VA News and Resources

Student Registration & Financial Services regularly highlights relevant and useful news from the Veterans Administration on this page. 

VA Enrollment Verification

IMPORTANT: The VA is implementing a monthly enrollment verification requirement for Post-9/11 GI Bill® students who receive a Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). This requirement goes into effect for semesters starting on or after December 17, 2021. Post-9/11 GI Bill® students who do not verify their enrollment monthly will have their housing allowance withheld. The VA is providing students with the option to verify their enrollment monthly easily and securely via text message.

How to Verify Your Enrollment

The VA strongly encourages Post-9/11 GI Bill® students to verify their enrollment monthly via text. Please see the steps below:

  1. If you do not have (or are unsure if you have) a current cell phone number or e-mail address on file with the VA, you should call the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to update your contact information in preparation for the Enrollment Verification Process.
  2. Let the ECC representative know you’d like to opt into text message verification when you call in. (Please note that text message verification is not available to students with international numbers.)  
  3. After you’ve opted in, you will receive a monthly text message from the VA asking if you’ve remained in the same classes or training, as certified. You’ll have 6 days to respond to the text, after which you’ll receive a confirmation message. If you do not respond to the text within 6 days, you will have to call the Education Call Center (ECC) at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to verify your enrollment for that month.

Please note the VA will NOT ask for your personal information, such as your social security number or bank account information, via text.

For more information on enrollment verification including how to sign up for and use text message verification, please go to: VA Enrollment Verification - Education and Training

Federal Tuition Assistance

The Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) program provides financial assistance to students currently serving in the National Guard, reserves, or on Active Duty. FTA can be used for voluntary education programs that support professional and personal self-development goals. FTA is available for courses that are offered in the classroom or by distance learning and is part of an approved academic degree or certificate program.

For more information, follow the links below for your service branch's website:

Review this article from Military OneSource for useful information on how to use the FTA.

Prior to your course enrollment, you may be required to develop an education plan or complete FTA orientation. Your service's education center must approve your military tuition assistance before you enroll in a course.

Military Tuition Assistance Refund Information

Effective for the 2021-22 academic year, the policy below applies to service members receiving Military Tuition Assistance who cease enrollment the University. Please note that students are responsible for the cost of their tuition and fees based on the University of Pennsylvania’s refund schedule, regardless of the amount of TA funds that have to be refunded to the Department of Defense. In instances when a servicemember stops attending due to a military service obligation, the University will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

Schedule for Returning Unearned TA to the Government

Timing of Leave Percent Returned to Government
Before or during weeks 1-2 100%
During weeks 3-4 80%
During weeks 5-6 70%
During weeks 7-8 60%
During weeks 9-10 50%
During week 11 40%
During week 12-17 0%

"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 website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.