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Are you a veteran looking for fresh career opportunities?

Click on the links below to learn more about the New Employment Center available for Veterans!

http://www.ebenefits.va.gov
Veterans Job Bank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWfhI-eSoWk

Forms

Summer 2014 Veteran Enrollment Certification Request Form
Fall 2014 Veteran Enrollment Certification Request Form
How to Apply for Veterans Education Benefits
Chapter 31 Book Authorization
Chapter 31 Supply Authorization
Request for Change of Program or Place of Training - Chapter 35
Request for Change of Program or Place of Training - All other Chapters

Links

                http://www.gibill.va.gov
                http://www.va.gov
                http://www.dod.gov
                http://www.militaryconnection.com/

                Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Office

Application for Veteran’s Benefits

VA applications determine eligibility for educational assistance.  All students must file an application upon starting classes at USC Lancaster. Students who have not previously received VA benefits must file an original application; students who have used their benefits at another school must file a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form. Students should complete the original application or the Request for Change of Program or Place of Training form through Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) located on the VA website at http://gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application/.

Types of Education Assistance Programs

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I.-Bill):

  • Students eligible for Chapter 33 must have served on active duty after September 11, 2001 for:
    • A minimum of 90 combined days (excluding entry level and skill training);
    • At least 30 continuous days if discharged for a service connected disability.
  • Benefits:
    • Tuition and Fees: The tuition and fees payment is prorated by the student’s Chapter 33 eligibility percentage and is paid directly to the school;
    • Monthly Housing Allowance: The monthly housing allowance is also prorated by the student’s Chapter 33 eligibility and is paid directly to the student.
       ***Active Duty personnel are not eligible for the housing allowance
    • Books and Supplies: A lump sum stipend is paid directly to the student when the school’s enrollment certification is processed.
  • For more information about chapter 33 VA benefits please visit: http://gibill.va.gov/post-911/post-911-gi-bill-summary/

Chapter 30 (G.I. Bill-Active Duty):

Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance):

  • Must be the child or spouse of:
    •  A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability
    •  A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.
    •  A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
    •  A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
    •  A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability.
  • For more information on eligibility and benefit information please visit: http://gibill.va.gov/post-911/other-programs/dea.html

Chapter 1606 (Selected Reserve):

Chapter 1607 (REAP):


Receiving Benefits

Upon receipt of all required documentation, the certifying official will forward an Enrollment Certificate to the Veterans Administration Regional Office. No paperwork will automatically be prepared and forwarded to the Veterans Administration for processing and payment without the student's request. Students must complete the Veterans Certificate Request Form (see link at top of this page) for each term that they wish to receive benefits. Completed forms should be forwarded to the USC Lancaster Financial Aid and Veteran Affairs Office.

**If you are eligible for any of the VA Education programs, please contact Brandi Thompson at 803-313-7068 for required documentation information prior to enrollment certification.

Non-required Courses & Repeating a Course   

The VA does not permit payment for any course that is not required for graduation. This includes repeats of a grade 'D' or better (unless a higher grade is required). Additional or excessive electives cannot be certified. This does not apply for courses failed that are needed for graduation. If you are unsure if a class can be certified, please contact our office at 803.313.7068.

Changes in Student Status

All students using education benefits from the VA are required to keep the University Certifying Official informed of all of the following: Withdrawals, change of major, and change of address.

Dropping the enrolled hours below the number of hours certified for may result in a retroactive reduction in benefits and a debt to the VA.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students receiving education benefits from the VA are required to maintain academic progress according to the standards established by USC Lancaster. Students who do not maintain satisfactory progress will have their benefits discounted and the Certifying Official will inform the VA of this action. The VA will determine the conditions for reinstatement of benefits.


Important Veteran News:

POST 9/11 VETERANS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2010

On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Senate Bill (S-3447), “Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvement Act of 2010”.   A brief summary of this new law’s impact is outlined below:

Effective now but not payable until October 1, 2011:

  • Expands the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include Active Service performed by National Guard members under title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the purpose of responding to a national emergency

Effective August 1, 2011:

  • Simplifies the tuition and fee rates for those attending a public school and creates a national rate for those enrolled in a private or foreign school
    • No individual state caps
    • Private school costs are capped at $17,500 annually
    • The Yellow Ribbon Program still exists for costs above the cap
  • Allows VA to pay kickers on a monthly basis instead of a lump sum at the beginning of the term and also pay kickers to those who are attending school at half-time or less
  • Allows those who are eligible for both Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to choose the Post-9/11 GI Bill’s monthly housing allowance instead of the Chapter 31 subsistence allowance
  • Allows reimbursement for more than one “license and certification” test (previously only one test was allowed)
  • Allows reimbursement of fees paid to take national exams used for admission to an institution of higher learning (e.g., SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT)
  • Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA education benefit program unless under an Executive Order of the President or due to an emergency situation such as a natural disaster or strike.

Effective October 1, 2011:

  • Allows students to use the Post-9/11 GI Bill for non-college degree programs such as on-the-job training, flight (for other than a private pilot license) at flight schools, apprenticeship training, and correspondence courses
  • Flight programs: Pays the lesser of actual net costs for in-state Tuition and Fees assessed by the school or $10,000, which ever is less “per academic year.”
  • Housing allowance is now payable to students (other than those on active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning, the housing allowance is ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents (the full time rate would be $673.50 for 2011)
  • Prorates housing allowance  by rate of pursuit (rounded to the nearest tenth)
    • A ¾ time student would receive 80% of the BAH rate
  • Allow students on active duty to receive a books and supplies stipend.

The University of South Carolina is an equal opportunity institution.

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