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FAQ - Military Services

I may be eligible to attend Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) using VA benefits. Who do I contact for this information?

The Office of Military Service has been tasked by NOVA to serve veterans who are using Veteran Administration (VA) Educational Benefits to pursue college degrees.

What do I need to do to get my educational benefits started at NOVA?

The first step is to apply for admission to the College. Once you are accepted you will need to apply for your Veterans Administration (VA) Educational Benefits by filling out VA Form 22-1990. This form can be completed online using the VA's website VONAPP.

How do I find out if I have any benefits left?

Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1.800.827.1000.

How do I know what type of veteran education benefits I am entitled to?

Eligibility depends on a number of factors:

  • whether you are the service person
  • or the dependent of a service person
  • or spouse of a service person
  • the type and length of military service
  • and the service members' monetary contribution at the time of service.

For some general information regarding these types of benefits please visit the Education Benefits section of this site. Additional questions regarding your specific eligibility should be directed to the Office of Military Service or the Department of Veteran Affairs

How do I get my benefits and how much will I receive?

Once the Veterans Administration (VA) has processed your application and the school certification you will begin to receive your benefits within approximately 15 days of the first time you verify your enrollment, if required. Payment will either be sent to you or directly deposited in your bank account from the VA.

The exact payment amount will depend on your chapter of eligibility and your enrollment status as a student (full-time, three-quarter time, half-time or less-than-half-time).

I received benefits at NOVA last semester. What do I need to do to get benefits for my new semester?

Continuing students wishing to renew their benefits for another semester must submit a Veteran Registration Reporting Form (VRRF) in order to continue receiving benefits.

Those students changing degree plans must submit a VA Change of Program or Place of Training form appropriate to their eligibility chapter. These forms can be completed online using the VA's website VONAPP.

  • Chapter 30, 33, 1606 & 1607: VA Form 22-1995
  • Chapter 31 students must review their case with their VA caseworker and then submit a new VA Form 28-1905
  • Chapter 35: VA Form 22-5495

Do I have to pay for all my tuition/fees before the semester starts and receipt of my VA benefits?

Not necessarily. Depending on which program you fall under you may eligible for Veteran MOU agreement which will waive payment of tuition for 45 days.

What other types of educational programs are available to me to help cover my education-related costs?

Veteran students may be eligible for a variety of other need or non-need based tuition assistance programs such as federal financial aid, institutional and private scholarships, work-study, grants and loans. NOVA's Financial Aid Office can assist students in the application process for these types of aid.

For more information please contact the Financial Aid Office.

How do I transfer to NOVA when I am receiving educational benefits at another school?

Veteran students who have used VA educational benefits at another institution can transfer between schools with minimal paperwork. Those students changing place of training must submit a VA Change of Program or Place of Training form appropriate to their eligibility chapter. These forms can be completed online using the VA's website VONAPP.

  • Chapter 30, 33, 1606 & 1607: VA Form 22-1995
  • Chapter 31 students must review their case with their VA caseworker and then submit a new VA Form 28-1905
  • Chapter 35: VA Form 22-5495

Why do I have to choose a program of study? Once I choose a program of study for VA educational benefit payment, am I permitted to switch programs?

The VA requires that students choose a degree plan to ensure that progress is made toward a clear educational objective while the veteran is receiving benefits. Students are permitted to take classes that do not fit toward their plan; however, these courses will not be counted toward benefit payment for the semester during which they are taken.

Once veteran students choose their initial degree plan they may change it at any time by submitting a VA Change of Program or Place of Training form appropriate to their eligibility chapter. These forms can be completed online using the VA's website VONAPP.

  • Chapter 30, 33, 1606 & 1607: VA Form 22-1995
  • Chapter 31 students must review their case with their VA caseworker and then submit a new VA Form 28-1905
  • Chapter 35: VA Form 22-5495

Can I attend more than one college or university at a time and be certified for VA benefits at both?

Yes. In order to establish certifications for two or more schools you must first establish a parent school (this is generally the school you intend to complete your current educational goal with). Next, inform the parent school that you plan to attend another school, either in part or totally for the next semester.

The parent school will then generate a letter of authorization to the supplemental schools that the student will be attending. This letter will allow the supplemental schools to certify courses that the student will be attending at the institution.

Remember, the courses taken at the supplemental school still must meet with the parent school degree plan requirements.

I did not receive my monthly check from the VA. What do I do?

The most common reason veterans do not get paid is because they have not verified their enrollment online or over the touch-tone system. Once verification is completed, a check should be received within 15 days.

Another common reason is because the student failed to submit a Veteran Registration Reporting Form (VRRF) each semester in order to continue receiving benefits.

I have to withdraw from a class. How will this impact my VA benefits?

Withdrawals at any time in the semester without "mitigating circumstances" or good reason, as decided by the VA, will have to be paid back from the beginning of the enrollment period. The VA Regional Office may follow-up with the veteran if any additional information is needed to determine if any re-payment of benefits is required.

I have been called to active military service or deployed for a military mobilization. What do I need to do to withdraw from school?

A student in the Armed Forces or the Virginia National Guard who is called to active duty and assigned to a duty station, verifiable by a copy of the orders, will be allowed to withdraw and receive a 100% refund of tuition, provided courses have not been completed.

Our Military Activation Policy goes into further detail on options available to the student as well as university requirement. For additional questions please contact the Office of Military Services.