1. A student must apply for benefits with the VA. The result of this is a Certificate of Eligibility. This must be sent to the certifying institution (in this case Howard University).
2. A student must enroll in classes.
3. A student must submit a request for their benefits to be used at Howard University (this is done through the Veteran Benefits Questionnaire).
4. The School Certifying Official (SCO) confirms that the courses the student has enrolled in contribute to satisfactory academic progress.
5. The VA processes this enrollment certification and begins to pay the student their entitled stipend.
6. After add/drop, the SCO will re-certify students by adjusting their credit hours and amending their tuition and fees (for those students who receive tuition and fees, are active duty, or otherwise need to have their tuition and fees reported).
7. The VA pays tuition and fees directly to the university for eligible students (Chapter 31 and Chapter 33).
8. Monthly enrollment reports are used to determine if students have dropped classes after add/drop. If so, their enrollment is adjusted.