Welcome! The Office of the Registrar assists veterans and reservists of the United States armed forces, as well as military-affiliated students, receive education benefits in compliance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.). We appreciate your service to our country and are committed to your academic success.
The New College of Florida School Certifying Official (SCO) serves as the liaison between the College and the V.A. and is responsible for transmitting certifications for your education benefits and verifying your enrollment to the V.A.
For questions about how V.A. education benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, impact student financial aid and billing, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
To apply for V.A. education benefits you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility that shows you are entitled to benefits for an approved program of study. The Certificate of Eligibility is necessary for us to certify your enrollment before you can get paid.
In some cases, discharged veterans must provide a copy of their Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD 214) in order to prove eligibility for other benefits such as those provided for in State of Florida statutes, for example.
The best way to receive a copy of your DD 214 is to register for an eBenefits account at www.ebenefits.va.gov. Once you have an account, click the “Manage Benefits” tab, and go to the Military Personnel File (DPRIS) link to request a copy of your DD 214. If you served before records were scanned into the system, try https://www.archives.gov/veterans and click the “Request Military Records Online” tab.
College Credit for Military Training
For assistance in converting military training to college credits please contact Alisa Lannon in the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at (941) 487-4230.
VA Beneficiaries Designated Point of Contact
I&R PL 116-315, Section 1018, (H), “(H) Designate an employee of the educational institution to serve as a point of contact for covered individuals and the family of such individuals needing assistance with respect to academic counseling, financial counseling, disability counseling, and other information regarding completing a course of education at such institution, including by referring such individuals and family to the appropriate persons for such counseling and information.”
Here are some other resources to help you get started:
In compliance with Section 103, Title 38 US Code 3679, of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, New College of Florida will not impose the following penalties on covered individuals* due to the delayed disbursement of funds from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
– Prevent or delay enrollment
– Assessment of late fees
– Deny access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or – require a student to borrow additional funds New College requires the following of Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 students: – provide a V.A. Certificate of Eligibility (COE);
– Submit a written request to be certified;
– Provide any additional information necessary for the College to certify enrollment properly.
This provision ends on the earlier of the following dates:
– The date on which payment from the V.A. is made to the College;
– 90 days after the date the College certified tuition and fees following receipt of the Certificate of Eligibility.
*A covered individual is defined as any student who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®)
V.A. Benefit Programs
Veterans, reservists, and dependents are separated into different categories or “chapters” that define eligibility requirements and determine benefits. Read more about the various chapters to determine which one may apply to you.
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill ® – Active Duty (MGIB) MGIB provides a maximum of 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. If you are currently serving you may be eligible after two years of continuous active duty. If you are no longer in service, you may be eligible for benefits if you have an Honorable Discharge, earned a high school diploma or GED (or earned 12 college credits in some cases), and meet the requirements of one of the four categories. The monthly benefit is based on category, the type of training taken, length of service, and the amount of money (known as “kickers”) placed into your MGIB fund by the Department of Defense.
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment This program is for veterans who have a service-connected disability and the VA has determined that training and rehabilitation are needed to overcome an employment handicap.
Chapter 32: Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) Veterans eligible for assistance under Chapter 32 must have entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 (post-Vietnam) and enrolled and contributed to VEAP before April 1, 1987.
Chapter 33: The Post-9/11 GI Bill® Among other things, this bill provides funds to expand veterans’ education benefits for those who have at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001. Benefits are available for active duty service members as well as reservists called to active duty after September 11, 2001.
New College is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. As a participant, the college will waive up to 50% of the tuition charged by the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate and the VA will match the same amount as the college.
Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) This program provides educational assistance paid to eligible dependents (spouse or children) of a veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability.
Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve This program is available to active members of the Selected Reserve, including the National Guard, and requires an obligation to serve of not less than 6 years.
- 1-888-442-4551 (National Education Call Center)
- 1-800-827-1000 for all other benefits
- visit the VA website for information
Regional Processing Center mailing address: Muskogee Regional Office P.O. Box 8888 Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For more information about education benefits offered by VA, please visit the official U.S. government website at: www.va.gov