- FLG student veteran/military checklist
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- DODTA checklist
- Grad Student Checklist
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Grad Students and the GI Bill
Congratulations on your acceptance to Northern Arizona University! Please carefully read through each step of this checklist to help guide you in your transition.
Steps to complete:
1. Accept your offer to NAU Accordion Closed
You will receive an email from your designated program or department with an offer of program admission, as well as instructions on how to move forward to accept your offer of acceptance.
2. Apply to Receive Benefits Accordion Closed
- VA BENEFITS: Apply through the Veteran Affairs website directly to get your Certificate of Eligibility (COE).
- DODTA: Learn more about the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (DODTA) program by contacting your duty station Education Support office (ESO) and/or visit the DOD Website
NOTE: NAU administers the following Education Benefits:
- Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty – There is various eligibility criteria for this program and a minimum service obligation.
- Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) – Have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable and have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA Apply for VR&E services.
- Chapter 33 – Post-9/11 GI Bill® – At least 90 aggregate days of active service after September 10, 2001, or were discharged with a service-connected disability after serving at least 30 consecutive days after that date.
- Chapter 35 – Dependent Educational Assistance Program (DEA) – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program applicants should use the VA form 22-5490. If you have used Chapter 35 benefits at another university and are transferring to NAU, please fill out VA form 22-5495, which can be found on https://vabenefits.vba.va.gov
- Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship – The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
- Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) – The VA does not have authority under the law to make or reverse eligibility determinations. Your Guard or Reserve component makes decisions regarding your eligibility for this benefit.
- DODTA – NAU also administers the DODTA for Eligible Active Duty Military. NAU offers a $250/credit hour rate for DODTA eligible active duty. For additional assistance in submitting those forms, please visit https://in.nau.edu/veteran-and-military-services/dodta-checklist/.
- *Personalized Learning is not eligible for VA benefits or DODTA currently.
3. Certificate of Eligibility (COE) Accordion Closed
We will need a copy of your COE for our records and in some cases, residency (See Step 8). Don’t forget that you must have listed NAU as your school of choice. Once you receive this form, visit www.nau.edu/vets to submit your COE. If you are having any issues, please contact our office.
Submit COE Form Online
NOTE: It could take up to 2 months to receive your COE from the VA. The COE is sent directly to you and not to NAU. You do NOT have to wait for your COE to continue through the remaining steps on this list. Please continue.
4. Complete New Student Orientation Accordion Closed
- Student Veteran and Active Duty Orientation: Attending new student Orientation is a key step in transitioning to Northern Arizona University. Orientation provides you with tools and information that will help you succeed during your academic career. Start your online orientation experience here.
- Program Specific Orientation: If applicable, please work with your designated academic department for any targeted program orientation in addition to completing the Veteran and Active Duty Online Orientation.
5. Submit Your Course Schedule: Accordion Closed
VA Benefits users:
- Once you have applied for your applicable benefits and have enrolled in classes, you will need to submit your course schedule for VA benefits. This will initiate your VA Enrollment Certification for your monetary benefits and can be completed on your LOUIE account. Visit: https://www.peoplesoft.nau.edu
IMPORTANT: You must submit your course schedule for VA benefits EVERY TERM and resubmit the form if you make any changes i.e. add/drop classes. If you do not submit your course schedule through your LOUIE account, the VA will not be informed of your enrollment. NO CERTIFICATION = NO MONEY.
- NAU is proud to offer a tuition rate of $250 per credit hour for all DODTA eligible undergraduate and graduate students! Submit your DODTA Authorization Form
- You have the option to opt into a free payment plan if needed to avoid late fees. This typically only applies to student’s enrolled in a course that does not begin until after the tuition due date e.g. a second 8-week course (Session B). Student can do this by completing the following:
- You must pay all class fees associated with the term in question.
- You must send an email request to us before the tuition due date requesting the free TA pay plan.
- You must also show that you are eligible for TA; this could simply be that you sent in a TA authorization for the first 8 week session or you may show a screen shot showing your TA eligibility.
- Once the fees are paid in full and TA eligibility is verified, our office will defer your tuition due date. NOTE: Tuition for session B will then be due 2 weeks prior to the first day of class which will allow time to send in your TA authorization.
- Dropping a Class: If you drop a class after the add/drop date, you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the class(es) you are dropping and the reason. There may be financial implications associated with dropping class(es) after the add/drop date. Please feel free to contact the VSC for guidance in this process.
- If you are using Ch. 33 Post 9/11 benefits, the VA pays Tuition and Fees directly to NAU. NAU will defer your due date for the tuition and mandatory fees portion of your balance AFTER you certify your classes. Your BAH and book stipend is paid directly to your bank account which you set up when you applied for benefits. You will need to pay NAU directly for any fees outside of tuition/mandatory fees such as meal plans, housing charges, transportation fee, etc. which will not be put on the Vet Pay Plan.
- If you are using Ch. 30, Ch. 1606 or Ch. 35 benefits, the VA ONLY pays a monthly stipend directly to you through your bank account which you set up online. NAU offers a free “Vet Pay Plan” by request only. To request this pay plan, you will need to email email@example.com after you submit your courses for VA benefits.
- The Vet Pay Plan is a deferment that postpones payment of your associated tuition and certain fees until the NAU VA Certifying Official bills the Department of Veteran Affairs.
6. Residency/Tuition Rate Accordion Closed
- If you are deemed an out-of-state resident or a WUE student, there are a few options you may be eligible for to obtain the in-state tuition rate. ** Remember the VA only pays the in-state portion of your tuition. As soon as you are physically living in Arizona, and enrolled in courses, please visit https://nau.edu/veteran-and-military-services/yellow-ribbon/ to complete the “In- State Tuition/Yellow Ribbon Form. **
IMPORTANT: You must submit your residency form within the first week of classes.
- Online Students: The online tuition rate is the same as the in-state tuition and there is no work to be required from this section regarding Residency.
7. Financial Aid Accordion Closed
All students should complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) at. FAFSA determines your eligibility for Federal Student Loans as well as state/federal grants (grants = money you do not pay back), and also is a requirement for many scholarships.
Make sure to report any veteran/military benefits you will be receiving. Financial Aid is initially based on your “prior-prior year’s earnings”. If this doesn’t accurately reflect your income at the time you will be taking classes, talk with the VSC and we will provide information on the Financial Aid appeal process through the NAU Financial Aid Office to have your award reassessed.
FAFSA opens October 1st each year. You will need to re-apply to FAFSA every October and the sooner you complete it, the better in terms of funding availability. *We suggest marking your calendars as a reminder to do this each October!
- IMPORTANT: You must submit your residency form BEFORE the Add/Drop Date of your first term!
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- Connect with a seasoned student veteran to show you the ropes through the Vet Jack Program. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you connected with a veteran resource navigator based on your academic field of interest.
- Join the Student Veterans of America (SVA). Please sign up through True Blue Connects to become a member of the NAU SVA. This is a registered student organization on campus to support and promote the veteran perspective on campus. You will receive emails highlighting our monthly social and university events. You can also find us on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/nau.sva
- Learn about other organization/clubs on campus on TRUE BLUE connects at https://nau.collegiatelink.net.
- The W.A. Franke College Veteran Student Center: Dedicated to serving military affiliated students within the School of Business (FCB) as well as Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM). FCB (Bldg 81), Room 105. Email: Zachary.Hamilton@nau.edu | Phone: 928-523-0335 |
- Check out the following link anytime for other helpful resources during your NAU academic endeavor: https://in.nau.edu/veteran-and-military-services/resources/