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Veterans Information

Many areas of assistance are available, but to be able to find exactly what that might be can be difficult. A few of the programs available are shown below for you to review. This information provides contact information as well as web sites should you have any questions on qualifications or applications for the programs.

The Enrollment Services Center is located in Parker Hall, University of West Georgia, completes enrollment certification for students enrolling under any of the Veterans Affairs educational assistance programs. Some veteran benefits are available to qualified veterans and children of deceased veterans.

Waiver of Fees
The Waiver of Mandatory Fees are for U.S. Military Reserve and Georgia National Guard Combat Veterans who are Georgia residents and served in a combat zone on or after September 11, 2001 and:

All mandatory fees charged by University Systems of Georgia institutions will be included. The waiver will not apply to housing, food service, any other elective fee, special fees or other user fees and charges (e.g., application fees).

Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (MGIB)
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This education benefit may be used for certificate and degree programs here at UWG. Deficiency, remedial and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Benefits are payable for up to 10 years following the release from active duty. This program is known as Chapter 30. For additional information, go to http://www.gibill.va.gov/ or contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to soldiers who are members of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, the Air National Guard and the Army national Guard. This educational benefit can be used for degree and certificate programs here at UWG. Deficiency, remedial and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. This program is known as Chapter 1606. For additional information go to http://www.gibill.va.gov/ or contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VocRehab)
Soldiers are entitled to vocational rehabilitation services and benefits if they meet all of the following conditions:

1. The soldier has a compensable disability as a result of active service during or after WWII;
2. The soldier has been or will be released, discharged, or retired from service under honorable conditions;
3. The Veterans Administration determines that the soldier needs rehabilitation services because the soldier has an employment handicap,
4. The soldier's period of eligibility has not expired.

Even if a soldier does not meet the criteria above, the soldier may still be eligible under certain circumstances to receive services to assist them to find and adjust to employment. This program is known as Chapter 31.

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
The DEA program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are totally and permanently disabled due to a service-related condition. This educational program offers up to 45 months of educational benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs here at UWG. Deficiency, remedial and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. This program is commonly known as Chapter 35. For additional information go to http://www.gibill.va.gov/ or contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Tuition Assistance Program
The Tuition Assistance Program (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty educational programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. All Active Duty Soldiers (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) are authorized to participate in the TA program through the GoArmyEd portal (subject to qualifying criteria). This includes members of the Active Guard Reserve, as well as Reserve Component Soldiers who are activated under U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32.

TA is available to all Army components. However, TA is funded separately for the Regular Army, the Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard. Each of these components has it's own procedures for obtaining TA. Activated Reserve Component Soldiers and the Active Guard Reserve receive TA and other educational support from Regular Army (Active Duty) resources and should use the GoArmyEd portal to access TA. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers in drilling status do not access TA through the GoArmyEd portal and should refer to the following Web sites for information on obtaining TA:

Active and Reserve Soldiers TA Portal site is: http://www.goarmyed.com/

Non-Army service members must obtain TA through their own Service. This policy has been mutually agreed upon by all Services.

Veterans Upward Bound Program
Veterans Upward Bound is a free U.S. Department of Education program designed to help veterans refresh academic skills and give confidence to successfully complete choices of college degrees. For additional information, contact the U.S. Department of Education at http://www.ed.gov/.

Licensing and Certification Test Reimbursement
You may receive reimbursement for approved licensing and certification tests if you qualify for:

1. Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), or
2. Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves (MGIB-SR) (Pulic Law 109-163 enacted January 6, 2006), or
3. Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) (Pulic Law 109-163 enacted January 6, 2006), or
4. Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

Approved Tests are:

To find other tests that are approved, or for additional information on how to apply for reimbursement, visit the VA website at http://www.GIBILL.va.gov/Education/LCweb/search.asp or call the VA at 1-888-442-4551.

Georgia's HERO Scholarship
www.gacollege411.org
The HERO Scholarship was created to recognize and reward the service of veterans in the Georgia National Guard and the U.S. Military Reserves who have served in a combat zone. Children and surviving spouses are also eligible to receive the scholarship. Recipients may receive up to $2,000 per award year, and the maximum of $8,000 for a total of four award years from any of the following categories:

Eligibility Requirements
Scholarship recipients must meet all of the specific requirements for one of the four following categories of students and the general student eligibility requirements.

