October 7, 2013
Government Shutdown and GI Bill Education Benefits
Due to the lapse in FY14 appropriations,
- Some education employees will be furloughed and will not be available to respond to emails or phone calls (including CELOs and ELRs);
- Content on the GI Bill website will not be updated;
- Users will not be able to “Submit a Question” to VA; and
- The GI Bill and SCO Hotline will not be operational.
Please note that VA is continuing to process and issue payments for education claims. School officials will continue to have access to VA-Once and should continue to submit enrollment certifications for processing to VA. Students enrolled in education benefit programs other than the Post-9/11 GI Bill may verify their enrollment via WAVE (http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/verify_attendance/) or by calling our Interactive Voice Response system at 1-877-823-2378. Those pursuing non-college degree programs under chapter 35 (DEA) should call 1-800-827-1000 to verify enrollment. Post-9/11 GI Bill students are not required to verify enrollment.
For the latest information on what is and is not impacted at VA, visit http://www.va.gov/opa/appropriations_lapse_plan.asp.
VA will resume normal operations once funding is authorized.
Services to Veterans not impacted by the Government Shutdown includes Education Benefit Claims Processing and Payments; however, the VA Call Center will be closed. Students may always email the VARO in Muskogee by going to www.gibill.va.gov, Click on "Submit a Question" and follow the prompts. Click on this PDF from the VA for additional information. PDF
EXCITING IMPORTANT NEWS FOR VETERANS, RESERVISTS, NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS!
The TTU Academic Council approved priority registration for currently enrolled veterans and servicemembers. Currently enrolled veteran and servicemember students are eligible to register for the Summer and Fall 2013 semesters on the first day of registration. See the registration schedule: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/officialpublications/ClassSchedule/Summer&FallWebRegis.php
All VETERANS, RESERVISTS, NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS using Federal Benefits are required to submit an official copy of their military transcripts to the Office of the Registrar, Transfer Evaluation Office PO Box 45015 Lubbock, TX 79409-5015 and a photo copy to MVP@ttu.edu. Obtain your joint military transcripts at https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do
State Benefit: Hazlewood News
**NEW Hazlewood Reporting Database. Proof of Online Database Registration – All applicants (veteran & dependents) must register online in order to track hours used through the program. Once registered, applicants must login and print a verification page for the MVP Department. This verification page is required each semester along with the Hazlewood application immediately following registration with no expected changes. The reporting database: https://www1.thecb.state.tx.us/apps/hsh/students/