Veterans’ Benefits

The Registrar’s Office is available to assist VA students in using their veteran affairs benefits at Presbyterian College. The Office provides assistance in matters relating to applying for benefits, certification of enrollment, and transmitting necessary enrollment information to the proper VA regional office.

The Registrar is not a part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran Benefits Administration, or employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Applying for Benefits

Eligible students should submit a VA Benefits application on-line. Once the application is received, it takes approximately 4-6 weeks for to receive a letter of eligibility. A copy of this letter should be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office to be included in your VA file.

Students participating in the Chapter 33 program based upon transfer of benefits from another individual should complete the transfer of benefit process before completing the VA Benefits application.

Benefit Eligibility

The Montgomery GI Bill provides educational benefits to individuals who first entered activity duty after June 30, 1985. Certain Reserve and National Guard participants may also be included. Detailed information can be found on the VA’s Education Benefits website.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2011, individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, or the dependants of qualifying military personnel who qualify for transfer of benefits. Candidates must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible. Detailed information can be found on the VA’s Education Benefits website.

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program provides educational assistance to children and spouses of veterans who are 1) permanently or totally disabled due to a service-related condition or 2) those who have died while on active duty as a result of a service related condition. Detailed information can be found on the VA’s Education Benefits website.

Certification

Students are certified with the Department of Veterans Affairs after they have registered for courses for a given term. Once received, the minimum processing time by the VA is 4-6. For new students, this time may be longer.

Coursework

In order for students to receive VA payment for coursework, each registered class must fit into their declared program of study. The courses listed for General Education and for the major in the Presbyterian College Catalog, are the official lists of courses covered under VA educational benefits. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that their registered classes meet the VA certification requirements if payment is desired. Charges for any courses taken outside of the students program of study are the student’s responsibility.

Degree Seeking and Undecided Majors

VA Educational benefits are to be used to accomplish a defined educational objective. All VA students must declare a VA approved degree program. First and second year students who have not decided on a major, will be classified as “undeclared major.” These students will follow the General Education requirements and not exceed 59 credit hours. The College is required by the Department of Veterans Affairs to discontinue any undeclared majors beyond the second year.

Resources

VA Atlanta Regional Office
P.O. Box 100022
Decatur, GA 30031-7022
Phone: 888.GI.BILL.1
Web: http://www.gibill.va.gov
Inquiries regarding status of certification and payments

CHAMPVA
VA Health Administration Center
P.O. BOX 409028
Denver, CO 80206-9028
Phone: 800.733.8387
Web: http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/champva.asp

VR Regional Office
Vocational Rehabilitation
25 Varday Street, Suite 102
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 864.271.5079

Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors (REPS)
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Office
400 South 18th Street
Saint Louis, MO 63103-2271
Phone: 314.589.9803

Transfer Work

Official transcripts from all prior institutions of higher education attended must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. The Department of Veterans Affairs requires the College to officially report all prior higher education credits completed that can be applied towards the student’s degree program.

VA Check Receipt (Chapter 30, 35, 1606, & 1607)

The average processing time for VA check receipt is 4-6 weeks after the semester begins. Checks for new students may take longer to receive. The student is responsible for all tuition, fee, room, and board payments to Presbyterian College that may be due before the student receives the VA checks during a given semester. Therefore, VA checks serve as a source of reimbursement to the VA student. It is important the students make the necessary arrangements for meeting their financial obligations with the Business Office or through the Office of Financial Aid.

VA Check Receipt for Chapter 33 Recipients

VA payments for tuition and fees charged to the students account will be sent directly to the school. The VA will send the stipend for books and supplies directly to the student. Students are responsible for any fees not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. It is important that students make the necessary arrangements for meeting their financial obligations with the Business Office or through the Office of Financial Aid.

VA Payments

The amount of assistance VA students receive from VA educational benefits varies by program. Payment amount information is provided by the VA Regional Office at 1.888.GI.BILL.1.