Sponsored Students

Sponsored students are those for whom third parties—individuals, entities, or organizations other than the student—pay for tuition and fees.  

These organizations are usually employers, but may include government agencies, vocational rehabilitation agencies, branches of the U.S. military, foreign governments, trusts, and other funding sources.

Outside Tuition Reimbursement (OTR)

If you employer requires verification of tuition fees and charges before they will reimburse you for tuition expenses, request an outside tuition reimbursement (OTR) form which lists each class you have completed and the specific tuition charges for that class.

To request an OTR, please:

  1. Email bursar@iupuc.edu and request the form.
  2. In the subject line, write “OTR request.”
  3. In the body of the e-mail, include:
    • Your name
    • Your 10-digit university ID number
    • The semester for which you want the itemized information
    • Your mailing address

The Office of Bursar Services will send your OTR form via e-mail or U.S. mail within 14 days.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program established for veterans who were on active duty after September 11, 2001. For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awards education benefits on a scale between 40 and 100 percent depending on your aggregate length of active duty service after 9/11/2001.

Additional funds may be available through the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), which provides financial assistance to nonresident students (eligible at 100 percent) with academic costs that exceed the coverage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

How Does it Work?

To initiate the certification process for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, submit this documentation to the Office for Veterans & Military Personnel (OVMP):

  • A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to establish your unique level of eligibility and the start date of benefits. This document is kept as part of your student record by the OVMP.
  • A completed "Veteran Request for Enrollment Certification" form is required to indicate your intent to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for a specific academic term. 
  • File a new form for every term during which Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will be used.

Once the OVMP processes your enrollment certificationthe approval is conveyed to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of the Bursar at IUPUI. While your certification is processed, the bursar's office at IUPUI will place an "Estimated Post-9/11 GI Bill Credit" on your student bursar's account to serve as a placeholder for the payment the VA will eventually disburse to the university.

During the early stages of the certification process, most students receive a letter stating they will not receive Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. Do not be alarmed by this message. To ensure you have ample time to adjust your schedule early in the term, the OVMP only reports basic enrollment information to the VA. Doing this ensures benefit payments are only requested for your final course schedule.

The Office of the Bursar at IUPUI uses the “Estimated Post-9/11 VA Credit” to ensure you are not penalized for outstanding balances that will likely be satisfied by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The estimated credit process also ensures that refundable monies (i.e., Pell Grants or student loans) are disbursed to you quickly and according to the same schedule as other students. In most cases, the estimated credit is placed on a your account mirrors the payment received from the VA. However, there are situations where the university’s estimated credit may not match the payment disbursed by the VA. If this happens, estimated credits will be adjusted accordingly which may create new account balances. In the event that such adjustments are made, you will be contacted via e-mail.

A “Do Not Refund” hold is placed on the account of every student receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits as part of an audit to regularly check the accuracy of “Estimated Post-9/11 GI Bill Credits.” The audit process is completed daily in a way that does not interrupt normal refund processes.

The most common situations that cause discrepancies between the university’s estimated credit and actual VA payments are:

  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs frequently prorates Post-9/11 GI Bill payments due to student schedule adjustments that are performed after the start of a term. If you add or withdraw from a course after the start of a term, the adjustment could have an impact on Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility.
  • Some types of state-based aid (i.e., the Frank O’Bannon Grant and 21st Century Scholar Grant) and other military-based financial aid directly impact your Post-9/11 GI Bill payment. Modifications to any of these items can lead to Post-9/11 GI Bill payment adjustments.
  • You may receive prorated payments if your entitlement is exhausted.
  • Entitlement eligibility errors can cause issues with the benefit estimation process.

If you are a veteran student at IUPUC who needs assistance, contact Cynthia Scott at cynscott@iupuc.edu or 812.348.7319.