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You've made the important decision to continue your education. Whether you're an undergraduate student or graduate student, attending college for the first time or continuing your studies, there's a lot to understand and organize when it comes to using your VA education benefits.
It's important to know what your benefits are and how to use them, to know what forms are required and to be sure you submit them on time, and to know what the processes are for students at CU Denver.
We've outlined all the details here, from an explanation of benefits, to a checklist of the steps to take throughout the process, and an overview of residency requirements. So, start here and become familiar with the procedures and requirements. Then, if you have questions, reach out to our VMSS staff for the answers at VMSS@ucdenver.edu.
You’re ready to begin your college career or continue it. You’ll be using VA Education Benefits. So, before you even start going to class, there’s a lot for you to learn about how your benefits work and the policies and procedures you'll follow to successfully access and use your benefits.
You’ll need to know the requirements for your specific benefit. And, as you’re navigating through forms and procedures, you’ll be hearing some terms that might be new to you. Among other items, you’ll want to understand certification requests, financial aid, sponsor payments, and eligibility percentage. Undergraduate students who are Colorado residents may qualify for the College Opportunity Fund.
Take a look through the details provided, then check in with your VMSS staff with any questions at VMSS@ucdenver.edu.
The College Opportunity Fund (COF) is a tuition stipend available to undergraduate students who are residents of Colorado.
Post 9-11 GI Bill®
For students using other types of Military Education Benefits who only receive a monthly stipend, accepting COF reduces your tuition and fees.
If the student is obtaining a degree from CU Denver, the "host" school, and taking classes for that degree at another "guest" school:
If the student is obtaining a degree through another "host" school, and taking classes for that degree program through CU Denver or CU Anschutz Medical Campus as a "Guest" student:
Technical training is required for some programs to complete a degree. Technical training includes:
Technical training can be reported for a course as either credits or Clock Hours. A Clock Hour is one hour of technical training and can be reported by submitting the VMSS Clock Hour Form.
Certification Requests should be submitted by students who are using the following benefits:
Certification Requests should be submitted the same day that the student registers for classes AND at least 60 days prior to the start of the term.
Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) begins processing and and submitting Certifications to the VA 90 days prior to the start of the term.
The initial Certification is submitted to the VA for credit hours only and $0 for tuition and fees to allow the VA to process Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Book Stipend so benefits are not delayed.
To submit Fall '21 Certification Requests:
Financial Aid accepted will be posted to the student's account and applied to tuition and fees.
Financial Aid will not be applied to mandatory fees such as:
To avoid late fees and registration holds:
To set up direct deposit:
This will allow the Bursar's office to pay all outstanding balances prior to refunding your financial aid.
Sponsor Payments will be posted to eligible Post 9-11 students on or around the first day of the term and once a week until census.
A Sponsor Payment is a VA tuition and fee placeholder in the amount expected from the VA based on the student's eligibility percentage. The Sponsor Payment will either zero out the student's account if the student did not accept Financial Aid, or will create a credit less the student's portion that will be refunded to the student.
The Sponsor Payment will not be posted for the following Post 9-11 students:
Don’t ignore an open balance. Provide either your COE or military-connected residency documents to VMSS@ucdenver.edu.
you are 100% eligible for the Post 9-11 GI Bill, once the VA tuition
and fee payment is posted to the student's account, any service charges
will be reversed. If a service charge is not reversed after the VA
tuition and fee payment has been posted, email VMSS@ucdenver.edu with
the subject line of 'Last name, First name, Student ID, term, Please
reverse service charges'. Our office will ensure any service charges are
If you are less than 100% eligible for the Post 9-11 GI Bill, you must pay your portion by the CU Denver or CU Anschutz payment deadline. If the student's portion is not paid by the time the VA tuition and fee payment is posted to the student's account, the student may be responsible for the services charges. If you are not sure what your portion is, email VMSS@ucdenver.edu with the subject line of 'Last name, First name, Student ID, Less than 100% eligible, need to know student portion'. Our office will run a tuition and fee report and let you know what your portion is, as of that date.
Whether you're a first-year student, transfer student, undergraduate or graduate student, our checklist provides you with step-by-step directions to follow when using your VA education benefits at CU Denver.
students living in the state of Colorado may qualify for
in-state residency for tuition purposes. If you think you may qualify, please submit the appropriate document based on your
Documentation submission deadline:
Not eligible for military-connected residency under Federal or State Law? Students are encouraged to petition for residency through the CU Denver Office of the Registrar. The In-state residency petition submission deadline is the Monday prior to the start of the semester.
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit to active duty military, reservists, and the National Guard. TA is processed by the Bursar’s Third Party Billing department. To use TA, students should go to the appropriate TA platform and apply. The following information will be required to be approved for TA:
There is more information about the process to utilize TA at Third-Party Billing's Website. Any questions about CU Denver’s processes for using TA Funding should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|ARMY||NAVY||AIR FORCE||SPACE FORCE||MARINES||COAST GUARD||NATIONAL GUARD |
|Website||Army IgnitED||MyNavy Education||Air Force Virtual Education Center||Air Force Virtual Education Center||Marines TA||Coast Guard TA||State TA|
|Type of Tuition Assistance||Federal Tuition Assistance||Federal Tuition Assistance||Federal Tuition Assistance||Federal Tuition Assistance||Federal Tuition Assistance||Federal Tuition Assistance||State Tuition Assistance|
|Amount per Credit Hour||$250||$250||$250||$250||$250||$250||100% tuition after COF|
|Annual TA Cap||$4,000||$3,000||$4,500||$4,500||$4,500||$2,250||$5000 per Semester|
|GPA Requirements (Undergrad)||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.5||2.0||2.5|
|GPA Requirements (Grad)||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||3.0||2.5|
|TA Application Window||No later than 10 days before class start date||60 to 15 days before class start date||45 days to 7 days in advance||45 days to 7 days in advance||60 days in advance, must be approved prior to start date||90 days to 14 days in advance||Apply during Application period on Website below for each Term|
|Credit Caps (Undergraduate)||130||120 Lifetime||128||128||*TA will be authorized for your FIRST Bachelor’s Degree||130||132 Lifetime|
|Credit Caps (Graduate)||39||120 Lifetime||42||42||*TA will be authorized for your FIRST Master’s Degree||40||132 Lifetime|
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Acknowledging that we reside in the homelands of Indigenous Peoples is an important step in recognizing the history and the original stewards of these lands. Land acknowledgments must extend far beyond words, the United States has worked hard to erase the narratives of Indigenous Peoples over time. Land acknowledgment statements can help to remind us of the history, the contributions and the sacrifices Native peoples have made.
We honor and acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Ute nations. This area, specifically the confluence of the Platte and Cherry Creek Rivers was the epicenter for trade, information sharing, planning for the future, community, family and ally building, as well as conducting healing ceremonies for over 45 Indigenous Nations, including the Lakota, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone, Paiute, Zuni, Hopi among others.
We must recognize Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of this land and as these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, remember the ties these nations still have to their traditional homelands. Let us acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory and pay our respect to the diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land. Let us also give thanks to all Tribal Nations and the ancestors of this place.
Gracie RedShirt Tyon, Lakota, Director, American Indian Student Services
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