Certification Process

You must request certification for each semester you intend to use your benefit.

Veterans Benefits begins the certification process one to two months prior to the beginning of the semester to increase the likelihood that you will receive your benefits at the start of the semester.

To be certified for benefits you must:

  • Have no active financial or enrollment holds on your account (viewable on the “My Academics” page of CalCentral).
  • Submit an enrollment certification request (Note: You must have a CalNet ID to access the form that is emailed to VA students each semester.)

What to Expect After Certification

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) Students

  • An email from the VA to your UC Berkeley email address confirming your certification. This will indicate the number of units certified. Contact veteranservices@berkeley.edu if the units certified are not correct.
  • If you are certified more than four weeks prior to the beginning of the semester, you should expect your initial Housing Allowance payment on the first day of the month after instruction begins. You should also expect your Book Stipend within two to three weeks of the beginning of the semester.
  • If you are certified less than one month before the beginning of the semester, or after the semester begins, it usually takes four weeks to receive your initial Housing Allowance payment and Book Stipend.
  • The VA to transmit your tuition and fee payments directly to UC Berkeley within four to six weeks.
  • Students can check the status of their VA Tuition Payment by emailing veteransbenefits@berkeley.edu. UC Berkeley will credit your account with the tuition and fees payment within five to seven business days after you receive an email “Notification Letter”  from the Financial Aid Office indicating that the funds have been received. An email from the VA to your UC Berkeley email address confirming your certification will indicate the number of units certified.

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