Category A

1. Student must be a soldier in the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Reserves
2. Completed 181 consecutive days of active duty on or after May 3, 2005 in a combat zone.

Category B

1. Student must be the biological child, adoptive child, or legal ward of veteran
2. Veteran has completed 181 consecutive days of active duty on or after May 3, 2005 in a combat zone
3. Student must be 25 or younger during the tour in the combat zone
4. Child must have been born before their parent's combat tour or within 9 months of the start of the tour.

Category C

1. Student must be the biological child, adoptive child, or legal ward of veteran who was killed or received 100 percent disability from combat injuries in a combat zone
2. Student must be 25 or younger during the tour in the combat zone
3. Parent must have been deployed overseas, on or after May 3, 2005 in a combat zone
4. There are no minimum days required for Category C.

Category D

1. Be a surviving spouse of a veteran of the Georgia National Guard or U.S. Reserves who was killed in a combat zone or died from combat injuries received in a combat zone
2. The soldier must have been deployed overseas on or after May 3, 2005 in a combat zone
3. The surviving spouse must file an application for the initial Georgia HERO scholarship prio to July 1, 2009 or no later than 2 calendar years following the death of the veteran, whichever is later
4. No award can be issued later than 6 calendar years after the initial award was issued.

For more information about the HERO Scholarship, including full program regulations and to download an application, please visit the GACollege411.org website. click on the HERO link in the "For Students" section near the center of the homepage.

Georgia National Guard Service Cancelable Educational Loan Program
The Georgia National Guard Service Cancelable Loan Program is funded by the State Legislature and is administered by the Georgia Student Finance Authority. The program was created to provide financial assistance toward the cost of attendance at a Georgia public or private college, technical college or university located in the state. The program is for eligible members of the Georgia National Guard. The funds can be repaid through service cancellation.

Award
Service Loans are available each academic year. This loan will cover resident tuition for all courses for which resident tuition is charged. Other non-repayable aid that covers resident tuition will be subtracted from the resident tuition and the Georgia National Guard award will cover the remaining resident tuition owed. Payment of all fees, special course fees, student activity and facility fees, assessment fees and others are the responsibility of the student. The maximum a student can receive per semester for 2007-2008 is $2,248 and per quarter is $1,434. The interest rate is 8%.

Eligibility Requirements
The student must be:

1. A legal resident of Georgia and in good military standing in the Georgia National Guard
2. Enrolled at least half-time in college seeking an undergraduate degree
3. Have not received a baccalaureate degree
4. Not owe a refund on any Title IV program
5. Attending an eligible college, university, or technical college within the State of Georgia
6. Maintain satisfactory academic progress as required by Title IV
7. Not be in default on a title IV or State of Georgia educational loan
8. Enrolled at least half-time as determined by the institution
9. Not be receiving loan assistance for more than five academic years of study and not be an Audit or transiet student

For more information about this service cancelable loan, including full program regulations and to download an application, please visit the GACollege411.org website or call the Georgia Student Finance Authority at 1-800-776-4732 or in Atlanta at 770-724-9000.

Military Scholarship Information
Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship
http://www.horatioalger.com/

General Emmett Paige Scholarship
http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/

CSM Robert W. Elkey Award
http://www.armyengineer.com/Scholarships.htm

Vice Adm. Jerry O. Tuttle (Ret.) and Mrs. Barbara A. Tuttle
http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/

Veterans of Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom Scholarship
http://www.afcea.org/education/scholarships/undergraduate/veteran.asp

Veterans Education Fund
http://www.veteransfund.org/veteran_scholarships.php

Henry J. Reilly Memorial Scholarship for College Attendees
http://www.roa.org/

Joseph P. and Helen T. Cribbins Scholarship
http://www.ausa.org/

Women Marines Association Scholarship Program
http://www.womenmarines.org/scholarships.php

Women's Overseas Service League Scholarships for Women
http://www.wosl.org/scholarships.htm

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
http://www.marine-scholars.org/

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program
http://www.thanksusa.org/

Georgia HERO Scholarship Program
http://www.gacollege411.org/

Wounded Warrior Scholarship
http://www.sentinelsoffreedom.org/

Army National Guard Scholarships
http://www.grantham.edu/educatetheguard/

NAVUBPP Scholarship
http://www.navub.org/scholarship_info/instructions06.htm

SEE ALSO http://www.westga.edu/~finaid/military_scholarships.html