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US Department of Veterans Affairs Funding

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University of Otago is an eligible school for the administration of US Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) funding under the MGIB program.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs will pay eligible student education benefits for pursuit of an approved programme of study.

NB: The University of Otago will NOT act as a guarantor to confirm VA funding tuition and fees to be paid at a later stage.

Information for Students Wishing To Attend Foreign Schools

Student’s Responsibility

1. Determine if your Degree is an Approved Programme

You can check whether your degree is approved here  by entering the following details:

Institution: University of Otago
Programme Type: Institution of Higher Learning
Country: New Zealand

If your programme is not yet approved contact us at us.financialaid@otago.ac.nz. The programme approval process may take some time, so please apply as early as possible.

It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you are eligible for of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) funding and that it will cover your fees account in full. If the amount you receive does not cover your entire tuition, it will be YOUR responsibility to pay the amount owing, either through private funding or via a Direct Loan.

It is YOUR responsibility to contact Student Finance Office to arrange an agreement with respect to payment of your fees and to contact DVA directly on the status of your funds.
It will take approximately 14-16 weeks from certification to delivery of funds on campus.

2. Determine if You Qualify and How to Apply

To apply for Veterans’ education benefits, submit the application form to the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Information on the process and application forms are available here 

3. Provide Confirmation to the University of Otago - Certificate of Eligibility

The US Department of Veteran’s Affairs will issue you with a Certificate of Eligibility. Send a copy to the US Financial Aid Administrator at us.financialaid@otago.ac.nz at the International Office, University of Otago, to certify your VA funding after you have fully enrolled. It will take approximately 14-16 weeks from certification to delivery of funds on campus.

4. Discharge Document From the US Military

The student to supply a copy of DD214 (discharge document from the US Military).

5. Entitlement for Additional Benefits

If the student is entitled to additional benefits to supply documentation detailing this.

6. Confirmation of Attendance at University of Otago via Vonapp

Students are required to confirm they are still attending University of Otago via the Vonapp on-line site on a monthly basis.

7. Funding

It is important to ensure that your VA funding is approved before you begin your studies, and that you have enough funding to cover tuition and living expenses if you do not choose to utilise US Financial Aid.

Funding Amounts
For 100% eligible student:
From August 1st, 2011 the annual limit for Veteran funding will be USD$17,500 maximum per year (based on a veteran who has been awarded 100% under the Chapter 33 of the GI Bill). See Changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill Based on P.L. 111-377

VA Contact Details

US Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Telephone (Outside USA): (001) 716-857-3196 or 716-857-3197
Telephone (Inside USA): 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)