Whether you are an incoming student, current student or transfer student, you must take steps when you first start at UB to ensure that you receive your VA educational benefits.
The certifying official at UB Veteran Services certifies your academic status. The VA then determines if you are eligible for benefits. Students coming to UB for the first time (either as incoming freshmen or as transfer students), as well as continuing students who are receiving VA benefits for the first time, must do the following:
This card certifies your enrollment, and lets the VA know that you are attending UB. You may also choose not to use your benefits for a specific semester. For the best possible financial aid, submit your G.I. Bill Enrollment form as early as possible.
If a family member has been approved and already transferred benefits to you under Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill), you will use your social security number on the G.I. Bill Enrollment form.
If you are a Chapter 35 recipient, the VA number is the individual who transferred the benefits.
As a student who is receiving benefits for the first time at UB, you must go to 1Capen on the North Campus and bring the following:
If you are a transfer student who received benefits at another institution, you must also fill out VA Form 22-1995 (Change of Place of Training/Program). UB’s Veteran Services office will submit it to the VA Regional Office, and you will receive notification from the VA once your application is processed. Your certifying official at the UB Veteran Services office must have a copy of this certificate. Please note that you do not have to submit a NOBE or Application for Benefits form (VA Form-1990) if you previously received educational benefits at another institution. If you are a transfer student but did not receive benefits at another institution, you do not need to complete this form.
To receive vocational rehabilitation authorization, you must first apply directly for Vocational Rehabilitation authorization with the VA Regional Office in Buffalo. Once you receive this authorization, please schedule an appointment with UB’s Veteran Services office. You will need to provide:
If you have health insurance through the VA, you may have to waive your health insurance through UB.
Depending on what chapter provides your benefits, you must also submit:
You must complete UB’s G.I. Bill Enrollment form once per semester (not every month) in order to receive VA educational benefits.
If your enrollment changes, you must also notify the UB certifying official if you are a Chapter 30 veteran or Chapter 1606/1607. You must do this even though the change has been reported to the VA.