Get Started Using My Benefits
You are in control of when and how you use your VA benefits!
To get started, submit a Veterans Affairs Information Form to SRFS at the link below. You can indicate that you’d like to use your benefits for the duration of your enrollment or apply them to specific terms. If you need to change your decision, please contact us at least 30 days prior to the start of your term at firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustments to benefit usage without sufficient notice may result in debt due to overpayment.
In order for Penn to certify timely and accurate enrollment to the VA, it is critical students submit official VA documents verifying current and up to date benefits eligibility. Your application process and required documents will differ depending on the benefit you are trying to access and, in some cases, the academic program you are pursuing. Below is a summary of the required documents, organized by VA Chapter. We cannot certify benefits without the required documents.
Any change in VA education benefit eligibility, including a change to VA Chapter, needs to be reported to the Penn SCO as soon as possible, and will require submission of updated VA documents to the Penn SCO.
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
Eligible Veterans and Service members may apply for either Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits or for Education/Career Counseling online through the VA’s ebenefits website. Please reach out to your VA Counselor: https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/
Chapter 33, Post 9-11 G.I. Bill® Benefits
Request a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA and submit it to the Office of the University Registrar. After you register for classes, inform the Registrar’s Office and they will certify your enrollment with the VA.
Veterans and their dependents are encouraged to request the required Certificate of Eligibility as early as possible as VA processing of requests may take six to eight weeks.
To transfer Chapter 33 Benefits to a dependent, the service person must contact the VA directly to begin this process.
All Other Chapters
Please submit a copy of your DD 214 to the Office of the University Registrar.
To be eligible, you must have 100% eligibility for Chapter 33 Benefits and not currently have active duty status. After you submit your Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of the University Registrar, you will be placed in your academic program’s queue on a first-come, first-served basis.
Non-Degree Students and Visiting Students
VA education benefit-eligible students who would like to enroll in one or more courses at Penn as a non-degree student are considered “visiting students” by the VA and are subject to different restrictions when using their VA education benefits.
Visiting students are advised to contact the Office of the University Registrar prior to registering for classes and incurring charges as benefit eligibility varies on a case-by-case basis.
Visiting students who are degree-seeking at another institution are required to submit an approved letter from the home institution which guarantees that the courses can be transferred back to the original program.
Visiting students who are not degree-seeking and are seeking to enroll in courses to gain admission to a degree program can be certified for up to two terms as a non-degree student.
If you receive VA educational benefits, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in your chosen program of study. Veteran students will be ineligible for VA benefits for one term if they do not meet these standards. That means you will not receive your benefits for the term following such a determination. If a veteran or dependent is placed on Academic Suspension/Dismissal, Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits will be terminated immediately. Students may be re-certified for veteran's benefits ONLY after attaining the minimum required cumulative grade point average and submitting a request to the School Certifying Official (SCO) for re-certification.
The Office of the University Registrar
University of Pennsylvania
Franklin Building, Room 150
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6273