Veterans Affairs

COVID 19 and VA Educational Benefits Alert

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the President signed into law S. 3503, which clarifies how the Department of Veterans Affairs should treat in-person courses of study that convert to distance learning formats due to health-related situations and other emergencies.

This new law gives VA the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of an emergency or health related situation.

With this new law, the VA is able to continue to pay education benefits regardless of the fact that a program changes from resident to online/distance training.  Those individuals who were receiving the monthly housing allowance for resident training and who’s course(s) were changed to online/distance training will continue to receive the monthly housing allowance for resident training effective from 1 March 2020 to 21 December 2020.

The VA is working to immediately implement these new changes.

Please understand, the VA has agreed to pay in resident housing for classes solely converted to online because of COVID-19. Not all online courses will fall under this protection. 

All of Seminole State classes that were meant to be face-to-face courses will be listed as an on-campus class, but held online. You can tell which ones were supposed to be on-campus classes by the listing. Online eLearning classes were and are online only classes. Even though days are listed, the on-campus classes will be held online until further notice.

If you change your schedule in any way, (i.e. drop or add courses), that could affect your benefits and result in a debt letter from the VA. If you make any schedule changes please let us know as soon as possible by emailing vabenefits@seminolestate.edu, and if you drop or withdraw from any courses due to mitigating circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

Please reach out to us via e-mail at vabenefits@seminolestate.edu with any questions and concerns. We will be available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard
Military Friendly Schools 2018-19

Welcome to Seminole State College's Veterans Affairs Office. Our goal is to serve as a one-stop source for securing, interpreting and exercising your VA education benefits. Whether you postponed starting college or interrupted your studies to serve our country, we are grateful for your sacrifices and committed to your academic success.

Locations and Hours

Seminole State has VA offices on three campuses to assist our veterans.

Note:  The College has transitioned all Academic Advising and Counseling, Student Services and Dual Enrollment procedures to Virtual Services.  Please email us if you have any questions, vabenefits@seminolestate.edu.

OfficeDay(s)Hours
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
New Student Center
2nd Floor
Monday - Thursday
Friday
8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Altamonte Springs Campus
ALT-113A
Monday - Friday10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Oviedo Campus
OVF-101B
Monday - Thursday
Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Veterans Affairs News

Service members from all branches were recognized for their service during the half-time show of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors Football versus San Jose State Spartans Veterans Military Appreciation Game at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Helping those who have served or are serving in our military achieve their education goals is the focus of a new program launched by the Florida College System Council of Presidents.
Photo of the 2019 Seminole State College of Florida Veterans Day Ceremony.
Seminole State College of Florida honored members of the armed forces Monday, Nov. 11, during the annual Veterans Day Ceremony.
Dr. Lorenz stands with Mark Richardson to accept the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Above and Beyond award.
Seminole State College has been named a recipient of the Department of Defense (DOD) Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Above and Beyond Award.
Image of Seminole State students John and Alicia Eynouf at the Ranger School Graduation.
Alicia and John Eynouf both experienced success in their careers, but found they weren't pursuing their passions. With help from Seminole State College, both were able to transform their paths.
(L-R) Seminole State Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Alex Setzer, Trustee Daniel O'Keefe, Vice Commander of the Military Order of The Purple Heart Chapter 400 Ernie Rivera Sr., Barry Pickett from the Military Order of The Purple Heart Chapter 400, Trustee Amy Lockhart,Trustee Tina Calderone, and service dog Xander.
Seminole State College has been designated as a premier “Purple Heart Institution” by the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) in recognition of the College’s support of military members, including veterans and their families.

Contact

Veterans Office
407.708.2242
Fax: 407.708.2564
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus:  Student Center (SC), Room 202 - 2nd Floor

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