Pre-Conference

Report
AVECO 2014 New SCO Basic Training
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
VA Regional Processing Office
St Louis, MO
Schedule
8AM – 12PM
1PM – 4PM
Q&A – 4-5PM
July 14, 2014
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New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, and updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow Ribbon
Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
AVECO SCO Training
Breakout training sessions scheduled this week:
- VAONCE Web Based Enrollment Instructions
- Yellow Ribbon under Chapter 33
- Non – Yellow Ribbon
- OJT, LACAS, Centralized Certification
- Study Abroad, Fees, Approvals
- New SCO Time Management
- Academic progress, probation, suspension
- Joint Service Transcripts
- VA Work Study
Large group training will involve VA Annual Reporting Fees, E Benefits, FTA,
POE, CH31, VA Debt Collection, TOP, VA compliance surveys, other topics on
the agenda, and a daily Question and Answer session
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Survey of Certifying Officials
SCO location at College & (full or part time VA)
Know your ELR, ECSS, SAA and RPO
Receive E-mails from ELR/Use RNW email to RPO as VA certifying
official
Refer to VA education web site
Paper form or VAONCE web based system
Institutional academic requirements
Direct deposit for institutional tuition & fee payments
Certifying modality of instruction
Certifying net charges
Certifying nonstandard terms
Growth in VA student enrollment activity at institutions
Start Up Questions for today?
Agenda and Topics – New VA Certifying Officials
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Survey of Certifying Officials
Other areas of interest or concern:
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Assisting VA students with questions on their benefits, eligibility, and
payment questions?
Internal communications with Business Office, Registrar, and Financial
Aid Office
Monitoring VA student enrollments
Annual Reporting Fee payments
VA training time measurements (Graduate and Undergraduate)
Student monthly self verification
Chapter 33 Institution & student debts
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
SCO Area of Interest
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VA paper payment reports sent to institutions
Institutions concerned with VA DMC debt letters and TOP
Principles of Excellence
SCO devotes a large portion of time assisting VA students
SCO monitoring has increased substantially due to increased
enrollments and certification requirements involving Chapter 33
Compliance Surveys
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New SCO Training Overview
• Organization of VA and RPO
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SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow Ribbon
Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
VA RPO Locations & Jurisdictions
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
VA Regional Processing Offices
There are four (4) VA Regional Processing Offices (RPO) located at Buffalo
NY for the Northeastern region, Atlanta, GA for Southeastern region, St
Louis, MO for the Central region, and Muskogee, OK for the Western
region.
location.
- Jurisdiction for the RPO’s is based on the school approval address
- Effective June 1, 2014 the following States reassigned the VA
Education Liaison Representatives and Education Compliance Survey
Specialists from St Louis VA RPO to:
Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana – Muskogee RPO
Tennessee and Kentucky – Atlanta RPO
West Virginia – Buffalo RPO
Applications and enrollments for these States were retained by the St Louis
VA RPO.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
St Louis VA Regional Processing Office
The jurisdiction of the St Louis VA RPO is 18 States
Responsibilities for:
• Processing all applications received by veterans and dependents for
our region
• Processing all enrollments and changes to enrollment data for all
schools and training establishments in our region
• VA work study program
• Providing service to veterans, dependents, and SCO’s in researching
and responding to questions in Right Now Web emails
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Nationwide Enrollment Data
As of April 2014 nationwide total VA enrollment of VA beneficiaries:
Total
743,339
CH33
562,140
76%
CH30
35,897
5%
CH35
59,023
8%
CH1606
37,451
5%
CH1607
7,347
1%
CH32
CH31 - Vocational Rehab
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35,897
Nationwide Active Institutions
IHL (6663)
Public
Pvt Profit
Pvt Non Prof
Non Degree (3083)
2,346
625
1,777
2,264
2,540
194
Total active institutions – 10,032
*As of April 2014 Nationwide
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
VA Nationwide 2013 Students Awarded Benefits
Total number of active schools – 11,260
Total number of VA students – 1,119,892
St Louis Regional Processing Office Data
Total number of active schools – 2,986 (27%)
Total number of VA students – 287,845 (26%)
Annual Reporting Fee Nationwide Payment for 2013 - $13,451,925.00
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Training Type
Where VA students enroll:
4 year institutions
46%
2 year institutions
36%
Graduate level
8%
All other types
*10%
*(Non degree institutions, OJT/APPR, Vocational Flight, Correspondence)
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
How it Begins--
School Certifies
Student Applies
Paper
Paper
VA-ONCE
VONAPP
RPO
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
The Image
RPO
Management
System
VCE
Write Award
Request Info
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ELR
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SCO
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Student
Authorizer
U. S. Treasury
Austin, TX
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VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
WE NEED YOU
The success of VA educational programs
depends largely on you, as a certifying official.
Your work on behalf of your institution in
assisting VA students is critical in the
processing and payment of veterans
educational benefits. We could not do our job
without you.
State
Approving
Agency (SAA)
Other
Schools
School
Certifying
Official
Military
Reserves
VA (ELR)
Students
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New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow Ribbon
Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
St Louis VA Regional Processing Office
What do the following mean and what is their purpose or
function?
