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.

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.

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

Specific procedures are followed by the Veterans Services staff to remain compliant with the Department of Veteran Affairs.  All veterans must complete an electronic certification for VA Benefits at Broward College to be processed. This electronic certification and process allow Veterans to complete the process, and upload all necessary documents, from anywhere using the Broward College website.  These certification(s) must be completed each term in order to certify and process your VA Benefits. Veterans may only submit certifications once per term. If there is a change in your enrollment status after your certification request has been submitted, please email veterans@broward.edu.

Please review the charts below as a guide to help you maximize your BAH each semester. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits during the Fall and Spring terms, and 9 credits during the Summer term to be eligible for full-time enrollment.

Fall and Spring Semesters
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
12 credits session 1 6 credits session 1
3 credits session 2
3 credits session 4
6 credits session 2
6 credits session 4

One class must be remote delivery throughout the semester in order to receive BAH at the standard rate. Taking all online classes will result in a reduced BAH payment – the current rate is $913.50 per month.

Summer Semester
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
9 credits session 1 3 credits session 1
3 credits session 2
3 credits session 3
4 credits session 2
4 credits session 3

One class must be remote delivery throughout the semester in order to receive BAH at the standard rate. Taking all online classes will result in a reduced BAH payment – the current rate is $913.50 per month.

The requests below are for the Fall 2020 term:

Please be advised Veterans Services has stopped collecting Veteran Benefit Certification requests for the Summer 2020 term.

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.

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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