Education Benefits

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Types of Funding for Veterans and Dependents

 

Please read through our Veterans Guide to Education Benefits before going any farther. 

As a student veteran or dependent, you may have many education benefits to choose
from. We are here to help you understand the ins and outs of how to get the most out
of your benefits. The Office of Military and Veteran Success will certify your enrollment
with the VA and help you every step of the way. In addition to benefits provided by
the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are a few other programs to be aware of.

You should contact the Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your
Military Service branch prior to enrolling in the institution to ensure you meet all
qualifications.

 

New Student Veterans

All New Students

Required Documents to be turned into the Office of Military & Veteran Success

  • Military Transcripts: The VA requires all veterans to request their Joint Services Transcript (JST) or
    Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcripts. You may obtain those here and
    have them sent directly to Southeastern from the website: Joint Services Transcript . We will also keep a printed copy of these transcrips in our office to be placed
    in your file.

  • DD 214– All veteran students must submit a copy to the Office of Admissions in order to have the appplication fee waived. 

  • Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for any benefits you qualify for. This is obtained by applying on www.va.gov (explained above) and they will send a letter in the mail to your home.
  • Veterans Certification Request Form– this must be submitted to our office prior to the start of every semester that you
    are enrolled. This form tells us everything we need to know about you and your benefits
    and gives us permission to process your benefits for that semester. Failure to submit
    this form will delay your payments. You may complete our Digital VCR form online and email the completed for to us, or you may come in to our office to complete
    the form on paper.

  • Third Party Billing Form– This form is only required for students using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Chapter 31 (Veterans Readiness and Employment), or Federal Tuition Assistance (Army
    Ignited and AI Portal). You must complete this form in-person at our office prior
    to the start of every semester that you are enrolled. Failure to do so may result
    in a loss of scheduled classes. The reason we require this form is to establish an
    agreement between the student and the school acknowledging that the school expects
    to receive payment from a third-party to cover all or part of your cost to attend.
    We can not bill for these payments until this form is completed.

Louisiana House Bill 167 Tuition Exemption

  • Veterans living in Louisiana using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) GI Bill® benefits with less than 100% GI Bill® coverage and a VA service-connected disability may qualify for additional coverage
    of tuition and fees under Louisiana’s HB167. 

    • For example, a disabled veteran who has Post 9/11 GI Bill® at the 70% rating would formerly be responsible for paying the remaining 30% cost
      of attendance. However, the new HB 167 instructs schools to waive the remainder of
      that cost for disabled veterans living in LA. Therefore, the entire 100% cost of attendance
      will be covered.

If you think you may qualify, please contact our office for more information and instructions
on how to apply.

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

How to Apply for Chapter 33

  • Go to the VA website, create an account through id.me or Login.gov, and complete the application for benefits.
    The VA wants all veterans to complete the form online to ensure timely processing.
  • Your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will arrive by mail. Please provide our office
    with a copy as soon as possible, as we need this to confirm you are eligble to receive
    benefits. We must keep this on file while you are attending Southeastern Louisiana
    University.

Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB Chapters 30 and 1606)

How to Apply for Chapter 1606

  • National Guard Only: Prior to applying for Chapter 1606 benefits, please be sure to contact Mr. Leonard
    Acker at [email protected] in order to confirm that you are eligible in the system. Once you get confirmation
    from Mr. Acker, proceed to Step 2 (applying).
  • Go to the VA website, create an account through id.me or Login.gov, and complete the application for benefits.
    The VA wants all veterans to complete the form online to ensure timely processing.

  • Your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) will arrive by mail. Please provide our office
    with a copy as soon as possible, as we need this to confirm you are eligble to receive
    benefits. We must keep this on file while you are attending Southeastern Louisiana
    University.

VR&E- Vocational Rehab and Employment (Chapter 31)

How to Apply for Chapter 31 (VR&E)

  • Go to the VA website, create an account through id.me or Login.gov, and complete the application for benefits.
    The VA wants all veterans to complete the form online to ensure timely processing.
  • The VA will then set up an appointment with your local VA vocational rehabilitation
    counselor to discuss your plans for future employment and the role that VR&E can play
    in helping you accomplish said goals.

