The information below is designed to assist students in completing the necessary paperwork to receive VA Educational Benefits. Forms are available by visiting our Online Forms site, in the Office of Enrollment Services, your base education office, or the nearest Veteran's Affairs Regional Office.
The URI Veteran Email Address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Veteran Checklist
Start with the checklist for additional information regarding the Veteran Certification process for education benefits. Student Veteran Checklist form: http://www.uri.edu/es/forms/pdf/StudentVeteranChecklist.pdf
URI Campus Contacts
Green Hall Great Room
Your "One Stop" for information about Financial Aid, Billing and Course Registration.
VA Certifying Officials (located in Green Hall, Kingston RI, serving all campuses) Your point of contact for information regarding university services for academic advising and student support services including disability services.
Roy I. Jones
URI Feinstein Providence Campus
URI CCE Veteran Affairs Office, Room 241
Admission (Kingston Campus)
Debbie Suggs, Transfer Advisor
URI Supports Student Veterans Committee (Co-Chairs)
Nancy Kelley, Assistant Dean HSS
Christine Dolan, Education Specialist
Students must complete a worksheet (Veterans Certification Worksheet) to verify intent to take classes and receive benefits for the Fall/Spring/Summer semester(s). We will only certify when we receive your worksheet and you are registered. Answer all questions and return the worksheet to Enrollment Services. The Worksheet is available online or at the Enrollment Services Veterans Office in Green Hall, Kingston or at the Veterans office at the URI Feinstien College of Continuing Education in Providence.
The Rhode Island Board of Education recently updated the States Policy for establishing
Instate Residency for Tuition purposes. A full description of the Residency Policy can be found at: http://www.ribghe.org/residency1.pdf .
If you feel you qualify for Instate Residency for Tuition purposes please complete the Application for Rhode Island Military Residency for Tuition Purposes found at: http://www.uri.edu/es/forms/pdf/ResidencyForm.pdf
College Planning Tools
The College Scorecard which is a planning tool and resource to assist prospective
students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school and is located at:
The College Navigator which is a consumer tool that provides school information to
include tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. The College Navigator is located at: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
The Paying for College webpage which can be used by prospective students to enter
the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information. The tool can be accessed at:
Feinstein Providence Campus Veteran Affairs Program
US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, RI
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Today's GI BILL
Operation Vets (a private site, founded by a URI student)
If you have not previously received benefits, you must complete an Application for VA Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). You must also submit your basic eligibility documents from your unit education officer. These may be sent to the VA directly, or we can send them with your enrollment certification.
If you have previously received benefits while attending another institution, you must complete a Request for Change of Program of Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) or Request for change of Program or Place or Training Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-5495).
If you are on active duty while attending our institution, you must complete an Application for VA Benefits (VA Form 22-1990). You must also submit a copy of your orders.
If you are a dependent of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must complete an Application for Survivors and Dependents' Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-5490).
Please notify Enrollment Services/VA with any changes that may occur such as:
Drop under full time/part time, you must supply the VA rep with a letter (on dept. letterhead) from the class professor stating your last day of attendance to avoid further penalty.
The URI Veteran Email Address is: email@example.com
Occasionally, students are forced to take a semester or two off because of circumstances beyond their control. Others find they simply need a break from studying. For these students, taking a leave of absence might be wise. Students who have an approved leave of absence for a semester or a year may register for the semester in which they plan to return without applying for readmission.
A leave of absence maintains your student status while you are away from the University for up to two semesters. Undergraduate students who wish to take a leave of absence from an academic program must do so through their academic deans office. Forms are also available from Enrollment Services, Green Hall, 35 Campus Avenue, Kingston, RI 02881 or call 401.874.9500. All requests for Leave of Absence require Deans Office approval.
Deans' offices may be contacted by phone at:
|College of Arts & Sciences||401.874.2566|
|College of Business||401.874.2337|
|College of Engineering||401.874.5985|
|College of Environment & Life Sciences||401.874.5026|
|College of Human Science & Services||401.874.2125|
|College of Nursing||401.874.2766|
|College of Pharmacy||401.874.5842|
If the Leave of Absence process is completed satisfactorily and approved by your Deans Office, and the student has cleared all financial obligations to the University, the effective date of Leave of Absence will be noted on the student's permanent academic record. The effective date is the date used for calculating billing or refunds. No grades for the current semester will be recorded. Go to http://www.uri.edu/es/students/bill/billadjrefundinfo.html for additional information regarding billing and refunds.
Official Withdrawal removes you from any academic program and cancels your student status at the University of Rhode Island.
