Southern Union State Community College

Veteran's Assistance Overview

   Student Veterans Resource Center

Value Excellence Through Southern Union’s Educational Development (V.E.T.S. E.D.)

 

Welcome,

Southern Union State Community College is committed to educating our service members, veterans, and their families. SUSCC thanks our military and military families for their sacrifice in preserving our nation’s freedom. The Student Veteran Resource Center (SVRC) serves as a location where service members, veterans, and their families can obtain information concerning education benefits and additional resources. The SVRC is located in the Administration Building, Room 101, on the Opelika campus. For questions, contact the SVRC at 334-745-6437 ext 5312 and ext 5332 or by email at vdarden@suscc.edu

Vanessa Darden, VA Coordinator


VETERANS EDUCATION BENEFITS

The following information should serve as a brief overview of these programs and your benefits. If you require additional information, please contact Vanessa Darden, Veterans Affairs Coordinator, at (334) 745-6437 ext 5312 or email at vdarden@suscc.edu.

While the Veterans Affairs Coordinator does not determine eligibility for assistance, we ensure that proper paperwork is completed, certified, and filed with the Department of Veterans Affairs so that payment of benefits can begin. It normally takes 6 to 8 weeks for the Veterans Regional Office to finish processing your claim and issuing a Certificate of Eligibility. Please take a moment to review the different Veterans Education Benefits that are offered and then apply for benefits.
 
SVRC REQUIREMENTS TO USE EDUCATION BENEFITS

A copy of your VA Education Certificate of Eligibility (COE) should be provided to the VA Coordinator in the Student Veterans Resource Center.  A Statment of Understanding must be completed at the beginning of every academic year. An Enrollment Certification Request Form must be completed after registering for classes each semester. Please see VA Forms tab for additional instructions.

STATE BENEFITS

ALABAMA GI DEPENDENTS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The veteran must meet the following qualifications to establish eligibility of his/her dependents. A dependent is defined as a child, stepchild, spouse or the un-remarried widow(er) of the veteran.
 
ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD ASSISSTANCE PROGRAM (ANGEAP)
ANGEAP is a program established by the legislature of the state of Alabama and is designed to provide financial assistance to active Alabama National Guard members who are enrolled in degree programs at accredited post secondary institutions of higher learning located within the State of Alabama.
 
PURPLER HEART WAIVER
The Purple Heart Waiver is a waiver of undergraduate tuition and fees for Purple Heart recipients.
A public institution of higher education may waive undergraduate tuition and fees for each veteran who is the recipient of the Purple Heart and who satisfies all of the following:
  • Is enrolled as a full-time, part-time, or summer school student in an undergraduate program that culminates in a degree or certificate.
  • Is currently, and was at the time of the military action that resulted in the awarding of the Purple Heart, a resident of this state.
  • Submits to the public institution of higher education the DD-214 form issued at the time of separation from service as documentation that he or she has received the Purple Heart.
     

FEDERAL BENEFITS

FEDERAL TUITION ASSISTANCE (GoArmyEd)

Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense (DOD) program. VA does not administer TA. TA rules vary by branch of service and can even vary between units depending on whether the unit is active, reserve, or National Guard.

CHAPTER 31 VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

A veteran may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) benefits if he or she:

  • Received, or will receive, a discharge other than dishonorable conditions;
  • Incurred or aggravated a service-connected disability which entitles him or her to VA disability compensation; and
  • Is in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap.

CHAPTER 30 MONTGOMERY GI BILL ACTIVE DUTY

The Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty), also known as Chapter 30, is a program of education benefits generally for individuals who enter active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, and have contributed to the College Fund.

CHAPTER 33 POST 9/11

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. The benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date.

CHAPTER 1606 MONTGOMERY GI BILL RESERVES

This program provides benefits for members of the Selected Reserve and National Guard who enlisted, re-enlisted, or extended their enlistment for a period of six years after July 1, 1985.

