FAQ


When should I expect my housing allowance?

All payments from the VA are paid in the arrears. Meaning that you will not receive your housing allowance for the month of January until February. If you are at the beginning or ending of the semester your housing allowance may be prorated for a partial month. You should always contact the GI Bill® Education Hotline if you have questions on payments dates and amounts. 1-888-442-4551

How do I drop or withdraw from a course and how will it affect my VA education benefits?

Typically, a student is able to drop or withdraw from a course using their FSW student portal or through the registrar's office. A student should always consult with the VA certifying official before doing so to learn about repercussions and the debt the student may incur due to the drop or withdraw.

What VA Education benefits are available at Florida SouthWestern State College?

You may use Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®), Chapter 30(Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment), Chapter 35 (Dependents Educational Assistance), or Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve) education benefits. See www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.

As a Veteran, how do I obtain help preparing for College?

You should contact the FSW Admissions office on how to prepare for your college admission and attendance. Visit the FSW Admissions office for locations and times.

What happens when a portion of my tuition and fees is already met through state or institutional waivers?

The VA is considered the last method of payment meaning if you are awarded a scholarship or any other aid that is specific to tuition and fees only the amount reported to the VA will be the balance owed after the aid has been applied when using the Post 9/11 GI Bill ®. This is also to include employee tuition scholarships or waivers.

Example:
Tuition and fees is 1000. The scholarship for tuition and fees only is 500$. The amount reported to the VA will be 500.
$1000 (Tuition and Fees)
-$500 (Scholarship/aid that is for tuition and fees only)
$500 (Amount reported to the VA)

How do I apply for VA benefits?

You must apply for all chapters of VA education benefits at https://www.vets.gov/education/apply. It can take the VA 30 days to process your education benefit application. After you receive your Certificate of Eligibility you will need to provide FSW with a copy, then request that your enrollment at FSW be certified to the VA by submitting a Veteran’s Deferment Form. VA benefits cannot be processed without this request. The Veteran Deferment is done through your Student portal under the home tab at the bottom of the page under “additional links”.

What is VA Vocational Rehabilitation?

VA Vocational Rehabilitation serves students with service-connected disabilities who need to change job fields in order to accommodate their disability. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for tuition, books, supplies, and other items necessary for attendance at FSW to achieve this. The Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed to assist veterans toward a goal in finding suitable employment. More information is available here: VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

How does Deferment of Tuition work?

Per Florida Statute 1009.27: “Any veteran or other eligible student who receives benefits under chapter 30, chapter 31, chapter 32, chapter 33, chapter 34, or chapter 35 of Title 38, U.S.C., or chapter 106 of Title 10, U.S.C., is entitled to one deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay in the receipt of benefits.” Veteran deferments are processed by Florida SouthWestern State College, Office of Veteran Affairs. Click here for more info. It is important to note that a deferment is not a method of payment but allows us to extend the tuition due date giving the VA or student an extended amount of time to send payment. The student is responsible for payment in the event that the VA does not pay.

How do I change my enrollment status and attendance?

All changes in student’s enrollment/classes need to be sent to the FSW Veterans Affairs Office immediately. Students can notify the VA office of withdrawal by submitting a new deferment form on the student portal.

Such changes can result in incorrect payments from the VA and result in the student owing money back to the VA. Withdrawals and grades of "W" are retroactive to the beginning of the term, and the VA does not pay for courses in which the student receives a grade of "W."

What is FSW transfer requirements?

A transfer student must have transcripts from previous colleges forwarded to Florida SouthWestern State College prior to transferring, this includes Military Transcripts. The Veterans Administration (VA) must give credit for all previous credits earned. The VA requires that we evaluate all transcripts, including the Joint Service Transcripts, within the first two semesters. Failure to have the certification finalized will delay the veteran's benefit check(s). Please contact the VA specialist for any additional documents.

I have used my VA education benefits at another institution, how do I transfer them to FSW?

To change from one school or training program to another, individuals receiving benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, MGIB-AD, MGIB-SR, VEAP, or REAP* will need to submit a VA Form 22-1995 "Request for Change of Program or Place of Training" to the Regional Processing Office serving your state.

Individuals receiving benefits under the Dependents Educational Assistance Program will need to submit VA Form 22-5495.

A you can submit the paper copy to FSW to hold in your record or submit it online through your eBenefits account or vets.gov website.

FSW veteran affair’s specialist will need the confirmation number associated with the online form submission.

What are the VA approved programs at FSW?

Currently, all programs and certificates offered by FSW are VA approved.

What must a VA student to receive VA education benefits?

The student must be working toward an approved degree or certification program in order to receive VA benefits. Once the Veteran’s Deferment form is received, Academic Advising will review the student's schedule to ensure all classes the student plans to take are required for their chosen degree. This will avoid the possibility of overpayment for classes not required.

Students will not be paid for courses repeated to earn a higher grade, unless the student received a grade that is not considered “passing”.

What is the National Guard Fee Exemption?

Recommended National Guard enlistees may be eligible to receive a fee exemption for a percentage of their tuition costs. Students should contact the National Guard Education Officer for more information. Eligibility for the exemption must be processed by the Cashier's Office.

What are the Standards of Academic Progress for VA benefits recipients?

Veterans must maintain at least a "C” (2.0) grade point average to remain in good standing. If the veteran does not have a 2.0 or higher after attempting 12 credit hours, the student will be placed on academic warning. After attempting 24 credit hours, if the veteran still has less than a 2.0 GPA, the veteran's benefits will be terminated by the FSW VA office.