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Chapter 33: The Post-9/11 GI Bill (New - begins Fall 2009) The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The portion of the program maximum amounts to be received is determined by the length of the aggregate service and/or disability status. This program will pay eligible individuals: Tuition & fees are paid directly to the school. Payments are simplified for those attending public schools, and a national yearly maximum is created for those enrolled in private or foreign schools (effective August 1, 2011).
- Monthly housing allowance benefits are pro-rated based upon rate of pursuit, rounded to the nearest multiple of 10 (effective August 1, 2011).
Monthly housing allowance benefits are payable to students (other than those on active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning, at one-half the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents (effective October 1, 2011).
Annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. The books and supplied stipend can be paid to students attending school while on active duty (effective October 1, 2011).
- Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA education benefit program unless under an Executive Order of the President or due to an emergency situation such as a natural disaster or strike (effective August 1, 2011).
Chapter 30: The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
Chapter 1606: The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Chapter 1607: REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
Chapter 32: VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Department of Defense. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Section 901: An Educational Assistance Test Program created by the Department of Defense Authorization Act of 1981 (Public Law 96-342) to encourage enlistment and reenlistment in the Armed Forces. Benefits are available to individuals who entered on active duty after September 30, 1980, and before October 1, 1981 (or before October 1, 1982, if entry was under a delayed enlistment contract signed between September 30, 1980, and October 1, 1981).
Chapter 35: This program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Application for Benefits
- To apply at the College, the Admissions Office should first accept veterans into a program of study.
- A veteran would then see the Veterans Coordinator in the Financial Aid/VA Office located in Miller Hall with a copy of his/her DD214 if application is based on active duty service, or Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) if application is based on current Reserve or National Guard service. Additional documentation may be needed in the case of "Kickers" or to document activations or mobilizations.
- Please note: It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that tuition is paid before certification of enrollment can be submitted to the VA.
Veterans also must provide the Admissions Office with an official transcript from the high school of graduation and official transcripts from all colleges attended. An evaluation of all college transcripts must be completed by the end of the second semester in a new program of study. This evaluation is necessary to determine what credits will count toward graduation in the veteran's program of study and must be reported to the VA when enrollment is certified. Enrollment cannot be certified beyond the second semester until this is accomplished. The veteran is responsible for making sure this has been completed.
- eBenefits is a portal for veterans, service members, and their families to research, find access and manage their benefits and personal information. It offers students a personalized 'Dashboard' that provides quick access to eBenefits tools. Students can apply for benefits, download DD 214s, view your benefit status, check Post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement and check enrollment status.
- Please visit the eBenefits website to explore this great resource further!
- Newly enrolling veterans and other VA-eligible students may receive advance payments if application is made at least 45 days prior to the first day of class. Former students may also request this payment if there has been a break of at least one term since their last attendance. The check, made payable to the eligible student, will be held at the College for delivery upon registration. This check alter future payment delivery and it may not arrive prior to payment deadline, requiring student to make payment arrangements until check arrival. Please note: Ch. 30, Ch. 35, and Ch. 1606/1607 are eligible for advance payment.
- Eligible students pursuing post-secondary programs on at least a half-time basis may receive additional money from the VA to pay for tutorial aid if they are having problems passing a required subject. Payment for remedial training is limited to the equivalent of two academic semesters and requires documentation of demonstrated need.
Change of Program of Study
To change programs of study, the same admissions and evaluation process must be followed and a Change of Program or Place of Training Form (22-1995), or (22-5495 for Dependents) filled out with the Veterans Coordinator. For information, contact the Veterans Coordinator at (864) 646-2026.
In 1976, the Congress amended the "GI Bill" in such a way as to encourage veterans to move toward the attainment of educational career goals. The law now provides that no payment will be made to an eligible veteran for auditing a course or for taking a course in which the grade assigned is not used in computing graduation requirements
To comply with this law, the following rules apply to veterans or other individuals who receive veterans' benefits:
- The "I" grade is not a permanent grade and carries only a message of a temporary condition that will be changed to a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F. The "I" defaults to "F" automatically after 20 instructional days into the succeeding term if course requirements are not completed by that time. In the event a veteran receives an "I" grade at the end of a semester, further enrollment in that course cannot be certified to the VA.
- In all cases, an "F" grade is defined as a punitive grade for purposes of computing eligibility for and receipt of veterans' benefits.
- Veterans cannot be certified for an "AU" grade
- Veteran's enrollment cannot be certified for any course not listed in his/her curriculum as a graduation requirement. If there are electives listed as part of the curriculum, veterans must not exceed the total number of elective hours designated by the program and should take only electives listed as approved electives or electives approved in writing by their department head.
Conditions for Interruption of Benefits
Each veteran certified for benefits will have an evaluation of his/her progress done at the end of each semester. For purposes of measuring satisfactory academic progress, the academic progress as measured by the Records Office will be used for veteran students. If a veteran student is on academic probation, that student will be placed on "VA Probation" for the following semester and this information will be sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If the following semester, the veteran student is removed from academic probation, the student will also be removed from "VA Probation" status and the VA will be notified. For VA probation, veteran benefit certification will continue to be submitted to the VA, but it is up to the VA to determine benefit payment.
If the following semester, the veteran student is moved to academic suspension, that student will also be placed on "VA Suspension" and this information will be sent to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Termination of veteran benefit certification will result at the end of that semester for "Unsatisfactory Progress". Certification is suspended and the veteran will need to go through the appeals process as outlined by the Records Office.
If an appeal is approved, the veteran will need to meet specific criteria in order to have certification reinstated and continued. It will continue to be up to the VA to determine benefit payment for the student.
Change of Status
All recipients of veterans' benefits must immediately notify the Veterans Coordinator of any changes that may affect their pay status. Such changes include change of program, change of schedule (dropping/adding classes), change of address, and withdrawals.
In order to meet Veterans Affairs (VA) certification requirements the College acknowledges that off-campus courses, such as courses offered via the Internet or other modes of distance learning, are part of the College's approved curriculum. These off-campus courses are directly supervised by the College, are measured in the same unit as other courses, are required for graduation, and are part of a program of study approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (State Approving Agency). The College requires that the faculty teaching these courses use a grading system similar to the grading system used in resident courses. Also, they must include statements in the course syllabus that indicate that appropriate assignments are needed for the completion of the course, and the student is expected to demonstrate, at least once a week, that he/she is actively involved in the class. Examples of activities that can be used to demonstrate this involvement include, but are not limited to, the following: posting/receiving emails, participating in online class discussions and class chat rooms, and completing and submitting course assignments. Further, the College requires that these courses have schedules of time for training and instruction which demonstrate that students shall spend at least as much time in preparation, instruction, and training as is normally required by the College for its resident courses.
Carla Brewer, Veterans Coordinator
Phone - (864) 646-1650; Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Jacobson, Financial Services Planner
Phone - (864) 646-2044; Email - email@example.com
Miller Hall, Room 162 - Sign in at the Financial Aid Office Reception Area, Room 150