Veterans Benefits

Veterans at NPU

NPU is committed to supporting military, military veterans, military spouses and dependents in their pursuit of higher education and the advancement of their own careers and success. We hope you find this information helpful and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

 

VA Education and Training Comparison Tool

You may be eligible for various types of VA educational benefits, but there are many things to consider before you apply for the GI Bill program.  For most participants, the Post 9/11 GI Bill is the best option.  Other students would benefit more from the Montgomery GI Bill.  The following comparison tool will help you evaluate which education and training option is best for you: https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool

 

Helpful Links

Transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill to Spouse and Dependents

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while servicing as an active member of the Armed Forces.  The Department of Defense (DoD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA. To find out more, visit the DoDs website or apply now.

 

Requesting DD Form 214

If you need to obtain a copy of your service record (DD Form 214), the following information is available to assist you:

  • Visit the US National Archives & Records Administration. Although the process of requesting records from the National Archives takes several weeks, this is the recommended option.
  • You may contact the VA Regional Office at your home of record when you separated.
  • If you filed a copy with the courthouse in the city that you resided in when you separated, you will need to check with the courthouse.

If you need additional information, please contact David Linnevers at 510-210-0902 david.linnevers@npu.edu

Military and Education Benefits

Our mission is to assist military connected students – veteran, active duty, reserve, National Guard, and military spouses and children – with processing VA related benefits under a variety of different programs..

These include:

 
  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance/li>
  • Chapter 31: Dependents Education Assistance
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Resevere
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Education Assistant Program.
  • Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

For information on these benefits to include eligibility, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

For information on the CalVet and Veterans Education Benefits, please visit the California Department of Veterans Affairs website

Once you have determined for which benefit(s) you may qualify, proceed to step 2.

 

Apply for your beneftis.

Students utilizing the below federal VA education benefits must apply here in order to use them:

  • Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance
  • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program
  • Marina Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Students wishing to utilize Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment must apply here.

Apply to NPU online via the MyNPU online application

  • Order official transcripts from all colleges you have attended.
  • Mail your transcripts to the Office of Admissions at NPU. Include any colleges you attended before, during, or after your military service. You may bring in official transcripts with you as long as they remain in a sealed envelope.
  • Submit copy of DD-214, Member 4 Copy to the Office of Admissions. This is required to receive units toward your degree
  • Once approved for VA educational benefits the VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Bring this letter (COE) to the Office of Admissions.

 

Schedule an appointment with an Advisor

  • Once the above steps have been completed, a university representative will evaluate your course work and assist you in mapping out an Education Plan that will clearly define your education goals.
  • This is needed to receive VA education benefits.
  • Contact us at admissions@npu.edu

 

Once you have been accepted to the school

  • Make sure to submit COE, DD214 (Veteran), Change of place of training form (22-1995 or 225495), and Education plan to the Office of Admissions.

 

Apply for scholarships.

VA Education Benefit Documents to Submit Before Registering for Classes

 

Students utilizing Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship must submit their Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the Office of Admissions in order to have their tuition and fees deferred and to be able to register for classes. If the COE is not provided before payment is due, students may be required to pay their tuition and fees early and will then be reimbursed after payments have been disbursed by the VA to the University. Students submitting their COE, must include their RedID, branch of service (sponsor’s if applicable) (i.e. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and/or National Guard), and date of separation (of sponsor if applicable).

 

Students utilizing Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment must submit their VA Form 22-1905 to the Office of Admissions in order to have tuition and fees deferred and to be able to register for classes.

 

Students utilizing Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill, Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance, Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve, or Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program do NOT have to submit any documentation prior to registering for classes and are required to make arrangements to pay tuition and fees.

 

Students may submit the above documentation to the Office of Admissions via the following methods:

Email:

admissions@npu.edu

Fax:

(510) 657-8975

Office:

Administration Building, 47671 Westinghouse Dr, Fremont, CA 94539

(10a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays)

Mail:

Northwestern Polytechnic University

Office of Admissions

47671 Westinghouse Dr

Fremont, CA 94539

 

Students wishing to utilize federal VA education benefits, must provide the following documentation EACH semester AFTER registering for classes. Students do NOT have to provide a class schedule.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill

  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Verification Form. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

  • If the VR&E counselor has not already done so, provide a copy signed by the advisor of the VA Form 22-1905 authorizing the student to pursue training.
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Verification Form. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.
  • The student will receive the necessary documentation to obtain books, parking pass, and/or other approved items after notification that the certification has been completed.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill

