Students who are using their Veterans Affairs education benefits for the first time must activate their benefits with the VA. It is recommended that veterans and/or dependents apply at https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ . Hard copies of VA education benefit applications may also be downloaded from this website; however, according to the VA regional processing office, the processing of the hard copy application will delay the receipt of education benefits by approximately two to three months. CF strongly suggests utilization of the online application form. Computers are available for use in the Enrollment Services Center at each campus and the CF Veterans Services Office (Bldg. 11) at the Ocala Campus. Students may also pick up a VA Certification instruction sheet in the CF Veterans Services Office. This document provides detailed step-by-step instructions for application and use of VA educational benefits.
Allow a minimum of three to 12 weeks for the VA application or any paperwork to be processed by the VA regional office from the time the paperwork is submitted by the veteran to the VA regional office.
Each chapter 30, 31, 33, or 1606 veteran must also submit a copy of his/her DD-214 discharge papers to the Office of Enrollment Services to have HLP 1081 credits posted to his/her official CF transcript. By agreement between CF and the Veterans Affairs, each chapter 30, 31, 33, and 1606 veteran will receive HLP 1081 Personal Wellness credit with a grade of S. Note: Because of this agreement, Chapter 30, 31, 33, and 1606 students should NOT register for HLP 1081 because it is not covered by the GI Bill® VA benefits. Chapter 35 (spouse/dependent) students and dependents using Chapter 33 benefits are eligible to enroll in HLP 1081 at CF.
After submission of the VA education benefit application, it generally takes 30 days processing time by the VA regional office for initial certifications or seven to 10 business days for subsequent certifications before a benefit check is received.
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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.