How to Receive VA Benefits
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.
New Students: The next step is to create an account and apply for benefits through the VA VONAPP portal. Most students will use the 22-1990 for Post 9/11 benefits. Dependent will use the 22-1990E to start Post 9/11 benefits.
Transfer Students: The 22-1995 Change of Program form will need to be submitted in order for the VA to be notified of the change in institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.