I recently received a letter from the VA telling me about the upcoming Spring semester, but I was a little bit surprised by the wording. It stated that they would not be paying for any tuition and fees. I asked Margaret Flint about this, and she offered a response to clarify the process. Definitely wanted to pass this along to anyone else out there that may have received something similar.
I just received a letter from the VA.. the normal letter I receive talking about benefits/enrollment, etc.
I was confused by this however:
”A tuition and fee payment will not be made on the following enrollment since there are no charges.
University of Tampa reported that you were not charged tuition for the certified enrollment period beginning January 17, 2012 and ending May 6, 2012; therefore, VA did not pay towards your tuition.
University of Tampa reported that you were not charged fees for the certified enrollment period beginning January 17, 2012 and ending May 6, 2012; therefore, VA did not pay towards your fees.”
Can you explain to me what this means? Why are they saying that UT is not charging tuition?
And she responded very quickly with this:
To hopefully clear up any confusion: for the past three semesters, I have been certifying each student twice every semester; once, to report enrolled hours, and a second time to report net charges (tuition/fees). The purpose of this process is to ensure timely payment of BAH and books as a result of pre-certification and then accurate, although delayed, payment of tuition and fees. Since student schedules and financial aid (now a critical element of invoicing) are not “locked in” until after the first week of school, reporting tuition and fees too early can create problems for both students and school.
As for the VA letter, maybe I certified too early this term, or maybe the VA is trying to be more proactive with communication, because I’m doing the same thing this time as I did last time.
So… long story short: crisis averted.
Also FYI: The BAH rate was reduced to $1500 for 2012. This doesn’t mean you will get the lower rate, however. As long as you do not change schools or have a break in between longer than 6 months, your rate will remain the same.
Happy Holidays everyone!