How do I keep receiving my education benefits each term and avoid a suspension of my benefits?
The State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (SAAVE) requires students receiving VA education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, and attending WGU, to maintain a cumulative Standards of Academic Progress (SAP) of 66.67%. SAP status is reviewed at the end of each completed term.
This standard gives all students receiving education benefits one probationary term following a term where their cumulative SAP fell below 66.67%. Students are informed in writing of this probation. If cumulative SAP is not brought up to the required rate at the end of the probationary term, VA benefits will be terminated until such a time as a student's cumulative SAP is brought back to 66.67% or better.
Graduation Prior to Term’s End
A final term is certified for attendance time to which the remaining CU’s correspond. If a student completes their program sooner than the end date of the term, the VA will be notified that the student's term ended on the date the last course was completed. Benefit payments are not awarded after that date. Continued verification of attendance or acceptance of payments after the program completion date will result in an overpayment of a student's benefits. Students will receive a letter from the VA requesting repayment once the original certification of their final term is updated to reflect the new end date.
Will I receive transfer credit for my military training?
Military Transcripts for all training exercises completed should be sent to the Transcript department at WGU (a student transcript copy is not considered official unless it is sealed). It is up to WGU to determine prior credit, and official transcripts are the only acceptable documentation (a DD214 is insufficient) Transcript requests can be made online at the following locations:
How do I receive my Military Tuition Assistance funding?
First-term students need a degree program plan drawn up for them by one of the MTA (Military tuition assistance) specialists in the Admissions department prior to submitting courses to the military for approval. An MTA team member can be contacted at:
Providing approved paperwork to WGU’s Military Support office is mandatory each term a student qualifies for TA funding. Students can prepare a course cost breakdown in the Military Support tab in their Student Portal, which they can submit through their military portal, for approval from their Education Officer. Courses enrolled in must agree with the courses approved on the TA paperwork. A credit for the expected amount toward tuition to be paid by the military will be applied to the student’s account once the TA approval document is uploaded, in the Military Support tab of the Student Portal, to complete the Tuition Assistance Authorization Form requirement.
Arrangements for payment of any tuition balance remaining must be set up with Financial Services prior to the start of each term.
Article Number: 20433, 1532