Frequently Asked Questions

How do veterans apply for admission to FAU?

There is one application process for all prospective FAU students. Admission requirements and applications for all types of FAU applicants (freshman, transfer, graduate, etc.) may be accessed and submitted online, here.

Please feel free to contact the FAU Military and Veterans Office or the FAU Admissions office with any questions regarding your application status, but understand they may not have answers until all documents have been received and reviewed by an approving authority.

Can I receive college credit for military training?

Any military training you received that may qualify for college credit is evaluated by the FAU Registrar’s Office, however, military service related credits are ultimately accepted by the academic dean for your chosen degree program, who may then apply some or all of those credits toward your degree requirements. Provide the Admissions Office with your official military transcripts, or Joint Service Transcript (JST), which may be ordered here, along with a copy of your DD214 Member 4.

Credit for military training from your JST may be assigned based off of a Level of “L” (Lower Division), “U” (Upper Division), or “G” for Graduate. No credit will be awarded for Level “V” (Vocational).

How do I get a copy of my DD214?

All military service members receive their discharge papers (DD214) upon release from active duty service. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain a copy of their DD214 through the National Archives Veterans’ Records Service, here.

Do military and veteran students receive a discounted tuition rate?

Federal and state laws grant the in-state tuition rate to honorably discharged veterans, active duty military and their dependents stationed in the state of Florida, as well as members of the Florida National Guard and Reserves regardless of their state of residency, provided that they are living in the state of Florida while attending FAU. In-state tuition is not guaranteed for dependents of veterans.

The waiver may be accessed here and is not required for active duty service members stationed in the state of Florida.

How do I know which VA educational benefits chapter is right for me?

Details regarding the different Veteran Affairs educational-benefit chapters may be found on the Education and Training section of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs web page, here. Please be advised that the Comparison Tool/Payment Rates are only guidelines, and that your actual educational benefits can only be verified by the VA.

For more information regarding Florida specific benefits, including those for Purple Heart recipients and children and dependents of POW and MIA military members, please visit the Florida Department of Veteran Affairs web page, here, or call (850) 245-0407.

What is Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)?

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program, provides services to eligible Service members and Veterans with service-connected disabilities to help them prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment or achieve independence in daily living. For more information click here.

How do I begin using my VA educational benefits?

To begin utilizing VA educational benefits, visit the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) here, create a new user login, and fill out the online application form. Remember to save the confirmation number after you have applied, as it may assist if there is a delay in receiving your Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) from the VA.

After the application for educational benefits has been completed, you will need to certify your benefits with the FAU Student Military and Veteran Center.

For general information on VA Education programs click here.

What documents do I need to submit to the FAU Student Military and Veterans Center in order to receive VA educational benefits?

All students receiving VA educational benefits must submit their Certificate of Eligibility to the Student Military and Veteran Center. A hard copy of The Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) will arrive in the mail after the VONAPP has been approved. You may also access the Certificate of Eligibility online through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs customer help page, here.

All students receiving VA educational benefits, Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill), Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehab), Chapter 35 (Spouse/Dependent), Chapter 1606 (Reserve/Guard), Chapter 1607 (REAP), will need to submit a VA Certification Request Form every semester.

The VA Certification Request Form can be located online at the FAU Military and Veterans Affairs web page, here, as well as in the Student Military and Veteran Resource Center located on the first floor of the Student Union on the Boca Raton Campus.

For your first semester at FAU we will need the following documents in addition to your VA Certification Request Form and CoE:

1. DD214 – Member 4

2. Prior Education and Training Verification Form

How do I know how many months of VA educational benefits I have remaining?

You may access your remaining education benefits on the VA eBenefits page.

Login to your existing account or register for an account, go to eBenefits, click Manage Benefits, then Education.

Will VA educational benefits pay for all of my courses?

VA educational benefits will only pay for those courses required for your chosen major. For this reason it is highly recommended that all students meet with an advisor in order to ensure registration in courses that are relevant to the degree program. You may make an advising appointment through the Florida Atlantic University Advising Services’ web page, here.

Will VA educational benefits cover the cost of remedial or deficiency courses?

Most VA educational benefit programs cover the cost of remedial or deficiency courses, but only if a placement test indicates that you need to take that type of course, or if the course is required as a prerequisite for another course in your major.

What happens if I change my schedule after I submit my VA Certification Request Form to the Student Military and Veteran Center?

Notify Brett Berardino, the Student Military and Veteran Outreach Coordinator, via email at bberardino@fau.edu to avoid any potential overpayment issues.

When should I submit my VA Certification Request Form?

