Step One: Apply to Alaska Pacific University
This is the first step to using the GI Bill® and other VA education benefits at Alaska Pacific University:
- Send all prior academic transcripts, Joint Service Transcript (JST), and CCAF Transcript (Air Force) to APU.
- Once admitted, your myAPU log-in and student email account will be activated.
For questions regarding your application’s status, please get in touch with the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-564-8248.
Step Two: Check Your Eligibility/Apply for Veteran Benefits
Before VA pays anything, the student must create an account and apply for benefits with the VA: https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/
The application for educational benefits must be completed even if you are receiving transferred benefits from a family member.
If you need to see the differences between benefits chapters, there is a GI Bill® Comparison Tool online.
Transfer Students: If you have used benefits at another school, you will need to update your school and program of study on eBenefits:
Only the VA can say whether you are eligible for any benefits.
Step Three: Submit Your Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
A VA student must be able to show the VA covers them to the college by providing a Certificate of Eligibility [COE], an approved 1905, or a Statement of Benefits from eBenefits. Students are required to submit proof of VA educational benefits by census point for the requested academic term.
The COE will be delivered via USPS or will update in your eBenefits portal. On eBenefits, this is alternately called the Statement of Benefits. Please print this page as PDF and email it to the School Certifying Officials (SCOs) at email@example.com.
A copy of your COE & DD214 must be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off in person at Student Enrollment Services (SES) in the Carr-Gottstein building.
Step Four: Register for Classes
- VA will not pay for courses that are not required for your program.
- You will need to speak with your Academic Advisor to register for your courses. If you are unsure who your advisor is, contact the Office of Advising at email@example.com.
- If you still have trouble registering for classes, please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-564-8210.
Step Five: Submit Veteran Certification Request (VCR)
- APU VA Certification Request Form
- If you cannot access the form via the above link, please email email@example.com to request a PDF copy.
- Submit your VCR as soon as possible. The recommendation is to fill out this form after you register for courses.
- We cannot accept back-dated requests for past semesters.
- Watch your APU Email for further information, approvals, or denials from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- APU’s Certification Process
- Step 1 - Hours submitted to VA upon acceptance of VCR.
- Step 2 - Tuition and Fees submitted to the VA (selected Chapters), calculated after the drop deadline of the current term (Census Date).
- Click Here to review the Academic Calendar and Census Dates.
- Any changes to your schedule MUST be communicated to the SCOs via email@example.com.
The VA and Financial Aid
- Students utilizing VA Educational Benefits may also use Financial Aid opportunities. To apply for Financial Aid, you must apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. APU’s FAFSA code is: 001061
- Scholarships & Grants that only cover tuition and fees will be deducted from the requested amount from the VA. Tuition and fee scholarships/grants will be applied toward the account balance. In addition, VA Students are eligible to receive a distribution of excess funds from scholarships/grants that specify the award can be used for miscellaneous expenses.
- For questions about financial aid or scholarships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-564-8341. The Office of Financial Aid is located in the Student Education Services suite in the Carr-Gottstein building.