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Eligibility and Benefit Processing

 


Students must be approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs to use VA benefits prior to submitting a certification request to our office.  

Step 1 - Apply for benefits with the VA

The application for VA benefits and other educational benefits is available online.  After the VA has processed your request, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by mail indicating the chapter benefit you are eligible for, percentage, and length of time you have to use it.  All new students at Broward College will be required to provide a COE prior to requesting certification of enrollment.  Students who used their GI Bill® at another institution or provided it in the past, can provide proof of eligibility by taking a screen shot of your remaining entitlement by through your eBenefits portal.

Step 2 - Apply for benefits with the College

In order for our office to submit enrollment to the VA for payment, you must be enrolled for courses for the term you are requesting.  Please be advised that your courses must be required for your program of study.  It is strongly advised you speak with an Academic Advisor to ensure any courses you are registered for are applicable to avoid delays in your enrollment certification being processed.

In order to process your request for VA Benefits at Broward College you must complete an electronic certification.  This electronic certification and process allows Veterans to complete the process, and upload all necessary documents, from anywhere using the Broward College website.  Please complete either a 2018-2019 Veteran Benefit Certification or 2018-2019 Veteran Benefit Aviation Certification online.  These certification(s) must be completed each term in order to certify and process your VA Benefits.  Please be advised that this form is for the current academic year (Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019).  You cannot submit these forms for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020) until a later date.

Step 3 - Learn the VA process

Each benefit provides different funding based on a enrollment status, and is updated each year by the VA.

It is important to pay attention to the sessions you are enrolled in since it will affect your monthly payments from the VA.  For example, if you are enrolled in 6 credits for Session 1 and 6 credits in Session 4, your monthly housing allowance will not be at the full-time rate until Session 4 courses begin.

The VA requires we report when a veteran withdraws from a course, graduates from a program, or fails to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress.  Any of these changes can impact the payments made to you by the VA, and may result in an overpayment of benefits.  If you receive an overpayment notification from the VA, it is your responsibility to pay the debt owed to them directly.

Step 4 - Apply for financial aid

Did you know you may be eligible to receive financial aid in addition to your VA benefits?  All veterans are encouraged to utilize both VA benefits and financial aid while attending school.  For more information please review the application process online.

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