Certification is not automatic, so make sure to complete the Request for Benefits form before the start of each semester. Continuing students who had the GI Bill at PCC last semester:
Those receiving the Post-9/11 GI Bill do not have to verify their attendance through WAVE. Your school certifying official is responsible for verifying your attendance with VA at the beginning of your term. You are responsible for ensuring that your school certifying official is aware of your enrollment, and any subsequent changes in your schedule.
Always contact the PCC Veterans' Affairs Office to report any change in your enrollment. Changes such as Add/Drop or Withdrawals, switching courses, etc. need to be reported immediately so that students do not end up owing money back to the VA.
A counselor approved educational plan must be obtained and filed in the VA Office before the beginning of the second semester benefits are requested. The educational plan is obtained from PCC Counseling only.
Be aware that the VA places restrictions on what courses you may be paid for. You can only be paid for classes that apply toward completion of your degree objective. A counselor's recommendation may not be payable under VA regulations, especially if the class is a "recommended" elective.
By law, students are also required to declare a major by their second semester. "Undeclared" or "general education" majors are not acceptable for VA purposes.
Each year you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line to determine eligibility for financial aid programs (www.fafsa.ed.gov). The FASFA and the GI Bill are completely separate programs, and one does not affect or determine the other.