  • If not already submitted, provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility in order to have tuition and fees deferred for future terms.
  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Verification Form. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance

  • A signed VA Form 22-5495 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major.
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Verification Form. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.
  • Additionally, the VA Claim Number (with assigned suffix) must be indicated on the Student Responsibility Agreement.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve

  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Verification Form. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Verification Form. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

  • If not already submitted, provide a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility in order to have tuition and fees deferred for future terms
  • A signed VA Form 22-1995 the first semester attending and/or if changing a major
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Verification Form. Without this document, the VA will NOT be notified that the student wishes to use their benefits.

Students may submit the above documentation to the Office of Admissions via the following methods:

Email:

admissions@npu.edu

Fax:

(510) 657-8975

Office:

Administration Building, 47671 Westinghouse Dr, Fremont, CA 94539

(10a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays)

Mail:

Northwestern Polytechnic University

Office of Admissions

47671 Westinghouse Dr

Fremont, CA 94539

 

The following conditions to the usage of federal VA education benefits apply:

 

Students wishing to utilize federal VA education benefits (i.e. GI Bill) must notify Office of Admissions each semester. Students are further reminded that they may qualify for scholarships in addition to or in place of VA education benefits.

 

All classes must be required for the degree objective and must not have previously been successfully completed. Refer to your department advisor to ensure all classes are applicable towards your objective. Deviations from the required classes must be approved by an appropriate individual authorized to make substitutions (i.e. department advisor, department chair, dean, etc.).

 

Federal law requires any changes in enrollment status that may affect VA education benefits be reported. Any changes to your class schedule (i.e. adds/drops) may have an impact on your VA education benefits. If you change your schedule, notify the university as soon as possible to avoid possible retroactive loss of benefits. Unauthorized withdrawal from courses may result in retroactive loss of benefits and a potential debt to the VA and/or university.

 

Students placed on academic probation may continue to utilize VA education benefits for not more than two semesters. If the academic probation is carried into a third semester, the student will not be certified for VA benefits. Students that are on or facing academic probation should contact the university for possible resources to improve their academic progress.

 

If you change your major, you must provide the Office of Admissions with a signed copy of VA Form 22-1995 (VA Form 22-5495 for Ch. 35).

 

If you are not rated at 100% under Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill), your portion of the tuition and fees must be paid by the Add/Drop Deadline each trimester. If you pay tuition and fees that are then covered by the GI Bill, your refund will be processed in accordance with SDSU policy and will be refunded after payment is received by the University from the VA.

 

To avoid possible overpayment by the VA and additional unexpected costs to the student, all federal VA education benefit users (especially Post 9/11 GI Bill [Ch. 33]) are encouraged to keep track of their remaining entitlement. This information is sent each semester to the student by the VA and can be obtained from eBenefits or by calling (888) 442-4551. NPU is not a Veterans Center is NOT an office of the VA and does NOT have visibility on remaining entitlement.

 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay tuition (up to the percentage at which the student is rated), provide a book stipend of approximately $42 per unit (maximum of $1,000 stipend per academic year), and provide a housing stipend based on the NPU zip code and calculated at the E-5 with Dependents rate established by the Department of Defense.

 

Federal law requires the VA to be the "last payer" for tuition and fees. Ch. 33 and Fry Scholarship benefit users will have scholarships or other tuition assistance (i.e. grants, loans, scholarships, etc.) specifically awarded for tuition and fees applied first towards their tuition and fee balance with the University. The VA will pay the difference up to the percentage at which the student is rated. NPU will report tuition to the VA at the beginning of the semester as $0.00 in order to allow applicable housing and book stipends to be paid without delay due to factoring out applicable financial aid. The final tuition amount will be reported to the VA later in the semester for payment to NPU. Students may receive occasional notifications from the university that their tuition has not been paid. These can generally be disregarded provided the student has been certified to the VA and is rated at 100% under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. For questions, students should contact use.

 

Email:

admissions@npu.edu

Fax:

(510) 657-8975

Office:

Administration Building, 47671 Westinghouse Dr, Fremont, CA 94539

(10a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday excluding holidays)

Mail:

Northwestern Polytechnic University
Office of Admissions
47671 Westinghouse Dr
Fremont, CA 94539