There are a number of benefit plans available for eligible veterans. An overview of the ones most often used for enrollment at Southern Wesleyan University is provided below.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33): The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days on or after September 11, 2001. Veterans, active-duty service members, and their spouses and dependents may be eligible for these benefits. Additional financial assistance is available for eligible veterans through Southern Wesleyan University's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30): Active Duty Educational Assistance Program, generally for individuals who entered active duty after June 30, 1985 and served continuously for three years or for individuals serving two years on active duty followed by four years of Selected Reserve. To be eligible, veterans must have contributed $1,200 during their first year of military service. Veterans or service personnel cannot withdraw money paid into the fund.
The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606): Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program, for members of the Reserve elements of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and the National Guard. To be eligible, service members must have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. No contribution is required. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security, as appropriate.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35): Educational assistance is available to spouses and children of veterans who have passed away or are permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-related injury or disability.
Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31): Vocational Rehabilitation for service-connected disability of 10% or greater. The benefit provides a monthly stipend and covers the cost of tuition, books and supplies. Eligibility is determined on an individual case basis.
How to Apply for VA Benefits
Once you have applied to Southern Wesleyan University, you should then submit an application for VA Benefits.
You may choose to apply to the VA online through the VA Online Application System, or to download the forms and send them to the Department of VA via mail or fax. You can download these forms from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Web site at http://www.va.gov/vaforms.
To apply with the VA, you will need to complete and submit one of the following forms, along with any supporting documentation indicated during the application process:
- 22-1990 – Application for Educational Benefits form
- 22-1990e - Application to Use Transferred Entitlement
- 22-1995 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form
- 22-5490 – Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance form
- 22-5495 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance form
Students who have used their benefits at another school or institution must submit the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form before they can begin using their benefits at Southern Wesleyan University.
It takes the VA approximately 4-6 weeks to process applications. Once the Department of Veterans Affairs has determined your eligibility, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. You must submit a copy of this document to the School Certifying Official before enrollment can be certified
The VA processed educational payments on a monthly basis. Renewals are not automatic. Those using chapters 30 or 1606 should verify enrollment each month through the WAVE system at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do or call the VA at 1-877-823-2378.