WEAMS
TIMS
BDN
DOD
LTS
ELR
ECSS
SAA
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Training Resources
Access from www.gibill.va.gov under school resources for:
National SCO Handbook
VAONCE Quick Reference User Guide
Online school certifying official training
FAQ’s
VA Education Benefit Chapter Information
Principles of Excellence, Treasury Offset Program
ELR Technical Assistance & VAONCE Instruction
• Workshops in your state sponsored by VA, SAA, or other agencies
• Webinars
• ELR
• VACO
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Training Resources
SCO on line training module sessions
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Access GI Bill web site
Open SCO on line training
Register – email and facility code
Complete the training modules
1 module is optional on VA benefit chapters
SCO module provides training on certifications and monitoring
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
On Line SCO Training
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Objectives
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Training Resources
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow
Ribbon Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Education Programs
• Chapter 30
• Chapter 1606
• Chapter 1607
• Chapter 35
• Chapter 31
• Chapter 33
• Chapter 33 TOE
• VRAP – CH30 and ended March 2014
SCO Handbook pages 24 - 40
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Student Application forms (paper or on line)
VA Form 22-1990 – Application for all chapters (except
Ch 35)
VA Form 22-1990e – Chapter 33 Transfer of Entitlement
VA Form 22-5490 – Chapter 35 original claims and Fry
*Updated Form
VA Form 22-1995 – All Chapters except Chapter 35 &
VA Form 22-5495 – Chapter 35 subsequent claims
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Issues & Concerns with Applications
Common error when applying on line –
Failure to hit submit when application
completed for a tracking system
NOTE: SCO certification of enrollments to VA
will not be processed if no application has
been submitted by veteran or dependent
This information will not be communicated
back to SCO that VA does not have
application
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Maximum of 48 Months of Entitlement
Although students may be eligible under more than one
education benefit chapter, they cannot use more than 48
months total between multiple chapters.
Public Law 111-377 – Persons entering active duty on or
after August 1, 2011 can only utilize one period of military
service for one VA education benefit chapter
Individuals may be eligible for more than 1 benefit chapter now based
on eligibility based on multiple veterans (Chapter 35 DEA, Chapter
33 Transfer of Benefits, Fry Amendment), and veteran-reservenational guard service, AGR32 (active guard reserve)
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Benefit Chapter Resource
Access VA National SCO Handbook (pages 24 – 41) which
contains comparison information on each benefit chapter.
- Provides information on student application forms
- Provides information for each benefit chapter
- Provides eligibility and entitlement information
- GI bill web site provides assistance in finding schools and
comparing institutional programs and costs
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Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
This program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for,
find, and keep suitable jobs.
The Vocational Rehab program is NOT administered by RPO
Does count against the 48 months Educational Benefits
Does use the same certification process as VA Education
Pays the student a monthly stipend based on dependents or BAH rates
Requires communication between the Chapter 31 Voc Rehab Case
Manager and the SCO
Pays the school directly for tuition/books/supplies
Important: Chapter 31 is not processed by RPO; however those who want CH33 BAH rate
under CH31 must apply to RPO for determination of eligibility
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Post-9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33
• For service members who served on active duty after 9/10/2001
•Eligibility from 40 – 100% based on military service period(s) determines
benefit payments
• Pays up to full in-state tuition and fees at Public Schools
• Pays up to $ 20,235.02 (effective 8/1/14) for tuition and fees per academic
year at Private School (VA Academic year – 8/1 – 7/31)
• $19,138.31 effective 8/1/2013 for (8/1/13 – 7/31/14)
• Stipend for Books and Supplies – Maximum $1,000 per VA academic year
based on 24 total credits within VA academic year at $41.67 per credit
• DOD “kickers” can transfer to CH33 from Chapters 30, 1606 & 1607
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Post-9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33
•Monthly Housing stipend—military rankE5 w/dep rate (BAH) based on zip code
of the approved institutional facility code
• Transfer of benefits as approved by Dept of Defense
•Yellow Ribbon Program for participating and approved Institutions of Higher
Learning (IHL) for VA matching payment for IHL contribution to reduce student
tuition
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Chapter 33
• Individuals should carefully consider their education goals before
applying and electing benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
• VA can provide general benefit comparison information, however,
an individual’s unique circumstances must also be considered
• Benefit comparison information is available at www.gibill.va.gov
• Individuals who establish eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill must
make an irrevocable election if they are:
• Eligible for either MGIB-AD, MGIB-SR or REAP; or
• A member of the Armed Forces who is eligible to receive MGIBAD benefits and who is making the basic $1200 contribution
toward MGIB-AD
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Chapter 33
Service Requirements
(after 9/10/01 an individual must serve an
aggregate of)
% of Maximum
Benefit Payable
At least 36 months
100
At least 30 continuous days on active duty
(Must be discharged due to service-connected disability)
100
At least 30 months, but less than 36 months
90
*At least 24 months, but less than 30 months
80
*At least 18 months, but less than 24 months
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*At least 12 months, but less than 18 months
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*At least 06 months, but less than 12 months
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*At least 90 days, but less than 06 months
