Veteran's Benefits

Though Selected academic programs of study at VIU are approved for students who qualify for veterans’ benefits and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, Post 9/11 GI Bill, and Tuition Assistance. Each program depends on a person’s eligibility and duty status and is administered differently. Please contact the University’s VA Certification Officer (714.966.8500) for general information. Prospective students can also be served by contacting the Admissions Office at the same number or emailing [email protected]. VIU facility code is: 31-0157-05

To apply for GI Bill Education Benefits, contact the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit their website at The website contains a wealth of information about the various education benefits administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA is responsible for determining eligibility and making decisions regarding payment of education benefits. Once you have applied for benefits, the VA will mail you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility after they have determined your eligibility. Upon its availability, provide a copy to the institution as well as a copy of your DD-214 (if applicable). A student must be admitted to the institution and registered for courses in an approved degree-seeking program in order to be certified for veteran’s and dependent education benefits. To get started contact the Department of Veterans Affairs in your local area or at the website above.


Credit for previous education and training. Credit for prior education or training must be evaluated and reported to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) prior to the start of week 25 of enrollment. The DVA may not always pay DVA education benefits after week 24 if the DVA records indicate the student has a large amount of transfer credits.

Please ensure all prior education transcripts, DD-295, DD-214, Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS), Coast Guard institute transcripts, and Sailor/ Marine/American Council on Education Registry transcripts are submitted for evaluation in a timely manner. The student is responsible for ensuring all transcripts are submitted to the University. Academic credits earned for courses appearing on an official transcript from a regionally or nationally accredited or candidate-for-accreditation college or university will be evaluated according to VIU policies, and accepted subject to the approval of the Registrar’s Office. Transfer credits based on a different unit of credit than the one prescribed by VIU are subject to conversion before being transferred. Only the official transcript and course evaluations performed by the Registrar’s Office are final. Any preliminary reviews by campus personnel are unofficial, not binding, and subject to change.


Unsatisfactory Progress. If an eligible person ceases to make satisfactory progress, they may be placed on Academic Probation. No more than two terms (one year) on probation are permitted. At this point, the student’s VA educational benefits will be discontinued.