Bevill State offers the following Federal Veterans Educational Assistance Programs and resources.
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
For individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Post - 9/11 GI Bill benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009.
Montgomery G.I. Bill® /Active (Chapter 30)
Certain veterans with an honorable discharge and servicepersons may qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill. The Veteran must have served on active duty and meet additional conditions as determined by the VA.
Montgomery G.I. Bill® /Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
Members of the Selected Reserve who enlist, re-enlist, or extend an enlistment in Selected Reserve so that the reservist has an obligation to serve for a period of not less than six years following the date of such action may qualify for Chapter 1606.
Montgomery G.I. Bill® /Reserve (Chapter 1607 -REAP)
REAP provides eductational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits.
Post-Vietnam Veterans' (Chapter 32- VEAP)
Veterans under this program (service beginning on or after January 1, 1977, through June 30, 1985) or Active duty and a participant in the Post-Vietnam Era Veterans VEAP program on or before 1996.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
Spouse or child of a deceased or totally and permanently disabled veteran.
Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)
This program was created to assist service-disabled veterans of 20% or greater. Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis.
Websites that offer information on Veteran Educational Assistance are listed below:
Fayette/Pickens Co. Campus
800.648.3271 ext. 5102
800.648.3271 ext. 5385
800.648.3271 ext. 5725
800.648.3271 ext. 5426
Veterans, reservist, and/or dependents of Veterans must contact their selected campus Veteran Affairs Certifying Official to establish VA Educational Benefits. It is the educational benefit recipients' responsibility to assemble all required materials needed to complete the process to the campus Veteran Affairs Certifying Official. View the checklist below and the application process for the applicable chapter.
The following forms MUST be first completed by the applicant. Some items may be submitted first to the VA, then provided to the campus VA certifying official.
The following documents MUST be provided if applicable:
This program was created to assist service-disabled veterans of 20% or greater. Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis. Students MUST contact their VA Voc Rehab Counselor to develop a contract for the Chapter 31 Program. A current VA Form 28-1905 must be on file with the VA Certifying Official before our office can certify your courses for Chapter 31 pay purposes. Interested students should contact the county Veterans Administration Office or the Regional Veterans Administration at 1-800-827-1000.
Admissions to the college must be completed before an enrollment certification can be submitted. Students that have received college credit at other institutions are certified only for courses necessary to complete the declared program of study at Bevill State Community College. All students are required to have an official transcript on file with Admissions prior to the submission of a certification.
Certification is granted only for hours required to complete the selected program of study. However, certification may be granted for remedial and developmental course credit if such courses are necessary for the student to reach his or her objective. Only one program may be pursued under certification of benefits. The VA will not pay for courses that are taken under an unapproved program after the approved program is completed.
Veterans may change a program of study and continue to receive benefits if the new program of study is approved by VA. Courses that award audit credit, no credit, or are not required by the student's declared program of study cannot be certified. Also, courses for which a student has already received a passing grade will not be certified unless a minimum grade requirement exists.
Should a student receiving VA Educational Benefits register for a course that is not required by the declared program of study or a course for audit credit or no credit, his or her benefits may be reduced at any time during the semester. This action may occur without notification to the student.
Students should allow 2-3 weeks for certifications to be submitted. All students receiving VA Educational Benefits are responsible for payment of tuition at the time of registration with the exception of Post 9/11 students. Please note that if you are a Post 9/11 student and your benefits level is less than 100%, you must pay the difference the VA doesn't cover at the time of registration. (A copy of your certificate of eligibility must be on file.)
Students must complete a Statement of Understanding which details the responsibilities of the student and the campus certifying official.
Students must submit a Request for Enrollment Certification to the campus certifying official for each semester you are enrolled. Failure to do so will delay certification of enrollment to Verteran's Affairs.
Benefits are paid on the following enrollment schedule:
Full benefits: 12 or more
Three-fourths benefits: 9 to 11
Half benefits: 6 to 8
Less than half time benefits: 5 or fewer (Reimbursement of tuition and fees only)
Full benefits: 7 or more hours
Three-Fourth benefits: 6 hours
Half benefits: 4-5 hours
Less than half time benefits: 3 hours (Reimbursement of tuition and fees only)
The initial payment should arrive SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS after the first day of classes or later if the veteran should apply for certification after classes begin.
Information about qualifying pay rates and payment dates for Chapter 30, 34, 35, 32 and 1606/1607 is available only through direct contact between the student and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Go to: www.gibill.va.gov or call 1-888-442-4551.
If you receive the Montgomery GI Bill® Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606/1607, you must verify your attendance before payment is processed. You will not receive payment until VA receives your verification. You will have to verify your attendance on the last day of each month. You may do so via the automated telephone system at 1-877-823-2378 or via the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE)
The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs offers financial assistance to eligible dependent's child, stepchild, spouse, or unmarried widow(er) of disabled veterans (living or deceased), who were permanent civilian residents of Alabama prior to entry into military service. The veteran must be rated 20% or more due to a service connected disabilities or have held the qualifying rating at the time of death. Special consideration is given to dependents of permanently and totally disabled veterans who are bona fide residents or were prior to their death.
Other benefits may be available to eligible dependents of the following: former prisoners of war (POW), those declared missing in action (MIA), and those who died in service.
Dependent children must file an application prior to age 26 (may be extended to age 30 in certain cases).A spouse or widow(er) does not have a filing deadline or age limitation.
For more information and application procedures, students should contact the nearest Veterans Affairs Office located in each county courthouse or write to the:
Alabama GI Dependents' Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 1509
Montgomery, AL 36102-1509
For further assistance with this program at Bevill State Community College, once benefits have been approved, contact your campus VA Certifying Official.
The State of Alabama established the Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program to provide financial assistance to active Alabama National Guard Members who are enrolled in degree programs at accredited post-secondary institutions. Students may be awarded funds to defray direct educational-related expenses: tuition, mandatory fees, books, and supplies, not to exceed $500 per term and not more than $1,000 annually. Contact your campus VA Certifying Official for assistance.
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense (DoD) program. TA rules vary by branch of service and can even vary between components within the branches depending on whether the service member is Active duty, Reserve, or National Guard. Soldiers may request TA through www.goarmyed.com prior to the course start date. GoArmyEd will notify the soldier whether the TA is approved of not. If the TA request is not approved, GoArmyEd will advise the soldier of the reason and next steps.
More information about the SOC Military Bill of Student Rights and the Servicemembers Opportunity College Consortium is available at the Consortium Web Site.