Getting Started (updated October 2015)
#1: Apply for your GI Bill® immediately. Even though you may be entitled for the GI Bill, you still need to apply for it and receive your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). This is at least a 3-5 week process so you should begin here.
Apply for your benefit online via https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/vonapp
Plan to receive your Certificate of Eligibility between 3-5 weeks after you submit it online through the above website. Apply for your GI Bill early in the process. If you have any questions, call the VA at 888-442-4551.
#2: If you have not submitted an initial inquiry for information with our admissions office here at CBU, please do so for the correct program you are looking to enroll in. Once you submit this inquiry, you will begin to receive emails from the admissions office:
You can also schedule a campus visit for both undergraduate and graduate programs here!
#3: Get your military transcripts and submit them with your admissions application. You may be eligible for college credit from going to your military schools (basic training, fielding of equipment, pathfinder, MOS/AIT etc.) If you are currently active duty, reserve or national guard, you should request new transcripts to be sent to CBU after each new military school that you attend. Click on the following links to access your military transcripts:
#4: Apply to CBU and get admitted into the school. Once you begin an application, the admissions office will reach out by phone to begin conversation with you:
**Note: if you are the actual veteran, you can use two professional references in place of the academic references (i.e., senior military supervisor, Commanding Officer/NCO, etc.). Dependents must still use academic references.
#5: Apply for FAFSA. Applying is free and we recommend that you apply as you may be eligible for grants and/or loans.
#6: Submit necessary documents to CBU's VA Certifying Official (email Steve Leader, fax 951.343.4903, or drop off in person to The Office of the University Registrar, Yeager Center, D118). Click on the instructions below to see the necessary documents needed to be turned in to start your benefits. You can turn in these documents at anytime during your application process.
33 Veteran Instructions (Post 9/11)
33 Dependent Instructions (Post 9/11)
#7: Register with VA eBenefits at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov and make a PREMIUM account. This is where you will go to check your deposits from the VA along with the history of your certification status and months of benefit remaining, setup direct deposit or update your address.
#8: Once you are accepted at CBU, you will receive an email from your admissions counselor, with information about attending a Step Ahead Orientation. Upon completion of this orientation you are able to register for classes. We have virtual orientations available for those students that live more than four hours from campus. For more information, academic advising can be reached at 951-343-4567.
#9: Only when you are enrolled in classes can I certify you with the VA. We aim to have your courses certified to the VA between 30-60 days prior to the class session start date.
#10: At anytime, if you have a question or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am here to serve you!
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