VA Student Updates


CIAT is a military friendly school, with many students using VA Education Benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. As such, we will occasionally get updates from the VA, and/or our VA Certifying Officials on staff here at CIAT.

All announcements and updates regarding VA Education Benefits, including housing allowances and disbursements, will be added to this page. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:

Students with last names beginning with letters A-L, please contact Marvin:

Marvin Veneracion, VA Certifying Official

Students with last names beginning with letters M-Z, please contact Robert:

Robert Turner, VA Certifying Official

  • US Navy Veteran
  • 10 years experience with VA Educational Benefits
  • Direct Phone: 619-631-3862
  • Email: rturner@ciat.edu

4/6/18

Greetings;

For our veteran students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit:

If you have questions about your housing stipend, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551.

The VA has advised schools to direct students to call the VA concerning their housing stipend. Per VA regulations, the housing stipend is a private matter between the student and the VA. School certifying officials are unable to access information concerning your housing stipend.

Some students have reported that they have not received the full housing stipend amount for the month of March. Starting in August of 2017, the VA directed CIAT to certify education benefits for each five-week course. As per the published course schedule, there will be a break between each course of two days. This means that the VA prorates the housing stipend, and issues funding based upon the actual number of days enrolled in a course.

As a veteran-student you do not lose benefits or housing stipend funds in this scenario. The VA only charges your benefit for actual enrollment time certified.

Example:

If a student is enrolled in the first 18 days of May, and then there is a break of two days, and then the next class starts on May 21 to the end of the month, that student will receive a housing stipend for 29 days. This is based upon the student being enrolled for 29 days out of the 31. This student has not been underpaid nor lost housing stipend in the process. The VA will only charge the student 29 days against their benefit.

Remember, school certifying officials do not have access to stipend payments, nor are we permitted to ask the VA how much a student is to receive. The VA strongly discourages schools from trying to access this information. Again, this is a private matter between the VA and the student.

If you have a question please feel free to contact Marvin Veneracion at 619-631-3529 or mveneracion@ciat.edu; or Robert Turner at 619-631-3862 or rturner@ciat.edu.

Your Veterans Services Team

11/29/17