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Frequently Asked Questions

I applied to Ole Miss as a Veteran, but do not know how to verify my veterans status? Also, why is it important?

If you applied as a veteran, your status may qualify you for certain VA and Financial Aid benefits. To ensure your status is correct, you’ll need to provide a scanned copy of your DD214, Member 4 copy, to Veteran and Military Services. You can email the DD214 to umveterans@olemiss.edu and the document will be uploaded into your student file. The VA Certifying Official and Financial Aid will refer to this student file to ensure they provide pertinent veterans information to you during your Orientation.

How can I get a copy of my DD-214 if I need it?

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not maintain records of veterans’ military service, except as necessary for providing benefits from the VA. To obtain or amend a copy of your military service record and/or your Official Military Personnel File (DD-214, OMPFs), please visit the website for the Military Personnel Records Center (MPRC) in St. Louis, which is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). If you have been discharged from military service, your personnel files are stored at NARA, which is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. Visit the NARA website.

I am using my GI Bill at another school, but I have been accepted to Ole Miss  and would like to use my benefit here. How do I make that happen?

You can only use the GI Bill at one location at a time. To transfer the benefit to Ole Miss and begin using it here, you need to submit a VA 22-1995 (Request For Change of Program or Place of Training) to the VA. You can submit via fax to the VA or do it online via VONAPP

Once you have submitted the application, print a copy and call the Ole Miss VA Certifying Official (Ms Ann Compton) at 1-662-915-7792 for more instructions to transfer the benefit.

Am I able to receive Financial Aid if I receive military student’s benefits?

You can receive financial aid in addition to your military student’s benefits. Military students are encouraged to apply for student financial aid to help off-set the cost of education, because federal and state veterans benefits sometimes do not cover the entire cost of a college education.When completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), veterans need to be aware of some special circumstances:

  • Federal veteran education benefits do not affect financial aid eligibility and are not considered income for federal student aid purposes.
  • State veteran education benefits are treated as a resource, not an income, for federal student aid purposes.
  • Non-educational veteran benefits must be included on the FAFSA as untaxed income.

Veteran status for student aid purposes is not necessarily the same as veteran status for VA purposes. National Guard and Reservists may not qualify automatically as independent students. Refer to the FAFSA instructions to determine if you qualify as a veteran for financial aid purposes.

Qualifying Veterans could be eligible to receive the Non-Resident Military Scholarship (currently valued at $12,048 for the Fall and Spring semesters and $832.50 per class in Summer) to offset the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition costs. Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1-800-891-4596, for more information.

Are there any other documents I should have prior to attending my scheduled Orientation?

Yes. Leaving the military, it is important to keep a copy of all your records. You will need your shot records as part of the admissions process, so get a copy before you discharge. You will also need to ensure you have a copy of all academic documentation (HS Diploma/Transcript and ACT/SAT scores). If you have not taken an ACT, it is recommended that you take one before you apply. Your post/base Education Center has study guides and should provide the test for you. If you’ve taken any CLEP, have a copy of those records. You can also take CLEP exams at your Education Center.

I’ve been out of school for some time. Do I need to take the ACT?

You’ll need to check with Admissions for your specific case, but is recommended that you take the ACT prior to applying at Ole Miss. If you have already taken college classes, you might not need an ACT score, but clarify your status with Ole Miss Admissions. If you have not taken any college classes on Active Duty, you should see your Post/Base Education Center for more information on taking an ACT/SAT prior to Separation/Retirement. Like the ACT and SAT, you can also take the GRE for free on-post.

How often do I need to complete the UM VA Enrollment Certification Request?

The UM VA Enrollment Certification must be completed each semester of enrollment. Please submit your upcoming enrollment certification directly to the Registrar’s Office or to Veteran and Military Services.

I have applied for VA benefits, why haven’t I been paid?

