How to Use VA Benefits as a Continuing Student

The VA certifying officials at the MCBC office are here to help you navigate the complex benefit certification process as you continue your education at the University of Arizona. By offering priority scheduling and advocacy on your behalf with the VA, we are committed to supporting military-connected students. 
Each term requires re-certification of your schedule, and you can use this checklist to guide you through the process.

Step 1: Review your benefits from the Veterans Administration and make any updates to financial aid records


Step 2: Obtain your advising report. Each term you need an updated advising report

Step 3: Register for classes during priority enrollment, and submit benefits certification request

Step 4: Processing your benefit certification

The VA can take 4-6 weeks after submission to process benefit certification and issue funds to the University. We will receive the funds and post payments to your account. You will receive two notifications: once when your benefit certification has been submitted, and once when funds have been posted to your account. 

What if you change your schedule after submitting to certification?

Please notify MCBC immediately at if you have changed your schedule. Not notifying us to update your certification request could result in a denial of benefits or a delay in receiving payment. 

Step 5: Manage your benefits

Changes in Schedule

Notify MCBC before you make changes in your schedule including dropping, adding or requesting a change in grade type (switching form regular to audit, for example). There may be financial and benefit implications to changing your credit hours. MCBC school certifying officials can guide you through schedule changes or if you need to completely withdraw for the term. 


Plan ahead: classes must be certified each term!

You must have a current advising report (ADVIP) or Plan of Study in place for each term and you must request certification for your classes each term. 

After your first term when an advisor will assist in registration for classes, you will be eligible for one of the first priority enrollment appointments. You will want to utilize this early registration opportunity to ensure that your request for certification is processed in time for your funds to be received and posted to your account prior to the start of classes. 

Military-Connected Benefits & Certifications  
Student Union Memorial Center, Rm 404 | 1303 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721
Phone: 520-621-9501  |  Email: