How to Use VA Benefits for the First Time

The School Certifying Officials (SCO) at the MCBC office will help you navigate the different options for funding as you pursue your education at the University of Arizona. They can help guide you through the application and certification process, and assist with communication with the VA.
If this is your first time using VA benefits as a student, use this checklist to guide you through the process.

Step 1 Apply for Benefits from Veterans Administration, and explore other financial and scholarship options 


Step 2 Apply to the University of Arizona 

Step 3 Once admitted

Step 4 Register for classes and submit benefits certification request

Note: Main campus undergraduate students will register for classes during their orientation session. Main campus graduate students will be eligible to enroll in classes in coordination with their program department. Online and distance campus undergraduate and graduate students will register during their orientation appointment. 

Step 5 The processing of your benefit certification

The certification process may take 4-8 weeks after submission to process benefit certification and for funds to be issued. Most VA benefit chapters will remit funds directly to the University, and we will post them to your account. Alternately, the VA may send funds directly to the student, and the student will then pay their tuition bill with those funds. 
You will receive email notifications at your University email address if we need to contact you. 

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 6 Managing 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  
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