Students receiving VA educational benefits should register for classes and submit the VA Certification Request Form as soon as possible to ensure prompt payments.

When will I receive my VA educational benefits?

The initial request for educational benefit can take several weeks for the VA to process. Once you have established that you will be using your VA educational benefits with FAU, the VA Certification Request is typically a much faster turnaround. You can ensure the quickest delivery of your educational benefits by submitting all required materials as early as possible. Please refer to the FAU Academic Calendar, here, for the University schedule, deadlines, and holidays.

If I qualify for Chapter 33 benefits, when can I expect to receive my textbook stipend and housing allowance?

The textbook stipend is paid as soon as your VA educational benefits request is processed. It is recommended that students buy their required texts as soon as possible, and think of the textbook stipend as a reimbursement. It is also important to understand that the current textbook stipend for full-time students is $1,000 for the entire year, this may not cover the costs of all your textbooks over the year.

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and all other monthly stipends are paid in arrears at the end of each month during a semester. Partial months are paid at a prorated rate to be determined by the VA based on how many actual days of classes you have attended. For example, the BAH you receive in the Month of January will be for December classes and will be minus whatever amount the VA deducts for the days after the end of the fall semester.

Can the orientation hold be lifted?

The orientation may be lifted for veteran students. Contact Brett Berardino at bberardino@fau.edu for more information.

When should I register for classes?

Students should meet with their academic advisor and confirm the dates with the FAU academic calendar before registering for classes. It is important to maintain a flight plan and stay focused so you do not run out of benefits before accomplishing your degree.

What is a deferment?

A deferment is a way of extending the tuition payment deadline. This means there will not be an immediate “hold” placed on your FAU account for unpaid tuition. If you receive a deferment and for some reason the anticipated funds do not arrive, it is your responsibility to pay your account balances in full. Most veteran students will automatically move into a deferred category if the university is expecting payment from the VA or other government funding source (e.g. you have submitted your VA Certification Request Form). However, it is the student’s responsibility to meet with Financial Aid to apply for and/or ensure that deferment has been granted.

How does the VA calculate benefits for educational training for graduate students?

The credit hours required for fulltime status depends on the program, speak with your academic advisor for more information. However, the general rule is 6 credit hours for graduate students to be considered full time.

Graduate students’ fulltime status may also vary based on assistantships. For more information contact Jason Morgenthal at jmorgent@fau.edu.

How does the VA calculate benefits for educational training for undergraduate students?

The VA calculates your benefit amount based on the following formula:

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill) All other VA educational benefits (or Chapters)

11 credit hours = 90% of all educational benefits 12 credit hours or more = Fulltime

10 credit hours = 80% 9 to 11 credit hours = Three-quarter time

9 credit hours = 80% 6 to 8 credit hours = Half-time

8 credit hours = 70% 4 and 5 credit hours = Less than half, more than one quarter

7 credit hours = 60% 1 to 3 credit hours = Quarter-time

For more information click here.

Does not being classified as a fulltime student affect other VA educational benefits?

If you receive Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill) educational benefits, and you are not registered for at least 51% of fulltime status, or a minimum of 6.12 credit hours, you will not be eligible to receive the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Also, at least one credit hour each semester must physically take place on campus.

If you receive VA educational benefits other than Chapter 33, and take less than half of the fulltime credit hours, you will only have tuition and fees paid for by the VA according to the above formula.

If I fail a class, will I have to pay tuition costs back to the VA?

You do not have to pay the VA back if you do not pass a course. VA education benefits will pay for you to repeat the course if it is required for your degree program.

If I drop or withdraw from a class, will doing so affect my VA educational benefits?

If you drop a class before the deadline date, you are assigned a “W” mark, which will not affect your GPA and which the VA treats as having no effect on your transcript. If you drop a class which then changes your attendance status from fulltime, the VA will require you to repay any money you received for attendance in that class unless you have extenuating circumstances. If you feel you have a legitimate reason for dropping the class or withdrawing from a class, you can petition the VA and ask that you be allowed to maintain your rate of pay up to the last date of class attendance.

You can add/drop courses through Self-Service in MyFAU, here.

Points of Contact:

FAU Student Veterans Outreach Coordinator: Brett Berardino bberardino@fau.edu

Veteran’s Center Phone Number: 561.297.4725

Director of Military and Veteran Affairs: Mike Giallombardo mgiallom@fau.edu

FAU Undergraduate Admissions: admissions@fau.edu │561.297.3040

FAU Graduate Admissions: graduatecollege@fau.edu │561.297.3624

Please visit the VA customer service website for more information https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/list

 Last Modified 11/9/16