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Chapter 33
• Benefits to attend NCDs, OJT/APP, Flight, Correspondence
• Break pay no longer available (all chapters)
• Active Duty may receive less than 100%
• Housing payments affected by Rate of pursuit (ROP)
• Housing for Distance Learners
• Books for Active Duty
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Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon
• Program to help pay some/all of unmet charges
at IHLs
• School must enter into agreement with VA
• School can contribute up to half of unmet
charges and VA matches amount
• Only available to 100% tier
• AD, Spouses of AD, & Fry Scholarship not
eligible
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CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill – Tuition & Fees
U.S. Public Schools: The actual net cost for in-state
tuition and fees after the application of any waiver,
scholarship, aid, or assistance [other than Title IV
funds]
Private and Foreign Schools: The lesser of the
actual net cost for tuition and fees after the application
of any waiver, scholarship, aid, or assistance [other
than Title IV funds], or $20,235.02 for the academic
year beginning on August 1, 2014
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill – Tuition & Fees
Before reporting Tuition and Fees apply…
• Federal aid (excluding Title IV funds)
• Waiver/Discount in tuition and fees
• Scholarships for tuition or fees
• State, institutional, or employer-based aid or
assistance
NOTE: Aid or assistance not designated for the sole
purpose of reducing a student’s tuition and fee cost
should NOT be excluded from the net in-state charges
reported to VA.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Chapter 33 Housing
• The amount payable for the Monthly Housing Allowance for any academic year
(beginning on August 1) will be based upon the BAH rates effective on January
1 of that year.
• This means that Monthly Housing Allowance rates for chapter 33 awards will
change effective August 1 of each year, and not on January 1.
Distance Learning: Individuals only enrolled in distance learning courses will be
eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the national average
of all Basic Allowances for Housing. Rates will be multiplied by the rate of
pursuit rounded to the nearest multiple of 10.
Housing allowance is payable to students (Also Excluded: those on active duty or
spouse who is a CH33 TOE of an active duty transferor)
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CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program
Private Schools:
• Annual Cap amount must be reached before Yellow Ribbon
(YR) applies $19,138.31 for 8/1/13 – 7/31/14
• Exhaust the annual cap amount before certifying YRP
• VA academic year (8/1 – 7/31)
• Annual cap rate will increase to $20,235.02 effective
8/1/2014
• VAONCE – for those approved at your IHL for YRP set up
in VAONCE for CH33 Yellow – report 0 until needed
• Do NOT certify YRP contributions to VA until the annual
cap dollar amount for tuition and fees has been exhausted
within VA academic year
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Entitlement
An individual approved to transfer benefits may:
•Transfer up to 36 months of benefits (unless DoD/DHS restricts
number of months an individual may transfer).
•Transfer to spouse, child, or children in any amount up to
amount transferor has available or amount approved by
DoD/DHS.
•Department of Defense branch of service must approve the
serviceperson’s request to transfer benefits.
•Revoke or modify a transfer request of any unused benefits
unless the transferor’s 15-year eligibility period has ended.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Entitlement
• VA Form 22-1990e is used for those who have been transferred benefits
under Ch33
• The paper applications and VONAPP forms available on the GI Bill
website contain ch33 information
• A signature is not required in support of applications for education
benefits or applications for a change of program or place of training
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Entitlement
Spouses:
May use after transferor completes 6 years in Armed Forces
Paid at transferor’s rate - Cannot be paid monthly housing
allowance or books and supplies stipend if the transferor is on
active duty when the spouse is receiving benefits
Can continue to use benefits if divorced, unless the transferor
revokes remaining entitlement
Can use benefits up to transferor’s 15-year eligibility period, unless
transferor specifies an earlier ending date
Not limited to highest in-State tuition and fee rates while transferor
in on active duty
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Entitlement
Children:
Entitlement must be transferred to an unmarried child who has not
reached the age of 18 or, if in school, before child is 23 years of age
May use benefits after transferor completes 10 years in Armed Forces
Must have:
reached age 18; or
completed requirements of secondary school diploma
(or equivalency certificate)
Receives veteran rate, including housing allowance & book stipend,
even if transferor is on active duty
May use until 26 years old even if transferor’s 15-year eligibility period
ended
May continue to use benefits after marriage
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Transfer Benefits VA Home Page
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
CH33 Fry Scholarships for Dependents
Fry Scholarship as part of Chapter 33•
For children of service members who die in the line of duty after
Sept 10, 2001
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*Application form has been updated recently
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Have 15 years beginning on 18th birthday to use the benefit
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Entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
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Not eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program
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Service member did NOT have to make election for CH33
NOTE: SCO Handbook page 33
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow Ribbon
Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Basic SCO Responsibilities
• Inform VA of the enrollment status of veterans and
other eligible persons.
• Maintain adequate documentation at the
institution to support certifications.
• Certify enrollments & changes timely to VA.
• Inform VA or SAA of new programs, changes in
programs, institutional changes, etc.
