2021 Commencement Information
Assistance with admission preparation, financial aid, and GI Bill® benefits is available through Whittier's Veteran Success Office.
The Office of the Registrar certifies enrollment for students who receive benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Students who have been admitted to Whittier College and who are interesting in using their VA benefits to help cover educational expenses should contact the School Certifying Official (SCO) in the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible.
The SCO provides general assistance with issues related to benefits, maintains student benefit records, and serves as the point of contact with the VA Educational Liaison Representative (ELR) and Regional Office.
The following VA benefit programs are covered at Whittier College:
Whittier College participates in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon). This program is designed to provide additional financial assistance in covering educational expenses that exceed the maximum in-state capacity.
If you are receiving Chapter 33 benefits with a 100% eligibility rate, you may be eligible to participate in Yellow Ribbon. Interested students should contact the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. Enrollment in Yellow Ribbon is limited.
Whittier College does not participate in or certify enrollment for benefit programs provided through the Department of Defense (DoD), including Tuition Assistance.
Students must apply for benefits directly through the VA using the VA Online Application (VONAPP). Once the VONAPP has been processed, the VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility to the benefit recipient. Any questions regarding the application process should be addressed directly with the VA. Students should retain copies of their VONAPP and Certificate of Eligibility.
Students who are enrolling at Whittier College for the first-time should follow the steps below:
Once the steps above have been completed, the SCO will certify your enrollment to the VA. Certifications are submitted electronically immediately following the End Add Deadline each compulsory term for which you maintain continuous enrollment.
Students who have maintained continuous enrollment will have their enrollment certifications submitted electronically immediately following the End Add Deadline each compulsory term.
Students who have been readmitted after a period of absence equaling one semester or more must follow the steps indicated for new students.
Enrollment certifications are submitted electronically immediately following the End Add Deadline each compulsory term of continuous enrollment. Students who wish to be certified for a non-compulsory term (i.e. Jan Term or Summer Session) should contact the SCO.
Students receiving benefits must finalize their class schedule by the End Add Deadline. Changes made after this deadline will not be included in the enrollment certification and may result delayed processing and/or over or under payment of benefits. Refunds due to the VA as a result of overpayment are the responsibility of the student.
Students who make changes to their schedule after the End Add Deadline must contact the SCO immediately so that their enrollment certification may be amended as soon as possible.
Students should allow 4 to 6 weeks for the VA to process the enrollment certification and issue benefit payments. With the exception of tuition and fee payments for students receiving Chapter 33 benefits, all payments will be issued directly to the student at the mailing address on file with the VA. Chapter 33 tuition and fee payments will be issued directly to the Whittier College Business Office.
Students may contact the Veterans Affairs Education Call Center at 888.442.4551, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time.
Benefit payments are determined by a number of factors including your benefits program and eligibility percentage, type and length of service, enrollment and registration, tuition and fees, and additional forms of financial aid. For assistance in estimating how much you may receive in benefit payments, please refer to the Comparison Tool/Payment Rates resource. Additional questions may be directed to the VA Education Call Center.
With the exception of loans and funds provided under 401(b) of the Higher Education Act, all waivers, scholarships, grants, and other forms of financial aid provided directly to the institution and specifically for the purpose of off-setting the expense of tuition and fees will be deducted from the total amount of tuition and fees reported to the VA.
Whittier College may submit your enrollment certification to the VA up to 30 days early provided that you have submitted the required documentation and finalized your class schedule, tuition and fees, and financial aid. All tuition, fees, and aid must be applied to your student account before the certification may be submitted. Students who wish to request early certification should contact the SCO.
No. Whittier College does not participate in or certify enrollment on behalf of benefit programs offered outside of the VA or for programs other than those listed above in 'Covered Programs'.
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