The first step is to complete the application VA Form 22-1990 or VA Form 22-5490.
This form is available online or through your VA counselor. Once completed, submit this form to the VA regional
office via fax, mail or electronically. Some supporting forms may be required to complete
the application. (e.g. DD-214, N.O.B.E., proof of $600 kicker). Once you have submitted
your application, you will receive correspondence from the VA about your approval
or rejection as well as entitlement details.
Students need to contact the Delgado Community College Office of Veterans Affairs in person or telephone to request processing of enrollment certifications. By contacting
the VA Counselor each semester, students will provide our office with current information
regarding addresses, degree objectives, etc.
Please bring a copy of the application (VA Form 22-1990 or VA Form 22-5490) or letter
of acceptance to the VA counselor for file purposes. Once you have your finalized
class schedule, fill out a request for certification and return it to the VA counselor.
Please make a partial or full payment toward your classes before turning in your request
for certification. The Office of Veterans Affairs WILL NOT be responsible for holding
Yes. Each semester you will need to complete and sign a request for certification
and return it to the VA counselor’s office. This form is used to submit a VA-22-1999
The VA will reduce the student’s rate of pay if this withdrawal changes the student’s
enrollment status. If the withdrawal occurs during the drop/add period, as defined
by the VA, an adjustment is made on the rate of pay. If the withdrawal occurs after
the drop/add period, the reduction may create an overpayment, unless there are mitigating
If you are a veteran planning on receiving chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 benefits, please
call 1-877-823-2378 or go online to verify your attendance each month. This verification can be completed as early
as the last calendar day of each month.
Normally, your payments will come at the end of the month; however, in some cases,
this may be delayed due to processing. Also, if you are applying for the first time,
it can take a few weeks for the VA to process your application. You will receive payments
for the full semester; however, it just may be delayed.
At this time Delgado Community College has not adopted the accelerated payment option.
The VA will not pay for courses that are not required in the student’s degree plan.
If students wish to take courses that are not required, we will certify only the required
courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the courses apply toward
The VA will pay for repeated courses as long as they are required and the grades previously
earned do not meet degree requirements. Enrolling again in a course from which a student
withdrew is not considered a repeated course.
The VA will pay for a remedial course if the student has a deficiency in the subject.
The VA will not pay for refresher courses.
Please contact your VA Counselor, as this may cause your enrollment certification
No. The VA will only pay for one major and does not pay for a minor. If you wish to
do this, you will be responsible for the classes.
Yes. The change will not take effect until the next semester. Once you certify your
classes for the semester, this is your major for the semester.
No. The VA will only pay for classes that count towards your degree. If a class is
not on your degree plan, it will not be certified. Prerequisites and developmental
courses will also be accepted.
This differs depending on what chapter of VA benefits you are receiving and how many
hours you are taking. The GI bill will pay different rates for full time, ¾ time,
½ time or less than ½ time. Also, these rates get adjusted from time to time. The
updated rates are available online here
Full Time = 12+ hours
¾ Time = 9-11 hours
½ Time = 6-8 hours
Less than ½ time = 4-5 hours
Less than ¼ time = 1-3 hours
This scale differs during the summer semester.
If you are a general studies major, it is recommended that you take your first 30
hours fulfilling general educational requirements. e.g. fine arts, humanities, natural
sciences and natural sciences. After 30 hours you will need to be advised by a counselor
and set up a degree plan that should be signed by the appropriate department figures.
In short, you should not just say you are a general studies major and take any classes
you would like.
The VA will only pay for courses that count towards your degree plan. Just because
you have 12 hours does not mean that those 12 hours will all certify. If 9 hours count
towards your degree, 9 hours will be certified.
If you drop a class, please contact the VA counselor. This will need to be reported
to the Department Veterans Affairs, and they will contact you concerning the change.
No. You are expected to make payments. You will receive your payments from the GI
Bill upon certification, but you are responsible for the payments to the school. There
are some state programs that may be different, but the GI Bill does not make payments
to the school.
No. You are responsible for making payments to the school. If your paperwork is submitted
in a timely manor, your GI Bill payment should come at the end of each month. However,
it is not the responsibility of the VA counselor to hold your classes or to get you
Call 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551). They will be able to send the required form to
you. The VA counselor does not write these letters.
Tuition exemption is NOT a GI bill program. This is a state program for the Louisiana
National Guard. To use this benefit you must contact your unit and notify them to
send the proper paperwork to the Delgado Community College Bursar's Office. The VA
counselor does NOT handle this program
This is NOT a GI bill benefit. Instead, this is a Louisiana Department of Veteran
Affairs program that entitles some dependents of disabled or deceased veterans to
receive tuition and fee exemption. For more information on this program, contact the
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs.