How to Use Your Benefits at Rutgers

Check out our Veteran Enrollment Checklist. Any questions regarding educational benefits not answered on this page can be directed towards our certifying official.

If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree, vocational, or professional program, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA work-study allowance.The VA work-study allowance is available to persons utilizing VA Education Benefits to pay for school.To find out more about position openings and to apply contact Kimberly Bruss our Programs Coordinator.

Students who wish to use veterans' educational benefits must identify themselves to the Office of the Registrar so that proper enrollment certification procedures can be initiated for the following entitlement programs.  If you don’t know what Chapter you are claiming, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (1-888-442-4551).

Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill™ - Selected Reserve National Guard

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill™ - Active Duty

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation

Chapter 33 Post 9/11

Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Benefits

Chapter 1606, 1607, and 30

1) Complete an online application (https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/) to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • VA Form 22-1990 for new applicants
  • VA Form 22-1995 for transfer students
  • Print a copy before submitting the application, and send it to the VA School Certifying Official

2) Apply for admission to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey: http://admissions.rutgers.edu

3) To apply for financial aid please submit your Federal Financial Aid Application at http://fafsa.ed.gov, and contact the Rutgers Financial Aid office through its web site http://studentaid.rutgers.edu.

4) Provide a copy of your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) or Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the VA School Certifying Official. This document will be mailed to you from the VA after your application has been processed and your educational benefits have been granted. Provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) to the VA School Certifying Official. You may submit these documents to us using http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu. Please submit these as soon as possible.

5) Register for Classes: Use Webreg https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg/ to enroll for classes. You may take any class that you desire as long as you are eligible, but remember, the VA will only pay benefits for classes required by your degree program. Check degree navigator http://nbdn.rutgers.edu/ and/or meet with your academic adviser to make sure you are on track with your program requirements.

6) Once your schedule is finalized, submit a request for Veteran Enrollment Certification at http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu. An enrollment certification will be submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs on your behalf for the number of credit hours you have registered for. You need to do this every semester.

7) National Guard Tuition Waiver recipients, please submit your Commander's Cert at http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu as soon as possible to avoid having your classes cancelled due to lack of payment.

8) All students who are receiving Chapter 1606 Selected Reserve, Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), or Chapter 30 Montgomery GI BillT benefits MUST verify their enrollment monthly to receive payment. This verification can be done either by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) application at: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or by using the Automated Telephone System (IVR) at: 1-877-823-2378.

**Chapter 30 and 33 students may be eligible for New Jersey resident tuition rates. Please fill out this form (pdf) to determine if you are eligible for these tuition rates.

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Chapter 31

1) Apply for admission to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey: http://admissions.rutgers.edu.

2) Your VA Rehabilitation Case Manager must provide you with VA form 28-1905 (Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status). This form will detail the specific guidelines that the University must adhere to for credit approval, payment of tuition, and purchases of school supplies. A new form must be presented to the VA Certifying Official for each semester you wish to claim VA educational benefits. You may submit these documents to us using http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu/. Please submit this as soon as possible.

3) Apply for financial aid. Please submit your Federal Financial Aid Application at http://fafsa.ed.gov, and contact the Rutgers Financial Aid office through its web site http://studentaid.rutgers.edu/.

4) Provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy) to the VA School Certifying Official.

5) Register for Classes: Use Webreg https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg/ to enroll for classes. You may take any class that you desire as long as you are eligible, but remember, the VA will only pay benefits for classes required by your degree program. Check degree navigator http://nbdn.rutgers.edu/ and/or meet with your academic advisor to make sure you are on track with your program requirements.

6) Once your schedule is finalized, submit a request for Veteran Enrollment Certification at http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu. An enrollment certification will be submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs on your behalf for the number of credit hours you have registered for. You need to do this every semester.

7) Veterans under the Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) program: please note the Veterans Administration (VA) does consider you to have healthcare coverage under a comprehensive health insurance plan even though you must go to a VA facility for treatment. Therefore, VA will not pay the premium for the Student Health Insurance Plan. If you choose to enroll in the student health insurance you are responsible to pay the premium charge on your term bill each semester. Please complete an enrollment or waiver form each semester at www.universityhealthplans.com.

8) It is the student's responsibility to self-identify as a Chapter 31 Veteran when purchasing books and supplies at the University's bookstores. You may start to get your books two weeks before classes start.

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Chapter 33 - Post 9/11

1) Complete an online application (https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/) to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • VA Form 22-1990 for new applicants
  • VA Form 22-1995 for transfer students
  • VA Form 22-1990E for dependent students
  • Print a copy before submitting the application, and send it to the VA School Certifying Official

2) Apply for admission to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey: http://admissions.rutgers.edu

3) Apply for financial aid. Please submit your Federal Financial Aid Application at http://fafsa.ed.gov, and contact the Rutgers Financial Aid office through its web site http://studentaid.rutgers.edu/.

4) If you choose to come to Rutgers, New Brunswick you will need to send your DD214 (member copy 4) if discharged or retired. You will also need to send a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). If you need a copy of your COE please call the DVA at 888-442-4551. You may submit these documents to us using http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu/. Please submit these as soon as possible.

5) Register for Classes: Use Webreg https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg/ to enroll for classes. You may take any class that you desire as long as you are eligible, but remember, the VA will only pay benefits for classes required by your degree program. Check degree navigator http://nbdn.rutgers.edu/ and/or meet with your academic adviser to make sure you are on track with your program requirements.

6) Once your schedule is finalized, submit a request for Veteran Enrollment Certification at http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu/. An enrollment certification will be submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs on your behalf for the number of credit hours you have registered for. You need to do this every semester.

7) National Guard Tuition Waiver recipients, please submit your Commander's Cert at http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu/ as soon as possible to avoid having your classes cancelled due to lack of payment.

8) Veterans under the Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) program: please note, the Veterans Administration (VA) will pay the premium for the student health insurance plan according to your percentage of eligibility, as they do not consider you to have coverage under a comprehensive health insurance plan. The premium is included on the term bill each semester. Please complete an enrollment or waiver form each semester at www.universityhealthplans.com.

**Chapter 30 and 33 students may be eligible for New Jersey resident tuition rates. Please fill out this form (pdf) to determine if you are eligible for these tuition rates.

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Chapter 35

1) Complete an online application (https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/) to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • VA Form 5490 (Application for Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance) for new applicants
  • VA Form 5495 for transfer students
  • Print a copy before submitting the application, and send it to the VA School Certifying Official

2) Apply for admission to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey: http://admissions.rutgers.edu

3) Apply for financial aid. Please submit your Federal Financial Aid Application at http://fafsa.ed.gov, and contact the Rutgers Financial Aid office through its web site http://studentaid.rutgers.edu/.

4) If you are using Chapter 35 Dependent/Spouse benefits, you will need to provide our office with the File Number for the Veteran you are using benefits under. This number is usually their Social Security Number. You can call our office to provide this information (848-445-2757).

5) Register for Classes: Use Webreg https://sims.rutgers.edu/webreg/ to enroll for classes. You may take any class that you desire as long as you are eligible, but remember, the VA will only pay benefits for classes required by your degree program. Check degree navigator http://nbdn.rutgers.edu and/or meet with your academic adviser to make sure you are on track with your program requirements.

6) Once your schedule is finalized, submit a request for Veteran Enrollment Certification at http://myvetcert.rutgers.edu. An enrollment certification will be submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs on your behalf for the number of credit hours you have registered for. You need to do this every semester.

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