We get many of the same questions over and over.  In order to save our front desk guy's ear and allow our staff to dedicate their full energy to getting your paperwork processed, we ask that you browse this page before calling the office.  


How Do I Apply for My Post 9/11 G.I. Bill?

Applying for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can be accomplished by clicking on this link Apply for GI Bill Click on Apply online and you should get re-directed to the VONAPP site to apply for benefits.

After you have successfully applied for the benefit, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) from the VA stating how many months and what percentage of benefit your eligible for.

Once you receive this certificate from the VA please bring it to the Veterans Services Office, fax it to 303-492-1880, or email it to veterans@colorado.edu 

How Do I Transfer My Post 9/11 G.I. Bill?

The first step to transferring your benefit is to determine if you are eligible to transfer: Transferability 

Second step: Submit a Transfer Request


I'm Getting Ready to Separate From the Military and Want to Attend CU Boulder, What Should I Do First?

First and foremost thank you for your service. We are happy you are considering the University of Colorado Boulder.

The first steps to becoming a student at University of Colorado Boulder are as follows:

  1. The application itself, which you can complete by creating a MyCUBoulder account 
  2. A $50 application fee that can be paid by credit card (online or by phone) or check (mail or in person)
  3. Transcripts from every high school and college you have attended (GED scores if applicable)
  4. Two personal essays
  5. SAT/ACT scores if you have fewer than 24 transferrable college credit hours completed at the time you apply
I've Been Accepted to CU Boulder, What Paperwork Do I Need to Submit to Use My G.I. Bill?

Congratulations on becoming accepted and welcome to University of Colorado Boulder.

Once you have applied for your VA education benefit, please bring, email or fax a copy of your VA Certificate of Eligibility (CoE).

Once you have enrolled in classes, go to our forms page, download and fill out a Request for Enrollment Certification form for the applicable term (fall, spring, summer). Please bring, email or fax this form to our office.

*Note: you will need to fill out a Request for Enrollment Certification form every term you elect to use your VA educational benefits.

Office: Center for Community Room S482, Email: veterans@colorado.edu, Fax: 303.492.1880

How Do I Get In-State Tuition as a Veteran, and Does That Make Me a Legal Resident?

You may be eligible for in-state tuition as soon as you arrive if you were honorably discharged from the Armed Forces. Please print out the U.S. Armed Forces Veteran In-State Application and return it to  the Tuition Classification Office located in the Registrar's Office, with a copy of your DD-214. For further information regarding Veterans, Military Personnel, and members of the Colorado National Guard, please refer to the Exceptions to the One-Year Domicile Requirements chart in the Tuition Classification Regulations for the University of Colorado Boulder: Registrar Tuition Regulations contact the Tuition Classification Office at (303) 492-0907.

Will Dependents Get In-State Residency?(Choice Act Section 702)

CU Boulder is in full compliance with the Choice Act Section 702 for the July 1, 2015 deadline. Please consult the Choice Act Section 702 fact sheet for an overview of what is required to receive in-state tuition. You must enroll in school within three years of your transferor's discharge from active duty. You are not eligible if they are still on active duty. Please call or email us if you have questions about this new law.

To verify your eligibility the Office of Veteran Services will need a copy of your transferor's DD-214. You can bring in a paper copy, fax or email it to us. 

How Much Tuition Am I Responsible for if I Do Not Qualify for Instate Tuition?

The University of Colorado Boulder offers instate tuition to all Veterans by submitting a copy of your DD214 to the Registrar.

Dependents using GI Bill Benefits have to pay out of state tuition if they are not Colorado residents. There may be situations where you could qualify for residency, but you would need to work with the Office of Tuition Classification located inside the Office of the Registrar to determine if you are eligible or not.

Out of state students are responsible for the difference between what the VA will pay and what the school charges.

The VA will pay the instate tuition rate and required fees directly to the school.

Please click here to see current program specific instate undergraduate tuition and fees from the Bursar's Office.

Use this to determine what will be potentially owed to the school by comparing it to the out of state tuition for your specific program click here.

Yellow Ribbon: CU Boulder pays up to $2,500 a semester and the VA matches this amount for a total of up to $5,000 a semester or up to $10,000 per academic year.

  • The Yellow Ribbon award is a Fall / Spring award only
  • We will not retroactively award Yellow Ribbon
  • The Yellow Ribbon application should be turned in with the Request for Enrollment Certification form so we don't create a certfication for you without the Yellow Ribbon award in place.

CU Boulder now offers unlimited Yellow Ribbon slots, to help cover the difference.

