Military Funding and Aid
The military supports its soldiers and families in many different ways with a variety of benefits. Below you will see the most common items we work with at Kutztown University. Some allow us to defer the costs to wait for the funding to come directly to us while some funding goes to the student directly.
All students using any military education benefit funding must complete a VA Enrollment Certification Form and submit this to the Registrar's Office. They will notify the Office of Student Accounts about the benefits you intend to use. Student Accounts will then review to see what will actually be covered and what is due out of pocket. This form must be completed EVERY semester. Any course changes after submission, need to be shared with the Registrar's Office with urgency.
Checklist that may be helpful to ensure you have completed all that is necessary
Chapter 33 - Post 9/11
Chapter 33 benefit amounts are determined by active duty time of the soldier, and can range from 40 to 100 percent. A soldier can pass these benefits to dependents. A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility is required to defer any costs. Deferring the costs means we will wait for that portion of the bill to arrive from the VA for the tuition and fee costs only. Housing and Meals must be paid to KU by the appropriately assigned due date. While there is a benefit component with Chapter 33 for housing and books - these payments do go home and not to the University, therefore cannot be used for deferment. We can only defer what is paid to KU directly.
TA - Army / National Guard
This funding source requires classes be entered into the Go Army Ed portal by the student on a strict timeline. The bill must be uploaded as well including a Degree Plan (see the Registrar's Office KU Certifying Official for assistance). Once approved the student must print the "Army Tuition Assistance Authorization", sign it and supply it to the Office of Student Accounts by the due date. This benefit includes limits, and while a student has been awarded or approved for funding, the Authorization form is the only item that shows it will be released and able to be invoiced by KU. Benefits here must be submitted to AND approved BEFORE the first day of class.
TA - Navy
TA from the Navy requires classes to be entered into the Navy WAWF system. The student prints the approved "Tuition Assistance Authorization" document, signs it and submits to the Office of Student Accounts BY the due date on the student tuition invoice in MyKU. This contains a number needed to invoice the Navy.
Education Assistance Program (EAP) is another benefit a National Guard member may receive. The Office of Student Accounts will receive a roster of approved students about one month prior to the start of a semeser or session. Late applicants may not be on the roster for some time. These will never exceed the tuition line item cost and could be less. Apply with your education unit by June 30 for the next Fall, Spring, and Summer (there is no Winter EAP benefit). Questions may be directed to the Director of Student Accounts. These are added as pending no sooner than August 1st for Fall semesters.
These scholarships are awarded by the Army. The Office of Student Accounts is notified of these and they are added to the student's Financial Aid package and reported as a scholarship. The students have obligations to enter information and classes into Go Army Ed in order for the ROTC to approve and Kutztown University to certify.
Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) - Veteran's with Service-connected disabilities - The Office of Student Accounts is notified of the students eligible (by the Registrar's office) and those students are deferred for the tuition and fees. Students using this benefit are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Accounts as we will need the Form 1905 in order to bill your dedicated representative with the VA.
Chapter 35, 1606, 1607
These are other military funding sources that students can receive. These do not come directly to KU and therefore KU is unable to defer any of the costs / charges by these funding amounts.
*All students receiving military benefits must know it is their responsibility to make the choice of which benefit they want to use if they are entitled to many. In MOST cases, aid cannot exceed the full-time costs of tuition and fees at the in-state rate. Review your benefits directly with the military if you have questions or concerns.
Combining Benefits / Limits
Some of the military education benefits can be combined with a total limit, some can be combined with no limit, and others cannot be combined at all. We know this can be confusing, we try to make this easy, but if you have questions email us!
- TA & Chapter 33 - combined these two benefits cannot exceed the full time instate costs (or the total costs at the in-state rate).
- TA is limited to the tuition line item only and as of 17-18 year, cannot exceed 250 per credit hour (4,500 per year).
- TA & 1606 cannot be used for the same course - you can use both in one semester, but must choose which course is using which benefit.
- EAP is not limited to the item it can pay but is capped at the tuition line item amount or less (whichever is approved).
Changing your schedule?
If you change your schedule after submitting your TA Authorization Form or after your account has been certified in the Registrar's Office, you MUST update your enrollment with your TA supplier, AND update the Registrar's Office. Classes may have different costs, AND when grades are entered they are per course. This is critical and very important. Neither office will be checking this for you until its time to invoice, at that time it may be too late to correct your enrollment and you could lose out on your benefit for that class. You must self-disclose.
The military offers several programs that enable enlistees to earn and save money for college - The Montgomery G.I Bill, Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), Education Assistance Program (EAP), signing bonuses and "kicker" programs. Because of career training, educational opportunities and benefits are different for each branch of the military, we suggest that you talk to a local recruiter about specifics for the branch of the military in which you are interested.
AmeriCorps is a national service program where participants earn education awards in return for community service. Workers receive stipends for living expenses and an education award for up to two years of full-time service. Students can work for AmeriCorps before, during, or after they go to college.