HOW TO APPLY
Veterans and/or dependents must attend a program orientation and take the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Upon completion, contact the School Certifying Official to discuss the procedures to apply for assistance. The VA requirements include submitting the Veteran’s DD214 and the Certificate of Eligibility in addition to other required documents.
The term GI Bill refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill has several programs and each is administrated differently – depending on a person’s eligibility and duty status. Many veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one Education Benefits program, including the:
- Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33)
- Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB, chapter 30 and chapter 1606)
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, chapter 1607)
- Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Depending on your individual circumstances, one of these programs may give you better benefits than the others. You should also determine any benefits to which you are entitled under Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E, chapter 31).
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:
• Prevent the student’s enrollment;
• Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
• Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
• Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
Documents to submit to the Veterans’ Certifying Official:
- Certificate of Eligibility – updated version
- Official Transcripts from all previous postsecondary training
Q & A: Applying for the GI Bill:
How do I apply for the GI BILL?
How long does the process take?
When applying for benefits, allow the VA 60-90 days for your application to be processed.
What form do I use?
What other forms do I provide?
For all active duty students, you must attach a copy of your form “DD-214”. For non-active duty (reservists/guards) you must attach a copy of your “NOBE” Notice of Basic Eligibility. For all others (dependent’s proof of birth certificate or marriage certificate for spouse).
How do I check the status of my submitted application?
Call 1-888-442-4551 or 1-888-GIBILL-1.
When do I use form “22-1995” or “22-5495”?
Does the VA pay for my tuition and fees?
Yes. The VA pays tuition and fees for Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) and Vocational Rehab (Chapter 31) only.
Who is eligible to receive the out-of-state fee waiver?
(House Bill 7015 Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program)
An honorable discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard who physically resides in the state while enrolled in a Florida College System institution is eligible to receive the Fee Waiver.
Can I sign up for direct deposit?
Yes, you must attach a voided copy of your check. If application has been sent, call 1-888-442-4551.
How do I verify my enrollment and how often should I do it?
You must verify your enrollment at the end of each month. To verify enrollment by phone, call 1-877-823-2378, or on the web at www.gibill.va.gov.
Can I apply for student financial aid while receiving VA benefits?
Yes. You can apply via the web by going to the federal website at FAFSA Online
How much money will I get each month?
Education benefit payment rates vary depending on your chapter.