VA Benefits - Chapter 35
Step 1: Complete Veterans Affairs paperwork
Go to the VONAPP website and fill out the appropriate form (see below).
22-5490 - Use if you are applying for benefits for the first time.
22-5495 - Use if you have used your benefits at another institution and would like to transfer to Liberty University as your primary institution or if it has been over a year since last certification. You will also need to use this form if you are changing the degree level you are pursuing.
You may want to print a copy of this document for your records. To verify you have successfully submitted your form to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a confirmation number will appear on the bottom of each page of the form you print out. Instructions to print a completed VA form on VONAPP are below:
1. Go to the VONAPP website.
2. Click "I Have Used VONAPP Before."
3. Click “VONAPP Account.”
4. Enter Login information & click “Continue.”
5. Under the "Completed Forms" section, click the "Print" button next to the form you need to print.
(These step-by-step instructions are only for printing a completed form and are not intended to guide a student through the actual application process).
Step 2: Submit at least one VA document to the Office of Military Affairs
Once you fill out the VONAPP and submit it to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you will need to submit at least one VA document to our office to allow us to certify your enrollment. Any one document from the following list is acceptable:
- Veterans Online Application (VONAPP)
- Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
- VA Award Letter
- Print-out of your eBenefits page
- This document must include at least your full name in order for us to verify it belongs to you. If you have a common name, it may also be necessary for the document to include other identifying information (such as your social security number or home address). Please always include your Student ID on information submitted to our office to ensure we can process your document for you without delay.
You must inform our office of which VA Chapter of benefits you are using (i.e. Chap. 33, Ch. 1606, etc…), in order for us to certify your enrollment to the VA. If this information is not included in your VA document, you will need to submit another document that does include this information OR contact our office directly to give us this information.
You may submit your documentation and information to the Office of Military Affairs by:
Step 3: Contact your academic advisor to discuss registration and complete financial check-in
Please remember that you will need to make payment arrangements in the financial check-in process. Students eligible for VA benefits will receive their entitlement directly from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after the school term activates. Within Financial Check-In, qualifying students have the option of using federal financial aid or payment plans.
The military payment plan is now available through Financial Check-in. For more information, click here.
Step 4: Liberty will certify enrollment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Once we receive all required documentation and you have enrolled in courses, the Office of Military Affairs will submit an enrollment certification (22-1999) to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This process takes 3-5* business days. Once completed, you will receive email confirmation indicating the dates reported and current U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs processing times. The average processing time is 6 weeks.
*Certification time-frame may increase during peak enrollment periods.
Step 5: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will process certification & issue payment
Certification will be processed in approximately 4-8 weeks. Monthly checks will be issued at the beginning of each month for the previous month.
Note: The Government will only pay for courses that are relevant to the degree the student is enrolled in.
Step 6: Keep the VA Updated on Any Changes
You are required to update the Department of Veterans Affairs on any changes made to your benefit. Such changes include but are not limited to:
- Changing degree levels
- Changing your primary school of attendance
Failure to maintain the accuracy of this information with the VA may result in delayed or denied payment from the VA.
Step 7: Review our Policies page
Please review our Policies page. This page includes policies on Withdrawal, Advanced Pay, Remedial Courses and more.