How to Receive VA Benefits

Step One

Apply

This is the first step to using the GI Bill and other VA education benefits at the University of Northern Colorado. Applications for upcoming fall semester open August 1st of the previous year.

Step Two

eBenefits

New Students: The next step is to create an account and apply for benefits through the VA eBenefits webpage. Most students will be able to follow the prompts and answer the questions to receive the correct benefits.

Transfer Students: On the VA eBenefits webpage, you will be able to follow the prompts and answer the questions to fill out the correct form.

Step Three

FAFSA

FAFSA is the Federal Student Aid program. Pell grants and many other financial aid benefits should not affect VA status or benefits. This will also allow students to be eligible for UNC scholarships.

Step Four

Veterans Services

In order to ensure a smooth process and avoid delays in VA payments, students must stop by Veterans Services with their DD -214 / NGB-22 (proof of service) and Certificate of Eligibility (proof of VA benefits). Payment may be delayed if this step is not complete.

Step Five

Register for Classes

Students must meet with their academic advisor to receive a PIN to register for classes. This step must be completed before filling out the next step. The VA will not pay for classes that are not necessary for your program.

Step Six

URSA

Fill out the Veterans Certification Request  located under the Student tab in URSA. This step must be completed at the beginning of every semester. If a student adds or drops any classes, this form must be resubmitted.

Step Seven

COF

Accept your College Opportunity Fund or "COF." It is Colorado’s way of providing financial support for resident undergraduate students. This does not affect your GI Bill allowances.