MPA@UNC: Veteran Benefits
UNC-Chapel Hill is approved by the Veterans Administration as a training facility for students receiving military education benefits.
To receive VA benefits for the MPA@UNC Program, you must do the following:
- Be admitted to the university
- Be registered for courses
- Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility letter from the VA
- If you have used the benefits at a previous college, you must also submit a Change of Place of Training Form (22-1995 or, if you are a Ch. 35 student, form 22-5495)
- Provide admit documents (copy of UNC application, admit letter, copies of prior college transcripts) from your undergraduate institution. You can request that this information be sent directly from the MPA@UNC Admissions Department to UNC’s VA Certifying Official
- Complete and submit the UNC-CH Veterans Educational Benefits Enrollment Data form once registered for classes
After completion, all documents may be emailed, mailed, or faxed to the UNC-CH Veteran Services office. You can contact Jan Benjamin at the email below if you have any questions.
Office of the University Registrar
Attn: Veteran Services
SASB North, Suite 3100
Campus Box 2100
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Fax: (919) 962-3349
- After all of the required documents are received, your 22-1999 enrollment certification will be submitted to the VA to initiate payments; this is submitted electronically, and you will receive an e-mail confirmation
The VA Application Process
Where do I start?
To receive benefits, you must apply through the Department of Veterans Affairs. For instructions and application forms, please visit the VA website or contact the VA by phone at 1-888-GIBILL1. The submission of electronic applications using the VONAPP process is strongly encouraged.
What benefits are available?
The Post-9-11 GI Bill (Chapter 33): For individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30): Active Duty Educational Assistance Program, generally for individuals who entered active duty after June 30, 1985 and served continuously for three years, or by serving two years on active duty followed by four years of Selected Reserve. To be eligible, veterans must have contributed $1,200 during their first year of military service. Veterans or service personnel cannot withdraw money paid into the fund.
The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606): Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program, for members of the Reserve elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and the Air National Guard. To be eligible, reservist must have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. No contribution is required.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35): Educational assistance available to spouses and children of veterans who died or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-related disability.
Disabled Veterans Assistance (Chapter 31): Vocational Rehabilitation for service-connected disability of 20 percent or greater. Benefit provides a monthly stipend and covers the cost of tuition, books and supplies. Eligibility is determined on an individual case basis.
Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP Chapter 32): For individuals who entered active duty service between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, and served a continuous period of 181 days or more, plus contributed toward the education program.
Vietnam Era GI Bill (Chapter 34): provided education benefits to individuals who served on Active Duty after January 31st, 1955 and prior to January 1st, 1977. Benefit expired December 31st, 1989, and converted to Montgomery G.I. Bill. Confer with US Department of Veterans Affairs regarding eligibility.
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VA Enrollment Certification Renewal
Maintaining your eligibility
- You must submit the UNC Veterans Educational Benefits Enrollment Data Form as soon as you register for the following term to re-activate your benefits and prevent a lapse in payment.
- You must complete this form each and every term you are enrolled in classes at UNC. Without a new enrollment form, your payments will stop.
- You must notify our VA Certifying Official if you withdraw or add and/or drop classes.
- The VA will be notified of failure to maintain standards of attendance, progress or conduct. When a student has failed to maintain the prescribed standard of attendance, progress or conduct, the school must promptly notify VA so that VA can discontinue benefit payments in accordance with the law. If a student’s progress or conduct becomes unsatisfactory, the termination date assigned by the school will be the last day of the term or other evaluation period in which the student’s progress or conduct became unsatisfactory. In situations involving unsatisfactory attendance, benefits will be discontinued based on the student’s last date of attendance as reported by the school.
- Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 veterans will not receive payment until they have also verified their monthly attendance directly with the VA. Enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using the Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave or by calling the toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at 1- 877-823-2378.