Saturday, July 26, 2014
  Veteran's Benefits and Services

The University of Iowa is approved as a training facility for veterans. The Office of Veterans Services is located in two places depending on need. The two offices together coordinate the University's services to the approximately 550 veterans attending classes and receiving veterans benefits.

Veteran Students at The University of Iowa who intend to receive VA Education benefits should contact the Office of GI Bill Services in 201C Communications Center  ( 319-335-3895 or 319-335-0226  fax 319-335-3761). 
You may email us at    registrar-vets-office@uiowa.edu.

Veterans may obtain the following services from this office:

  • Certification of enrollment for educational benefits
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Referrals for counseling for financial, vocational, and academic problems
  • Disability and Compensation claim filing
  • Veterans work study job information
  • Information about changes in legislative regulations which affect veterans
  • Information about University procedures and community services.

The Office of Veterans Services also acts as a direct liaison between The University of Iowa and the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in St. Louis regarding underpayment, overpayment or nonpayment of benefits. The University of Iowa has no separate financial aid available for veterans at this time.

Veterans expecting to enroll under the educational benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs may obtain application forms from the Office of Veterans Services if they have not previously established their eligibility with the Department of Veterans' Affairs. Transfer students, and returning students need to complete a Veterans Worksheet to confirm their intentions to re-enroll.

Certified copies of your separation papers, form DD-214, should be submitted with an initial application for benefits. Submission of a DD214 is not necessary for students who have used the benefit before. All forms should be sent to the Office of Veterans Services.

The first GI BILL benefit check will traditionally be received approximately six weeks after the first day of class.
Veterans benefit allowances, Department of Veterans Affairs programs and policies, and University of Iowa services and procedures frequently change. To obtain current information about VA benefits, your eligibility for benefits, rate and method of payment, or the address of the nearest regional office, call 1-888-442-4551.

Related programs and services available to veterans at The University of Iowa include:

  • Army and Air Force ROTC programs
  • Reserve and National Guard Units from all branches of the military
  • A major VA hospital on the University's west campus.

Resident Rate Tuition Charges for Undergraduate Veterans

Listed under Part 2 below from the University of Iowa Registrar’s website: Classification of Residents and Nonresidents for Admission and Tuition Purposes

Please inform the GI Bill certifying official that you are interested in Residency.

  1. A person who is stationed on active duty at the Rock Island Arsenal as a result of military orders, or the dependent child or spouse of such a person, is entitled to resident status for purposes of undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees. However, if the arrival of the person under orders is subsequent to the beginning of the term in which the dependent child or spouse is first enrolled, nonresident fees will be charged in all cases for the dependent child or spouse until the beginning of the next term in which the dependent child or spouse is enrolled. If the qualified military person is transferred, deployed or restationed while the person’s spouse or dependent child is enrolled in an institution of higher education under the control of the Board of Regents, the spouse or dependent child shall continue to be classified as a resident under this subparagraph until the close of the fiscal year in which the spouse or dependent child is enrolled.
  2. A veteran who is domiciled or moves to the state of Iowa and who is eligible for benefits, or has exhausted benefits under the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, is entitled to resident status for purposes of undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees. The dependent child or spouse of a veteran who meets these requirements is entitled to resident status for undergraduate tuition. However, if the arrival of the veteran in Iowa is subsequent to the beginning of the term in which the dependent child or spouse is first enrolled, nonresident fees will be charged in all cases for the dependent child or spouse until the beginning of the next term in which the dependent child or spouse is enrolled.
  3. A person who is moved into the state as the result of military or civil orders from the government for other than educational purposes, or the dependent child or spouse of such a person, is entitled to resident status. However, if the arrival of the person under orders is subsequent to the beginning of the term in which the dependent child or spouse is first enrolled, nonresident fees will be charged in all cases until the beginning of the next term in which the dependent child or spouse is enrolled. Legislation, effective July 1, 1977, requires that military personnel who claim residency in Iowa (home of record) will be required to file Iowa resident income tax returns.

 

  G.I. Bill Programs

www.gibill.va.gov

Eligibility for GI Bill educational benefits can be extended to veterans, members of the Selected Reserves or National Guard; and children or spouses of service-connected deceased or totally and permanently disabled veterans under one of the following programs. Specific questions on eligibility should be directed to the Veterans Administration Regional Office, P.O. Box 66830, St. Louis MO 63166-6830.


Montgomery GI Bill-Chapter 30

www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html

Individuals who entered active duty after July, 1984, and participated in the pay reduction program (pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months) and served honorably for two years or more are eligible. Veterans or service persons cannot withdraw money paid into the fund.


Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation Program-Chapter 31

www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

This program is available to certain veterans who have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or greater. It provides a monthly stipend and also covers the cost of tuition, books, and supplies. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.


Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP)-Chapter 32

www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/veap.html

Individuals who entered active duty service between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, served a continuous period of 181 days or more and contributed financially toward the education program are eligible. Monthly benefits are determined by adding the amount of personal contributions and DOD contributions made during the years of active service.


Post-9/11 GI Bill-Chapter 33 

www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/index.html

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009.


Vietnam Era GI Bill-Chapter 34

Individuals who entered active duty service prior to December 31, 1976, and served a minimum of 181 days of active duty after January 31, 1955. Benefits must be used before January 1, 1990.


GI Bill for Dependents-Chapter 35

www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html

A child or spouse of a service-connected deceased or 100 percent disabled veteran may be eligible for VA educational benefits. Benefits may be used until the dependent has reached the age of 27 or 8 years from the date of eligibility is determined, whichever is later.


Montgomery GI Bill for Reservists-Chapter 1606

www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html

An individual who enlisted, re-enlisted, or extended an enlistment in the Selected Reserve or National Guard for a period of 6 years after July 1, 1985, and has completed the initial active duty training is eligible for VA benefits. This program does not require a contribution by the service person.


Reserve Educational Assistance Program-Chapter 1607

www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html

REAP was established effective for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.