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Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Section 103)

Stanford University is a participant in the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 signed into law on December 31, 2018, by the President of the United States. This provision was effective August 1, 2019 for any students who are considered "a covered individual" using "Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®" benefits or any participants in "Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program" benefits at a public, private for-profit, or not-for-profit institution regarding unpaid tuition and fees.

The policy states that the University will not:

  1. Assess late penalty fees/charges due to delayed disbursements from the Department of Veterans Affairs under Chapter 31 or Chapter 33.
  2. Prevent students from enrolling in classes.
  3. Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding to cover the applicable tuition and fee expenses.
  4. Deny the student access to any school resources to include (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) that are available to other paid students.

The school will require that each student provide the following:

  1. An official Department of Veterans Affairs Certificate of Eligibility" or "Statement of Benefits" from the VA website or (eBenefits, VAF 28-1905) on or before the first day of class for the quarter.
  2. Complete a written certification request to be certified for benefits.
  3. Provide additional information required to ensure proper certification of benefits.

If there is a difference in the amount of the student's financial obligation to the University and the amount that the student is eligible to receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the student may incur an additional fee or payment may be required to make an additional payment to make up the difference.

With all contingencies met, the Department of Veterans Affairs will provide the University with payment ending on the earlier of the dates following:

  • the date on which the payment from the VA is made to the institution.
  • 90 days after the date that the institution has certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the "Certificate of Eligibility".

Who is a "Covered Individual?"

Any individual who is entitled to receive educational assistance under either "Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®" or a participant under "Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program".

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 web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.