Veterans with a Spouse or Dependents
We created this section in response to the increasing number of dependents and spouses using VA benefits. During fall quarter of 2009, we had 98 dependents receiving educational benefits, and now we have 184 with more on the way. Both WWU and VA policies change often, and tend to be complicated or poorly communicated. We hope this new content answers your questions. It includes a short Presentation called Veteran Parents Orientation that summarizes VA benefits, a brief explanation of relevant VA policies, and basic guidelines to Veterans Service Office (VSO) policies that your student must follow in order to receive their quarterly benefits.
Every student will need to apply for benefits before they can receive them. We suggest you have your dependents apply for their benefits at least three months before the start of the quarter they wish to attend. Information on how to apply for and procure benefits for both Survivors’ and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA/Chapter 35); and transfer of eligibility for Post 9-11 GI Bill Chapter 33 Transfer of Benefits is provided.
Housing and Meal Plan – The VA does not pay housing and meal plan costs directly to the University and payment due dates for housing do not always align with VA payments. Veteran Services highly recommends that families maintain financial reserves for situations when an expense is due and VA payment is delayed. For example, if your student elects to live on campus, he or she will be responsible to pay the entire cost of housing and meal plan before the first day of each term. The monthly housing stipend is designed to help finance living costs, but the VA will not pay it all in advance. VA Payments will come at the end of every month. For students who rely on VA payments, managing the payment deadlines for tuition and housing can be a challenge. Veterans Services highly recommends completing the application for financial aid since financial aid may help veteran families balance the difference. The Monthly Payment Calendar for the academic year is located in the links below.
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