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Education and Training

Education Service Webinars and Training

The Webinars provide information on the GI Bill, related legislation, and processes. These presentations are provided to a closed audience that includes School Certifying Officials, Education Liaison Representatives, State Approving Agency employees, VetSuccess on Campus Counselors. Veterans and dependents. Please note you will need the free Adobe viewer to view the Adobe PDF presentations.

Webinar FAQs by topic on the School Certifying Official FAQs page.

Disclaimer:  The information in these presentations should be considered talking points for discussion and information sharing only. This information is not comprehensive and should not be used as a definitive source of information. Information on these presentations was current and correct on the date given.


Current Webinars

Save the date for the October Office Hours! During Office Hours, we are committed to providing you with regular updates through briefings, direct email campaigns and social media, along with equipping you with the necessary training/information to properly administer VA education benefits, as well as other important Education information.

*THIS SESSION QUALIFIES FOR FY’22 SCO ANNUAL TRAINING CREDIT

This month VBA Education Service is hosting a webinar that will cover:

  ● Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E)
  ● Rollback of COVID Provisions
  ● Ask VA Demo
  ● Standard vs. Non-Standard Remarks
  ● SCO Annual Training Requirements

Join the Webinar via Adobe Connect:

RSVP for a session below. Upon registration, you will receive a calendar hold with an Adobe Connect link to join the session.

 ● Wednesday, October 20th 11:00am-12:00pm (EDT) SCOs- AM
 ● Wednesday, October 20th 1:00pm-2:00pm (EDT) SCOs - PM
 ● Thursday, October 21st 11:00am-12:00pm (EDT) SCOs – AM
 ● Thursday, October 21st 1:00pm-2:00pm (EDT) SCOs – PM

NOTE: Do not share the meeting invitation or the Adobe Connect information. Invitations to this event are limited to ensure quality discussion and feedback, but we will continue to have additional sessions in the future.

For additional instructions on using Adobe Connect or troubleshooting please see the Adobe Connect User Guide

For more information or questions about this event, please contact the Training Corporate Mailbox. For specific information about GI Bill benefits, please visit the GI Bill Website. For Isakson-Roe updates, visit the Isakson and Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 webpage

Previous Webinars

September 21-23, 2021

VBA Education September Office Hours

  ● 85/15 Rule & 35% Exemption Reset
        ● Supported-NonSupported Fact Sheet
        ● 85/15 FAQs
  ● Debt Management Center (DMC) – School Debts
  ● Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) Reminders
  ● SCO Training Requirements
  ● Ask VA (AVA)

August 17-19, 2021

VBA Education August Office Hours

  ● Grad Training for Non-Standard Terms Update
           ● Grad Reporting Procedural Advisory
           ● Glossary of Terms for Reporting Graduate Training
  ● Tuition Assistance (TA) and 1606 Messaging
  ● Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) - FAQs
  ● Isakson & Roe Updates: 
           ● Sec 1010 - Verification of enrollment to receive Post-9/11 Educational Assistance benefits
                 ● Two Certifcation Common Scenarios (SCOs)
           ● Sec 1102 - Continuation of Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits during COVID-19 emergency
           ● Sec 1103 - Effects of closure of educational institution and modification of courses by reason of COVID-19 emergency
           ● Sec 1018 - Requirements for educational institutions participating in the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs
                       ● You can request a waiver by submitting an email to SECTION1018.VBACO@va.gov.
   ● GI Bill Status Updates
   ● SCO Annual Training Requirements - 15 Day Notice

July 19-20, 2021 and July 23, 2021

VBA Education July Office Hours

  ● Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
  ● Grad Training for Non-Standard Terms Update
  ● Isakson & Roe Updates

           ● Sec 1010 - Verification of enrollment to receive Post-9/11 Educational Assistance benefits
           ● Sec 1015 - Additional requirement for approval of educational institutions for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs
                    ● You can request a waiver by submitting an email to VBACOSECTION1015WAVR@va.gov.
           ● Sec 1018 - Requirements for educational institutions participating in the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs
                    ● You can request a waiver by submitting an email to SECTION1018.VBACO@va.gov.
           ● Sec 1020 - Improvements to limitation on certain advertising, sales, and enrollment practices
   ● Digital GI Bill Status Updates
   ● SCO Annual Training Requirements - 60 Day Notice

June 16-17, 2021

VBA Education June Office Hours

  ● PL 116-154.Section 5 - Treatment of Certain Preparatory Courses
  ● Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
  ● Rounding Out
  ● Isakson & Roe Updates

  ● SCO Annual Training Requirements- 90 Day Notice

May 18-20, 2021

VBA Education May Office Hours

  ● Summary of Isakson and Roe Provision Updates
  ● Prevalent Questions and Answers
  ● Digital GI Bill Overview
  ● Resources and Reminders

May 5, 2021

Isakson & Roe: Section 1106

Section 1106 - Apprenticeship & On-the-Job training requirements.

