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 new Student Services Building (second floor) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

Veterans, service members, and dependents are not subject to high pressure recruitment tactics at Seminole State College. No employee at Seminole State College receives commission, bonuses, or incentives for securing enrollments for any students, particularly veterans or service members. If you feel pressured to enroll or experience any difficulties in the enrollment process, please contact the Seminole County Veterans Service Office (407.665.2300) or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (888.442.4551).

For Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Ch 33) students and VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch 31) students, our tuition policy complies with 38 USC 3679(e) which means Post 9/11 and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment students will not be charged or otherwise penalized due to a delay in VA tuition and fee payments. For eligibility consideration, a Post 9/11 GI Bill student must submit a VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) and a Vocational Rehabilitation Student must provide a VAF 28-1905 form. Please see 38 USC 3679(e) for complete details.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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. For more information, visit the Montgomery Bill benefits page.

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. For more information, visit the VR&E benefits page.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

This program provides 36 months of 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. For more information, visit the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits page.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

This program amends the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include the children and spouses of fallen U.S. soldiers who died in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. Eligible dependents 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. For more information, visit the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship benefits page.

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. For more information, visit the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program benefits page.

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. For more information, visit the MGIB-SR benefits page.

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. For more information, visit the REAP benefits page.

Required Forms:

  • Certified Copy of DD Form 214: Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. (Not applicable to dependents using VA benefits)
  • Certificate of Eligibility from the VA or a Statement of Benefits from VA.gov (Ch 30, 33, 35), a VAF 28-1905 from the Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager (Ch 31), or a DD Form 2384-1: Notice of Basic Eligibility issued from the student’s guard/reserve unit (1606).
  • Seminole State College Certification Request

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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