VA Educational Benefits

 

If you are a new student follow these steps:

1: Use the Road Map for Success to determine the veteran’s benefit that is best for you or contact the VA.

2: Apply for benefits with the VA.

3: Once you know the program you are eligible for complete Brenau University’s VA Benefits Request Form and submit any other supporting documentation to the University (Be sure to also apply for Admission as well).

4: After you have registered for classes for the first time contact Robin Aiken in the financial aid office and she can certify your enrollment with the VA.

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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. 
 

 

Scholarship Opportunities through the State:

 

HERO Scholarship

The HERO Scholarship provides educational scholarship assistance to members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reservists who served in combat zones, and the children and the spouses of such members of the Georgia National Guard and U.S. Military Reserves. Go online to www.gacollege411.org to apply for this scholarship and see eligibility requirements with the state. 

 

Rick Middleton Scholarship

The Rick Middleton scholarship is offered through the Georgia Association of Veteran Certifying Officials. The scholarship amount is $1,500. To apply and see eligibility information please visit http://www.gavco.org/scholarships.htm for more information. 

 

Other Useful Information:

~For information about the GoArmyEd Tuition Assistance program contact Portia Clark at 770-538-4759 pclark2@brenau.edu 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.

~The University offers a $250 per semester credit hour military tuition discount for online classes. For eligibility requirements and to apply for the discounted tuition rate students would need to complete the Military Status Affidavit form located on the Registrar office’s website and return it to the Registrar’s office to have them determine your eligibility. Students may be asked to present their official military ID or DD214 to obtain the reduced tuition rate. The Registrar’s office can be reached at 770-534-6203 for more information.

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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.

 

Helpful Links

General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100