Air Force Military Tuition Assistance Program

  • The Air Force currently pays up to $250 per semester hour and $166 quarter hour ($4,500
    annually), in off-duty courses with accredited schools who have signed the Department
    of Defense Memorandum of Understanding in pursuit of approved degree programs.
  • All TA Funding Requests must be approved by supervisors, via the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC), and fall within the TA application window
    of 45 calendar days prior to, and no later than 7 calendar days before, the term start
    date. Any TA not “supervisor” approved by prescribed start dates will be auto-deleted
    and a notification sent to the prospective student.
  • For more information, please visit the following site: Air Force TA You will need to obtain approval from your Education Services Officer (ESO) or military
    counselor prior to enrolling with these benefits.

Marine Corps Tuition Assistance

  • Marine Tuition Assistance (TA) is available for all active duty and active reserve
    Marines. Each member receives $4500 per fiscal year (1 Oct-30 Sep). There is a cap
    of $250 per semester hour, $166.67 per quarter hour, and $16.67 per clock hour.  Applications
    must be received at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester to receive
    proper approval. 
  • Successful course completion will be defined as a grade of “C” or higher for undergraduate
    courses, a “B” or higher for graduate courses, and a “Pass” for “Pass/Fail” courses. 
    Reimbursement will also be required for students who receive an “I” grade that is
    not completed within 6 months or the educational institutions deadline.  
  • Fees for equipment, supplies, exams and costs associated with distance learning are
    no longer covered by TA.
  • TA will be authorized for studies up to the master’s degree level. 

For more information, please contact your Force Education Office at [email protected] or by visiting the TA site.

Louisiana National Guard Tuition Exemption

National Guard members must meet the following requirements to be eligible:

  • Must be an actively drilling member of the Louisiana National Guard (Army or Air Force),
  • Must have your legal home of residence in the state of Louisiana
  • Must be in good standing with the Louisiana National Guard (no flags for PT, Height
    and Weight, etc.),
  • Must be seeking an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree,
  • Must maintain good academic standing with school (2.0 or above- can not be on probation/suspension),
    and
  • Must pay all additional fees for on-campus housing, meal plans, parking, student ID
    fee, and textbooks.
  • This exemption is available to eligible students for up to 15 semesters or the receipt
    of the first degree, whichever comes first. A student who uses National Guard tuition
    exemption to cover a Bachelor’s degree may be eligible to extend usage to also cover
    a Master’s degree if they extend their enlistment contract. Interested students should
    contact their National Guard unit to inquire about this route.

Louisiana National Guard Patriot Scholarship

Louisiana National Guard members who meet all of the above qualifications for Tuition
Exemption and are pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree are eligible for the
Patriot Scholarship, which covers mandatory fees. Students who are seeking a Master’s
degree or higher are not eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship is available
to eligible students for a maximum of 4 academic years and does not include the cost
of on-campus housing, ID fees, or meal plans.

VFW Sport Clips Help-a-Hero Scholarship

The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to
complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. 

  • To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be
    • citizens of the U.S.
    • be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or
      Reserve
    • have completed Basic Training and follow-on training (AIT, technical school, etc.)
    • separated with or currently hold a rank of E-5 or below
    • demonstrate a need for financial assistance
    • participate in, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school
      at an accredited post-secondary institution 
  • Applications for the spring semester will be accepted August 1 through November 15
  • Applications for the fall semester will be accepted January 1 through April 30.

Nursing Students

Raymond P. Kowalski Scholarship in Nursing

Established by Dr. Ann K. Carruth

1. Must have a minimum of 30 hours of prerequisite coursework complete at Southeastern
2. Must be a nursing major
3. Must be accepted into clinical nursing courses
4. Must be a veteran, in active duty, or in the reserves of the armed forces, a dependent
child of a veteran of the armed forces, or the spouse of a U.S. military service personnel
5. It is preferred that the student demonstrate family obligations

To apply for this scholarship, please submit an application here through the Southeastern Louisiana University Online Scholarship Portal. Applications
for the 2024-2025 school year are due on April 5, 2024.

Returning Student Veterans

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB Chapters 30 and 1606)

LA National Guard Tuition Exemption (LA STEP)

Patriot Scholarship

Federal Tuition Assistance (Army Ignited, AI Portal)

  • Submit Veteran’s Certification Request Form prior to the start of each semester.
  • Third Party Billing Form– must be completed in-person at our Office prior to the start of each semester. We
    must have original signatures on these forms.
  • Add your classes to your education portal approximately 30 days before classes start
    and submit a funding request for those classes in the system.

    • Submit a copy of your approved funding voucher to the OMVS.

