Veterans Affairs (VA) is located in the Office of the Registrar. We assist military veterans and their dependents who are eligible for VA educational benefits.
The Veteran Affairs Certifying Official is responsible for certifying and monitoring veterans' enrollment, academic progress, and other academic information.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs approves applications and makes decisions about payments, issuance of checks, and eligibility. If you have questions about payments, entitlement, or eligibility, contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 888-GIBILL-1 (888-442-4551).
The following is important information about your VA educational benefits.
- Transfer Credit
- Course Registration
- Prerequisite and Remedial Courses
- Repeating Courses
- Enrollment Verification
- Change in Enrollment (ADD/DROP)
- Tuition and Fees
- Declaring a Major
- Changing your Major
- Academic Suspension
- Military Activation & Withdrawals
Academic advising services are available through your college or school and, in some cases, your department. Visit Advising for contact information for various Student Academic Services offices.
It is your responsibility to see that UH Mānoa evaluates transcripts from previous institutions attended to determine the number of transferable credits that will be counted toward your degree. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mandates that all transcripts be evaluated by UH Mānoa for prior credit within two semesters, including transcripts for military training, even if credit may not be granted. Failure to do so could lead to suspension of benefits. All official transcripts must be sent directly from the prior institution to the appropriate UH Mānoa Admissions Office.
Military Transcript Services
Note: You may have to accept the security certificate to access transcripts or use a military computer to log in.
All courses used toward VA educational benefits must be required for your degree program. You can be charged with an overpayment for any courses that do not apply toward your degree. Contact your academic advisor immediately if you are not sure whether a course is required. All courses certified for VA educational benefits must be taken for a letter grade (CR/NR permitted only if required for degree). Audited courses cannot be used toward certification.
For information on UH Mānoa degree requirements visit one of the following:
Undergraduate students: Degree and Major Requirement Information
Graduate students should submit a copy of their degree plan to the VA Certifying Official.
Undeclared or Post-Baccalaureate students: Contact the VA Certifying Official for instructions on degree requirements.
If you are a Post-Baccalaureate student required to take prerequisites for your major you must have your academic advisor provide the Office of the Registrar with a list of prerequisite courses not included in your degree program. Contact the VA Certifying Official for instructions.
The VA will not pay for remedial courses unless placement test results show you need the course. The VA will not pay for any of these courses if college credit has already been granted for them.
Courses that are failed or for which the grade does not meet minimum requirements for graduation may be certified if they are repeated. If you are required to repeat a course for your degree program you must obtain approval from your academic advisor. The VA will not pay for a course that has already been successfully completed with a passing grade.
Submit veteran enrollment forms to the Office of the Registrar as early as possible to avoid delays in your payment(s) from the VA. UH Mānoa will not certify VA educational benefits unless the request is made in writing. Visit Application Process for enrollment forms and information.
Once your course enrollment is reported to the VA, you will receive a confirmation email from the VA to your Hawaii.edu account stating that your 22-1999 has been electronically received. Applicants should expect to wait approximately six to eight weeks for Veterans Affairs to process and send your first payment(s).
It is your responsibility to notify the Office of the Registrar of continued enrollment by completing the veteran enrollment forms each semester. Failure to do so will cause a break in the payment cycle. If you are a Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 student, you must also verify your enrollment with the VA each month on W.A.V.E..
Notify the Office of the Registrar immediately if you add, drop or withdraw from a course used for certification by completing a Change in Enrollment Status form. Failure to do so may result in an overpayment charge.
For official University tuition schedules please refer to Tuition and Fees. You are responsible for your own Tuition & Fees by the payment deadline for your student classification. Once your course registration is certified by the VA Certifying Official, applicants should expect to wait approximately six to eight weeks for Veterans Affairs to process and send your first payment.
Note: Post 9/11 students should refer to Post 9/11 or contact the VA Certifying Official for additional Tuition and Fees information.
For more information on establishing residency in the State of Hawaiʻi for tuition purposes, visit Hawaiʻi Residency Requirements.
You must declare a major by the beginning of the first term of your junior year. Failure to do so will cause a break in the payment cycle. Notify the Office of the Registrar of your major by completing the appropriate form:
You must notify the Office of the Registrar of any change in major by completing the appropriate form:
UH Mānoa will report academic suspension to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Suspension will result in the termination of your subsistence check(s). Veterans or dependents who accept VA checks after being suspended will be charged an overpayment.
If a complete withdrawal or leave of absence is necessary due to military activation, submit a copy of your orders to your college academic advisor or Advising office. You will be advised as to your options concerning your enrollment at UH Mānoa.