• Apprise supervisors of any internal problems
which may affect service to VA students.
NOTE: SCO Handbook pages 16 - 18
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Institutional Requirements
VA requires a veteran or dependent apply to an
institution to be a student, have prior credit
evaluated, and pursue an approved vocational,
educational, or professional objective
• Student must apply to the institution
• Student must be in pending status or accepted for
enrollment
• Student pursuing approved program and subjects that
apply to program
• Institutional monitoring for enrollment changes
• Institutional reporting for modality of instruction
• Certify accurate net charges of tuition and fees
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
What is SCO Certifying on Enrollments
VA Form 22-1999 – Enrollment Certification document
contains 8 certification requirements that are beyond the
individual student certification:
These items are important as they are not in VAONCE when
certifying students to VA – majority of institutions utilize
VAONCE versus paper documents.
VA preference is VAONCE.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
What is SCO Certifying on Enrollments
- The 85/15% enrollment ratio requirement has been
satisfied
- Student is not an owner or officer of the school nor is the
student certified as an official authorized to sign enrollment
certifications (proprietary schools)
- The institution holds no power of attorney agreement
authorizing the institution to negotiate VA educational
assistance allowance checks
- No course certified is a repetition of any course previously
satisfactorily completed except as permitted by VA
regulations
- The course or courses certified are approved by the State
Approving Agency and are generally acceptable to meet
requirements for the student’s objective
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
What is SCO Certifying on Enrollments
- The institution has exercised diligence in meeting all
applicable requirements of Title 38 USC and any failure by
the institution to meet any requirements of the law will be
reported promptly to VA
- The institution agrees to report promptly to VA any
enrollment change and any change due to unsatisfactory
progress, conduct or attendance. Promptly means within
30 days of the enrollment change. Except for students
receiving benefits under Chapter 33, the institution need
not report an enrollment change for a student who was in
full-time attendance before the change and in fulltime after
the enrollment change.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Role of the VA Certifying Official
- Understand VA reporting requirements
- Communicate with VA students concerning
awareness of benefit chapters, application process,
and institutional and VA requirements in order to be
certified
- Certify VA student enrollment accurately and timely
- Develop internal monitoring systems
- Monitor and report changes to VA within 30 days
- Communicate as needed with VA and SAA
- Report concerns to institutional management
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Inform VA of Student Enrollment Status
-Monitor unit subjects pursued and certify to VA only
those subjects which apply to the student’s program
-Monitor student’s grades to insure (s)he is making
satisfactory progress and report unsatisfactory
progress
-Monitor student’s conduct and report when student
is suspended/dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct
-Monitor monthly to ensure timely reporting of
reductions, terminations or increases in training
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
SCO Turnover Issues
- Generally ELRs experience an SCO turnover rate of
approximately 30% each year based on revised
designation of certifying official forms submitted
- Each change requires updating in our data bases
(WEAMS) – approval data, and VAONCE – authorizing
new SCO’s access to web based enrollment submissions
- Continuing need for training – SCO on line training
modules found on the GI Bill web site, SCO National
Handbook, and VAONCE User Guide are essential for
training and effectively certifying and monitoring students
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Internet Inquiries (RNW)
Right Now Web Inquiries
VA RPO provides 2 e-mail boxes
General public
VA Certifying Officials
It is important to register in RNW as a school
certifying official
NOTE: SCO Handbook pages 13 – 14
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Internet Inquiries (RNW)
SCO
•Status of certification
•Tuition and fee payment
•File number for CH 35
student
•Hardship case (place in
Subject line)
•Report Academic Probation
•Clarification of debt
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Student
•Remaining entitlement
•Delimiting date
•Status of payment
•Set-up direct deposit
•Report address change
•Submit new
documents
•Benefit questions
SCO Questions for ELR
VA-ONCE Questions
• Access
• Training
• Technical issues
Certification Questions
• Training
• Unique reporting situations
• Updated designation of
Certifying Official form
Program Approval Questions
Procedural Questions/New VA Benefits
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
SCO Contacting VA
VA Education Toll Free numbers:
- General Number – 1-888-442-4551
- *Special SCO Hotline – 1-855-225-1159
- * Do not give out this number
- GI Bill web site for sending secure email to VA RPO St
Louis (Right Now Web) ask a question
- www.gibill.va.gov
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow
Ribbon Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Role of the State Approving Agency
Approval authority within State for:
• New facility approval
• DEEMED approved approval for all except degree
programs of education (majors)
• Private Profit institutions and non college degree
institutions - approval authority
• Other non accredited institutions approval authority
and all non college degree schools
• Provide technical assistance to SCO
• Conduct compliance surveys for VA effective 10-12011
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Role of the Education Liaison Representative
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Maintain communication with certifying officials
Close working relationship with SAA
Interpret VA regulations, policies and procedures
SCO State workshops
Approval data base
Conduct compliance surveys
Present information about VA education benefit programs
& certification requirements
Assist VA RPO St Louis as needed
Technical assistance to VA Central Office
VAONCE Administrator
Conduct EO Investigations
Provide support to the CELO
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
VA Compliance Surveys
VA conducts routine periodic compliance surveys to determine if an
institution is complying with regulations for approval and certifications.
