Wheaton College acts as a liaison with the Veterans Administration for students who may qualify to receive veterans’ education benefits.
Eligible students should apply through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to decide which benefit is more appropriate for him/her based on individual circumstances.
Applications can be completed online or by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
Once the Certificate of Eligibility has been received, the student should contact the VA Certifying Official in the Office of the Registrar. The Certifying Official will then certify the student’s enrollment information to the Regional Processing Office (RPO). The RPO will process payment of benefits directly to the student.
Institutional policy concerning compliance with Section 103 Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018:
A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill ®benefits. Wheaton College will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from VA under chapter 31 or 33. Wheaton College permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 a “certificate of eligibility” can also include a “Statement of Benefits” obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website – eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
- The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
- 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.
‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site.