April 28-29, 2021

Isakson & Roe: Sections 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105 and 1018

 ● Section 1102 - Continuation of Department of Veterans Affairs educational assistance benefits during COVID-19 emergency
 ● Section 1103 - Effects of closure of educational institution and modification of courses by reason of COVID-19 emergency
 ● Section 1104 - Payment of educational assistance in cases of withdrawal
 ● Section 1105 - Modification of time limitations on use of entitlement
 ● Section 1018 - Requirements for Educational Institutions participating in VA Educational Assistance Programs
Important Links:
Student FAQs: COVID-19 Information Affecting Education Benefits for Students - Education and Training (va.gov)
School Certifying Officials COVID-19 FAQS - Education and Training (va.gov)

March 4-5, 2021

Isakson & Roe: Public Law 116-315, Section 1019 Overpayments and Debts

  ● Legislation Overview
  ● Debt Establishment
  ● Overpayments and Debt Collection
  ● Mitigating Circumstances
  ● FAQs and References
  ● Annual Training Credit

November 18-19, 2020

VBA Education November Office Hours

  ● COVID-19 Legislation Updates
  ● Rogers STEM Scholarship Program
  ● Section 107 Recertification Progress
  ● Frequently Asked Questions

November 10th & 12th

VA is hosting four webinars on The 85/15 Rule and 35% Exemption Reset.
The webinars will also address questions which have been submitted based on prior 85/15 Rule training.
If you have specific questions about your school, please contact your ELR of jurisdiction.

85/15 Rule Announcement

The information in the School Certifying Official (SCO) Handbook detailing the 85/15 rule has been reverted to the content existing prior to November 1, 2020. The current version can be found on VA’s “Resources for schools” webpage.

Schools currently required to report 85/15 computations on a term (or quarterly) basis, for which a 35% exemption does not apply, should continue to report in the same form, manner, and timetable as specified in the SCO Handbook.

Both the reset for the 35% Exemption and expanded guidance on institutional aid/supported students (e.g., institutional loans, repayment plans, etc.) will be effective on July 1, 2021. Additional notifications and information will be provided prior to that date.


SCO Training FY '21 Requirements

October 14th - October 15th

  ● Provide overview of FY21 SCO Annual Training Requirements
  ● Provide other Colmery Act Reminders
  ● Provide Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Updates
  ● Discuss how SCOs and Facilities can meet their annual requirement
  ● Provide clarification on how centralized certified facilities achieve compliance

Note: This was an information session & did not qualify for FY'21 SCO Annual Training Credit.
85/15 Updates and Reminders


October 1 and October 2, 2020

      • Provide information on the 85/15 Rule and its purpose,
      • Explain the difference between Supported and Non-Supported Students,
      • Clarify how students need to counted for reporting purposes (i.e. Part-time students, Multiple majors, etc.),
      • Provide guidance on when and how 85/15 calculations need to be provided to VA,
      • Provide Colmery Act Reminders and Updates, and
      • Provide Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Updates.

Note:  This training event qualified for FY'21 SCO Annual Traning Credit


107 Recertification Training

Phase 1 (Through the end of calendar year 2020): All schools with an extension campus with a higher Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) than the associated main or branch campus, and the top 60% of schools with enrollments at extension campuses that require recertification based on VA data since December 1, 2019.

Phase 2 (Through the end of calendar year 2020): All other schools.

Training will count toward the SCO Annual Training requirement. To earn credit a profile needs to be created on the SCO Training portal on the GI-Bill website

Section 107 Recertification Training
Section 107 Recertification VA-ONCE Quick Reference Guide 
Facility Extension Campus Report (interactive spreadsheet)
Section 107 Recertification Scenario Basics
Section 107 Recertification Refresher Training 

Videos:
Prerequisite Scenario: Adding facility code
Recertification Scenario 1: All hours recertified at extension campus
Recertification Scenario 2: Half hours recertified at extension campus
Recertification Scenario 3: Hours recertified at multiple extension campuses
Recertification Scenario 4: Hours reduced and recertified at main and extension campus
Recertification Scenario 5: Hours reduced and recertified at multiple extension campuses
Recertification Scenario 6: Recertifying a terminated enrollment
Recertification Scenario 7: Recertifying a terminated enrollment with hours at main and extension campus