The compliance survey review consists of a random sample of VA student
records certified by the SCO to determine if the institution has the internal
controls and practices to meet approval requirements.
The results of the findings are conveyed to the institution; and in some
instances due to the percentage of discrepancies, expanded surveys and
complete 100% review of VA certified student records will occur to
establish overpayments due to incorrect certifications.
Compliance surveys are conducted by both VA and SAA personnel.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow
Ribbon Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Student Responsibilities
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Promptly notify SCO of changes to enrollment
Understand benefit programs
Application for benefits
Progress and pursuit
Contacting VA – inquiries concerning benefit
eligibility and benefit payments
• Understand cause and effect of enrollment
changes
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow
Ribbon Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
St Louis VA Regional Processing Office
The majority of institutions utilize VAONCE web based
enrollment method to certify enrollment data to VA
Paper enrollment documents will be accepted:
- VA FORM 22-1999 Enrollment Cert
- VA FORM 22-1999b Change of student status
VAONCE training will be conducted in breakout sessions this
week at AVECO
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
St Louis VA Regional Processing Office
Long Term Solution (LTS) – Chapter 33:
• VA computer program exported October 2012 at VA
Regional Processing Offices to automate enrollment
processing of Post 9/11 GI Bill enrollments to reduce
processing time
• Results - 50% automated enrollment processing provided
VAONCE enrollment clears edits
• And an additional 30% of enrollments have partial
automated processing
• Tuition/fee payments released no earlier than 14 days prior
to each term start date
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Enrollment Data
Benefit Chapter
VA File number
Chapter 35 file number and payee #
Type of training
Name of program
Parent or Guest student factors
Begin and end dates of terms
Term Dates (standard & non-standard)
Modality of instruction
Net charges for CH33 tuition and fees
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
When to Certify Enrollments
Up to 120 days before term begins unless–
• Less than one half time
• Active military duty
• Accelerated payment
If a student is less than ½-time, on active duty, or certified for
accelerated payment the Certification must be submitted on or after
the first day of class and tuition and fees must be reported. SCO
Handbook page 43
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Certifying Enrollment
Non Chapter 33 can be certified for more than one
term at a time (Fall semester 2014 & Spring
semester 2015); or multiple non-standard terms
Chapter 33 is restricted to one quarter or semester
and for non-standard terms limited to equivalent
length of a semester or quarter.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Enrollment Terms
Terms (Semester, Quarter, non standard, or
accelerated)
Single term or multiple term submission to VA
Begin and end dates for each term
Report credits for each term
- IHL terms – start dates for subjects that
begin after first week of term
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Other Monitoring of Enrollment Data
• Nonstandard term certification
• NCD clock hour reporting
• IHL credit hour reporting – resident, distance education,
practical (externship), remedial
• Credit for prior training has been evaluated with
appropriate credit granted(not reported in VAONCE
UPDATE) but documented at institution
• Remedial/deficiency credit reporting (* must be in
residence training and not on line for certification)
• Subjects do not apply to program requirements
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Institutional Source Documents
• Prior to certifying:
- Obtain and review student term registration
schedule
• Start & end dates of term(s)
• Number of credits
• Modality – resident, distance,
blended/hybrid, remedial
- Obtain student account ledger for charges of
tuition & fees – also confirm net charges from
other sources to deduct
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Enrollment Data (Other Issues)
• Blended or Hybrid pursuit- pages 52 -53 of SCO
Handbook (Undergraduate & Graduate)
• Study Abroad page- page 84 of SCO Handbook
• Subject Applicability – pages 45-48 of SCO
Handbook
• Undeclared Major – page 45 of SCO Handbook
• Matriculation – page 45 of SCO Handbook
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Enrollment Data
How to report credits (differences for Chapter 33 and non
Chapter 33 benefits)
Non Chapter 33 – resident and distance are not separated
Resident – page 52 of SCO Handbook
Distance learning – page 52 of SCO Handbook
Remedial or deficiency –page 47 of SCO Handbook
Practical Training (Internship) – page 48 of SCO
handbook)
Tuition & Fees – page 44 & 63-69 of SCO Handbook
YRP institutional contribution – pages 63-64 of SCO
Handbook
Public institutions – YRP Non resident tuition – pages 63 –
69 of SCO Handbook
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Enrollment Data (Other Issues)
• Repeating subjects – page 46 of SCO Handbook
• Audited subjects – page 46 of SCO Handbook
• Prior credit evaluation – page 49 of SCO
Handbook
• Military Transcripts – Break out session
• Subject substitution – page 49 of SCO Handbook
• Rounding Out – page 48 of SCO Handbook
• Concurrent enrollment – pages 59-60 of SCO
Handbook
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
VA Policy for Rounding Out of Last Term
VA may not pay for courses that are not part of the
claimant’s program of education.
However, for degree courses taken on a quarter,
semester, or term basis, rounding out for the last
term to complete program is permitted.
