Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018
Section 3679 of Title 38, United States Code

The Department of Veterans Affairs strictly enforces policies governing the enrollment certification and payment of veterans’ educational benefits. Students receiving VA educational benefits need to be aware of the following information that will affect receipt of benefits while enrolled at the University of Michigan-Flint.

All students utilizing any VA education benefit are required to submit a Veteran’s Intent Form in UM-Flint’s SIS portal for each semester that they wish to use their benefits.

The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) already requests each student using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® to provide the Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) (mailed by the VA to the student) or the Statement of Benefits that eligible students may obtain from the Department of Veterans Affairs website (www.va.gov or www.ebenefits.va.gov).

A Covered Individual under Section 3679 of Title 38, U.S.C. is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

The University of Michigan-Flint will permit any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education from the date on which the individual provides to the University a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33** and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  1. The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

The institution will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities on any covered individual who is unable to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to delayed disbursement of funding from the VA under Chapter 31 or 33. The institution will not require the covered individual to borrow additional funds.

Students with Post 9/11 GI Bill® eligibility of less than 100% will be required to pay the difference between their financial obligation and the amount expected from the VA prior to the established due date unless other arrangements are made by mutual agreement with the University (including enrollment in the University’s payment plan). The student will be responsible for late fees assessed to their unpaid portion.

Students using Vocational Rehabilitation benefits are required to submit the Veteran’s Intent Form and provide VA form 28-1905 to the Student Veterans Resource Center prior to the submission of an enrollment certification. The students’ Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors may prefer to provide the 28-1905 directly to the Certifying Official in the SVRC. Students are responsible for payment of tuition and fees that are not covered by the Vocational Rehabilitation program, as well as any late fees assessed to their unpaid portion.

** The University of Michigan-Flint recognizes that, due to the VA’s processing workload, students’ Chapter 33 eligibility information may not be available by the first day of the semester. Submission of any Chapter 33 student’s enrollment verification will not be delayed pending receipt of the eligibility information. Therefore, the SVRC asks students to provide the information as soon as it is available.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.