Q. How do I receive my financial aid?
A. For those Chapter 31/33/35 VA education benefit recipients who are registered as of the Monday (one week) prior to the quarter starting and have direct deposit set up through MyUW, your financial aid will be automatically released on the following Wednesday and deposited into your account in approximately 2-3 days. For those who register after that Monday, you will need to send a request via your UW email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking to have your aid released
Note: You are responsible to pay any balance on your account that is not covered by your VA benefits.
Q. Why hasn’t my tuition been paid?
A. Have you submitted a certification request to the VMRC? Neither tuition or credits will be certified to the VA until you have done so. Please follow this LINK, login using your UW NetID, and submit your request. Please note that we will no longer accept certification requests via email, all request must be submitted through the certification request webpage.
Note: Chapter 33 tuition payments are submitted to the VA starting the 3rd week after the quarter has started. Once submitted, it can take the VA 4-6 weeks to submit payment to UW Tacoma. However, due to being a chapter 33 recipient, you will not receive late fees for VA payments made after the tuition deadline. If your tuition has not been paid by the end of the quarter, please contact the VMRC.
Q. Can I use my VA benefits to take any class?
A. No. Only classes that are specifically required for your degree program (to include dual majors and any minors) can be paid for using your VA benefits.
Q. Why haven’t I received my monthly BAH stipend?
A. Have you submitted a certification request to the VMRC? Credits will not be certified to the VA until you have done so. Please follow this LINK, login using your UW NetID and submit your request. Please note that we will no longer accept certification requests via email, all request must be submitted through the certification request webpage.
A. The VA typically pays on the first of every month for the previous month. For example, October 1st you’ll get your funds for the month of September. Note: Payments are prorated and you only get paid for the number of days each month that you are in school.
A. For Chapters 30 and 1606: You will not receive payment until you have verified your attendance on WAVES. Your enrollment can be verified on the last calendar day of each month.
A. If your certification request was delayed the VA may not have processed your request yet; it can take anywhere from 20-30 business days after your certification request has been sent from the school to the VA, depending on their workload.
A. Previous over payments (debts)/balances with the VA could be satisfied by current awards.
Q. How do I receive funds via direct deposit?
A. Direct deposit authorization is initiated at the time of VA benefit activation. To update, change or add direct deposit account information call the regional VA office at 1-877-838-2778 or 1-888-442-4551.
Q. I need verification of enrollment to renew my military ID. Where do I get this?
A. Contact the Office of the Registrar at 253-692-4913.
Q. How can I find out how many months of benefits I have remaining?
A. View this information via your ebenefits account. If you do not already have an account, visit their website to set one up or call 1-888-442-4551.
Q. Can I use my VA education benefits for study abroad?
A. In specific instances, yes. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at email@example.com for more information.
Q. Where can I find more information about the Choice Act and how it affects tuition reduction for veterans and eligible spouse/child?
A. Please review information at the following link regarding Tuition Reduction For Veterans and Eligible Spouse/Child. Additional information is available at the following VA site: Section 702 of the Choice Act.