1. Apply for and gain admission to the University of Colorado Denver.
2. Go to VONAPP (Veteran's ONline APPlication) site:
a. If you are using the GI BILL (Montgomery, Post 9-11):
-Veteran: Fill out VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Educational Benefits)
-Family Member: VA Form 22-1990E (Application for Family Member to use
-Veteran: Fill out VA Form 22-1995 (Change Program/Place of Training)
-Family Member: VA Form 22-5495 (Dependent Change of Program/ Place
b. If you are using Survivor/Dependent Benefits (Chapter 35):
-VA Form 22-5490 (Dependent Application for VA Education Benefits)
c. If you are using Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31):
-VA Form 28-1900 (Disabled Veteran's Application for Vocational
Rehabilitation and Employment)
3. Petition for In-State residency if eligible. Please click here for useful information and how to
complete this. Post 9-11 benefits will only pay the In-state tuition amount. The student will
be responsible for any amount above the in-state rate.
4. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for grants, loans,
and scholarships. By completing the FAFSA, the $200 registration fee required each semester
will be waived. See our Financial Aid page for more information. This should be filled out
once a year, ideally in January but after you file your taxes.
5. Complete Military Experience Form and turn in with a copy of your DD-214. If your DD-214
does not show documentation of your experience, be prepared to provide additional
documentation (leader's course certificate, military language certificate, promotion warrant,
etc.) before your information will be submitted.
-Please complete this one week before the census date to allow time for processing.
-Any forms turned in after the census date will
not be processed until after the semester.
-If it will impact
your standing (i.e. Junior, Senior) please contact our office directly.
6 . Meet with school and department advisors (Most require an appointment).
-Call the School Advising office at 303-352-3520, or visit their website:
7. Register/Enroll for classes. Full time for Undergrad is 12 credit hours (Fall/Spring) and 6
credit hours (Summer). Graduate students must take 5 hours to be considered full time.
-NOTE: If you take only online classes, you will only receive HALF of the National Average
-At least one credit hour must be taken on campus. Some hybrid classes are classified
as online courses.
- In order to calculate the number of credit hours required to be full time, use
credit hours times number of weeks (duration) = required in class hours
8. After you have registered for classes bring the following forms into the UCDenver Office of
Veteran Student Services:
- DD214 Member 4
- Certificate of Eligibility for VA Education Benefit - First Page (If you have not
yet received this document, we will accept the above form and you can turn in the COE
when you receive it.)
-OR- eBenefits Summary of Education Benefits - First Page
- Click or hover over the link "View Status"
- Click on your benefit, print first page showing months of remaining benefits
and eligibility percentage.
9. Fill out the Request for Certification/Class Card entirely. This must be completed EVERY
semester. Please submit this at least 3 weeks before the start of the semester to allow for
10. To expedite the financial aid refund process complete the following:
- VA and Financial Aid Refund Release - You may email it or bring it in to the office.
- eBenefits Summary of Education Benefits - First Page
-To qualify for this benefit, you must be using the Post 9-11 (Ch. 33)
100%, and be classified as a resident.
11. Sign up for UCDenver Health Insurance. CU Denver's student health insurance meets the
qualifications under Obamacare and is covered by the Post-9/11 (Ch. 33) benefit. If you are
utilizing the VA Hospital for medical care, you can still sign up for the school health
- Ensure it is billed to your student account by the census date
-Only sign up for the current semester.
12. After steps 1-9 are complete the Office of Veteran Student Services Certifying Official will certify
your enrollment and you will start receiving benefits!