  

Children and Spouses of Veterans

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

How to Apply

  • Students who have had Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits transferred to them by a parent or spouse and are eligible to receive beneifts
    must create their own account on the VA website and complete the application for benefits in order to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). The COE will come in the mail
    after a few weeks and a copy of this form must be turned in to the school.

  • Each term, dependents using Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits must complete the following:

Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

How to Apply

  • Students must go to the VA website, create their own account, and complete the application for benefits. Be prepared to enter the SSN of the service member you are related to.

  • The VA will award benefits as appropriate and send you a Certificate of Eligibility
    (COE) in the mail. Bring or email us a copy of your COE as soon as possible.

  • Each term, dependents using GI Bill® benefits must complete the following:

Fry Scholarship (Amendment to Post 9/11 GI Bill®)

How to Apply

  • The Fry Scholarship provides education benefits to surviving spouses and children
    of service members who died in action.

  • Students must go to the VA website, create their own account, and complete the application for benefits. Be prepared to enter the SSN of the service member you are related to. You will
    receive a Certificate of Eligiblity (COE) in the mail and must provide a copy of the
    COE to our office.
  • Each term, dependents using GI Bill® benefits must complete the following:

Louisiana Title 29 Dependents’ Educational Assistance

How to Apply

  • Louisiana offers educational tuition and mandatory fee assistance to surviving spouses
    of deceased Veterans as well as children of Veterans rated with 90% or more service-connected
    disability. The application must be done in-person at your local LDVA VSO.

  • Eligibility for Title 29 state educational benefits requires that veterans meet residency
    requirements under La. R.S. 29:288. View a list of documents that Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will accept to show that the residency
    requirement has been met. Qualifying veterans are required to hold a Louisiana driver’s license for a minimum
    of 2 years directly leading up to their dependent applying for this tuition waiver.
  • This is a tuition and mandatory fee waiver for four academic years of usage. This
    does not cover the cost of on-campus housing, meal plans, or parking registration.
  • You must submit your original Certificate of Eligibility for Title 29 to the Office
    of Military and Veteran Success in order to use this waiver.
  • Each term, dependents using GI Bill® benefits must complete the following:

Folds of Honor Scholarship

 

folds of honor

  • Children of veterans with a 10% or higher VA disability rating may qualify for up
    to $2500 per semester to pay for tuition, fees, and on-campus housing.
  • Submit an application through Folds of Honor during the application window from February 1st – March 31st each year in order to
    be eligible for funding. Students must reapply each year to continue receiving benefits. 
  • Folds of Honor scholarships will be paid directly to the school.
  • Students are required to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    each year to remain eligible for Folds of Honor scholarships. 

American Legion Legacy Scholarship

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship designed to fulfill
a financial gap remaining after all federal and state educational grants/scholarships
available to an eligible applicant have been utilized. 

  • Who is eligible?
    • Children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept.
      11, 2001.
    • Children of post-9/11 veterans having been assigned a combined disability rating of
      50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs also qualify.
  • What does it pay?
    • Each needs-based scholarship provides up to $20,000 for children of the fallen, and
      up to $5,000 for children of the disabled for undergraduate or post-graduate college.
      Recipients may reapply for additional annual awards up to six times.
  • Apply January 1 to Wednesday, March 27, 2024 by visiting their website.

MyCAA Scholarship for Spouses

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship is a workforce development program that
provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship
assists military spouses in pursuit or maintenance of a license, certification or
associate degree necessary to gain employment in an occupation or career field.

  • Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-6, W-1 to W-2 and
    O-1 to O-3 who have successfully completed high school and have the ability to request
    tuition assistance while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders are
    eligible.
  • Spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserves in these same pay grades
    are eligible.
  • Spouses remain eligible for financial assistance if their sponsor is promoted above
    the eligible pay grades as long as the spouse has a previously approved education
    and training plan.
  • Visit https://mycaa.militaryonesource.mil/mycaa/ to see if you are eligible.

 

Students using GI Bill® benefits from the VA will not be charged out-of-state tuition
and fees. 

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following
additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits,
while payment to the institution is pending from the VA.  This school will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional
    facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills
    to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
  • Provide a written request to be certified;
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described
    in other institutional policies 

 

Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement
Act of 2020 (P.L.116-315)

Southeastern Louisiana University abides by Provision 1005 and provides in-state tuition
to all Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, Ch 30 and CH 33 recipients.