In order to receive your VA benefits you must: 1) Submit a copy of your Certification of Eligibility to the Registrar’s Office, 2) Submit an UM VA Enrollment Certification Request each semester after you have registered for classes and, if applicable, 3) Submit the Change of Program/Place of Training form (VA 22-1995) to Registrar’s Office (if you have changed your major or program of study). Once the paperwork is submitted to us, the VA Certifying Official will verify your pending semester attendance with the VA to ensure that your Books stipend and BAH are ready when you begin school. Tuition and fees will not be paid until the middle of the semester by the VA, after they have verified that you are attending classes.

How are tuition and fees reported to the VA?

No paperwork is submitted to the VA until the 10th day of class. This allows the student to change their schedule as needed and ensure that all paperwork is accurate. The VA will normally take 30-45 days to process the paperwork and then pay the school. Because of this time frame, you will receive monthly bills from the UM Bursar stating that you have not paid your bill and that you have a hold placed on your account. Do not worry! As long as you’ve paid the portion of the bill that you’re responsible for (housing, meal plan, parking, etc.), once the VA does pay those holds will be lifted without penalty.

How does the VA pay monthly housing allowance?

The VA pays only for the time that you are enrolled in school. Each month is prorated based on the number of days you were a student for the previous month. The payment will be made the month following (ex. August will be paid in September, September paid in October, etc.). If you do not receive payment, call the VA at 1-888-442-4551. Press 1, then 0 for customer service. Remember that you must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 hours to be considered a full-time student.

Why is my check for January, May, August and December less than other months?

All months are prorated based on the number of days, for each month, that you are enrolled as a student. Your benefits start the day classes begin and stop the day they end. If you take summer classes, you only have to be enrolled in 12 hours (full summer, 1st summer, 2nd summer or combination of each, as long as it adds to 12) to recieve your full benefits for that time.

Do I have to verify my attendance to the VA each month?

You must verify your attendance each month you are enrolled in school (Chapter 31, 33, and 35 students are exempt). This will trigger your monthly payment. You can verify by phone (877) 823-2378 or online at VA WAVE.

If my G.I. Bill runs out before the end of the semester, will it cover the rest of the semester?

Yes, if you are a veteran who is eligible for the G.I. Bill at the start of a semester, you will receive benefits for the entire semester. Dependents using their parents GI Bill will not be able to take advantage of this. Dependents should contact the VA to determine how many days they will have for their final semester of benefits.

I have changed my class schedule after I submitted the UM VA Enrollment Certification Request form. What do I need to do?

You must notify the Registrar or Veteran and Military Services if you change your enrollment. Changes of enrollment include adding, dropping, or withdrawing from classes.

If I change my major or program of study, what do I need to do?

If you change your major or program of study, you must inform the VA Certifying Official or Veteran and Military Services, and then complete VA 22-1995 (Request for Change of Place/Change of Program) form. This can be done online via VONAPP or you can call the VA at 1-888-442-4551 to talk to a VA representative.

How do I ensure that any financial aid is applied to my account?

At the beginning of each semester, please stop by the Bursar Office to ensure that your financial aid (PELL, NRMS, etc.) has been applied to your account. They are located on the second floor of the Martindale Student Services Center.

How do I know what VA Education Benefits I qualify for?

There are many different benefits. Please go to the VA Education Benefits website for details on these benefits and links to the appropriate sources.

How long will my claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs take?

Properly submitted forms can be processed in approximately 30-45 days.

How do I file a claim for compensation or pension with the VA?

The Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) is the best choice. You can apply online here.

What is the Veteran Affairs website?

www.va.gov

What is the Mississippi Department of Veteran Affairs website?

www.vab.ms.gov

Are there private scholarships available for veterans?

Yes; please refer to Grants and Scholarships information located on the Office of Financial Aid webpage.

Am I required to live in the residence halls as a freshman?

If you are over the age of 21, you are not required to live in the residence halls.

Who do I contact if my question is not answered here?

Feel free to contact the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Services at 662-915-5021 or umveterans@olemiss.edu.