Military & Veteran Affairs

 

Policies & Procedures

College Credit for Military Experience and Training

As an institutional member of the Service members Opportunity Colleges Consortium, Armstrong State University provides service members with an option to petition for credit for military training.

Eligible service members may be awarded a three-semester-hour physical activity credit (PEBC 2001) upon receipt of official documentation. Students are asked to complete the required request form within their first semester of enrollment at Armstrong. Students should submit official documentation of successful completion of military basic training (DD-214, JST or Community College of the Air Force transcript) with the required request form to the Veterans Affairs office.

Additional academic credit for military education may be granted for highly specialized academic training (e.g., foreign language schools) if applicable to the service member’s degree program. Adequate documentation must be provided by the student and accompany each request.

University Charges  

Students are responsible for paying all university bills and/or turning in all appropriate paperwork to the Armstrong Veterans Affairs Office before the payment deadline. Armstrong and the VA do not have an agreement to process tuition/fee waivers; therefore, failure of the VA to pay students in a timely manner does not eliminate or delay students' financial responsibility to the university. It normally takes the Atlanta VA processing center 6-8 weeks to process new education claims, so please plan accordingly.

Chapter 30, 32, 1606, 1607, 35

The student is responsible for paying all tuition and fees by payment deadline. Armstrong does not have an agreement with the VA to process tuition/fee waivers; therefore failure of the VA to pay students in a timely manner does not eliminate or delay a student’s financial responsibility to Armstrong State University.

Post 9/11, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Army TA

The Bursar’s Office will hold tuition/fees until the VA/Army TA pays the school. If a student is receiving loans or grants, the Bursar’s Office will take the tuition/fees from the loan or grant first. Once the VA/Army TA pays the school, a refund will be given to the student. Any money due the school that will not be paid by the VA/Army TA will be the responsibility of the student by the payment deadline.

Military Students' Responsibilities

It is the students’ responsibility to know the requirements for their benefits, including what the full time rate for payment is and that they meet that requirement.
Military students at Armstrong have ongoing responsibilities to the VA. The Armstrong VA Coordinator closely monitors each student's enrollment status and academic program. The student's entitlement is based upon the number of credit hours for which they are enrolled.

In assisting the VA Coordinator, veteran students at Armstrong must do the following:

  • Have the Armstrong Notice of VA Student Registration by Term form completed by academic advisor and return to the VA Coordinator with a copy of a Schedule and Bill from SHIP.
  • Notify the Armstrong VA Coordinator if you:
    • change degree program
    • change schedule / ADD or DROP
    • withdraw completely
    • change address

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post 911 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to partially or fully fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post 911 GI Bill. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Armstrong is funding up to 4 undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in degree seeking programs on a first-come first-served basis, regardless of the rate at which the individual is pursuing training. Armstrong and the VA will make equal contributions toward the program on behalf of the individual in the form of a scholarship, with the total not to exceed $500 each semester and combined total of $1000 per academic year.

Eligibility
- Veterans and their spouses using transferred of entitlement, eligible at the 100% benefit level not eligible for an Out-of-State Waiver through Armstrong are eligible for Yellow Ribbon.
- ToE children eligible at the 100% benefit level not eligible for an Out-of-State Waiver through Armstrong are eligible for Yellow Ribbon.
- Active duty members are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon.
- Spouses of active duty service members are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon.
- Recipients of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship are not eligible for Yellow Ribbon.

Advance Pay

Armstrong's Office of Veteran Affairs does not process VA Advance Pay.

Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 Monthly Verification

All students receiving Chapter 30, 1606 or 1607 benefits must verify their monthly enrollment on the last day of each month or after. The benefit (monetary award) will not be released by the VA until this is done. Enrollment verification can be accomplished by using the VA toll-free telephone number 1.877.823.2378 or visit  WAVE.