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Veterans FAQs


 

Curious about how the VA calculates payment? Want to know what happens to your benefits if you have to suddenly withdraw? All of your veteran’s questions are answered below.

 

What is the Purple Heart Waiver?
It provides tuition and fee waivers for Florida military veterans who have received a purple heart OR combat decoration that is “superior in precedence.” To be eligible, you must prove you are a current resident for tuition purposes.
 
What paperwork do I need to provide to the Admissions Office?

To determine eligibility for the waiver, you must submit documents showing you received the Purple Heart and a Florida Resident.

Here are examples of the type of documentation you may need:

    DD-214 form, military separation document
    DD-2058 form, military state of legal residence certificate
    Leave and Earning Statement (LES) or the Defense Finance and Accounting Service(DFAS) Form 702, which specifies place of residence
    Letter or affidavit from the military administrative office verifying residence at the time of combat
    One or more state or federal documents evidencing legal ties to Florida (e.g., homestead exemption, driver’s license, vehicle registration, voter id).

Here is a list of medals that would fall under the “superior in
precedence” criteria:

    Purple Heart
    Bronze Star (must be “V” designation or device) 
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Legion of Merit (must be “V” designation or device)
    Silver Star
    Air Force Cross
    Navy Cross
    Distinguished Service Cross
    Medal of Honor


How do I certify my enrollment at Broward College?
Once you have registered for classes and submitted an E-CERT, your enrollment will be submitted to VA. (The E-CERT is available behind your myBC log in. Click on 'Financial Aid' once you have logged in and then select 'Veterans'.)

Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 students must verify enrollment at the end of the month, prior to receiving a check. You should wait until the end of the first month of school to verify your enrollment for the first time. You can verify your enrollment by calling the Interactive Voice Response (IVP) system at 1-877-823-2378 or visiting the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment  (WAVE) site.
When do my educational benefits start?
It may take from 4 to 6 weeks before payment authorization is made by VA. All payment information comes from VA not the school you can contact VA directly to review your status at: 1-888-442-4551.
Can I receive financial aid and GI Bill ® benefits at the same time?
Yes. Your GI Bill ® does not affect other financial aid such as Pell grants. ​
How do I get credit for military training?
All veterans applying for educational benefits must submit official transcripts from previous college / university they attended for evaluation and must have an Educational Student Plan (ESP) prepared by an advisor. To schedule an appointment with an advisor click here.
 
In order to receive credits for any military training please submit your Official Joint Services Transcript.
 
 
Once your JST has been received, you must visit an Academic Advisor to review for possible credit.
Credit equivalency for accelerated sessions for all GI Bill chapters.

​FALL/WInter standard term

Sessions
​Credits
​Equivalency of credits for pay by VA
​Session 1 - 17 weeks
​3 credits
​3 credits
​Session 2 - 8 weeks
​3 credits
​6.75 credits
​Session 3 - 13 weeks
​3 credits
​4.15 credits
​Session 4 - 8 weeks
​3 credits
​6.75 credits


Standard Summer Term​
​Session 1 - 12 weeks
​3 credits
​4.25 credits
​Session 2 - 6 weeks
​3 credits
​9 credits
​Session 3 - 6 weeks
​3 credits
​9 credits

Remember payment is not based on the number of credits you (ARE) registered for in the term (,) but the actual number of credits (for the classes in which) you are (in attendance) each month.

How does the VA calculate my enrollment payment?

Here is an example of how you will be paid:

Fall term is August 24th through December 17th. You register for 12 credits. 9 credits in Session 1 (August 24th-December 17th) and another three credits in Session 4 (October 22nd-December 17th).
SessionDatesCreditsPayment ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Session 1August 24th-December 17th ​9 ​3/4 pay (August)​3/4 pay (September)​3/4 pay (October
Session 4October 22nd-December 17th ​3
​3/4 pay (October 22nd, then 100%)100% November​​ 100% December​
*Individuals under Post-9/11 GI Bill ® CH33 - BAH - allowance is not payable for those pursuing training at half-time or less.

Remember payment is not based on the number of credits you (ARE) registered for in the term (,) but the actual number of credits (for the classes in which) you are (in attendance) each month.

Enrollment is submitted to VA (each) session (based on the start and end date for each course), VA payments are sent out at the end of each month (and is based on the) number of credits attended during the previous month. Payments could fluctuate based on (the) start and end for each course during the month.

Find current payment rates at the GI Bill ® website. 
What happens if I withdraw?
​If you withdraw from one or more courses after the end of your school’s drop period and receive grades that don’t count toward your graduation requirements, you may have to repay all the benefits VA paid for the course from the beginning of the term.

