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Effective August 1, 2020, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is changing their policies and procedures relating to paying for Post 9/11 GI benefit recipients’ study abroad tuition and fees. The VA will only pay for courses abroad for benefit recipients if these courses are required for graduation. No longer will students be able to fill electives or other requirements for their degree by going abroad if they can fulfill the requirement at their home campuses. Effective August 1, 2018 students attending courses at a location outside of AU’s main campus, but not part of the AU Abroad program, must immediately contact their VA certifying official at the AU Veterans Services Office to verify if the location they are taking courses is approved by the VA. Courses that meet outside of the District of Columbia may not be eligible for VA Education Benefits. Please note: Immersion courses and courses that contain both a residential and online component may be certified as online if the location the course meets is outside the District of Columbia.
Students who are entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits must submit the following:
- Certificate of eligibility or a Statement of Benefits from the VA website-eBenefits
- Approved VAF 28-1905 form (Chapter 31 only)
- Request for Certification via AU’s website (This must be completed each semester or term) If these steps have been taken, AU will not impose any penalty including finance charges and will not deny access to classes, libraries or other institutional facilities while waiting for educational benefits to be processed by the VA and sent to AU. Students will not be required to borrow additional funds in the interim of a delayed disbursement of VA funding from Ch. 31 or 33. Any balance due after the start of classes that is not covered by Ch. 31 or Ch. 33 VA funding will be subject to monthly finance charges of .05% of the balance due and an account balance stop.
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