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Veterans Frequently Asked Questions

We know you may still have questions about your benefits and how to access them, so we've provided answers to the most frequently asked questions we get about veterans benefits.

UMKC Veterans Contact

Debbie Kacirek

UMKC VA Certifying Official
Registration and Records

Administrative Center, 5115 Oak Street, Room 115
Phone: 816-235-1121
Fax: 816-235-5513
umkc-vetbenefits@umkc.edu
Registration and Records

Third Party Billing

Mike Flanagan
Cashiers Office
816-235-6177
flanagank@umkc.edu
Cashiers Office

MO Returning Heroes Act Account Credit

Tim Gormly
Financial Aid Coordinator
816-235-6781
gormlyt@umkc.edu
Financial Aid and Scholarships

What is considered FULL TIME enrollment?

The VA determines enrollment status by the dates of your enrollment not by the amount of hours of enrollment for the entire semester. Enrollment dates can vary based on the sessions you are enrolled in during the semester. Information about session dates can be found on the academic calendar. You must be enrolled over half time to receive eligible BAH benefits. 

See Financial Aid requirements for full-time status

More Frequently Asked Questions

Undergraduate enrollment examples

Example 1: During the fall semester Kasey Roo is enrolled in 6 hours during the regular 16 week session, 3 hours in the 8 week 1 session and 3 hours in the 8 week 2 session. As an Undergraduate the VA would not consider her full time, but instead ¾ time at 9 hours when the sessions overlap. 

Example 2: During the spring semester Kasey Roo is enrolled in 9 hours during the regular 16 week session, 3 hours in the 8 week 2 session. As an Undergraduate the VA would not consider her full time until the second 8 week session began. During the first 8 weeks of the regular 16 week session the VA would consider her in ¾ time at 9 hours. 

Example 3: During the summer semester Kasey Roo is enrolled in 6 hours during the regular 8 week session. As an Undergraduate the VA would consider her full time during those 8 weeks.

Example 4: During the summer semester Kasey Roo is enrolled in 3 hours in the 4 week 1 session, and 3 in the 8 week regular session. As an Undergraduate Kasey would be considered full time during the time her 4 week 1 session overlapped with the 8 week regular session, but not after the 4 week session ended. 

Graduate enrollment examples

Example 1: During the fall semester Kasey Roo is enrolled in 6 hours during the regular 16 week session, 3 hours in the 8 week 1 session. As a Graduate the VA would consider her full time, time at 9 hours when the sessions overlap. After the 8 week 1 session ended Kasey would be at ¾ time at 6 hours. 

Example 2: During the spring semester Kasey Roo is enrolled in 3 hours during the regular 16 week session, 3 hours in the 8 week 1 session, and 6 hours in the 8 week 2 session. As a Graduate the VA would not consider her full time until the second 8 week session began. During the first 8 weeks of the regular 16 week session the VA would consider her in ¾ time at 6 hours. 

Example 3: During the summer semester Kasey Roo is enrolled in 3 hours during the regular 8 week session. As an Graduate the VA would consider her ¾ time during those 8 weeks.

Example 4: During the summer semester Kasey Roo is enrolled in 3 hours in the 4 week 1 session, and 3 in the 8 week regular session. As a Graduate Kasey would be considered full time during the time her 4 week 1 session overlapped with the 8 week regular session, but after the 4 week session ended she would only be considered ¾ time. 

Question about your enrollment status can be directed to the UMKC VA Certifying Official. 

Visit the Veterans Affairs web site on choosing the best benefit for you.

Veterans utilizing Ch. 30 or 1606 must verify attendance monthly through WAVE.

  • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill/ Active Duty Military
  • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 33: (Post 9/11) provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Chapter 35: Spouses and Dependents of Military
  • Chapter 1606: Selected Reserves

Benefit Comparison Tool: Which benefit is best for you?

For general assistance with college applications, picking a major, and understanding the GI Bill Benefits you've earned, see the Today's GI Bill web site.

Registration and Records will certify your enrollment at UMKC but is not allowed to counsel students on which benefit is most beneficial.

Once you have received GI Bill benefits for 2 semesters at any school, you must declare a major and be degree seeking. Any majors with “pre” are not considered degree seeking majors and would not be eligible for certification after 2 semesters of benefits.

Courses that are failed or if the grade does not meet the minimum requirements for graduation in the degree program may be certified to the VA. For example, if Nursing requires a C+ or better in Biology, then that course may be repeated if a C+ was not earned.

If a course is repeated and the original grade is replaced with the Request for GPA Adjustment Form the original grade becomes non-punitive and will no longer be degree applicable. The VA certifying official must report the attempt of the course that was adjusted to the VA as non-punitive and the student may owe the VA for the tuition and fee charges for the course and possibly housing received. For example, if a student takes college algebra and receives a grade of F, repeats the course and receives an A, then uses the GPA Adjustment Form to remove the original grade of F from the cumulative GPA the grade becomes non-punitive and must be reported as such to the VA.

Request for GPA Adjustment Form (PDF)

Each week the Certifying Official will monitor your courses to see if you add or drop hours. When you drop a class and your credit hours change, your new enrollment information is reported to the VA. This change could result in a debt owed to the VA depending on when in the semester the course is dropped. 
Please contact the GI Bill Educational Call Center (1.888.442.4551) for specific questions about creating a debt or the Certifying Official (816.235.1125) to know how the dropped class will be reported to the VA.

A student may take courses at more than one school that apply to his or her degree. The school that will grant the degree is the student’s “parent” school. All other schools are “secondary” schools. The following form needs to be completed with your advisor and returned to the UMKC Certifying Official. Please provide the contact information and fax number for the certifying official at the “secondary” school you are planning to attend.

The VA pays in arrears which means they will pay at the beginning of each month for education pursued the previous month. For example, when you start class in August, the payment for that enrollment will not be sent until the very beginning of September. 

If you have any questions or believe that you payment is late, contact the VA Educational Call Center at 1.888.442.4551.

Possible reasons for owing money to the VA:

  • Withdrawing from a course/courses after the first day of the term
  • Grade replacement via the GPA Adjustment Form (PDF)
  • Receiving a grade of NR. The last date of attendance will be reported to the VA for all NR grades.

Students who are called to active military duty and their activation conflicts with the current academic semester dates will be refunded full educational fees if they completely withdraw from all courses. Adjusted refunds will be given if you are awarded for some courses and not others.

Students must present a copy of their military orders to the VA Certifying Official in Registration and Records.

Depending on the time of the student’s activation, the student is advised to consult with their faculty members in regards to academic issues and grading for completed work.

Veterans who are currently enrolled and called to active duty will not be required to fill out an admissions application (intent to re-enroll) for up to 18 months when returning to the campus.

Information about military transcripts and how to request the transcripts is available from each branch of the military.

Order Military transcripts for service in the Army, Coast Guard, Marines or Navy

Order transcripts for service in the Air Force

Military transcripts should be sent to the UMKC Admissions Office