1. Who should I see regarding my
benefits as a disabled veteran?
Disabled Veterans Information: Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehab)
Veterans who qualify for educational benefits as disabled veterans
may be entitled to special education benefits. Veterans should
visit the Veterans Administration Regional Office to determine
their eligibility for disabled status.
2. Is my spouse eligible to
receive educational benefits from my GI Bill®?
Veterans' Dependents/Spouse Benefits (Chapter 35): Chapter 35
Benefits are provided to eligible dependents of veterans who are
permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related
condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a
service related condition. If you think you may qualify for this
benefit, contact the Veterans Affairs office.
3. What military educational
benefits may I use at Saint Leo University?
The following educational benefits are available to
veterans/active duty and dependents at Saint Leo University:
4. How do I know if I am eligible
for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational
You may be eligible for VA educational assistance if:
A) You are on, or were on active duty for at least
two years, and received any honorably characterized discharge;
B) You have a six-year obligation in the Selected
Reserves, and remain in good standing with your reserve unit; or
C) You are a spouse or child of a veteran who died
or was totally disabled while in military service.
5. How do I start my VA
educational assistance benefits at the college?
All students, regardless of what benefits they
think they may be eligible for, should complete two forms: the
Federal form Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
New students at Saint Leo University who have
not used any VA educational assistance programs should begin the
process by applying for education benefits online using the
Reservists who have not used any of their
Montgomery GI Bill®-Selected Reserve Educational Assistance
(Chapter 1606) benefits will need the original
DD Form 2384-1: Notice of Basic Eligibility from their Reserve
Dependents who have not received Dependents'
Educational Assistance Benefits Chapter 35, will need to apply
using VA Form
22-5490 or provide a previously issued Certificate of
Eligibility. New Chapter 30 & 1606. Recipients will need to
complete a VA Form
Transfer students who have received VA
educational assistance benefits at other institutions of higher
education only need to complete a VA
22-1995 Change in Place of Training Form, which can be obtained
through the campus certifying official.
Continuing students can be certified for
benefits as soon as they have pre-registered for the semester.
Disabled veterans are eligible for considerable
financial help when they apply for Vocational Rehabilitation at
the Department of Veterans Affairs. You must have a VA
certified disability rating of at least 20 percent. You will
receive authorization directly from the VA.
application forms are available at all VA offices, active duty
stations, American embassies.
6. Are VA educational benefits
No, veteran's benefits, paid under any law and administered by
the VA should not be reported as income to the Internal Revenue
7. I receive Chapter 30 or
Chapter 1606 educational benefits and have to verify my enrollment
each month. How do I do that?
Anyone receiving Chapter 30 benefits (MGIB- Active Duty) or
Chapter 1606 benefits (MGIB- Selected Reserves) must verify their
enrollment each month to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in
order to receive payment for that month. Your enrollment can be
verified on the last calendar day of the month by using the Web
Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) system or by calling
the toll free, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone line, at
1-877-823-2378. Paper verification forms (VA Forms 22-8979) will no
longer be issued for students receiving Chapter 30 benefits.
8. Do students receiving Chapter
35 educational assistance need to verify their enrollment each
No, dependents or spouses receiving educational assistance under
35 do not have to verify their enrollment to the VA each
9. How can I update my address or
financial institution information for direct deposit?
If you are currently receiving benefits, or have received
benefits in the last year, you can use the WAVE system to update
your address or your financial institution information. Visit the
G.I. Bill WAVE
page, and follow the instructions to log-on to WAVE. Follow the
links to change your address and your direct deposit information on
the "Main Menu" page of WAVE.
10. What happens if I am
activated during the semester?
If you are activated during a semester, you have a number of
options open to you depending upon the length of the deployment.
You should first discuss this situation with your advisor and
instructors to help you decide upon a course of action. The options
available to you would range from special arrangements for make-up
work, to an incomplete grade, to withdrawal from a course or
semester. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs would pay you
educational assistance benefits up to the date you withdraw or
resign from a course or semester.
11. In addition to college
work-study, are there any work-study programs designed to assist
Students may be eligible for
veterans work-study benefits. In order to be eligible, students
must be receiving full-time veterans benefits.
Saint Leo University Center for Online
How to apply: