US Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits
If you are a Veteran, or Veteran’s dependent, who is entitled to VA (Veterans Affairs) Benefits under the GI Bill then you will be able to claim those benefits if you enrol at King’s on a VA approved course.
The list of VA approved courses at King’s can be found here by selecting:
- United Kingdom under “Select Country”;
- King’s College London from the list of institutions;
- Programs at the top right;
- Institution of Higher Learning under "Description".
If your course is not listed then King’s cannot request that the VA to approve it until you have applied. Unfortunately distance learning courses at a foreign school cannot be approved for VA Benefits, as explained here.
All the information you need about applying for your VA Benefits is available at on the VA webpage for the GI Bill. You will need to provide a copy of the current VA Certificate of Eligibility Letter that confirms the level and period of your VA Benefit entitlement. King’s can complete the Enrolment Certification only after you have enrolled on an approved course.
The VA has a cap of $20,235.02 (this may increase after 31/July/2015) for tuition fees, if you are eligible to receive 100% of the benefits payable, please see here. The cap is subject to the percentage of benefits payable stated on your Certificate of Eligibility Letter.
The total fees payable must be divided by the number of terms (4 for postgraduates over 12 months, 3 for undergraduates over 9 months). The VA will use their exchange rate to convert the tuition to USD and send the termly tuition fee as a USD cheque made payable directly to the school. Obviously no more than the capped amount (subject to your benefits percentage) can be sent in total towards tuition. If you are entitled to housing and book allowances these will be payable to you directly by the VA.
The Credit Control Department are notified of the expected amount of VA Benefits that you should receive if a current Certificate of Eligibility is supplied to this office prior to enrolment. Credit Control can then deduct the estimated VA contribution from your tuition. You will be expected to pay the remainder of your fees by their due dates, usually October 31st and January 31st see Fee Payment Terms & Conditions.
As the VA will pay benefits in USD, Credit Control will estimate the VA contribution in GBP. When the USD VA payments are actually received, they are converted using the actual exchange rate at the time. As the exchange rate varies, it is possible that your share of tuition was over estimated so a refund will be made to you. However, if the VA contribution is less than estimated due to the actual exchange rate and your share of tuition was under estimated, then you will need to make an additional payment for the difference.
If you do not have the funds available to meet the fees that Credit Control expect you to pay (this will be the full fees if Certificate of Eligibility has not been provided in time) then you can apply for a US Federal Government Loan. Please also be aware that the VA can take a few months or more to process benefits and the claim cannot be made until after you are fully enrolled.
The College has tried to give students an early opportunity to begin their research of student funding. Although every effort has been made to ensure that information provided is both helpful to prospective candidates and accurate at the time of its publication, it is possible that some information may be outdated or superseded before the start of the 2015-16 academic year.