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, the percentage, and the 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 screenshot of the remaining entitlement through your eBenefits portal.

Specific procedures are followed by the Veterans Services staff to remain compliant with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The VA has instituted an Enrollment Verification process where Veterans using Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) MUST verify their enrollment each month before they will receive their BAH payment. The VA will send you a text each month asking if you are still enrolled in your classes prior to your BAH payment being processed.

If you have not already opted into receiving text messages or if you are not sure your current phone number is on file with the VA, you will need to contact them as soon as possible. Call 888-442-4551 and choose the option to speak with someone and they can confirm your information.

If you change your phone number, contact the VA right away to update your information.

We begin processing certifications 60 days before the semester begins. As a Veteran or Veteran dependent, you are eligible for Veterans' Preference (early registration) so you can choose your classes before we are able to certify your enrollment.

**NEW Policy from the VA**
Beginning with the Fall 2022 semester, the VA instituted a new policy, which allows benefit recipients to choose which classes they wish to have certified. With that change, VA beneficiaries now have a requirement to specify the course numbers for all classes they wish to have certified. You can now choose to only have a portion of your classes certified to save some of your benefits for a later date. You must manually enter all course numbers you wish to have certified on the Certification Request form.

Spring 2023

**If you are enrolled in an ATF course (with the exception of ATF1100) use the Aviation form**

Changes coming to VA Certification system effective January 2023!

If you wish to be certified for the Spring semester, your certification request must be submitted NO LATER THAN NOON on January 09, 2023. 

The VA has informed us that the system we use to submit enrollment certifications will be shut down on January 13, 2023, and will be replaced with a new system as part of the VA’s modernization efforts.  The new system is expected to be available on January 27, 2023. 

During this period, we will not be able to submit any changes to certifications or submit new certifications.  This includes certifying tuition for sessions 1 and 2 for our Veterans using Post 9/11 benefits.  If you make any changes to your schedule, please submit a change form found here so that we can submit your changes as soon as the new system becomes available.

Please try to remain patient as we work to complete your certifications as quickly as possible once the new system goes live.  We understand this is an inconvenience for you and we will be working as hard as we can to make this transition as smooth as possible for you.

If you wish to be certified for the Spring semester, your certification request must be submitted NO LATER THAN NOON on January 09, 2023.

 

Starting with the Summer 2022 certification request form, you will be required to upload a copy of your current Certificate of Eligibility with your certification request each semester. Each time you are certified, the VA sends an updated letter with your remaining entitlement. Veterans receiving Chapter 31 (VR&E) benefits are exempt from this change.

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

Anyone using VA benefits must complete an electronic certification request form for VA Benefits to be processed at Broward College. This certification request process allows Veterans to upload all necessary documents, from anywhere using the Broward College website. The certification request must be completed each term for benefits to be certified with the VA.

The certification request form can only be submitted 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 include your name and student ID in all emails.

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. This applies to VA benefits only. If you are eligible for the Pell Grant, you would still need to be enrolled in 12 credits to be considered for full-time Pell.

The remote learning exception expired on June 1, 2022. All Zoom classes will now be certified as online. If there are no other classes on your schedule which meet the resident class criteria, you will be certified as online only and receive BAH at an online-only rate.

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 on campus from the beginning to the end of the semester to receive BAH at the standard rate. Taking all online courses (including Zoom classes) will result in BAH paid at the online-only rate, which is $817 per month for full-time enrollment.

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 on campus from the beginning to the end of the semester to receive BAH at the standard rate. Taking all online courses (including Zoom classes) will result in BAH paid at the online-only rate, which is $817 per month for full-time enrollment.

Veteran's in-state tuition waiver

If you do not qualify for Florida residency, you may be eligible for an out-of-state waiver for Veterans. You must provide a copy of your DD214 (Member 4) and one of the following items:

  • Florida voter's registration card.
  • Florida driver's license (licenses from any other state must be relinquished).
  • Florida Vehicle registration
  • Lease in your name
*All documents must be dated before the semester start date.

The Veterans waiver must be updated each semester by Admissions.

Each benefit provides different funding based on 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 for 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.

Post-9/11 GI Bill® students who receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) payments are required to verify their enrollment to continue receiving their payments.

Students who receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) payments will have their payments withheld if they fail to verify or report that they are no longer enrolled in their courses or training. To streamline the process, the VA is providing the option to verify enrollment easily and securely via text message.

How do I verify enrollment?

You can verify enrollment using the following methods:

Via Text Message
  • Opt-in: Students with a U.S. mobile phone number can use text messages as a simple, quick option for verifying monthly enrollment. As your enrollment approaches, you will receive the following opt-in text: "Post-9/11 GI Bill housing payments now require monthly enrollment verification. Would you like to submit yours via text? Please reply YES or NO." Reply "YES" to opt-in. The text message link will expire 14 days after receipt, so please respond within that time frame.
  • Verify: After opting in, you can verify your enrollment every month simply by responding to the following text message from VA: "Did you remain enrolled in your courses in MON YYYY as certified? Please reply YES or NO. If you have dropped all your courses, you must reply NO." Reply "YES" to verify enrollment for the previous month.

If you are unable to verify via text, you will need to contact the ECC at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and ask a representative to verify your enrollment. Read more information regarding enrollment verification.

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