You may not have to repay the benefits if you show that the change was due to reasons beyond your control. The reasons must be unavoidable and unexpected events that directly interfered with your enrollment.
Withdrawal excuses the VA may accept include:
  • Extended illness
  • Lack of child care
  • Unscheduled changes in your employment
  • Severe illness or death in your immediate family
  • Note: You should send VA evidence to support your reasons
Excuses the VA may not accept are:
  • Dislike of the instructor
  • Too many courses attempted
  • Withdrawal to avoid a failing grade
What are the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) BAH Payment Rates?

​​BAH: payment is prorated based on enrollment, rounded to the nearest multiple of 10 for students whose enrollment is greater than 50% based on 12 credits. Remember payment is not based on the number of credits you (ARE) registered for in the term (,) but the actual number of credits (for the classes in which) you are (in attendance) each month. The MHA payment rates calculated based on a standard 17-week term.

​Credit hours Training Time
​Proration
​Rate of Pursuit
MHA
​1 - 5
​Not Payable

​$0
​6
​Not Payable

​$0
​7
​7/12 = 0.58
​60%
​$
​8
​8/12 = 0.67
​70%
​$
​9
​9/12 = 0.75
​80%
​$
​10
​10/12 = 0.83
​80%
​$
​11
​11/12 = 0.92
​90%
​$
​12
​12/12 = 100%
​100%
​*$

 *Your Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) is generally the same as the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. Your MHA is based on the ZIP code for your school. MHA rate increases are effective August 1 (the beginning date of the academic year). For MHA current rates please visit the BAH Calculator. For more information about MHA increases or decreases click here.

Individuals exclusively enrolled in distance learning (online) the MHA ($840.50). The housing allowance is paid at a percentage based on your training time.


Can I take courses that don’t count toward my graduation requirements?
You can enroll in courses that don’t count towards your graduation requirements, BUT the VA can’t pay benefits for those courses.

If we report that you received a grade which doesn’t count toward your graduation, you may have to repay all benefits that VA paid for the course.
What if I receive a grade of “I” or “AU”?
You may owe funds to VA if you receive a grade of Incomplete (“I”) or Auditing (“AU”) on your transcript. To avoid repayment, make sure you make up the work in classes where you received an “I”. A “F” grade reported before the last of day of class will be reported to VA as a withdrawal and you will owe money to VA.
Will the VA cover my tuition if I’m an out-of-state student?
VA education benefits only cover in state tuition. However Florida has an out of state FEE waiver for eligible veteran students in an approved program. Please visit the Admissions Office for requirements and submission of documents.

In order to be eligible for this out -of-state fee waiver, veterans will be expected to provide the following documentation:

  • Proof that the veteran physically resides in the state. This will include a Florida driver license or Florida identification card.
  • Proof that the veteran is honorably discharged. Information may be found on the veteran's DD214, discharge certificate or other documentation as deemed appropriate.
This waiver may be applied to the required credit hours of the degree or certificate program for which the student is enrolled. What does this mean?
Students may enroll using the waiver for  required credit hours of the student's intended degree or certificate program.
Would an eligible veteran be able to transfer the waiver to another degree or certificate program?                 
Yes, an eligible veteran may switch programs and continue to be eligible  for which he/she is enrolled.
Is there a limit on the number of times an eligible veteran may repeat a course using this waiver?
Yes, according to s. l009.285, F.S., Fees for repeated enrollment in college-credit courses: A student enrolled in the same undergraduate college-credit course more than twice shall pay tuition at 100 percent of the full cost of instruction and shall not be included in calculations of full-time equivalent enrollments for state funding purposes.
Therefore, a student will be required to pay 100 percent of the full cost of instruction if a course is repeated more than twice.
Can I be reimbursed for a licensing or certification test?

​You may receive the VA-approved cost of the test up to $2,000 per test.


There is no limit to the number of tests you can take BUT VA will reduce your remaining months of entitlement based on the cost of the test that VA reimburses.


You must be eligible for benefits in order to receive test reimbursement. Your total months of benefits will be reduced each time you receive reimbursement for a licensing or certification test.


You may be reimbursed for retaking a test that you didn’t pass. You can also retake tests you passed if the test is required for re-certification or to retain a license you already have.

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/lc_brochure.pdf

 

For the Post-9/11 GI Bill®

 

The amount of entitlement reduced is proportionate to the cost of the test compared to a monthly entitlement charge rate. Your entitlement charged is rounded to the nearest non-zero whole month; this means even low-cost tests are charged one month of entitlement per test. To see the current monthly entitlement charge rate click here.

 

For all other GI Bill® programs

 

The amount of entitlement reduced is proportionate for the cost of the test compared to your full-time monthly rate. To see the current full-time monthly rates for all other GI Bill® programs click here.

 

For more information on Licensing & Certification tests click here

 

For more information on National Testing Programs click here

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