Certification for Payment of Benefits

Certification for Payment of Benefits

To receive benefits, you must:

  • Complete an Educational Plan with the Veteran Counselor at Cañada College
  • Register in WebSmart
  • School Certifying Official at Cañada College will complete the enrollment certification 

Student’s benefit will be based on the number of units completed at the end of each term. 

Semester Unit Load
Full-time 12 or more units Full benefit
3/4 time 9 to 11.5 units 3/4 benefit
1/2 time 6 to 8.5 units 1/2 benefit
1/4 time 3 to 5.5 units** 1/4 benefit

Keep in mind that the Summer Semester unit value is different than the Fall and Spring terms. For the Summer session, 6 units is considered full-time.

Important Notes:
  1. Classes will be certified for VA educational benefits under the following conditions:
    1. Course is required for the student’s declared educational goal/major
    2. Course is listed on the student’s education plan and is approved by the counselor
  2. If the educational goal changes, the student must complete a new education plan and VA form # 22-1995 for veterans or form # 22-5495 for dependents.
  3. Veteran Students must notify the VA Office at Cañada College if they make any changes to their program.
  4. Eligible veterans have 10 years from the date of separation from active duty to use their educational benefits.
  5. Financial aid is available for eligible students.  All veteran students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by filing the FAFSA.  Please contact the Cañada College Financial Aid Office for assistance and additional information.



Veteran students have complete liability for any overpayments of educational benefits. The payment of educational benefits is determined by the number of units in which the student is enrolled.  Students must notify the VA within a few days of any increase or decrease in the number of units in which they are enrolled.   

Students may be required to reimburse the VA for money received for a final grade of F, No Credit (NC) or a Withdrawal (W) unless there are mitigating circumstances.  Chapter 30 (Active Duty) and Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve) must verify enrollment with the VA on the last day of each month.

According to VA policy; students receiving VA educational benefits (veterans, reservists and dependents) must maintain satisfactory academic progress, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a 51% completion rate. Students, who are receiving VA benefits and have a GPA below a 2.0, will be placed on academic probation. If unsatisfactory progress continues for two consecutive semesters, the student’s benefit will be suspended until the GPA reaches 2.0 or higher.