Certification Process

The certification process can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days and requires action from Wake Tech, the VA and most importantly, you.

What you will do:

  • Apply for your benefits at the GI Bill website.
  • Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the School Certifying Official.
  • Provide all “Official” transcripts (High School and college (as required)) to Wake Tech.
  • Provide your dd-214/statement of service or NOBE to your Wake Tech School Certifying Official.
  • Complete WTCC Form 418 and return to your Wake Tech School Certifying Official.
  • Submit the WTCC VA Benefits request WTCC Form 816 
  • If requesting Advanced Payment, discuss your request with your Wake Tech School Certifying Official and complete the Advanced Payment request form.
  • Register for classes and notify your Wake Tech School Certifying Official that your schedule is finalized.
  • Notify your Wake Tech School Certifying Official of any changes to your academic schedule (add, drop, substitute, withdraw, etc.). 

*The above items must be completed before VA education benefits can be certified. Once the above items are completed, it can take 30-90 days to receive your VA education benefits.

What we will do:

  • Certify the classes that are required for your degree program
  • If you make changes to your schedule, we will take the appropriate actions
  • Assist you or answer your questions about your VA education benefits

What the VA will do:

  • Determine your eligibility
  • Process your benefits claim in a timely manner

What you need to know about VA Certification:

  • The VA will not pay for courses that you have previously passed with a “D” or better, unless the course description states otherwise
  • Any courses taken outside of your degree program are your financial responsibility
  • The VA will not pay for courses for which transfer credit has been granted or courses passed by a proficiency exam

Show Stoppers and Deal Breakers:

It is your responsibility to report any changes in your status to the Wake Tech VA office:

  • Adding or dropping a class
  • Course substitutions
  • Course withdrawal
  • Change of program of study/major
  • Readmission to school

Changes in enrollment or status that are not reported can result in overpayment, lapse in payment, or a reduction in your benefits. Veterans should consider discussing potential enrollment changes with their academic advisor and their School Certifying Official.

Students are responsible for all tuition and fees. Students are responsible for paying tuition and fees by the due date they are given at the time they register for classes.  

Advanced Payment Requests:

Advanced Payment deadlines are traditionally due approximately six-weeks prior to the start of the semester. The VA may or may not grant your advanced payment request.

Wake Tech has no way of knowing whether or not the VA will grant your request. Assuming that the VA does grant your advanced payment request;

  • The VA will send Wake Tech a “Hard Check” in your name.
  • Once we receive your advanced payment check, we will call you at your phone number of record.
  • Once notified, you are expected to come in person to the Wake Tech Northern Wake Campus Building C Room NC-217 to pick up your check.
  • You will be required to sign for your check
  • Upon receipt of the advanced payment check, tuition and fees should be remitted to Wake Tech within 48-hours.

Advanced Payment checks not claimed by the “Last day to add” will be returned to the VA.