Students who are using their Veterans Affairs education benefits for the first time must activate their benefits with the VA. For quickest processing, it is recommended that veterans and/or dependents apply using the VONAPP application at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/. Hard copies of VA education benefit applications may also be downloaded from this website. Note: According to the VA regional processing office, the processing of the hard copy application will delay the receipt of benefits by approximately two to three months. We strongly suggest utilization of the online application form. Computers are available for use in the Enrollment Services Center at each campus and the CF Patriot Center for Veterans at the Ocala Campus. Students may also pick up a VA Certification instruction sheet in the CF Patriot Center for Veterans. This document provides detailed step-by-step instructions for application and use of VA educational benefits.
Note: Allow a minimum of six to eight weeks for the VA application or any paperwork to be processed by the VA regional office from the time the paperwork is submitted by the veteran to the VA regional office.
Each chapter 30, 31, 33, 1606 or 1607 (active duty or reserve) veteran must also submit a copy of his/her DD-214 discharge papers to the Office of Admissions and Records to have HLP 1081 credits posted to his/her official CF transcript. By agreement between CF and the Veterans Affairs, each chapter 30, 31, 33, 1606 and 1607 veteran will receive HLP 1081 Personal Wellness credit with a grade of S. NOTE: Because of this agreement, Chapter 30, 31, 33, 1606 and 1607 students should NOT register for HLP 1081 because it is not covered by the GI Bill VA benefits.
Chapter 35 (spouse/dependent) students are eligible to enroll in HLP 1081 at CF and this course is approved only for use by Chapter 35 VA benefit recipients.
Students who have previously used their benefits at another institution must file a VA Change of Program or Place of Training form prior to certification. These may be obtained in the CF Patriot Center for Veterans and should be returned to the VA office prior to enrollment certification.
After submission of the VA benefit application, it generally takes 60–90 days processing time by the VA regional office before a benefit check is received.
Important: Completion of the enrollment certification process requires approval of courses by a counselor or advisor. Veterans and/or dependents will not be certified without an advisor approving their schedule each semester.