Veterans

FAQs

FAQs

Does Rivier accept the new GI Bill®?
Yes! We have been consistently been recognized as a military friendly school since 2009.

What costs aren’t covered by the new GI Bill®?
Rivier is also proud to say we are members of the Yellow Ribbon Program which covers any tuition costs for our veteran students.

Are there transfer credit exceptions for veterans allowing more than 90 credits?
No, we can only accept up to 90 credits toward a bachelor's degree.

What do you need to certify my VA benefits?
We will need a copy of either your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) and if available, a copy of your DD-214. You can check the status of your eligibility claim with the VA, if you have already applied, by going to ebenefits.va.gov.

How do I transfer my military transcripts to Rivier?
Visit the Joint Services Transcript (JST) website or the Community College of Air Force Transcript Request (CCAR-Air Force Only), and request an official transcript be sent to: Rivier Admissions, 420 S. Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060

Who are the on-campus contacts for veterans?
Sister Joan Joyal, Associate Registrar, Veterans Coordinator-Email
jjoyal@rivier.edu or call (603) 897-8224.

Dina Brown, Assistant Registrar, Veterans Coordinator – Email dbrown@rivier.edu or call (603) 897-8633.

What is the monthly housing allowance?
It’s a monthly benefit paid via direct deposit to students while attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and is equal to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) of an E-5 with dependents. It is based on the zip code of the school (a chart of BAH rates by ZIP code is at http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html). Active duty members and spouses of active duty members using transferred entitlement cannot receive the benefit, but Veterans, their spouses and dependents can receive the benefit.

When does VA send payments?
Payments are issued at the beginning of each month for training that occurred during the previous month. For example, assuming timely certification of enrollment by the school and timely processing by VA, payments for training taken in January will be issued by VA in February. The school must submit a student’s enrollment information to VA in order to start the payments.

Why is my payment less than expected?
The most common reason for a smaller than expected BAH payment is due to the payment being pro-rated based on the number of days in the month that a student is enrolled. Payments are made in arrears and only for the days actually attended, so if the term starts in the middle of January, the payment received in the beginning of February will be pro-rated accordingly. The first full payment will be issued in March for the month of February.

For example, suppose you are attending school full-time and your housing rate is $800 per month. The term starts on January 15th and goes until May 4th. All months are based on 30 day periods, so months that have more or less days do not impact the benefit amount. Therefore, the payment in this case for the month of January will be for 15 out of 30 days (15th to 30th), in the amount of $400, and it will be received in February. The payments for February, March, and April will be $800 each month, and the payment for May will be $104 (pro-rated from the 1st through the 4th).

A student must attend more than half-time to receive the housing allowance payment. Benefits for attendance at less than full-time are pro-rated to the nearest multiple of ten. For example, if 12 credits are required for full-time attendance and the student is taking 8 credits, the student will receive 70 percent of the housing allowance (8 divided by 12 equals .66, which is rounded up to 70 percent).

 

Other housing payment issues:
The monthly housing allowance payment rate for those enrolled solely in distance learning is half the national average of the BAH rates payable for an E-5 with dependents in the continental U.S. ($840.50 per month for the current academic year). A student can receive the full housing rate by attending one “brick and mortar’’ class where he or she physically attends.

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