A claimant may enroll in sufficient credit hours during
his or her last term to allow payment of (up to and
including) full-time training.
Example: 12 semester credits is FT and student
needs 4 credits to complete. Can enroll for 8
additional credits for certification to full time.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow
Ribbon Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
VAONCE
Process:
ELR is point of contact for institution on:
- VAONCE MOU
- VA Form 22-8794 Designation of Certifying
Official form to ELR (OBTAIN FROM ELR)
- ELR provides VAONCE log in and password
- ACCESS VAONCE USER GUIDE
- ACCESS VA NATIONAL SCO HANDBOOK
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
VAONCE
Functions in VAONCE:
- Add new students – BIO Page
- Correct SS#, Correct VA file number, Correct
benefit Chapter, Type training, and Name of
program
- Create and submit new enrollments
- Single term or multiple terms
- VAONCE Filtering systems – managing
- Printing VAONCE enrollments
- AMEND, ADJUST, TERMINATE
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow
Ribbon Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
SCO Enrollments
VA requires a veteran or dependent apply to an
institution to be a student, have prior credit
evaluated, and pursue an approved vocational,
educational, or professional objective
Student must apply to the institution
Student must be in pending status or accepted for
enrollment
Student pursuing approved program and subjects that
apply to program
Institutional monitoring for enrollment changes
Institutional reporting for modality of instruction
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Review Prior to Certifying Enrollment
Ensure student has applied to institution
Pending or accepted
Has prior credit been evaluated
Pursuing approved objective
Review student academic term schedule
Identify resident, distance, blended/hybrid, remedial or deficiency
training, and length of term
Review to ensure subjects apply to program
Review for repeated subjects
Obtain enrollment start and end date for verification of non
standard term or accelerated term dates
Review institutional student account ledger for costs (confirm net
charges to report to VA)
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Training Time Measurement
VA training time measurement:
Undergraduate credit (semester/quarters) generally
12 credits as minimum full time
9-11 = ¾ and 6-8 = ½ time training
Chapter 33 – Rate of pursuit if 12 cr is FT:
7=
8=
9=
10 =
11 =
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
58% rounded to 60%
66% rounded to 70%
75% rounded to 80%
83% rounded to 80%
91% rounded to 90%
Training Time Measurement
VA training time measurement:
Undergraduate credit (semester/quarters)
Nonstandard term credit hour equivalency based on
semester or quarter hour credits calculated on length
of term for equivalent training time.
Use nonstandard term calculator
Also refer to pages 55-59 of SCO Handbook
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Training Time Measurement
VA training time measurement:
Graduate level - credit (semester/quarters)
Standard term non CH33 based on institutional
academic training time (i.e. FT, ¾, ½)
Chapter 33 – enrollment document will contain TT
column (Training Time determined by the institution
as minimum full time for the term certified. VA
calculates TT to credits certified for Rate of Pursuit
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Training Time Measurement
VA training time measurement:
Graduate level - credit (semester/quarters)
CH33 – nonstandard terms VA will apply same
nonstandard term tool for credit hour equivalency.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Enrollment Rules for Start & End Dates of Terms
Generally report the scheduled beginning and ending date for
the term, quarter, or semester.
Courses beginning after the calendar week (Sunday –
Saturday) that the term, quarter, or semester begins, report
the actual date classes begin.
Courses ending other than the calendar week your semester
ends, report the actual date the classes end.
Certify the beginning and ending date of each term separately
when certifying multiple terms.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Enrollment Rules for Certifying Tuition and Fees
- Standard term tuition and fees
- Flat rate or banded tuition and fees
- Identify tuition and fees as appropriate for each term
(typically non-standard terms) that may be contained
within the semester
- Refer to pages 64 – 69 for detailed guidance
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Enrollment Rules for Start & End Dates of Terms
Many Institutions have non standard term dates that may
cover 5-8 weeks over the course of the year.
These can be certified to VA however for undergraduate we
apply the equivalent credit hour conversion to determine
training time.
For graduate level we require the institution include on the
enrollment the level of training time (non CH33 – FT, ¾, ½
etc & for CH33 – the minimum number of graduate credits
needed for full time status as required and published by the
IHL. Example: 9 graduate credits may be full time for a
standard semester by the IHL
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Concurrent Enrollment (Guest Student)
Parent institution must approve all subjects in advance for
student to be certified by secondary institution to VA under
concurrent enrollment
Parent institution must obtain from secondary institution end
of term grades to confirm completion
Guest IHL cannot certify their enrollment to VA pending
approval documentation from Parent IHL.
Parent IHL will be provided end of term grade report for
credits to be applied to program.
Guest IHL responsible for reporting enrollment changes
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Withdrawing of Credits
• If a student withdraws during the school’s drop
period, identify the adjustment as “During Drop
Period”.
• The drop period is the designated period at the
beginning of a term when students can drop and add
classes without a withdrawal being recorded on their
transcript.
• For VA purposes the drop date definition cannot be
more than 30 days from the beginning date of the
quarter, semester, or term.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Withdrawing of Credits
• Whether the reason is “During Drop Period” or “After Drop
Period” you must identify whether the grade assigned is nonpunitive or punitive.