Click here to apply.  Please submit applications at least a month before the start of class. We will not award Yellow Ribbon retroactively.

How Does the Monthly Housing Allowance Work?

Students who attend classes greater than 1/2 time receive a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). The MHA is based on the DoD's Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. As of Fall 2015, the MHA for University of Colorado Boulder will be $1653.00 per month. The MHA is paid based on the number of days the student was enrolled for the previous month. Example: student is enrolled full time for the entire month of September, the MHA payment will be disbursed by the VA in early October, directly to the student.

If you attend only online classes at CU Boulder, you will receive a MHA payment for $783.00 equal to half the national average. Hybrid courses are considered online courses for VA purposes.

All MHA payments are tax free.

When will I receive my Monthly Housing Allowance and how much will I receive?

 When you will receive your MHA is determined by VA processing times. However, your payment should arrive around the 1stof each month. You will be paid for the days enrolled for the previous month.

-Example:  Because the fall term starts on August 24th; you are enrolled from the 24th through the 30th (7 days), which amounts to $386, paid around September 1st. *The VA considers all months to be 30 days*

 For Example, a full month of enrollment = 30 days x $55.10 per day = $1653.00

 August MHA = $386 (Full-Time), classes start on the 24th and is paid on September 1st.

September MHA = $1653.00 (Full-Time), paid on October 1st.

October MHA = $1653.00 (Full-Time), paid on November 1st.

November MHA = $1653.00 (Full-Time), paid on December 1st.

December MHA = $937 (Full-Time), only enrolled until December 17th, paid on January 1st.

Total MHA for the Fall 2015 semester= $6282

What If I haven’t received my MHA?

If you haven’t received your MHA, verify with Veteran Services via phone, e-mail or in person that we have received and processed your Request for Enrollment Certification for the specified term. If we have, then contact the GI Bill hotline at 1-888-442-4551.

Why did I Receive a Letter From the VA Stating Tuition & Fees Weren’t Charged to CU Boulder?

We initially submit only credit hours to the VA to initiate your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). Once the add/drop dates pass, we audit the charges on your account and submit your tuition and fees to the VA. Please keep in mind that the VA does not recognize the university's add/drop policy. Once classes begin they will adjust and prorate the amount we certified you for accordingly. You really need to have your schedule set by the first day of term or you run the risk or receiving debt letters.

I Received a VA Payment. What was it for?

If your payment was for $1815.00, it was most likely from MHA. If your payment was for a fraction of $1815.00 then it was most likely a prorated MHA payment based on your enrolled credit hours. For Post 9/11 CH 33 recipients you will also receive a book stipend. This will be $41.67 per credit hour up to a max of $1000.00 per year. It is equivalent to 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester. If you are enrolled in more than 12 credit hours in fall, you will have less available for spring.

How Does 3rd Party Billing Work?

3rd Party Billing is a university program to help our veterans and dependents using benefits receive their tuition and mandatory fees payment quicker. This payment helps you receive any Financial Aid refunds you might be eligible for sooner. This program works by posting contingency payments on your account as a place holder until the VA payment is received. The contingency payment posted is based off of the 100% rate of tuition and mandatory fees that you are enrolled in.

The 100% rate must be used as it is required to be reported to the VA in your certification request. The Veteran Services Office does not have access to the VA systems and therefore; cannot tell if your benefits have run out, you are receiving less than 100% rate, or the VA prorated your payment for some other reason until the actual VA payment has been received. It can take several weeks or months for your payment to be received from the VA. Once the VA payment has been received, our 3rd party billing office will reconcile the VA payment with the contingency payment. If the VA payment received is different than the contingency payment, this could create an overpayment or an underpayment. This is especially true if you receive less than 100% eligibility or have run out of benefits. In this case there is a unique problem as the contingency payment would be larger than your actual payment, causing a bill to be created when the payment is received.  Unfortunately the Veteran Services Office and the 3rd Party Billing department are unable to avoid these situations, and students should plan accordingly.  If you receive a Financial Aid refund you may/should plan to use your refund to pay the bill that may be created if you anticipate an overpayment will be made.

Beginning with the Fall 2014 term the Veteran Services Office will implement steps to attempt to resolve these issues. This includes processing certification requests for students that are receiving less than 100% and non-res students first in an attempt to post a more accurate contingency payment sooner. We will then process anyone who has indicated they expect to run out of benefits during the term in an attempt to receive VA payment sooner so that we can reconcile your payments sooner. The Veteran Services Office cannot reconcile your account until the actual VA payment is received. We do recommend contacting the VA to find out what your prorated payment will be.