In order to return to the University you will need to apply for readmission into a degree granting program through the appropriate academic dean's office, or register for additional courses as a Non-Matriculating student through the Office of Enrollment Services in Kingston, or The Allen Shawn Feinstein College of continuing Education in Providence.
Undergraduate students who wish to Withdraw from the University should do so through their academic advisor and/or academic deans office. Forms can be obtained at the link indicated below and are also available from Enrollment Services, Green Hall, 35 Campus Avenue, Kingston, RI 02881 or call 401.874.9500. All requests for Withdrawal require notification/approval of your Academic Deans Office.
If the withdrawal process is completed satisfactorily and the student has cleared all financial obligations to the University, the effective date of withdrawal will be noted on the student's permanent academic record. The effective date is the date used for calculating billing or refunds. No grades for the current semester will be recorded. Go to http://www.uri.edu/es/students/bill/billadjrefundinfo.html for additional information regarding billing and refunds.
Students who withdraw from the University after the last day of classes, but before a semester ends, will be graded in all courses for which they are officially registered.
If a student withdraws from the University after mid-semester, grades will be recorded for any course that has an officially specified completion date prior to the date of withdrawal.
A student who withdraws from the University after mid-semester and who seeks readmission for the next semester will be readmitted only with approval of the Scholastic Standing Committee for the college or school in which registration is desired.
Degree-seeking students who have not attended courses or filed an official leave of absence from the University for one or more semesters, must be readmitted to a degree program in order to continue studies toward a degree. To receive an application form, please visit or telephone the Office of Enrollment Services at 401.874.9500. Your application will be reviewed by the academic dean's office of the college which administers your enrollment in your selected degree program.
Apply by August 15 for the Fall Semester; by December 31 for the Spring Semester.
All graduate students who wish to take a leave of absence or officially withdraw from a graduate program and the University must do so through the Graduate School Office located in Quinn Hall. The office may also be reached by telephone at 401.874.2262.
Students who are not pursuing a degree and who are not enrolled in a regular graduate program of studies may not receive a leave of absence, but may officially withdraw from the University through the Office of Enrollment Services. Please visit the office or send a letter to Enrollment Services, Green Hall, 35 Campus Avenue , Kingston RI 02881; or call 401.874.9500.
If you do not take any coursework in August, you may request advance pay. This is an option whereby the VA will issue a check for September and October (a little less than two months pay) and forward it to the Office of Enrollment Services for you to pick up shortly before classes begin. The idea here is that you may need some up-front cash for books, tuition, etc. Keep in mind, however, that if you elect this option, you will not receive another check until mid-December. That check will be for November attendance. If you choose this option, sign for it on the bottom of the worksheet.
However, advance pay will only be authorized if you have not received benefits for at least a 30-day period before classes begin. We need to have your certification in the mail by July 1 to allow the VA time to process your advance pay request.
Except for Advance Pay checks, which are sent to the Office of Enrollment Services, your checks will be mailed to your home directly from the VA to arrive during the month after you have attended the courses for which you are being paid. The address is the address which you have provided the VA, not necessarily the same as is maintained by the University. If you need to change your VA address, we have a VA form for that purpose. You might want to avoid using a residential life address until you have confidence that your mail is being delivered promptly.
A comment about the role of the Office of Enrollment Services is appropriate here. Keep in mind that we are a third party when it comes to your VA benefits. Your contract for educational benefits is with the VA. The University's obligation is to verify your enrollment in courses and items related to that enrollment. The VA then authorizes payment based on the information that you and the University have provided. We do not have direct access to VA computers; nor can we authorize payment. But we can, just as you can, call the VA and ask questions.
If your VA check is more than 10 days late in arriving, you should first call the VA directly at the toll-free number: 1-888-GI-BILL1. This will put you in contact with a VA counselor who can pull up your computer file and check on eligibility, certification, and payment. Have your VA file number (usually your social security number) ready. In most cases this call will get you the information you need in the most direct way possible. If you get an indication that a certification is lacking, do not hesitate to call us at 401.874.9500. We will verify what information has been sent to the VA.
Unless you are receiving VA Vocational Rehabilitation or Work-Study funds, your certifications will be sent to the VA Regional Office in Buffalo, NY, (1-888-GI-BILL1) rather than the local Providence, RI office. This is a condition by the VA to improve efficiency. The Providence Office will still respond to your inquiries at their toll-free number (1.800.827.1000).
IMPORTANT -- All students who are receiving either the Montgomery GI BILL Active duty or Selected Reserve MUST now verify their enrollments monthly to receive payments. This verification can be done either by using the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE), www.gibill.va.gov application or by using an automated telephone system (IVR) at 1.877.823.2378 and follow the prompts.
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