Benefit Programs and Application Requirements

The application requirements for each VA education benefit program are described below. Most of the forms mentioned are available in Seminole State's Veterans Affairs Office, and many are also available online. Completed application packages must be turned into the College's Veterans Affairs specialist in the Student Services Building, room A-102B, on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Incomplete packages will not be accepted.

Please note: You must be formally admitted to Seminole State College and accepted to an approved program of study before you can receive VA education benefits.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to veterans who entered active duty for the first time after July 1, 1985, served a minimum of two years, and received an honorable discharge. 

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program

This program is intended to help veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain employment (requires a service-connected disability rating). Participants receive payment for required tuition and fees as well as a monthly subsistence allowance.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

This program provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

This program amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include the children of fallen U.S. soldiers who died in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Eligible children attending school may receive up to the highest public, in-state, undergraduate tuition and fees, plus a monthly stipend for living expenses, books and supplies, for up to 36 months. They may use the benefit between the ages of 18 and 33.

Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

This program provides up to 45 months of education benefits for surviving spouses and children of veterans who suffered a service-connected death or are 100 percent permanently disabled due to a service-connected cause.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

This program provides benefits for current members of the Reserve or National Guard who enlisted, re-enlisted or extended their enlistment for a period of six years.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

This program is for members of a Reserve or National Guard component who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, for a minimum of 90 consecutive days. Individuals are eligible as soon as they reach the 90-day point, regardless of whether they continue to serve on active duty. 

Required Forms:

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Jose Toro
407.708.2242
Fax: 407.708.2564
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Room A-102

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