Veteran Services

Welcome Veterans!

College of Eastern Idaho is grateful for the service that our current service members and veterans have made and continue to make for our country.

CEI's goal is to make the process of receiving Veteran Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits as easy as possible. VA services are provided by the CEI Certifying Officials in the Financial Aid Office located in the John E. Christofferson Building.

Veterans, a dependent of a veteran, a spouse of a veteran, or a reservist, may be eligible for VA education benefits. CEI offers assistance in applying for educational benefits. You may follow the steps below or you may come to our office for assistance.

Information to Gather When Applying for Education Benefits:

How to Apply for VA Benefits?

  1. Complete the Veteran Online Application by "applying for education benefits" at https://www.va.gov/ 

  2. Use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool to learn about education programs, compare benefits by school, and for help choosing the program that best fits your needs.   *IMPORTANT* If you are eligible for more than one educational benefit, be sure to understand all the benefits you are eligible for before changing from the Montgomery GI Bill® to the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. You are required to choose which benefit to receive, that decision is final and cannot be changed.  Comparison Chart for Education Benefits

  3. A Certificate of Eligibility will be mailed to you from the VA; veterans or dependents will submit the Certificate of Eligibility to the VA Certifying Official at CEI.

What Items to Submit to the Veteran Certifying Official?

  1. Copy of DD-214 for Veterans
  2. Certificate of Eligibility
  3. Official Joint Service Transcript (Instructions below or contact the Certifying Official)
  4. Complete form Veteran Request for Certification

How to Request Official Joint Service Transcripts?

Joint Service Transcripts (JST) are transcripts for those that are currently enlisted or have been separated from the Navy, Marines, Army, and Coast Guard.

Requesting JST’s:

  1. Create or sign in to your Joint Services Transcript portal at https://jst.doded.mil/jst/
  2. At the top of the landing page for the Joint Service Transcript Portal click on the ‘Transcripts’ tab and then click on the ‘Official Transcript Request’ tab.
  3. Search for the institution that you would like to send the transcript to.
  4. All transcripts sent to College of Eastern Idaho go to the Admissions Office to be uploaded for review by the Registrar’s Office and Printed for the School Certifying Official’s VA files.
  5. Choose your delivery method, either online or mail delivery. *Army and National Guard transcripts can only be delivered online. But all transcripts can be received online from all branches*
  6. Once the institution has been selected then you have to click ‘yes’ on an Acknowledge Consent Statement. *You will receive a confirmation page stating that this request has been completed*

If you cannot find the institution that you are looking for currently, then you can send an email to JST Tech/Operations Center: jst@doded.mil.

***Please review the Joint Service Transcript Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the Joint Service Transcripts. ***

JST FAQ's

How to Request Air Force Transcripts

Transcripts for the Air Force are requested through the Air University, Community College of the Air Force Transcripts (CCAF) website.

Contact Veteran Certifying Official with any additional questions regarding your Joint Service Transcripts and Community College of the Air Force transcripts.

How to Apply to College of Eastern Idaho?

  1.  Apply online for admission to CEI.
  2.  Submit official transcripts from the last high school attended or GED.
  3.  Submit transcripts from all post-secondary education and military if applicable.
  4.  Complete all requirements for admission.

Every Semester to Receive Education Benefits Veterans Must:

***Important update for Chapter 33 Post-9/11 recipients: Beginning August 1, 2021, section 1010 of Public Law 116-315, will be rolling out a new requirement for Chapter 33 recipients. Individuals who receive this benefit will need to verify their enrollment monthly. If a Chapter 33 recipient fails to verify their enrollment two months in a row, the VA will hold their housing stipend until they verify their enrollment.*** 


Two ways to verify enrollment:

As more information comes available with regard to VA requirements under section 1010 of Public Law 116-315, the website and current veterans will be made aware of any updates. Contact the CEI Certifying Official with any questions about this change.


Army Tuition Assistance (TA)

Tuition Assistance is an education benefit that is implemented by the Department of Defense for soldiers on active duty. 
Eligibility:

ArmyIgnitED
To find additional information on the benefits of Tuition Assistance visit the U.S. Army website.


For students that are interested in utilizing Tuition Assistance through the Army, an account can be created through ArmyIgnitED.com. Select the “Get Started” button in the upper right hand corner. You will be directed to create a login.gov account. Follow the prompts until your account is created. 


Veteran Responsibilities


School Certifying Responsibilities

Important Information for Class Registration:

Other Helpful Information:

Veteran Services are currently provided by Krysta Madrigal, CEI Veteran Certifying Official.

Veteran Emergency Funding

College of Eastern Idaho has received funding to assist veteran students who demonstrate financial need. This funding is to help assist veterans financially while they are working towards graduation or to assist in completing their current term. To be eligible for this funding, the veteran student must be a current student who is enrolled in at least one credit. The veteran student can either be actively receiving VA benefits or be a veteran who is not receiving VA benefits.

* GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

John E. Christofferson
Multi-Purpose Building

Room 353
Phone: (208) 524-3000
Fax: (208) 525-7026
financial.aid@cei.edu