In order to ensure the timely delivery of your eligible benefits, please closely follow the procedures listed below.

STEP ONE: Complete an admissions application.

STEP TWO: Apply for VA benefits.

To file for education benefits with the VA, visit

After you apply (and if you are approved) the VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) in the mail. Submit documents to the campus VA Certifying Official immediately (Kristin Hronek:

STEP THREE: Apply for financial aid.

  • A common misperception is that Veteran or Veteran dependent students may not receive both financial aid and VA benefits – this is not always true. Students receiving VA education benefits are encouraged to also apply for financial aid. 

STEP FOUR: Complete required Admissions steps.

STEP FIVE: Attend CI’s Island View Orientation (IVO).