CHAPTER 1607 RESERVE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (REAP)

The Chapter 1607 program provides educational assistance to members of the reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency was declared by the President or Congress. 

CHAPTER 35 SURVIVORS AND DEPENDENTS (DEA)

Sons, daughters and spouses of veterans may be eligible for educational assistance if the veteran died while in service, died as a result of a service connected disability, became permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, or died while disability was in existence. Benefits are paid at the single rate.

MILITARY SPOUSE CAREER ADVANCEMENT ACCOUNTS (MyCAA)

MyCAA is a Department of Defense program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses, or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields. 

OPERATION FAMILY SHIELD

Operation Family Shield Scholarship Program was established in 2003 for spouses and dependents of the Alabama National Guard or reservists called to active duty. The scholarship has been expanded in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

Any additional benefits are subject for review by the Veteran Affairs Office, Financial Aid Office, and Business Office prior to using benefits at Southern Union State Community College.

HOW TO APPLY

 Apply for Federal Veterans Education Benefits online at www.benefits.va.gov or www.ebenfits.va.gov.

  • Veterans must complete form 22-1990 
  • Dependents complete form 22-5490

When Transfering to a new school or changing your program of study:

  • Veterans compete form 22-1995 
  • Dependents complete form 22-5495

Apply for State VA Education Benefits for Dependents and Spouses through the local Veterans Service Office located at the Lee County Courthouse, Downtown Opelika.
 


ENTITLEMENT TO BENEFITS

Southern Union State Community College certifies your enrollment status, programs and academic progress. All questions concerning payment are to be referred to the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1(800) 442-4551 or by sending an electronic inquiry by going to: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

VA Policy Manual at SUSCC
The Student Veterans Resource Center at Southern Union State Community College assists veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans. It also serves as a liaison between the student and local and federal agencies, including State Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Please take a moment to review the Policy Manual available. (download now)

Verifying Attendance
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) at https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/default.cfm.

Direct Deposit EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) processing, also known as "Direct Deposit," is now available to recipients of several of the VA education benefit programs. To find out if you can use Direct Deposit, or to stop or change your Direct Deposit, call 1 (877) 838-2778.


ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

WORK–STUDY
The Work-Study program allows a VA student to earn the Federal or state minimum wage (whichever is higher) for up to 1,300 hours per year. The benefit is tax free and allows each VA student to "earn while he learns" while he or she is pursuing an approved post-secondary program of education on at least a three-quarter time basis.

AUBURN VETERANS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: MARCH 1
The Auburn Veterans Scholarship Foundation of Lee County is awarding one Auburn Veterans Annual Scholarship. The Auburn Veterans Scholarship Foundation of Lee County is awarding one Auburn Veterans Annual Scholarship. Please review qualifications below and contact the Ashley Crane, VA Coordinator, for further information. • Category A: Uniformed U.S Military service members on active duty, Inactive Reserves, or "Honorably" discharged from the U.S armed forces who are residents of Auburn, Alabama. • Category B: Dependents of those in Category A who are graduates of a high school in Lee County, Alabama.

FINANCIAL AID SHOPPING SHEET
Southern Union State Community College has agreed to comply with the principles of Executive Order 13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members (E.O. 13607), of their commitment to use the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet (Shopping Sheet) to provide each of their prospective veteran and service member students with a personalized form that contains standardized information describing the cost of the educational program and the amount of that cost that may be covered by available Federal educational benefits and financial aid. Please log onto mySUSCC to view a personalized Shopping Sheet.

 

CONTACT INFORAMTION

SUSCC VA Coordinator
Vanessa Darden
1701 Lafayette Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801
W: 334-745-6437 extension 5312
F:  334-742-9418
vdarden@suscc.edu

Montgomery Regional Office
1-800-827-1000

Muskogee Regional Office
PO Box 8888
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402-8888
1-888-442-4551

VA Website
http://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/

US Department of Veterans Affairs
www.va.gov