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Carlos Parra serves as the Director of Student Affairs. One of his responsibilities in his current role is to provide student veterans with opportunities to engage beyond the classroom. Such opportunities include leadership development, social events, and community involvement. Have an idea for an event?  Let Carlos know by sending him an email at cparra@broward.edu.

Join us at one of our events!

Veteran Mixer with the Central Campus President​
​October 2, 2019
Central Campus Activity Center - Student Life
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Veteran Mixer with ​the North Campus President
October 3, 2019
North Campus Activity Center - Student Life
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm​
Student Veteran Leadership ​Day with Dale Carnegie of South Florida
Location and Time: TBA​

If you are interested in attending these events, please RSVP by e-mail to cparra@broward.edu

Stay up to date with other events on campus by joining the Broward College-Veterans Group Facebook!

Processing delays at the VA during peak times of the year

The Department of Veteran Affairs has advised our office that first-time applicants (Veterans and Dependents of Veterans) may experience application processing delays due to the high volume of applications being submitted.  Longer delays can be expected between the months of June, July and August, which are typically when most individuals are applying for VA Benefits because these are the months leading up to the Fall semester at schools across the country.

First time GI Bill recipients may also experience a delay in the receipt of your first benefit payment.  Once the first payment has been issued all other payments should be made on time.

If you have not received your monthly payment one week after the first of the month, please contact Veterans Services at the College.  Our office can be reached via e-mail at veterans@broward.edu or by visiting Veterans Services on Central Campus, Building 19, Room 101.  Our office would be more than happy to assist you with any delays in payment. 

Updates for GI Bill Housing Payment Delays

The VA announced that it would be more than a year until they were able to fully implement the Forever GI Bill.  This would delay the roll out date to make correct GI Bill housing payments under the law until December 1, 2019.

The VA encourages students that require assistance with their GI Bill benefit or experience a financial hardship due to a delay in payment to contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday - Friday. 

Fall 2019 Enrollment Certification
Veterans are now able to submit enrollment certifications for the upcoming Fall 2019 term.  These certifications allow veterans to request enrollment certification with the VA as well as upload any necessary documents needed for proof of benefit eligibility completely online.  These certification(s) must be completed each term in order to certify and process your VA Benefits.  Prior to completing your certification request, please make sure you are registered for classes.
Please be advised Veterans Services has stopped collecting Veteran Benefit Certification requests for the 2018-2019 academic year.  If you need to submit a certification to have your enrollment updated with the VA, please contact our office at veterans@broward.edu

Important information about Summer BAH

The VA calculates weighted "equivalent credit hours" so that fewer credits are required for full-time (and more than half-time) enrollment.  The VA uses a formula to determine "equivalent credit hours".  Veterans are certified based on the actual number of credits in which they are enrolled, and the VA calculates the BAH payment based on their formula.

To receive full-time BAH for a shortened semester, such as summer, veterans need to be enrolled in a minimum of 8 credit hours.  The best guidance to follow when registering for summer term is: a minimum of 8 credit hours in session one (with at least on class on campus; that meets at least 2.5 hours per week), 3 credit hours in session one, 3 credit hours in session two, and 3 credit hours in session three.

If you are unsure if your courses meet the full-time BAH criteria, please contact our office so that we can review your enrollment with you.

Here is an example of how the "equivalent credit hours" are calculated for the Summer term:

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

Veteran Indicator Now Updated!

All currently enrolled veterans with a "V" printed on their student ID can stop by Student Life to exchange your old ID for a new one.  The new student ID will have VETERAN printed at the bottom, and will allow you skip the line in Advising!

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