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VA Student Policies
Veteran's Memorial on campus
When your schedule is set, notify your Whitworth VA Certifying Official via email six weeks before the beginning of term requesting certification. Additionally, if your schedule changes unforseeably or you decide to leave Whitworth, please notify your VA official immediately. Note: Only classes that are applicable to your programs of study can be certified by the VA Official. All courses that do not apply toward your program of study are taken at the student's own expense.
According to VA certification rules, if you have not declared a major by the end of sophomore year, courses cannot be certified for payment. Due to Whitworth policies, access to class registration will be denied, if you have not declared a major at the appropriate time. The declaration deadline policies apply as follows:
All prior official transcripts at any and all higher education schools or military transcripts should be sent to Whitworth University. We are required to evaluate any prior credit including any military credit as part of the certification process. To order military transcripts from Joint Services Transcript (JST), please click here and submit an online transcript request as the method of delivery.
- Students with AA/AS degrees and transfers– Second semester of attending Whitworth
- Freshmen – By end of spring semester of their sophomore year
Each month, verify your attendance for payment to be issued. Go to Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) at www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do and verify your enrollment. Or call 877 VA-ECERT (877-823-2378) to verify by telephone. Note: If you are using Chapters 31, 33, and 35 benefits you do not need to self-verify.
Any student whose absence from Whitworth University is necessitated by reason of service in the uniformed services shall be entitled to readmission to Whitworth University if:
- The student (or an appropriate officer of the Armed Forces or official of the Department of Defense) gives advance written or verbal notice of such service to a Whitworth Official
- The cumulative length of the absence and of all previous absences from Whitworth by reason of service in the uniformed services does not exceed five years, and except as otherwise provided in this section, the student submits a notification of intent to reenroll at Whitworth
- No notice is required if giving of such notice is precluded by military necessity, such as: Mission, operation, exercise, or requirement that is classified
- A pending or ongoing mission, operation, exercise or requirement that may be compromised or otherwise adversely affected by public knowledge.
Any student who did not give advance written or verbal notice of service to the appropriate Whitworth Official may meet the notice requirement by submitting, at the time the student seeks readmission, an attestation to Whitworth University that they performed service in the uniformed services that necessitated the student's absence from Whitworth University.
A student who is readmitted to Whitworth University under this section, shall be readmitted with the same academic status as such student had when such student last attended Whitworth University.
Exception from readmission eligibility: Upon the occurrence of the following events, a student's eligibility may be terminated:
- Separation of such person from the Armed Forces (including the National Guard and Reserves) with dishonorable or bad-conduct discharge;
- A dismissal of such person permitted under section 1161(a) of Title 10, United States Codel
- An elimination of such person from the rolls pursuant to section 1161(b) of Title 10, United States Code.