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BENEFITS OVERVIEW

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Oluwaseyi Adetunji | Doctor of Pharmacy, 2018 | South University, Savannah

As an eligible active military personnel, reservist, veteran, or family member, you may use your educational benefits – such as Tuition Assistance, the GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program, among others – to help you pursue your goals at South University.*

To speak with a knowledgeable admissions representative about military benefits and eligibility, fill out a form to request information or call us at 855-884-2408. Our team is here to help you throughout the admissions, financial aid and enrollment process.

*The following section provides information on the benefits and opportunities available through the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The government agency offering the benefit provides the ultimate approval of a student's ability to use a particular benefit.

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 Web site at benefits.va.gov.

Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard

Tuition Assistance
The Military Tuition Assistance (TA) programs currently pay tuition and course-specific fees up to $166 per quarter hour for eligible active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members. Your service branch pays your tuition directly to the school, and each military branch has its own TA application form and procedures, eligibility requirements and amounts of assistance available.

Before enrolling, you must check with an education counselor or Educational Services Officer (ESO) by visiting your local installation education office, contacting your education counselor or ESO, or going online to a virtual education center. You must apply for the program and receive approval before starting classes, and you may be required to develop an education plan or complete TA orientation. To learn more, contact your ESO, visit your local installation education center, visit a virtual education center online or click on one of the following service branch links:

       Army

       Marine Corps

       Navy

       Air Force 

South University also strives to be flexible and responsive to the needs of anyone deployed away from their home or permanent duty station or affected by a natural disaster, including offering the following refund and readmissions policies.

Top Up
Top Up allows eligible service members to use Tuition Assistance in conjunction with either the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) ® or the Post 9/11 GI Bill®* if the cost of tuition exceeds the amount covered. You must be eligible to use either Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 of the GI Bill® and meet the eligibility guidelines for tuition assistance. For more information, please visit va.gov.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
This is an education benefit for eligible service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered when eligible. For more information, visit va.gov.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®
Eligible service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your South University financial aid officer. For more information, visit va.gov.

 Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill®
This program is for eligible members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlisted in the select reserve with an obligation to serve 6 or more years on or after July 1st 1985. In order to be eligible for this benefit, the member will have had to complete their IDAT (initial date active training). Chapter 1606 expires once a service member has separated. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your South University financial aid officer. For more information, visit va.gov.

 Kickers & Additional Contributions
A kicker is part of an enlistment contract and is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for eligible Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. The VA should automatically pay this benefit as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing his or her claim. No additional paperwork is needed.

Veterans

Veterans Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®
This is an education benefit for eligible service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered while eligible. For more information, visit va.gov.

 Yellow Ribbon Program
South University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for all degree programs from the associate to the doctoral programs. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides assistance to eligible veterans with 100% eligibility of Ch 33 Post 9/11GI Bill® whose cost of tuition and fees exceeded the annual cap. Once the annual cap is reached, half of the remaining cost for tuition and fees for the fiscal year will be covered by the school and the VA will match the other half. Some degree programs may be subject to a maximum tuition & fee reimbursement amount per academic year from the Yellow Ribbon Program. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate. For more information, visit va.gov.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®
Eligible service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your South University financial aid officer. For more information, visit va.gov.

 Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
This employment program provides educational support to eligible veterans who are entering the workforce. Veterans will meet with their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop an education plan. This benefit may cover the entire cost of tuition and fees. To contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, visit va.gov.

Spouses and Dependent Children

Spouses and Dependent Children Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program
This program provides educational assistance to eligible spouses of Active Duty members towards an Associate or Certificate program. Students who are eligible can qualify up to a $4,000 lifetime limit, with a maximum of $2,000 per Department of Defense fiscal year (Oct 1st – Sep 30th). For more information, please visit militaryonesource.mil. 

Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 GI Bill® to Dependents
Eligible active duty service members may be able to transfer their unused Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) benefit to their spouses or dependent children, while on active duty. This benefit may cover 100% of tuition and fees up to an amount established by the VA per fiscal year (Aug 1st – July 31st). For more information, visit va.gov.

 Fry Scholarship
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship), is a scholarship that provides for eligible children and dependents of service members who have died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. Students who are entitled to this benefit may have a significant portion of their tuition covered. Effective January 1, 2015, the law expands eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to include surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces who died or die in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. For more information, please visit va.gov.

 Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependents Assistance
This program provides educational assistance to eligible spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled, as a result of their service, and may be able to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. This benefit pays directly to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your financial aid officer. For more information, visit va.gov .


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strong record of serving our nation’s veterans and their families. We share a
deep gratitude to the men and women who keep America safe and  also have faculty and staff who are veterans and
military personnel. Through an array of programs – in disciplines ranging from
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online. Our programs provide real-world, hands-on training and experiential
learning – not just textbook teaching and learning – to prepare students well
in a challenging and competitive environment. At South University, we're here
to help you get the education you need to keep your career and your future
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James Harris
James Harris Grad Alumni
Class of ‘19
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

“I chose my program of study because I wanted to ensure I was in a position to assist my fellow veterans as well as the African American demographic who often tends not to seek counseling or therapy due to stigmas. I want to be the bridge and link to those services. Read more

Gene Ramsey Grad Alumni
Class of '17
Master of Science in Leadership

“The outstanding course material and professors are the main reason I tell everyone I can about South University, especially military veterans. I have been most impressed with the ease of using the Post 911 GI Bill®, the quality of education and the excellent faculty. My instructors challenged me to stretch beyond my goals and expectations and I am forever grateful. Read more

Charrita Ernewein
Charrita Ernewein Grad Alumni
Class of ‘12 and ‘15
Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

“Being a military wife, I had the opportunity to work all over as a nurse in many specialties. Now that my children are older, I am focused on helping others, training the next generation of nurses and nurse practitioners, fighting human trafficking and influencing the policies that affect my profession. Read more

Mable Smith
Mable Smith Grad Alumni
Dean of South University’s College of Nursing & Public Health
Col and IMA to SG, Air University, US Air Force Reserves

“I love the Air Force core values – integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do – and I strive to live by them. Read more

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