Veterans Benefits

Using VA Benefits at HPU

Step 1: Students planning to enroll under any GI Bill program must first submit the VA Form 22-1990 (Application for Veterans Educational Benefits). Forms are available at the Military Campus Programs offices on base or the Military/Veterans Center (UB Suite 912) at the downtown campus. Students may also apply online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/.

Step 2: VA-approved students will receive a letter or Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA once the student’s application has been processed and the student is now ready to register for courses. Simply forward a copy of your eligibility letter to the VA Coordinator at HPU.

Step 3: When you register for classes, complete the Request for Enrollment Certification Form, print, sign, and submit it to the HPU Veterans Affairs Coordinator.  This form will be accepted via:

  • Email to VA@hpu.edu (scan and attach your signed and completed cert request form).  Please put "last name, first name, term, and Cert Request" in the subject line to ensure proper routing of your form.
  • Fax to 808-544-0285
  • In person or via US mail to: Hawaii Pacific University, VA Benefits Coordinator, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 912, Honolulu, HI 96813

Please note: it is your responsibility to submit and verify receipt of the certification request form every semester or term that you enroll in classes, to continue receiving your VA benefits.  Enrollment certification requests will not be processed without a signature.

ADD/DROPS:  If you change your schedule, it is your responsibility to notify the HPU VA Benefits Coordinator at va@hpu.edu or 808-356-5222 to request adjustment of your certification, or submit a new certification request form with the adds and drops clearly indicated.  All changes in enrollment must be reported to the VA, and you are responsible for any overpayment or debt incurred.

Step 4: Students using Chapter 30, Chapter 35, Chapter 1606, or Chapter 1607 benefits must verify their attendance with the VA at the end of each month to receive payment.  Verification can be confirmed via the web by logging on to the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or by telephone at 1-877-823-2378.  Students using Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill) benefits DO NOT need to verify each month.

Concurrent Enrollment: If you are also taking classes at another school, or if you are a guest student at HPU while pursuing a degree elsewhere, you must submit a Parent-School Letter with your certification request. 

Using Tuition Assistance with your VA Benefits (TA-Top Up):  Students using Chapter 30 that are also participating in the Tuition Assistance Top-Up program cannot be certified for VA benefits by the school certifying official; instead, you must forward a copy of your military Tuition Assistance form directly to the VA at:  U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PO Box 8888, Muskogee, OK 74402-8888.  We suggest that you write "TA Top-Up" at the top of your TA form to expedite processing.

If you are using VA Chapter 33, please forward a copy of your military Tuition Assistance form to HPU with your enrollment certification request form for further processing.

We thank you in advance for complying with the new policy and procedures for requesting enrollment certification each term.  This process will help us better service our HPU veterans, servicemembers and dependents in a more timely and efficient manner.  We thank you for your cooperation!

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please read our "Frequently Asked Questions" page or click on the links at left for more information.  You may also contact HPU's VA Coordinator directly at va@hpu.edu or at (808) 356-5222.