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Military Education Benefits

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"I remember when I first came here, I was still in the military... I went from 14 hour days and long shifts to taking my time through school and just enjoying every moment I'm here."

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Military education benefits offered at South University Learn more about the educational benefits offered for military personnel and veterans. Military students who are serving on active duty or in one of the reserve or National Guard components and eligible family members may use their educational benefits at South University. The links below provide further information regarding the individual benefits and opportunities available through the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). While benefit and eligibility information is provided, the ultimate approval of a student's ability to use a particular benefit is determined by the respective government agency offering the benefit. In addition to the information we've provided, the knowledgeable staff at South University is available to help guide you through the process. Speak with one of our experienced admissions representatives to get started. For further information on participation and eligibility, contact us at 1-800-688-0932 and 1-888-444-3404 for online programs.

Tuition Assistance

South University has signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense, which allows you to use Tuition Assistance. Each branch of the military and the National Guard administer the program and determine the eligibility requirements and the amount of assistance available. The service member must apply for the program and receive approval before starting classes.

For additional information on Tuition Assistance see your service branch website:

South University acknowledges that military students who are deployed away from their homes or permanent duty stations and students affected by a qualified natural disaster may experience difficulties with completing their degree requirements. South University encourages service members and those students affected by natural disasters to continue with their education and will be flexible and responsive to their needs. In support of deployed forces and those impacted by qualified natural disasters, South University has adopted the following refund and readmissions policies.

Top Up

Top Up allows a service member 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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/tuition_assistance.asp.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

This is an education benefit for 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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp.

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill®

This program is for 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 directly to the student; arrangements for tuition and fees payment will need to be made with your South University financial aid officer. For more information, visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is an education benefit to assist Reserve and National Guard members called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) for at least 90 cumulative days after 9/11/2001. This benefit pays directly to the student and can be used toward the cost of tuition and fees, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your financial aid officer. For more information, visit www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp.

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 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 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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.

Yellow Ribbon Program

South University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for all degree programs from the associate's to the doctoral level programs. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides assistance to 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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

This employment program provides educational support to eligible veteran's who are entering the work force. 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 www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp.

Spouses and Dependent Children

Spouses and Dependent Children Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program

This program provides educational assistance to spouses of Active Duty members towards an Associates 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 www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Factsheets/SECO/MyCAA_Factsheet_Overview.pdf.

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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp.

Fry Scholarship

This scholarship provides the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) to children 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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill or www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/factsheets/fry_scholarship.pdf.

Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependents Assistance

This program provides educational assistance to 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 www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp.