Education Benefits

GI Bill

What to Expect
GI Bill Application Process: New Applicant
GI Bill Application Process: Transfer Student
GI Bill Application Process: Returning Student
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What To Expect with your GI Bill

  • GI Bill processing takes eight to ten weeks. They will send a series of letters including a Certificate of Eligibility and an Award Letter that will indicate the dates of the semester and your rate of payment to expect for the semester.

  • If you are under Chapter 1606, 1607 (REAP) or Chapter 30, you must verify your attendance each month to receive payment. This is done on the last day of each month in the semester. You can do this online or call 877-823-2378. Your file number is your social security number.

  • GI Bill is prorated by the number of days in the month. If your classes start later that the first of the month or end before the last day of the month payment will be prorated by the actual number of days in classes.

  • Taking 4, 5, 8, or 12-week courses may affect your payment rates.

  • Taking all online courses with the Post 9/11 GI Bill will affect your housing allowance.

  • You must notify Hawkeye's Certifying Official via email of any change to your program or enrollment via email.

  • Failure to attend must be reported to the VA and may result in a debt with the VA.

  • Withdrawing from courses could result in a debt with the VA unless mitigating circumstances are present.

  • Repeated courses could potentially not be covered by GI Bill benefits. Check with Hawkeye's Certifying Official prior to registering.

GI Bill Application Process: New Applicant

  1. Contact Hawkeye's Certifying Official via email to review GI Bill benefit options.

  2. Apply for GI Bill online or call 1-888-GI BILL-1 to have a form mailed to you.

  3. Copy your completed application and email or mail it to Hawkeye's Certifying Official.

  4. Submit the required documents (see documents list below) either by uploading them during the online application process or mailing them to the V.A. If you need help with finding the necessary documents or mailing them, contact Hawkeye's Certifying Official.

    • DD214-member 4 copy

    • Buy up documents or Kicker contract

    • Guard/Reservist: NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility)

  5. Complete the Enrollment Verification form [pdf] each semester after you have registered for classes and return it to the Veterans Affairs office.

  6. Notify Hawkeye's Certifying Official via email if you change your enrollment or program of study.

GI Bill Application Process: Transfer Student

If you have used VA education benefits before at another college or while on active duty, you do not need to re-apply for your benefits.

Increased Active Duty will change your benefit options. Contact Hawkeye's Certifying Official to review your options.

To transfer your education benefits to Hawkeye, you will need to:

  1. Complete VA Form 22-1995 or 22-5495 (for dependents) at www.gibill.va.gov > Apply Now

  2. Provide a copy of completed application to Hawkeye's Certifying Official

  3. Complete the Enrollment Verification form [pdf] each semester after you have registered for classes and return it to the Veterans Affairs office.

  4. Notify Hawkeye's Certifying Official via email if you change your enrollment or program of study.

GI Bill Application Process: Returning Student

  1. Increased Active Duty will change your benefit options. Contact Hawkeye's Certifying Official to review your options.

  2. Complete form 22-1995 or 22-5495 for dependents at www.gibill.va.gov > Apply Now

  3. Reapply for State and Federal Tuition Assistance as applicable

  4. If you are a midyear transfer and you’ve applied for State TA, please notify the Hawkeye's Certifying Official.

  5. Reapply for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov as applicable or add school code: 004595 to current year application.

Learn More about the GI Bill

Find answers to your questions on the Post 911 GI Bill website.

Visit the GI Bill website to learn more about VA Education benefit eligibility requirements and application forms.

Military and Veterans Services

Veterans Services Coordinator

Robin Knight
Brock Student Center
319-296-2329 ext.1212
800-670-4769 ext.1212
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Mailing Address

Military and Veterans Services
Hawkeye Community College
1501 East Orange Road
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015