1. What does Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) cover?
If you are 100% eligible for Chapter 33, then the entire law school in-state tuition and fees are covered. Therefore, if you are an out-of-state student, you will have to pay the difference between in-state tuition and fees and out-of-state tuition and fees. Be aware that this is the current coverage under Chapter 33 as of 2012. Check with the VA for how much you will be covered if you are not 100% eligible for Chapter 33, how much coverage you will have if you plan to use Chapter 31, or if you are using the Reserve GI Bill.
2. What is the living allowance for Davis, CA under Chapter 33?
As of January 1, 2012, it is $1750 for every 30 days of school. Thus, if the semester begins on Jan 10, you will receive approximately 66% of $1750 for January, then the full amount for all of Feb, Mar, Apr and then a pro-rated amount for May since we are not enrolled as students for the entirety of that month. There is no living allowance for breaks (such as winter and summer break).
3. Is $1750 really enough to live in Davis?
This really depends on your lifestyle. It is more than enough if you are frugal in nature or can tolerate having a roommate or two. If you are single and want to live alone, it will be a stretch. If you have dependents, it is probably not enough.
4. How do I apply for Chapter 33 benefits?
The bottom line answer is that you need to follow the procedure outlined on the VA GI Bill website. As an incoming 1L, your courses are assigned and you will be a full time student. After you accept admission, you must send Ms. Courtney Hennigan (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Registrar’s Office the paperwork to certify that you are enrolled in the proper courses as a full time JD student on track to earn your degree. Once signed by the Registrar, you must get all of your completed paperwork to Ms. Yolanda Torres (contact info at the top of the page). The sooner you can get this done, the more likely it is that your benefits will begin on time. It is worth noting that the law school is more than willing to work with veterans if there is a problem and the tuition is delayed.
5. How good is the VA Certifying Official at UC Davis?
Yolanda Torres is the best. No veteran at King Hall using benefits has had a problem with his or her paperwork or benefits. Yolanda is busy, but always responds to emails and will process your paperwork correctly provided you get her what you need to get to her.
6. Is King Hall “veteran friendly”?
Yes. Everyone here – student, faculty, staff – is respectful of all people and their backgrounds. Our military experiences are valued the same as all others’ are. Veterans are a small minority at King Hall, and thus our diverse and different points of view are respected and listened to. Alternatively, if you wish not to reveal your veteran status to anyone, no one will question your reasons.
7. How many veterans attend UC Davis Law school? How many JAGs attend? How many (active duty or veteran) military spouses attend?
There are about three to five veterans per class. We hope to increase that number by growing KHVA and working with the administration and the Law School Association. In the 2012-2013 academic year, there were only a few students who had already been selected for the JAG Corps. There was currently one active duty JAG officer and two that will enter military service after graduation. Additionally, there are a few military spouses.
8. What can KHVA do for me and why should I get involved?
We are new and we have plans to leverage our veteran status to our advantage for employment and networking opportunities. Because we are a new student group as if 2012, there is a lot of room for you to become involved, have influence, and grow the club in the direction you think is best.
9. If I have any more questions, about anything related to school, benefits, or Davis that I don’t want to ask the school, whom can I contact?
Please contact Tara Hutzol (email@example.com). We are happy to answer your questions.