Certification Process

GW certifies GI Bill benefits in a two-cycle process. The first cycle is the student's enrollment, leaving the tuition at $0.00. The first cycle triggers the housing and book stipends to begin on time. The Office of Military and Veteran Student Services has nicknamed this process "zero-cert."

The second cycle begins the day after the drop/add period to report tuition and fees to the VA. Students are able to adjust their schedule up until this period. The second cycle is completed within the week following the last day of the drop/ add period. Our office refers to this cycle as "tuition-week."

Why does GW use this process?

We certify early in order to get a student their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) as soon as possible. However, this results in problems with tuition because the school does not post the tuition, fees, and scholarships until after we certify for that given semester. Most of the time students will change their classes and number of credits after we certify them, thus resulting in tuition and fee changes and complications with the VA.

How does it affect my benefits? 

Students will be certified for credit hours and not tuition. Students will still get their BAH on-time. 

How will this process affect students?

Late fees and finance charge will occur. If you pay any out of pocket expenses due to eligibility percentages, housing charges, or non-tuition related charges, our office can remove late fees on your account once money comes in from the VA.

Holds will be placed on accounts. If there is a hold on your account, let our office know before you register or need a transcript. If all out-of-pocket expenses are paid, the hold can be removed.

If you are unsure about having any out-of-pocket expenses, check with our office.

What are the advantages to this process?

  • No tuition and fee debt letters
  • Less confusion with scholarships
  • Does not affect BAH

If you have any questions about this process, please email the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services at [email protected] or call us at 202-994-9570, or come by our office on the Marvin Center Ground Floor.