Veterans Benefits

Concurrent Enrollment: Taking Classes at Other Schools

If you are taking classes at two or more schools at the same time, you can use your Veteran's benefits to pay for your concurrent enrollment.  We and your other school(s) will need additional information from you to process your VA certification.  Please check below for the situation that applies to you.

If HPU is your Parent School

If you are pursuing your degree from HPU, then HPU is considered your "Parent School", and you will be considered a "guest student" at your other institutions.  In order for the VA Certifying Official at your other school to process your certification, you will need to request a Parent School Letter from us to be sent to the other school.

This letter verifies that the classes you are taking at your secondary school will be applied to your degree program at HPU.  Remember, the VA will only pay for classes that are required for your degree.

To request a Parent-School letter, please email va@hpu.edu with the following information.  Please note, you will need to make a separate request for each term you are enrolled concurrently:

  • Your name
  • Your student ID @
  • Last 4 SSN or VA file number
  • The VA program (chapter) you are using
  • Your HPU degree program
  • Your HPU academic advisor's name (if known)
  • Other school’s name and address
  • Course(s) taking at other school
  • Dates (or term name) of your enrollment at other school
  • Fax number/attention to send the letter to (if not provided, we will mail it to the school)

 If HPU is your Secondary School

 If you are pursuing a degree from another school, then that institution is considered your "Parent School" and you are a "guest student" at HPU.  In order for us to certify your HPU enrollment to the VA, we will need a Parent-School Letter from your parent school, specifying that your HPU classes will be applied to your degree program at your parent school.  Remember, the VA will only pay for classes that are required for your degree.

Please submit an Enrollment Certification Request form for your HPU classes, and contact the school certifying official at your parent school to request a Parent-School letter.  You may attach the Parent-School letter to your certification request, or have it sent directly to:


VA School Certifying Official
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 912
Honolulu, HI 96817
 
FAX: 808-544-0285

Important Information about Housing Benefits and Concurrent Enrollment

Remember, if you are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you must meet both of the housing eligibility requirements to collect the BAH benefit.  You must be taking classes more than half-time, AND you must be taking at least one class in person (not entirely online). 

You will only receive the housing benefit for the calendar period during which you meet BOTH of the housing eligibility requirements.  If your terms have different start and end dates, please pay careful attention to these requirements and plan accordingly.

The housing benefit of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is based on the geographic locality of the ZIP code of the school at which you are taking your in-person class, regardless of which school is your Parent school.

For more information, please visit www.gibill.va.gov.