How Your Benefits Work

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.

Certification Requests

Certification Requests should be submitted by students who are using the following benefits:

  • Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30)
  • Vocational Rehab (Chapter 31)
  • Post 9-11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
  • Survivors and Dependents Assistance (Chapter 35)
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
  • Reserve Educational Educational Program - REAP (Chapter 1607)

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.

Financial Aid

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:

  • On campus housing
  • Book store charges
  • Short term loans
  • Miscellaneous voluntary fees

To avoid late fees and registration holds:

  1. Log into your UCDAccess Student Portal
  2. In your "Student Center", select "Student Account"
  3. Select "View Student Permissions"
  4. Click on "Grant Permissions" and follow the instructions

To set up direct deposit:

  1. Log into your UCDAccess Student Portal
  2. In your "Student Center", select "Student Account"
  3. Select "Direct Deposit Student Refunds" and follow the instructions 

This will allow the Bursar's office to pay all outstanding balances prior to refunding your financial aid.

Sponsor Payments

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: 

  • Students who have not submitted a Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  • Non-residents
  • Students enrolled in Study Abroad​

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are submitted after the census date. Census is the last day to drop/add classes and can be found in the CU Denver or CU Anschutz academic calendars. Submitting after census ensures that all fees and charges have been posted to student accounts. This also allows students to change their schedules as necessary before the VA is billed for tuition and fees to prevent payment issues. It takes anywhere from three to six weeks for the VA tuition and fee payment to be processed and posted to the student account.

 

If there’s a balance after the payment deadline, service charges may be posted to student accounts. Emails may also be sent to students indicating a remaining account balance.

Don’t ignore an open balance. Provide either your COE or military-connected residency documents to VMSS@ucdenver.edu​.


Eligibility Percentage

If 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 reversed immediately.

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.

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 100% eligible, accepting COF reduces the amount of tuition and fees billed to the VA
  • For students 90% eligible and below, accepting COF reduces the amount of tuition and fees billed to the VA and lessens the amount that is the student’s responsibility
    • 60% eligible without COF – If tuition and fees total $1000, the amount billed to the VA is $1000 and the student’s responsibility is $400
    • 60% eligible with COF - If tuition and fees total $1000 and $400 is received for COF, the amount billed to the VA is $600, making the student’s responsibility $240

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 or CU Anschutz, the "host" school, and taking classes for that degree at another "guest" school:

  1. The student should fill out the VMSS CU Denver | Anschutz Supplemental Certification Form
  2. A CU Denver or CU Anschutz Advisor must sign off on the Supplemental Certification Form, verifying the courses at the outside school is part of the student's CU Denver degree plan and all credits will be accepted by CU Denver
  3. The name and email address of the Guest School's certifying official is required
  4. The Supplemental Certification Form must be emailed to VMSS@ucdenver.edu. A VMSS Certifying Officials will verify and sign the document and email it to the outside school's Certifying Official so they can certify the student as a "Guest Student"

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:

  1. The student should obtain a Supplemental Certification Form or Parent/Guest Letter from the outside school to indicate classes being taken at CU Denver are part of the outside school's degree plan and the CU Denver credits will be accepted by the outside school
  2. The outside school's Supplemental Certification Form or Parent/Guest Letter should be signed off by an Advisor and Certifying Official from the outside school
  3. The outside school's Supplemental Certification Form or Parent Letter should be sent to CU Denver's VMSS Certifying Official via email at VMSS@ucdenver.edu​
  4. The CU Denver VMSS Certifying Official will then certify the student as a "Guest" student​​

Technical training is required for some programs to complete a degree. Technical training includes: 

  • Internships 
  • Clinicals 
  • Rounds 
  • Rotations 
  • Residency 

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.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Contact Us

CU Denver Veteran & Military Student Services

Tivoli Student Union
900 Auraria Pkwy #124
Denver, CO 80204
303-315-7300 | VMSS@ucdenver.edu​ | Navigate Appointment

Remote Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

CU Anschutz Veteran & Military Student Services

Education Building 2, North
3120 East 19th Ave., P28-3207
Aurora, CO 80045
303-724-9649 | VMSS@ucdenver.edu​ | Navigate Appointment

Remote Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.