Pathway to Admissions and VA Education Benefits

The USF admission process, in conjunction with the requesting of VA Education Benefits, can be a very overwhelming and confusing. To help alleviate the confusion, the Office of Veterans Services has created the Pathway to Admission Program.  This program allows an Admission Specialist in our office to take over a veteran's admission paperwork once it has been submitted online. The Admission Specialist does not make the admission decision, but is there to stay in constant contact with the veteran if any documents are missing or any questions need answered.  Since this program was developed in Spring 2013, the Admission Specialist has helped hundreds of veterans complete their admission packets and create an easier transition into USF.

Along with the admission process, ensuring a veteran has everything needed to receive their VA education benefits is another hurdle when starting USF.  In order to alleviate confusion, our office has outlined the top seven steps that must be followed in order to be admitted to USF and receive their GI Bill.

  1. Apply for your VA Education Benefits (VONAPP).
    • If you have used the GI Bill at other institutions, this step should already be done.  You may have received your Certificate of Eligibility.
    • If this is the first time trying to use the GI Bill, you will have to request your benefits at the VONAPP site.

  2. Apply to the University of South Florida (Application).
    • Once the application has been submitted, our Admissions Specialist will email you and ensure you have everything you need for the application.  This person will also be able to answer any admission questions that you may have and alleviate the veterans need to contact Admissions.

  3. Upon Acceptance to USF, register for a USF Orientation session.

  4. After attending orientation and meeting with your academic advisor, you will then be able to register for classes.  
    • Our office offers a breakout session that we highly recommend attending.  Information on education benefit processing, as well as our programs and services, will be discussed in detail.

  5. Once you are registered for classes, you can apply to use your VA Education benefits at USF by filling out the online Clockworks Application.

  6. An email confirmation will be sent to your USF Email Account once we receive your Clockworks Application.
    • If at any time you have questions when filling this out, please call our office at 813-974-2906.
    • Your application for benefits will be processed in the order that it is received.  In other words, submit this as soon as you register for your courses.

  7. Once our office has processed your Clockworks benefit request, you will receive a second email to your USF Email account confirming that your benefit request has been certified and sent to the VA for processing.