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Certification
When your schedule is set, notify your Whitworth VA certifying official via e-mail six weeks before the beginning of the term for which you are requesting certification. Additionally, if your schedule changes unforseeably, or if 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 your own expense.

Transcripts
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.

Major Declaration
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:
  • Students with AA/AS degrees  and transfers– Second semester of attending Whitworth
  • Freshmen – By end of spring semester of their sophomore year

Self-Verify (Only Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607)
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.

Veterans Re-Admission Policy
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

Exceptions include:

  1. No notice is required if giving of such notice is precluded by military necessity, such as: Mission, operation, exercise, or requirement that is classified
  2. 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:

  1. Separation of such person from the Armed Forces (including the National Guard and Reserves) with dishonorable or bad-conduct discharge;
  2. A dismissal of such person permitted under section 1161(a) of Title 10, United States Codel
  3. An elimination of such person from the rolls pursuant to section 1161(b) of Title 10, United States Code.
REMEMBER! Notify your VA official of changes in your credit, address, program of study, and/or attendance.

 


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