• The action VA takes differs for non-punitive and punitive
grades.
• If the grade is non-punitive, mitigating circumstances could
be an issue.
• Mitigating circumstances are circumstances beyond the
student's control that prevent the student from continuing in
school or that causes the student to reduce credits.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Incomplete Grades
Do not report end of term Incomplete grades when an
official grade per institutional academic requirements
will convert to a letter grade within the next enrollment
period.
Report the incomplete grade when it will NOT convert
to a letter grade within the next enrollment period.
Submit adjustment and identify Incomplete grade and
number of credits – add remarks that Incomplete
grade (non punitive) has been assigned.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Examples of Mitigating Circumstances
• An illness or death in the student’s immediate
family.
• An unavoidable change in the student’s conditions
of employment.
• An unavoidable geographical transfer resulting from
the student’s employment.
• Unanticipated active military service, including
active duty for training.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Unsat Progress – VAONCE Terminate
•Unsatisfactory progress, conduct or attendance of a
veteran or eligible person must be reported to VA.
• If the veteran or eligible person continues in
training despite unsatisfactory progress, conduct or
despite having failed to meet the regularly prescribed
standards of attendance at the school, the school
must report this fact to VA within 30 days (normally
from end of the term which is the effective date for
academic suspension.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Graduation & Probation Reporting to VA
• Institutions are required to report to VA RPO when
a student has graduated – using VAONCE to show
end of term and drop down menu – Graduated
• Institutions will be required to report to VA RPO
when a student is PLACED on academic probation
by submitting email through VA Intranet Right Now
Web reporting the term student placed on probation.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Certification Questions
• Ensure credits apply to program
• Validate net charges
• Guest Student
• Concurrent enrollment
• Any other Federal or State direct tuition paid to
institution
• Other forms of direct scholarship for tuition
• Military Federal or State Tuition Assistance from
National Guard or Army Reserve
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Certification Questions
• How to certify Practical Training (Internship,
externship clock hours as appropriate)
• Remedial/deficiency credits – can NOT certify
when taken on line & also what is supporting
documentation to pursue remedial training
• Repeating subjects – what are requirements?
• Applied to institution but transcripts from prior
institutions not received or evaluated?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Certification Questions
• How to report student withdraw based on
military deployment
• Sending VA amended enrollment data during
the term for reducing tuition due to other source
payments
• How to certify dual objectives
• Does SCO certify minors?
• What are institutional debts caused by?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow Ribbon
Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Overpayments to Institution
Institutional Debts – Chapter 33
1. Student never attending ANY classes for which he/she
was certified regardless of the reason for non-attendance
2. Student completely withdraws on or before the first day of
the term
3. School received payment for the wrong student – VA error
4. School received a duplicate payment – VA error
5. May be school debt -Student died during the term or
before start of term (caution: follow college policies) when
term not erased.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Overpayments to Institution
Institutional Debts – Chapter 33
6. School submitted an amended enrollment
certification and reported reduced tuition and
fees charged, reduced YRP, or both.
7. VA issued payment above the amount certified
by institution – VA error
8. VA /SAA compliance survey findings
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Overpayments to Student
1. Student withdrew after the first day of the term
(FDOT)
2. If student completely withdrew of FDOT, treat as if
the student never attended
3. Student reduced hours whether the reduction
occurred during or before the term
4. If student attended at least one day of the classes
certified and a payment has been issued, any
debt created by the reduction or withdrawal
should be charged to the student.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Overpayments to Student
5. School submitted a change in enrollment (1999b)
and reported a reduction in tuition, fees, and/or
YRP due to student action reducing or terminating
training.
6. If student drops a course and adds a course so
that there is no net change in training time, any
change to tuition, fees, and/or YRP is a student
debt.
7. VA/SAA compliance survey findings.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Student – Request for Waiver of Debt
Student overpayments due to reduction in training
time affecting monthly benefit rates or prorated tuition
and fees charged as an overpayment due to credit
reduction or totally withdrawing from all credits in a
term may:
- Apply to VA for a waiver – VA notifies student
of this process when notifying student of
overpayment
- Application or request for waiver is submitted
to VA Debt Management Center
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Student – Request for Waiver of Debt
Student will be required to submit a written request
for a waiver of the debt and also submit a financial
statement to VA. Debt collection is suspended.
VA will act on the waiver request and if there was no
material fault on the student and student does not
have the ability to repay the overpayment MAY be
waived based on the VA decision.
When waived the amount waived is subtracted from
their months of entitlement.
If waiver denied student is informed and collection
actions will be re-activated by DMC.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Institutional Overpayments
Overpayments to institutions and VA students will be
presented by VA Debt Management Center this week
at AVECO.
Refer to pages 92 – 108 in the SCO Handbook for
information on institutional and student debts.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Overview
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges, Yellow
Ribbon Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Chapter 33 veteran asks you to certify him/her to VA
for 15 semester credits for the upcoming term. What
actions should you take if:
Student informs you of a tuition scholarship
Student informs you of military FTA
Student informs you of reduced tuition as a
college employee OR graduate assistant
Student is receiving Title IV Fed Fin Aid
IHL grants discounts/waivers to veterans
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Chapter 33 TOE dependent at 100% entitlement
contacted you as VA awarded them benefits with an
effective date later than first day of term.
