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Veterans who are continuing students must complete the Veteran Enrollment Verification form and contact the Office of the Registrar after completing each semester's registration in order to continue receiving benefits.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Currently Closed for 2013-2014

Our institution has the oppportunity to certify 3 eligible UH Hilo students for the 2012 -2013 academic school year under the Yellow Ribbon Program. These openings are currently filled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

To apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program with UH Hilo, you must submit a Yellow Ribbon Application which is only available if the program has open enrollment.

You can find information about the program at the GI Bill Website: gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/yellow_ribbon_program.html

Program Certifications: All programs available to veterans/children of veterans are certified through the UH Hilo Office of the Registrar. If you are eligible for assistance through these programs, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

The Office of the Registrar does not provide information regarding types of benefits and does not determine eligibility. Please contact the appropriate VA Office for benefit information.

UH Hilo VeteransQuestions concerning eligibility should be directed to the Veterans Administration by calling 1-888-GIBILL1(1-888-442-4551) or going online to www.gibill.va.gov.

Claims for VA Education benefits must be submitted online via VONAPP (Veterans ON-line Application Web site).

Vocational Rehabilitation participants should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Counselor, David Sheridan at (808) 935-6691.

On-campus Disability Services are available through the University Disability Services office. For more information visit the UDS web site at: hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/uds/.

Or visit Susan Shirachi at the University Disability Services office located in Hale Kauanoe A Wing Lounge.

Email: uds@hawaii.eduseeking adventurers
Phone: (808) 932-7623
TTY: (808) 932-7002
Fax: (808) 932-7471

Additional Resources

Quick Phone Guide

For answers to your questions, please call the appropriate VA department :

  • Education: 1(888) 442-4551
  • Monthly Verification of Attendance: 1(877) 823-2378
  • Work Study: 1(918) 781-7878
  • Direct Deposit: 1(877) 827-7228
  • Other VA Benefits: 1(800) 827-1000

Veteran's Outreach on Mookini Library Lanai

Maricar Souza of the Hilo Vet Center is available to assist with veterans benefit information. She can be found on the UH Hilo Mookini Library Lanai most Mondays & Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Vet Center provides veterans with the following services:

  • Many types of counseling, including counseling for re-adjustment, sexual trauma, bereavement, and marital and family concerns
  • Individual, family, and group counseling
  • Resources for veterans in need
  • Employment help
  • Federal work-study program
  • Education benefits information
  • Peer-to-peer counseling

Employment at the Hilo Vet Center

The Hilo Vet Center is seeking student work-study applicants for office clerk positions. Interested veterans and/or dependents of veterans should contact Sam Labasan at the Hilo Vet Center at (808) 969-3833.

WAVE Self-Service Options

Students receiving the Montgomery GI-Bill Active Duty or Selected Reserve are able to use the WAVE application at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do to:

  • Submit a monthly verification of enrollment
  • Report a change in enrollment
  • Change a mailing address
  • Change a direct deposit
  • View current benefit information
  • Sign up for monthly reminder messages
  • Determine if there is any "paperwork" pending at VA

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008

The VA started accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill on May 1, 2009. The VA issues Certificates of Eligibility for eligible applicants and began making payments August 1, 2009, the first day benefits can be paid under this law.

Veterans, service members, reservists, and National Guard members with active duty service since September 11, 2001, may be eligible for this benefit. Individuals may apply online through the GI Bill website at www.gibill.va.gov.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill marks the most expansive increase in veterans education benefits since World War II. Not only does it provide eligible individuals with college tuition assistance, but for many participants it also provides a housing allowance, a stipend for books and supplies, and the option of sharing these benefits with family members.

Information about the new program and VA’s other educational benefits can be obtained through the web site or by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). Download the VA pamphlet.

Study Abroad Programs under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

Thinking about participating in a study abroad program? You may qualify for assistance through the Post-9/11 GI Bill. For information on tuition and fees, housing, books and supplies under Post-9/11 GI Bill, contact the VA directly at (888) 442-4551.

To learn more about programs available through UH Hilo, visit the Center for Global Education and Exchange website at http://uhh.abroadoffice.net/index.html or the National Student Exchange website at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/nse.php.

Notification of Compliance Survey

To all students receiving VA educational benefits: A VA compliance survey is being conducted at this school. Although a VA representative will not be physically available on the campus, you are encouraged to contact the VA directly at (888) 442-4551 with any comments or concerns you may have about this school.

Contact Us

To contact the UH Hilo Office of the Registrar, email uhhro@hawaii.edu. Questions regarding other University of Hawaii campuses should be directed to the appropriate campus contact.