VA FAQ

How do I determine my eligibility for military tuition benefits?  

Eligibility is determined by the VA Regional Processing Office in Buffalo. You may apply online, have a form sent to you, or pick one up at our office. 

    • The VA Web site   (online form available)
    • Contact the VA by phone: 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)
    • Our office: Melissa Ibanez, Director of Financial Aid, 814-362-7550 or 800-872-1787

I have just applied to receive my Montgomery GI Bill education benefits for the first time.  When will I receive my first payment? 

The VA will send your Montgomery GI Bill education benefits directly to you, the student.  It may take up to 12 weeks for the first payment to arrive, but the payment will be retroactive.  At Pitt-Bradford, we understand that delays in the administration of your benefits may cause you to be late in paying your tuition bill. Therefore, if you are unable to pay your tuition on time, Pitt-Bradford will waive the late fees normally assessed. 

What should I do if I decide to withdraw from a class or change my enrollment?

If you are receiving GI Bill benefits and voluntarily withdraw from a class or change your enrollment, you must notify our Veterans Certification office. Changing from full-time to part-time status may affect the amount of your benefits.  Full-time status is defined as 12 or more credits per term. If you withdraw because you are called up to active duty, you need to provide a copy of your deployment order to James Baldwin, Veterans Liason. In addition, we will do whatever is required to help students who have been called up to active military duty transition out of the University as expeditiously as possible. In most cases, we will arrange for you to drop the term’s registration so you will owe no tuition for the term and receive no grades. In rare cases, there will be exceptions to this procedure, depending on personal and/or financial factors. We will be happy to work with you in order to help you make the best decision based on your situation.

What happens if I get called back to active military duty?

We will do whatever is required to enable students called up to active military duty to transition out of the University as expeditiously as possible. If you are called up to active duty, you'll need to provide a copy of your deployment order to James Baldwin, Registrar and Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs. In addition, we will arrange for you to drop the term’s registration so you will owe no tuition for the term and receive no grades. In rare cases, there will be exceptions to this, depending on personal and/or financial reasons. Before making any final decisions we will be happy to talk and work with you to help you make the best decision based on your situation. 

More questions?

Visit Department of Veterans Affairs’ Questions & Answers page.   

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