- What may be the reason?
- What date should you certify?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Chapter 33 student has been certified to VA for 8
credits for full semester and 4 credits for 8 weeks of
the semester. Student contacts you claiming VA
should have awarded full time for the term due to 12
credits and not less than full time for a portion of
term.
Did VA make an error in this case?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
You certified a student to VA under Chapter 33 for the
current term. You just discovered the tuition and fees
need to be changed. Reason is student fees
reduced.
What action do you take in VAONCE?
When should you submit this change to VA?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Student preregisters in June for Fall semester for a
total of 14 credits.
When do you certify student to VA?
When do you submit any changes to enrollment in
credits to VA?
If Chapter 33 when do you certify tuition and fees
to VA for this term?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Chapter 33 student reduced credits from 12 to 8 on
the 4th week of the term. You previously submitted the
enrollment for full term and included tuition of $2400
and fees of $300. Cost per credit is $200 and $25
fees per credit hour.
- What is VA timeliness standard to report change?
- What section in VAONCE do you use to submit the
change?
- What information do you report?
- What is impact on student?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Student contacts you and asks you to certify classes
to VA however student has not applied to your IHL to
be a degree seeking student.
What action should you, as SCO, take on this
case?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
VA Debt Management Center has sent your institution
an overpayment letter requesting payment be sent for
$5,000 for student.
You and business office research records and cannot
confirm this is a school debt nor is the amount right.
What should you do?
Submit a notice of disagreement to the DMC and ask for an
audit by the VA RPO St Louis prior to making payment.
Ask DMC to suspend collection actions pending the audit
report.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Chapter 33 student enrolls for 15 credits however
their degree audit identifies that only 12 will apply to
the program.
What do you do?
Note: IHL charges a flat rate tuition band between
12 – 18 credits and there are no additional fees
beyond 12 credits.
ANSWER: submit adjustment to 12 credits
effective start date of term
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
You have a Chapter 33 YRP student who has been
certified for the Spring term 2013 and tuition and fees
are $11,500. What do you show for YRP
contribution? MOA for Private Institution YRP
academic year amount is unlimited dollars per
student.
NOTE: Fall term 2012 tuition and fees certified to VA
were $10,500.
Total tuition and fees are $22,000 and VA annual cap
is $19,198.31. What do you certify for Spring.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Chapter 33 student was certified to VA for Fall term
2014 in late August for Fall semester (12 credits,
standard dates, and $10,000 in out of state tuition
since you are the SCO at a public IHL.
Your college has no Yellow Ribbon Program and your
review identified the in-state tuition and fees are
$5,000.
How did you identify non-resident charges and what
action do you take for VA?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Your Business Manager contacts you and states the
VA anticipated CH33 tuition and fee payment received
is less than certified to VA. What action should you
take first?
A. Have student contact VA
B. As SCO, you contact VA
C. Ask to see the student’s award letter for
possible resolution
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
You have certified a student to VA for 3 semesters
and the institution has not yet completed an
evaluation of prior credits. You check and determine
that an evaluation has not been conducted as
transcripts have not been received.
Apply both the public and private IHL academic
policies on how the transcripts are obtained on what
you as SCO should do?
Change scenario to transcripts received but not yet
evaluated.
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Chapter 33 student who is attending your institution
wants to be certified for the upcoming term. Student is
degree student in good standing with GPA of 3.25 and
pursuing BA Marketing.
You review student registration schedule and find
student is signed up for all 15 credits as blended or
hybrid undergraduate training.
What are you as SCO to review and confirm before
certifying student to VA for this term?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Veteran student has registered for classes in their first
semester and have been accepted as a degree
seeking student.
Student has registered for Math 098 which is a
remedial subject. What should you check on before
including these credits in the certification to VA?
- Possible requirement to take Math 098
- Lack of adequate entrance test score
- Is this subject taken in resident or on line
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Chapter 30 student enrolls for 9 credits for Fall
Semester 2013.
Do you include tuition and fees?
What if 4 credits are taken on line or by
blended/hybrid?
Will enrollment for a 5 credit subject scheduled for
first 6 weeks of semester affect your certification?
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
Case Studies
Student registers for 15 credits for Fall term 2012
8 credits scheduled for 8 weeks
4 credits scheduled for full semester
3 credits scheduled for 3 weeks
How to certify to VA
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION
New SCO Training Summary
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Organization of VA and RPO
SCO training tools
Explanation of VA education benefit chapters
Role and responsibilities of SCO
Roles and responsibilities of CELO, ELR, ECSS, SAA
Responsibilities of VA students
Certifying, monitoring, updating enrollments to VA
VA ONCE
Modality, terms, academic policies, tuition & fee charges,
Yellow Ribbon Program
• Education overpayments
• Case Studies
VETERANS BENEFITS
ADMINISTRATION
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