All Active Duty Service Members (including Guard and Reserve) must contact their Education Service Officer (ESO) or Education Counselor within their branch of service prior to enrolling in any college or university.
Veterans and Dependents
The University Registrar's Office provides information for all Veteran benefits and their dependents. We process all official certification of enrollment and program changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo, N.Y. Please contact our office if you have any questions.
Delayed Payment Procedure for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill & Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
In view of the large number of applications received by Veterans Affairs (VA) under the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill and Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, and the potential for delays in the receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) forms, Radford University will defer payment and waive late fees for fall or the spring semester upon the presentation of the following documents:
- Screenshot of the DOD Transferability of Education Benefits (TEB) website showing a Request Approved status.
- Copy of the dependent’s submitted VA Form 22-1990E, Application for Transfer of Entitlement (TOE).
This documentation must be submitted to the Office of the Bursar, Box 6922, Radford, VA 24142. Documentation may also be submitted by fax to (540) 831-5501 or as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of the Bursar will then notify the Registrar's Office.
Under S2248 PL 115-407 Section 103, Radford University will not impose a late fee, denial of access to facilities, or other penalty against a veteran or eligible dependent due to a late payment of tuition and/or fees from the VA up to the certified benefit amount within 90 days after the semester begins for which benefits are being utilized. Any portion of the student bill not covered by VA benefits (ie: out-of-state cost, room & board, etc.) is still expected to be settled by the due date. Radford University will also not require a Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 recipient to borrow additional funds to cover the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of a payment by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR POST 9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33) BENEFITS
Application Procedures for Post 9/11 Chapter 33 GI Bill:
- Individuals may apply for benefits under the Post-9/11(CH33) GI Bill online through the GI Bill website using Form 22-1990.
- Once approved for CH33 benefits you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please submit a copy of this COE to the Office of the Registrar.
Application Procedures for Transferring Post 9/11 Chapter 33 benefits to dependents:
- Please visit the GI Bill website for instructions on how to transfer Post 9/11 CH33 benefits to a spouse or dependents.
- Once approved for transfer of CH33 benefits through the DOD, and a dependent child or spouse has applied and been approved for benefits using form 22-1990E, he/she will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs in his/her name. Please submit a copy of this COE to the Office of the Registrar.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR POST 9/11 GI BILL (CHAPTER 33) YELLOW RIBBON BENEFITS
Radford University will offer the Yellow Ribbon Program to 2 Undergraduate and 2 Graduate Students beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year. The total funds allocated by Radford University for each academic year will be $1,000.00 per student ($500.00 per semester fall/spring). The Department of Veteran’s Administration will match the contribution made by Radford University.
In order to submit an application for the Yellow Ribbon Program at Radford University you must meet the following criteria:
• Must be 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) and submit a Certificate of
Eligibility (COE) showing this benefit.
• Must not be on active duty.
• Must be charged out-of-state tuition and not covered under The Choice Act Section 702 for
in-state tuition rates.
• Must be in good academic standing.
• Must be enrolled in a VA approved degree seeking program.
• Must remain continuously enrolled with no break in enrollment (with the exception of the
summer and the Wintermester sessions).
Yellow Ribbon Applications for the 2020-21 Academic Year will be accepted beginning Friday, June 26, 2020 until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020. Application: Radford University Yellow Ribbon Program Application for the 2020-21 Academic Year
Yellow Ribbon Information through the GI Bill website:
CERTIFICATION OF BENEFIT PROCESS
In order to be certified for GI Bill benefits with the VA through Radford University, the Registrar’s Office must have first received either a COE (Certificate of Eligibility- Veteran) or TOE (Transfer of Eligibility-Dependent) reflecting eligibility benefits are currently available. In addition to COE/TOE submission, students must be registered for classes for the term in which they elect to utilize the benefit. Our certification process is a multi-step process.
Step 1 Certification: Students that have pre-registered for classes are certified once tuition charges are applied by the Bursar’s Office. Typically certifications are done 30-45 days prior to the start of the semester by reporting tuition and credit hours, so that housing and book stipends can begin on time. Although, this can be delayed for students who do not register for classes in a timely manner.
Step 2 Certification: The day after drop/add period concludes, students who were previously certified will be reviewed to include any schedule changes that have been made since the Step 1 Certification. If any changes were made, those students will be recertified with the VA as all courses are required to count toward degree progress. Therefore, each time a course is dropped or added an amended certification must be submitted to the VA. Please note that making multiple changes in your schedule could result in delayed payment or overpayments, so we encourage all students utilizing GI Bill benefits to only make schedule changes when absolutely necessary.
VETERANS ACCESS, CHOICE, AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2014
The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees purposes:
· A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill) of title 38, United States Code, who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
· Anyone using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
· Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311 (b)(9)) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.*
· Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge, release, or death described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38 United States Code.
· An individual using educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning after March 1, 2019.
· For courses, semesters, or terms beginning July 1, 2017, in-state tuition will be charged for anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Virginia while attending a school located in Virginia (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
* For courses, semesters, or terms beginning July 1, 2017, language is updated to state: Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311 (b) (9)) who lives in Virginia while attending a school located in Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
A person described above will retain covered individual status as long as he/she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between terms) at the public IHL.
The in-state tuition provisions do not apply to those individuals on active duty using benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty.
Please visit the GI Bill website for more information regarding the Choice Act.
Gail Wright is the primary veterans information contact person in the Registrar's Office. She can be reached during our regular office hours at:
Phone: (540) 831-6131
Fax: (540) 831-6642
Transferring Military Service and Training
Radford University will consider for transfer credit only those credits earned from a regionally accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), as well as military service at levels consistent with the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services. For additional information, please visit our Transfer Information webpage.