VA Educational Benefits

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Steps for New Students

1: Contact the VA to determine the veteran’s benefit that you qualify for and is best for you and apply for  Apply for benefits with the VA.

2: Once you know the program you are eligible for complete the online Request to Receive VA Benefits form and submit any other supporting documentation to the Financial Aid Office (Be sure to also apply for Admission as well).

3: Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

After you have registered for classes for the first time contact our office at in the financial aid office and we can certify your enrollment with the VA.

Brenau University has a rolling admissions policy – there are no annual deadlines or specific priority dates. We recommended that Financial Aid requests should be submitted 2 months prior to your anticipated start date. Visit our Financial Aid pages for more information about how to get started.

New FAFSA forms are available on Oct. 1 of each calendar year for the academic year that begins the following August. For example: beginning Oct. 1, 2022, the 2023-24 FAFSA is available to file.

Types of VA Benefits

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits for Veterans.

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

Chapter 32 Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

The Veterans Educational Assistance Program is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program.

Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Chapter 35 Dependent/Survivor GI Bill

Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans.

Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill (Reservist)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve, which includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force and the Air National Guard. This program is the most common form of GI Bill used by Cadets at UNG.

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program is 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.

Tuition Assistance (TA)

The Tuition Assistance (TA) Program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty civilian education programs in support of a Soldier’s professional and personal self-development goals. TA funds are a source of financial aid for the active-duty military. For information about the ArmyIgniteED Tuition Assistance program contact Portia Clark at +1-770-538-4759 or in the Accounting Office for assistance. 

Academic Institution Portal

The Academic Institution (AI) Portal simplifies and streamlines common processes between government and the private sector in order to reduce and automate transactional workloads. This includes Air Force TA, MyCAA and Florida National Guard. Learn more on the AIPortal website.

Navy College Program

Navy College Program offers two programs to eligible Servicemembers to fund off-duty education: Tuition Assistance (TA) and Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE). Learn more on the Navy College Program website.

Other Useful Information

  • For information about the GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance program contact Portia Clark at 770-538-4759 or in the Accounting Office for assistance.
  • Brenau University is required to report to the Veterans Administration on attendance, progress toward educational objectives, and other matters affecting benefits.
  • All benefits except for the Post-9/11 GI Bill are paid directly to the student.
  • Brenau participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, wherein we partner with the VA to help cover tuition expenses above and beyond the amount covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • A graduate student enrolled three (3) to five (5) semester hours is considered a half-time student; graduate students taking six (6) or more hours will be considered at full-time status. For students who receive VA education benefits, it is important to note that even though six (6) semester hours (two courses) is considered full-time status for academic purposes, if one course is taken in each of the two evening or online sessions within a typical semester, VA will not pay benefits at a full-time rate because the courses are not being taken concurrently.

All Brenau University personnel designated and approved as School Certifying Officials (SCOs) for VA education benefits complete the required annual VA training modules available within the SCO Training Portal. Annual training requirements must be completed between Oct. 1 and Aug. 31 of each year, and are tracked annually within the portal.

Green Zone Certification Training is completed by Brenau employees.

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Brenau University requirements

All students who receive VA Educational Benefits are expected to comply with the following Brenau University requirements:

  1. Students must comply with attendance regulations of Brenau University and the Veterans Administration and may not drop courses or stop attending classes without executing formal withdrawal procedures.
  2. Any change in a student’s semester course load should be reported to the Office of Financial Aid immediately.
  3. Students should notify the Office of Financial Aid when changing academic programs.
  4. Students must enroll in only those courses outlined on academic program plans prepared by Brenau University officials.
  5. Students can only be certified for benefits for two semesters pending their official acceptance by Brenau University.
  6. Courses for which college credit has been granted by Brenau University cannot be repeated unless required by academic policy.