The School Certifying Official (SCO) is a representative of an educational institute or training establishment who is authorized to submit enrollment certification to DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) for VA education benefits. SCO’s are not a VA representative.
For information on VA Education Benefits go to https://www.va.gov/education/
For information about GI Bill Benefits got to https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/
For information on Transfer for of Post 9/11 benefits – https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/
Applications for Benefits
VA students can submit VA applications online at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/
All VA students must file an application prior to the start of school before they can receive benefits. Students who have never received VA benefits must file an original application. Once the application is received and approved the VA student will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). The COE must be submitted to the SCO for benefits to be certified.
Student Verification of Enrollment
Students receiving chapter 30 and 1606 must verify their enrollment monthly by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR). The monthly verification of enrollment has not been added for chapter 33 and chapter 35, with one exception. Chapter 35 Non-College Degree (NCD) students are mailed a monthly verification form (VA Form 22- 8979).
The preferred verification method is WAVE, which includes features not in IVR. When students are awarded benefits, the award letter they receive describes WAVE and IVR. The earliest date students can verify their enrollment is the last calendar day of each month. WAVE allows students to verify their enrollment on the Internet. WAVE is on the Education Service website at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do
Students must be currently enrolled in an approved educational program and must have a current benefit award to use WAVE. The WAVE system permits students to perform a multitude of functions. For instance, students may:
- Verify that enrollment has not changed
- Report a change in enrollment
- Change mailing address
- Initiate or change direct deposit information
- View the enrollment period and monthly benefit amount
- View the remaining entitlement
- Sign up for a monthly e-mail reminder
IVR allows students to “phone in” (1-877-823-2378) their monthly verification if there are no changes to the enrollment during the previous month. If there were changes in the enrollment the student must contact the VA Certifying Official to submit a change in status and the payment may be delayed until the reduction is processed
Students are strongly encouraged to register and utilize eBenefits to assist them in the following:
- Obtaining up to date information on their educational entitlement
- Updating their Direct Deposit and personal contact information
- Downloading VA letters and personal documents
- Viewing the current status of their payments (both education and disability)
To access eBenefits go to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage Students can register for either a Basic or Premium account but must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to obtain either account type.