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VA Student Checklist

  1. Apply for educational benefits with Veterans Affairs.
    • If you are a dependent using your VA education benefits for the first time:
      • Request your veteran family member transfer benefits to you: Log in to milConnect and submit a transfer request.
      • Follow the instructions below for "If you will be using your benefits for the first time."
    • If you will be using your benefits for the first time:
      • Apply online. Once your application is approved by VA, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility by mail.
      • Submit your Certificate of Eligibility to VA certifying official in the registrar's office ( for certification to begin.
    • If you have previously used VA benefits at another school:
  2. Apply to Whitworth University
    Note: Educational benefits cannot be used prior to being fully admitted into degree or certificate program.
  3. Submit all prior military or transfer credits.
    Request all official transcripts are mailed directly to:
    Whitworth University
    300 W. Hawthorne Road
    Spokane, WA 99251
    Request JST transcripts
  4. Register for classes.
    Register for all courses before requesting certification of your benefits. Utilize your advisor to determine if your classes fit within your degree program. If your classes are not required courses for your program evaluation, contact Whitworth's VA certifying official to ask if those classes will be certifiable.
    Note: Audit and waitlisted courses are not certifiable.
  5. Complete the online VA Enrollment Certification Request form. 
    This must be completed before each term.
    Email Whitworth's VA certifying official ( notifying six weeks before the beginning of term that your schedule is set for the term and you are requesting certification.
    Note: Any changes to your schedule must be reported. If you know you will be changing your schedule as the term starts, please wait to request certification until your schedule is finalized, but let us know your intentions.
  6. Self-verify (only Chapter 30 & 1606).
    Each month, verify your attendance for payment to be issued. Visit Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) and verify your enrollment, or call 1.877.823.2378 to verify by telephone.
    Note: If you are using Chapters 31, 33 and 35 benefits you do not need to self-verify.
  7. Declare a major.
    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 A.A./A.S. degrees and transfers – second semester of attending Whitworth
    • Freshmen – by end of spring semester of their sophomore year