional Processing Office at 1-888-442-4551.

Apply for formal admission to University of Cincinnati by folloqing the procedures outlined by Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate School, as appropriate.

From the Department of Defense; All members of Active Duty or Reserve Components must contact their respective Education Service Officer prior to applying for admission to the university to ensure all eligibility requirements have been met.

To successfully apply for your veteran education benefits, you must be certain of both specific degree (e.g. associate, bachelors, masters, etc.) that you will be pursuing upon entry to University of Cincinnati and the major discipline of study within that degree (e.g., biology, accounting, nursing, history, etc.). Your college office will notify you of its admission decision. If you are admitted, the college will provide you with information regarding the specific degree requirements for your particular major. The college also will evaluate any prior study you have completed and will advise you in selecting the appropriate classes for registration.

After you receive notification from University of Cincinnati confirming that you have been admitted to your UC college, be sure to formally accept the offer of admission and pay any required matriculation fee by the deadline. Please be aware that registering for classes does not mean you are accepted by and matriculated into a degree program.

If you have any doubts as to whether or not you are matriculated into a degree program, check with the UC Admissions Office, the Graduate School, or your UC college office. 

Important Note: as required by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs regulations, to be certified at University of Cincinnati for VA educational benefits, you must be matriculated in an approved program of study.

For a list of University of Cincinnati programs approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, follow these steps: 

  • Go online to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs G.I. Bill Web Site under the main banner, click "Choose a School"
  • On the resulting page, click "Search for Approved Education and Job Training Programs"
  • On the resulting page, enter 'University of Cincinnati' into the "institution name box. Do not click Ohio on the U.S. map
  • On the resulting page, click the link "University of Cincinnati Vet Certification" and
  • On resulting page, click the link "programs" in the grey box placed at the top of the page.

 

If your program is not included on this list, immediately contact Veterans Programs & Services at (513)556-6811 or by email at: vetcert@ucmail.uc.edu.

For Chapters 30, 35, 1606, and REAP students, the U.S. department of Veteran Affairs pays benefits to the student at the end of each month. These payments may not be sufficient to cover full tuition and fee costs. Therefore, student-veterans must be prepared to pay at least your first semester's expenses (i.e. tuition and fees, textbooks, supplies, etc.) out of pocket.

University of Cincinnati makes available a three-part payment plan. For information regarding your options, visit the One Stop Student Service Center (University Pavilion, 2nd floor; (513)556-1000).

If you have not yet applied for financial aid, visit or contact the One Stop Student Service Center to request assistance in applying or apply online. Receipt of VA educational benefits does not necessarily exclude you from additional financial aid monies. 

Students applying to use VA Educational Benefits at UC for the first time are required to complete our questionnaire. If you've attended any other colleges you should indicate all previous college study on this questionnaire (whether or not you used VA benefits for that study) since VA regulations require all prior study to be reviewed by the current college. If you intend to submit a copy of your military transcript to UC, include it as one of your previous "colleges". We also need to know if you expect to receive AP credit or CLEP credit, please indicate University of Cincinnati as your college for these types of credits.

Contact your college advisor to arrange an advising appointment. Work with the advisor to select classes required for completing your current degree program. Keep in mind that the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs will pay benefits only for classes that progress you toward graduation in your current degree program or classes that are required refresher/ pre-requisite courses approved for VA benefit payment. So be sure to register carefully.

If you register for any classes that are not required by your current UC college for your current program, you must identify these non-required classes to our office (in writing).

Bring a signed, annotated copy of your finalized schedule to the Veteran Programs & Services Office

Complete the Veterans Programs &Services Form. Return the form to our office once completed.

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services, their spouses, and dependents, may qualify for immediate classification as Ohio resident-for-tuition-purposes. Check with the Office of the Registrar to see if you qualify.

If you have questions about the steps outlined above, contact Veterans Programs & Services.

Veterans Programs &Services' walk-up window is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am- 5:00pm EST. Our phone hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm EST. The VPS telephone number is (513)556-6811.