Office of Veterans Affairs
We look forward to assisting you with your VA Education Benefits while attending VSU! If we can assist you in any way, please contact us at 229-333-5431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expecting VA education benefits this semester?
Students must submit the VA Semester Checklist each semester, after they have registered for classes. Please follow the steps here to complete this requirement or click the image below.
Students using the Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) VA benefit must verify enrollment monthly, in order to receive payment. Please click the image below to find out more or click here!
GENERAL STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Please notify our office if any of the following changes are made:
- Increase or decrease in credit hours
- Withdrawal from class
- Complete withdrawal from the University
- "Incompletes" received instead of grades
A reduction in your course load may result in a retroactive reduction in benefits and a debt to the VA. You will be responsible for paying back any and all debts to the Veteran's Administration if an overpayment is made.
VA Student Resources
New Student Application Waiver (Active Duty and Veterans Only)
Out of State Tuition Waiver Application (Military and VA Benefit Recipients)
Veteran’s Benefits Brochure
Please download our brochure here.
Our brochure provides invaluable information on eligibility, benefits, other funding available, payment information, how to get your benefits started at Valdosta State University and other important details concerning your Educational Benefits.
E-Benefits Fact Sheet
VA Benefits Checklist
A new checklist must be submitted for each semester you plan to attend VSU. The checklist indicates to our office that you would like to continue receiving VA benefits during the upcoming term. In addition to submitting a checklist, certain benefits (such as the Post 9/11 Gi Bill) require a current Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to be submitted to the Office of Veterans Affairs each semester. Upon receiving this checklist, we will review course and degree program informaiton prior to submitting official enrollment data to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Upon review, if additional information is required, our office will contact you via email. Students that do not wish to use their VA benefits, should not submit a checklist.
We will begin submitting enrollment data to the Department of Veterans Affairs for each semester according to the timeline below:
Summer Semester: Second week of April
Fall Semester: First week of August
Spring Semester: Second week of DecemberThe checklist is designed to be completed fully online. For students that are unable to access the checklist in the online portal, a paper version is also available. For further instructions and to submit the checklist, please click the link below.
VA Pay Rate Tables
Please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.asp to determine standard full time monthly benefit payments.
Monthly benefits are determined by the number of credit hours a student takes and the start/end dates of courses. These credit hours and dates of enrollment are reported by the school, to the Department of Veterans Affairs, where final determination is made for payment.
If you have further questions about being full time and how the Rate of Pursuit is used to calculate your VA payments, please call the VA directly at 1-888-442-4551 (1-888-GIBILL-1).
Forever GI Bill® InformationThe VA is working to provide updated information on how provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (also known as the Forever GI Bill®) will be implemented. At this time all updates are being published on the GI Bill® website at: https://benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/FGIBSummaries.asp. A number of these provisions start August 1, 2018, and we will have more information to provide close to that date. If you are curious about a specific part of the Forever GI Bill®, you can keep up to date with information through the link above.
Yellow Ribbon Application
Valdosta State University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which addresses the gap between in and out-of-state tuition. If you are not approved for in-state tuition, and are being charged higher out-of-state costs, please contact our office for more information about how the Yellow Ribbon Program may help you.
VA care, benefits, and services
Any student who is eligible for the GI Bill® is also eligible for Personalized Career Planning and Guidance, a free benefit that provides:
- Career counseling to help students decide which civilian or military jobs they want
- Educational counseling to help them find a training program or field of study
- Academic and adjustment counseling to help students address issues or barriers that get in the way of their success
- Resume support and goal planning
- Click here to find out more!
"Building Your Future with the GI Bill®"