August 18 and 20, 2020
VBA Education August SCO/SAA Office Hours

      • Rogers Stem Program Overview
      • Rogers Stem Application And VA-ONCE
      • Other Colmery Reminders
      • Frequently Asked Questions

June 18-19, 2020
Work-Study and the Impact of PL 116-140

March 26-27 and 30, 2020
VBA Education March SCO/SAA Office Hours

February 27, 2020
VBA Education February SCO/SAA Office Hours

January 29, 2020
VBA Education January SCO/SAA Office Hours

      • School Resources Page Walk Through
      • Colmery Act Retroactive Recertification
      • VR&E e-Authorizations and e-Invoicing
      • SCO Training Requirements

December 11 & 12, 2019
VBA Education December Colmery Sections 107/501 SCO/SAA Office Hours

      • Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) and DoD Rates implementation (Colmery Act Sections 107/501)
      • Study Abroad
      • SCO Training Requirements & Reminders

November 13 & 14, 2019
VBA Education November Colmery Sections 107/501 SCO/SAA Office Hours

      • Sections 107 and 501 implementation update
      • REAP sunset and how this impacts beneficiaries
      • Graduate Non-Standard Term refresher

October 2, 2019 and October 3, 2019
VBA Education October Colmery Sections 107/501 SCO/SAA Office Hours

      • Important Note for California SCOs
      • Implementation Timeline
      • Second Extension Campus Upload Progress Update
      • Certifying at Extension Campuses
      • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

October 30, 2019 and October 31, 2019
STEM Schlolarship and Training Requirements for SCOs

STEM Scholarship

      • Eligibility Requirements
      • SCO Responsibilities
      • Certifying Enrollments
      • Reapplying/Priority Information
      • VA-ONCE Functionality

Training Requirements

      • SCO Training Requirements
      • Key Dates

October 10 & 11, 2019
VA acting as California SAA

October 2, 2019 and October 3, 2019
VBA Education October Colmery Sections 107/501 SCO/SAA Office Hours

      • Important Note for California SCOs
      • Implementation Timeline
      • Second Extension Campus Upload Progress Update
      • Certifying at Extension Campuses
      • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

September 19, 2019
Hybrid Courses and Section 305 of the Colmery Act of 2017

Update On How Hybrid Courses Are Certified
Frequently Asked Questions

      • Most up to date info on how to certify Hybrid Programs
      • Procedural changes beginning on or after August 15, 2019
      • Distinguished which courses the SCO should certify as in-residence
      • Identified which courses the SCO should certify as distance only
      • Recognized the update to procedures and why it is NOT retroactive

Section 305 of the Harry Colmery Act of 2017
Frequently Asked Questions

      • Enactment of Section 305
      • Training Requirements for new & existing SCOs at IHLs and NCDs
      • Training Requirements for new & existing SCOs at OJT/Apprenticeship and Vocational Flight Programs
      • Read-Only SCOs

June 18, 2019
VBA Education Service 3rd Quarterly Webinar Agenda

      • Section 103, PL 115-407 Update
      • Work Study Program
      • Sections 107, 501, STEM Update
      • Section 305 (SCO Training Requirement) Update
      • Voc Rehab/Ch31 – e-Authorizing & e-Invoicing
      • VA-ONCE VA-ONCE: Adjustment vs. Amendment
      • Graduate Training Update

March 26, 2019
VBA Education Service 2nd Quarterly Webinar

      • Certifying Chapter 33 Graduate Training
      • Harry W. Colmery Section 305 Updates

January 30, 2019
School Certifying Official - Section 501 and 107

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Spring 2019 Enrollment Tips
      • Section 501 - Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) Rates
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 30, 2019
Veterans and Depdendents- Section 501 and 107

      • GI Bill Housing Payment Rate Updates
      • Key Changes
      • COLA for 2018-2019 Academic Year
      • Section 501- Removes Exemption from DoD Basic Allowance for Housing Reduction
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 23, 2019
School Certifying Official - Section 501 and 107

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Spring 2019 Enrollment Tips
      • Section 501 - Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) Rates
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 23, 2019
Veterans and Depdendents- Section 501 and 107

      • GI Bill Housing Payment Rate Updates
      • Key Changes
      • COLA for 2018-2019 Academic Year
      • Section 501- Removes Exemption from DoD Basic Allowance for Housing Reduction
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 16, 2019
School Certifying Official - Section 501 and 107

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Spring 2019 Enrollment Tips
      • Section 501 - Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) Rates
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 16, 2019
Veterans and Depdendents- Section 501 and 107

