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Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: (573) 875-7504
Toll-free: (800) 231-2391, ext. 7504
Fax: (573) 876-4455


Main Campus address:
1001 Rogers St.,
Columbia, MO 65216 U.S.A.

Obtaining GI Bill® benefits

Columbia College is approved for enrollment certification of students eligible to receive educational assistance (GI Bill®) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

Getting started

Traditional Campus or Online students: If you are a taking courses on the Traditional Campus  or during the evening in Columbia, MO or Online, select a category below to view step-by-step directions for obtaining benefits. Students taking courses at one of our locations nationwide should contact their local center. View the Nationwide location directory for contact information.

GI Bill® Chapter benefits

See descriptions of different GI Bill® benefit programs.

For additional information, including a comparison of the different benefit programs, visit

GI Bill® FAQ

What chapter do I qualify for?

The Department of Veterans Affairs(DVA) makes all determinations for which an individual qualifies. To determine what chapter you qualify for, you must apply for educational benefits with the DVA.

How do I verify my enrollment?

Your enrollment can be verified starting on the last calendar day of the month by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by calling the toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line at (877) 823-2378. If you are receiving benefits under DEA (Chapter 35) or VEAP (CHAPTER 32) you do NOT need to verify your attendance in this manner.

How can I obtain a copy of my DD 214 military record or other service record?

If you have misplaced or lost your original DD214 or would like to obtain or amend a copy of your military service record, you may request another copy from the National Archive and Records Administration.

How do I contact the DVA?

You may contact the DVA through its website or by calling toll-free (888) GIBILL-1.

How many credits do I need to take to receive full-time benefits from the DVA?

16-week day session: 12 credit hours, 8-week undergraduate session: 6 credit hours, 8-week graduate session: 3 credit hours

I have a kicker. How do I utilize my kicker?

The DOD provides the DVA with kicker-eligibility information. Because this information can be delayed, students with kickers can send the DVA a copy of their kicker contract with their application for benefits to help speed the payment of this additional benefit. Kicker contracts should not be submitted to school-certifying officials.

Can I get an advance payment of my education benefits?

Columbia College does not participate in the Advance Payment program.

Where can I find required forms?

What classes will the DVA pay for?

The Department of Veterans Affairs will only pay benefits for enrollments that are required for you to make progress toward your educational goal. Prior to certification the Certifying Official will verify that your courses apply towards your degree program. Courses that are not required in your major program cannot be certified.

Does Columbia College participate in the Work-Study Allowance Program?

Eligible main campus (Day and Evening) students have the opportunity to apply for available VA work-study positions. Applications for student employment are available online.

Nationwide campus students should contact their local campus to check the availability of the Work-Study Allowance Program.

What if I fail a class?

If you fail a class the VA does not automatically require repayment.

  • The VA requires that you maintain academic progress.
  • If you fail a class the VA will pay for you to repeat the class one time.
  • If you fail a class due to lack of attendance your last date of attendance will be reported to the VA.
  • The VA will not pay benefits for a class you did not attend.

Does Columbia College allow tuition deferment for students using VA education benefits?

Yes. Columbia College does allow students using VA education benefits to defer tuition payment until the end of the term. Students should contact their local campus for additional information.

I am eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Chapter 33. If I drop a class what happens to the tuition funds the VA paid on my behalf?

If you drop a course prior to the start of the session, the funds are returned to the VA. 

If you drop a course after the session has started, the funds are returned to you. The VA will recoup the funds directly from you.

I am eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Chapter 33. How will this affect other forms of tuition-only funding I am also entitled to receive?

Columbia College is required to certify the net cost when reporting tuition and any applicable fees for Chapter 33. The VA defines net cost as the remaining tuition balance after tuition waiver or reduction, scholarships, federal or state aid, employer-based aid (excluding loans and Title IV) and applicable fees are applied to the remaining tuition balance.

I still have questions. Who do I contact?

Main campus (Day Campus and Evening Campus in Columbia, MO) and Online Campus students should contact a Veterans Certifying Official at (573) 875-7504, or (800) 231-2391, ext. 7504, or e-mail

Nationwide Campus students should contact their local campus. View the Nationwide Campus Directory for contact information.

GI BillĀ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at


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