It is also a very good idea to set up an eBenefits account to track your benefit usage. You can do this here, eBenefits

For more detailed information regarding 3rd party billing you can go here, 3rd Party Sponsorships

Will the VA pay for a Tutor?

Yes, the VA can provide Tutorial Assistance. Here is the current information from the VA. 

Available Benefit and Eligibility

Chapter 30, 33, 35, and 1606

Tutorial assistance may be paid to students under Chapters 30, 33, 35 and 1606. Tutorial assistance is not authorized for Chapter 1607 at this time. Tutorial assistance helps the student pay for necessary tutoring and is a supplement to the student's regular education benefit.


VA may pay tutorial assistance to a student receiving education benefits.

The monthly rate may not exceed the cost of tutoring or $100 per month. The maximum amount payable is $1200 per student per benefit program. There is no entitlement charge for the first $600 under Chapter 30 and 1606. There is no entitlement charge under Chapter 33 or 35.

The student, tutor, and certifying official must complete an Application and Enrollment Certification for Individualized Tutorial Assistance (VA Form 22-1990t). The application may be submitted at the end of each month or combination of months. The application must be signed and dated on or after the date of the last tutoring session certified. VA can pay for tutorial assistance during the one-year period before the date VA receives the application.


All of the following criterion must be met for a student to be eligible for tutorial assistance.

  • The student must be in a post-secondary program ½-time or more. For Chapter 33, rate of pursuit must be “at least 50%.”
  • The student must have a deficiency in a course that is part of his or her approved program.
  • The student must be enrolled in the course during the quarter, semester, or term in which the tutoring is received for the course. Tutoring may not occur between quarters or semesters.

School Certification

When a certifying official signs an Application and Enrollment Certification for Individualized Tutorial Assistance, he or she certifies that:

  • Tutoring is essential to correct a deficiency. A letter from the course instructor should be put in the student's VA file. The letter must state that the student is deficient in the course and that individual tutoring is required to correct the deficiency.
  • The tutor meets the college's qualifications. Ideally, the school maintains a list of approved tutors. The list should indicate the subjects a tutor is qualified to tutor and the hourly charge. Students should be assigned a tutor from the approved list. A tutor may not be a close relative of the student.
  • The charges do not exceed the usual charges for tutoring.

Tutorial assistance is also available under many of our Educational programs (VocRehab, Dependent, etc.). Brochures and pamphlets on tutorial assistance requirements of various VA educational benefits are available at http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTQwNTA5LjMyMDU0ODAxJm1lc3NhZ2VpZD1NREItUFJELUJVTC0yMDE0MDUwOS4zMjA1NDgwMSZkYXRhYmFzZWlkPTEwMDEmc2VyaWFsPTE2ODI4NzY1JmVtYWlsaWQ9bGF3cmVuY2UuY29ubmVyQGNvbG9yYWRvLmVkdSZ1c2VyaWQ9bGF3cmVuY2UuY29ubmVyQGNvbG9yYWRvLmVkdSZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&106&&&http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/handouts_forms.asp


Will the VA Pay for Insurance?

Our campus requires you to have insurance and if you don’t opt out of insurance you will automatically be billed for the Student Gold Insurance Plan.

  • As a result, we consider the insurance charge a mandatory fee and will include this charge in the amount reported to the VA for tuition and mandatory fees.
  • There are some caveats of course.
    • The VA will only pay for the Student Gold Insurance Plan; they will not cover the Campus Care Plan. The Campus Care Plan is not a stand-alone insurance plan, so it will not satisfy this requirement for the university and will not be considered a mandatory fee.
    • If you are only enrolled in less than 6 credit hours, online courses only, you are attending as a non-degree student, or you are starting school as a new student during the summer, insurance is no longer considered a mandatory fee and the VA will NOT cover it.
  • Most of our veterans and dependents using transferred benefits do enroll in the Student Gold Insurance Plan.
  • Please keep in mind also, that if we certify you with the insurance charge on your account and then you drop the insurance you will have to repay this amount.
  • Please go to this link http://www.colorado.edu/healthcenter/insurance for more information regarding health insurance at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Will The VA Pay for Study Abroad?

Yes, but the VA will only pay the in-state tuition and fees for the corresponding credit hours as if you were attending on the CU campus. You will still receive your monthly housing allowance if you maintain eligibility according to the normal rules regarding the housing payment. The VA will only pay for the official start and end dates for the term as it is listed in CU's Student information system. This is important to remember if you attending a program that requires you to be there early.

Here is a link to the Study Abroad FAQ sheet.