Benefits for Veterans

The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers extensive benefits to veterans and their dependents.

How do I apply for VA Benefits?

VETERANS APPLYING FOR VA EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR THE FIRST TIME

DEPENDENTS OF VETERANS APPLYING FOR VA EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR THE FIRST TIME (Not Chapter 35)

DEPENDENTS OF VETERANS APPLYING FOR VA EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR THE FIRST TIME (Chapter 35)

FORM TO CHANGE PROGRAM AND/OR TRANSFERRING TO NEW SCHOOL (Not Chapter 35)

FORM TO CHANGE PROGRAM AND/OR TRANSFERRING TO NEW SCHOOL (Chapter 35)

Please note: The quickest way to submit this application is through the VA Web site’s VONAPP system.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for the VA to process applications?

It usually takes 30-90 days to process applications for educational benefits for new students and 30-60 days for students who are changing schools.

What is the VA’s contact information if I have questions?

Call 1.888.442.4551 if you have any questions for the VA. You can also email the VA by going to www.gibill.va.gov. Click on Ask a Question and follow the instructions.

What is the role of the VA Certifying Official at Agnes Scott?

The VA School Certifying Official (the Financial Aid Office) certifies VA students in the VA-ONCE computer system, maintains student records and notifies the VA of any student or curricular changes. The VA School Certifying Official does not process VA applications.

When is the earliest that Agnes Scott will certify my enrollment for the next semester?

We can certify Chapter 30 and Chapter 33 benefits 60 days before the start of the term. We can certify Chapter 35 benefits 30 days before the start of the term.

What do I need to give the VA Certifying Official to certify my enrollment for the next semester?
New Students
   * A copy of the Certificate of Eligibility that you received from the VA.

   * A copy of your Letter of Acceptance from ASC

What are the different types of VA Educational Benefits?
Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill (Newest Benefit Available)

Veterans who served 90 days of active duty after 9/10/01 and were honorably discharged. Reimbursement of tuition and fees is based on time served and the state cap. This benefit can be transferred to one’s children.

Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance (DEA)
Spouses and children of 100 percent disabled or deceased veterans.   

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty

Veterans who entered the service on/after 7/1/85 and enrolled in the program.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve
Veterans who on/after 7/1/85 enlisted, reenlisted or extended an enlistment in the Guard for a period of not less than six years.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

Veterans who were ordered to service in response to a war or national emergency for at least 90 consecutive days on/after 9/11/01.

What is the Yellow Ribbon benefit?

Students who are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) at the 100 percent amount can also receive the Yellow Ribbon benefit, monies that Agnes Scott contributes. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Agnes Scott will contribute up to $10,000 per student per year.

Can I use VA benefits for summer school?

Yes.  We certify you as taking accelerated summer courses during both of Agnes Scott’s five-week summer sessions.  Agnes Scott College Yellow Ribbon money, however, is only available for the fall and spring terms.

What do I need to do after I have been certified by Agnes Scott?

You need to keep the VA Certifying Official updated on any changes to your major, mailing address, marital status or credit hours.

How does the housing allowance work for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

Students are paid the housing allowance directly from the VA. The payment arrives at the end of the month and is based upon the zip code of the school you are attending. Contact the VA directly for more information.

How does the book and supplies stipend work with the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

This stipend of $1,000 is paid annually in a lump sum to the student directly from the VA. Contact the VA directly for more information.

Can I get Georgia HOPE scholarship money and VA benefits?

Yes. but the HOPE scholarship money is applied to your account first and then the amount of your VA benefits are calculated.

What will happen to my VA benefits if I withdraw from all of my classes?

The VA will not pay for W grades. If you withdraw and earn W grades in all of your classes, you will owe the VA the money for those classes.

What phone number must I call to verify my enrollment each month with the VA?

WAVE at 1.877.823.2378 for monthly verification if you are receiving Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 benefits.


Jennifer Nelson-Criss, VA Certifying Official
404-471-6395