      • GI Bill Housing Payment Rate Updates
      • Key Changes
      • COLA for 2018-2019 Academic Year
      • Section 501- Removes Exemption from DoD Basic Allowance for Housing Reduction
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 9, 2019
School Certifying Official - Section 501 and 107

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Spring 2019 Enrollment Tips
      • Section 501 - Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) Rates
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 9, 2019
Veterans and Depdendents- Section 501 and 107

      • GI Bill Housing Payment Rate Updates
      • Key Changes
      • COLA for 2018-2019 Academic Year
      • Section 501- Removes Exemption from DoD Basic Allowance for Housing Reduction
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 3, 2019
School Certifying Official - Section 501 and 107

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Section 501- Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) Rates
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

January 3, 2019
Veterans and Depdendents- Section 501 and 107

      • GI Bill Housing Payment Rate Updates
      • Key Changes
      • COLA for 2018-2019 Academic Year
      • Section 501- Removes Exemption from DoD Basic Allowance for Housing Reduction
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

December 27, 2018
School Certifying Official - Section 501 and 107

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Section 501- Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) Rates
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

December 27, 2018
Veterans and Depdendents- Section 501 and 107

      • GI Bill Housing Payment Rate Updates
      • Key Changes
      • COLA for 2018-2019 Academic Year
      • Section 501- Removes Exemption from DoD Basic Allowance for Housing Reduction
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

December 18, 2018
School Certifying Official - Section 501 and 107

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Section 501- Basic Housing Allowance (BHA) Rates
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

December 18, 2018
Veterans and Depdendents- Section 501 and 107

      • GI Bill Housing Payment Rate Updates
      • Key Changes
      • COLA for 2018-2019 Academic Year
      • Section 501- Removes Exemption from DoD Basic Allowance for Housing Reduction
      • Section 107 - Calculate Housing Based on Location of Campus where the Majority of Classes are taken

September 27, 2018
4th Quarter Education Service Webinar:

      • Veteran Readiness & Employment
      • Section 305 - SCO Training Updates
      • VA-ONCE Demo

September 12, 2018
Updates from August 28 include:

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Section 303 - Priority Enrollment

August 28, 2018
Updates from July 31 include:

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Section 305 - Covered Institutions
      • Section 107 - Update to VA Systems

July 31, 2018
Updates from July 17 include:

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Section 304
      • Section 308 - Screenshot added
      • Section 107 - Update to VA Systems
      • Section 107 - Proposed View in VA ONCE
         

July 17, 2018

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill)
      • Section 304
      • Section 305
      • Section 308
      • Section 107
         

June 12, 2018 - Questions & Answers

      • Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Forever GI Bill) Update
      • SCO Training Requirements
      • Dual Certification
      • Debt Management Center (DMC)
      • Outcome Measures

March 14, 2018 - Questions & Answers

      • Colmery Act, also known as "Forever GI Bill"
      • SCO Training Requirements
      • Outcome Measures
      • Knowledge Management
      • Dual Certification

November 29, 2017

      • Colmery Act, also known as "Forever GI Bill"
      • IPERA- Improper Payment Elimination and Recovery Act
      • E-Force

September 27, 2017

      • Colmery Act, also known as "Forever GI Bill"
      • Dual Certification

June 12, 2017

      • WAVE
      • Fees
      • Yellow Ribbon
      • Public Law 114-315
      • OJT

March 1, 2017

      • Resident Rate Update
      • 48 month Rule
      • Complaint System
      • ACICS Update

November 17, 2016

      • Audit Requests
      • Prior Credits
      • Repeat Courses
      • 85/15% ratio

June 2, 2016

CFPB Financial Coaching Roster

      • Back to School Best Practices and Resources
      • Dual Certifications
      • Trademark Enforcement

February 17, 2016

      • Update to Section 702 (Choice Act) - Resident Rate Requirements
      • Update to GI Bill Comparison Tool
      • Zip Code Updates - WEAMS
      • 48 Month Rule
      • Recap: Flight School Webinar

December 14, 2015

      • IHLs with Contracted Flight Programs

September 16, 2015

      • Section 702 (Choice Act) - Resident Rate Requirements
      • Outcome Measures Demo
      • Communication/Best Practices with Beneficiaries
      • Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs)
      • Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E)

June 17, 2015

      • Section 702 (Choice Act) - Resident Rate Requirements
      • Yellow Ribbon
      • Mitigating Circumstances
      • Outcome Measures

March 26, 2015

      • Section 702 (Choice Act) - Resident Rate Requirements