Certifying Your Benefits
Certifying Your Benefits is Not Automatic Each Quarter
When we mention the term “certify” we are talking about the action of communicating to the VA the following information. That
- You have registered for classes
- Your courses are approved
- You are not on any waitlists
For Post-9/11 students, this is when we tell the VA how much they are to pay for your tuition and fees and books payment, as well as how many credits you are taking. We are also relaying this information to the Bellevue College (BC) Finance Department so that the funds can be accounted for and your classes are not dropped for non-payment.
For students using the other GI Bills, this is where we tell the VA how many credits you are taking so that your monthly payments can be processed. In order for this important process to be executed properly we need you to communicate with us.
AS SOON AS YOU REGISTER, send us an e-mail with the subject line of either “Registered” and or “Deferment,” along with your LAST name and student ID number in either the subject box or message body. If you don’t get a response, keep bothering us until you do.
Be aware that you will be dropped after 7 days of being registered if we don’t certify or defer you. We can defer you as long as you have registered for at least 1 course. This practice is in place so that you can have more time to complete things like your planning sheet and getting off of registration wait lists.
Student Credit Status
For students using Chapter 30, 31, 35, 1606, or 1607 your level of benefit is based on your credit status. Use this table to determine your credit status.
12 + credits
|7 credits or more|
|3/4 Time||11 - 9 credits||6 credits|
|1/2 Time||6 - 8 credits||4–5 credits|
|Tuition & Fees||0 - 5 credits||0–3|
For students using Chapter 33 (Post-911) benefits, you must be taking at least 7 credits to receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Also, of these credits, at least 1 credit must be an in-class course with a set schedule. This is a Veterans Affairs technical rule. For most students pursuing a transfer program at BC, this means you'll need to take at least 2 five-credit classes, one of which needs to be in-class. If you take all online courses you will not receive BAH.