Programs for Veterans of Military Service

Arcadia University is committed to making a private, post-secondary education affordable for all active military and veterans.   On April 27, 2012, President Obama signed Executive Order 13607: Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses and Other Family Members. These principles were developed to strengthen oversight, enforcement, and accountability of education programs, and to ensure our service members, Veterans, and their families have the information they need to make informed decisions concerning their well-earned educational benefits.  Arcadia University is committed to making a good-faith effort to adhere to these ascribed standards.

Certification for Veterans Educational Benefit Programs

Bill Elnick, Registrar, is the Certifying VA Official for Arcadia University, elnickb@arcadia.edu, 215-572-2100.  While we encourage active military and veterans attending Arcadia University to contact us by phone or email with any questions pertaining to the processing of VA educational benefits while attending Arcadia University, specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA.  Arcadia University does not determine a veteran's eligibility for benefits. We will assist in the completion of applications and communication of veteran student enrollment to the VA for the purposes of certification and receipt of benefits. For more information regarding individual eligibility for any of the educational benefits listed below, please contact the Department of Veteran Affairs Regional Processing Center at 1-800-827-1000 or visit the VA website at www.gibill.va.gov.  

Veteran's Educational Benefit Programs

Chapter 33: Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under this Chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:

  • For those attending a private school, maximum payment toward tuition & fees is $18,077.50 for the 2012-13 academic year (8/1/2012-7/31/2013) and $19,198.31 for the 2013-14 academic year (8/1/2013-7/31/2014). More Information. If an individual's NET tuition and fees (net tuition and fees=tuition and fees due after institutional aid has been deducted) exceed this maximum amount, additional funding may be available for eligible students through a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill called the Yellow Ribbon Program. (see below)
  • Students attending a private Institution of Higher Learning in AZ, MI, NH, NY, PA, SC or TX may be eligible for a higher tuition reimbursement rate. More Information.
  • For those attending classes at the greater than ½ time rate (6 or more credits/semester at Arcadia University), a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents ($673.44 for the 2011 academic year & $684.00 for the 2012 academic year). The academic year begins on August 1. (Active duty students & their spouses cannot receive the MHA.) 
  • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.

*This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. 

Transfer of Benefits to Dependents

If you are a member of the Armed Forces on August 1, 2009 and are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Department of Defense (DoD) may offer you the opportunity to transfer benefits to your spouse or dependent children. Commissioned officers of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are eligible for the transferability option effective August 1, 2011.   

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Post- 9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. To assist students whose tuition and fees exceed that amount because they are enrolled as non-residents and/or in graduate programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has an additional provision called the Yellow Ribbon Program. Under this voluntary program, institutions can enter into an agreement with the VA to help fund the additional expenses for eligible students. For a student at full (100%) Yellow Ribbon benefit level, the VA will pay up to $19,198.31 for the 2013-14 academic year (8/1/13-7/31/14) toward net tuition and fees (net tuition and fees=tuition and fees minus institutional aid already awarded).  Any remaining amount will be split, 50/50, between the University and the VA.  Example=If tuition and fees for the year=$36,810 and the student received a $4,000 Arcadia merit scholarship, $36,810-$4,000 merit scholarship=$32,810 net tuition and fees - $19,198.31=$13,611.69.  This amount will be split between the University and the VA, so the VA will cover $6,805.85 and Arcadia will cover $6,805.85.  The combined amounts may not exceed the full cost of the institution's charged tuition and fees for the VA approved programs.  Arcadia University is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Arcadia University grants and/or merit scholarships do count toward the institution's match.  Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible (child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate).  Individuals may be eligible if:  they served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months; or they were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and they served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; or they are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above. More Information.

Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill-Active Duty

The G.I. Bill may be the most common VA education program. There are four eligibility categories, with the most common being those individuals who 1) entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and 2) contributed $100.00 a month for 12 months and have an honorable discharge. More Information.

Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

The program is for: 1) Dependents or spouses of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled as the result of a service connected disability or died while evaluated as having a total and permanent disability, or 2) Dependents or spouse of a person who is listed as a POW or MIA. More Information.

Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill- Selected Reserve

This program is for active members of components of the Selected Reserve and National Guard. Eligible participants require: 1) Enlistment or reenlistment in the selected reserve with an obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years following enlistment on or after July 1, 1985, 2) Completion of secondary school diploma requirements, or 3) Completion of IDAT (initial date active training). More Information.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. More Information.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

To qualify for this benefit the service member must have a service-connected disability. For more information regarding this benefit and the application process, contact the Department of Veteran Affairs at 1-800-827-1000 or visit www.va.gov.

Additional Contributions & Kickers

A kicker is part of an enlistment contract, often referred to as the Army College Fund. The kicker is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. Service members also have the opportunity to pay additional contribution amounts that are generally matched 9 to 1 and added to the monthly benefit in even disbursements. The VA should automatically pay the higher benefit rate as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing their claim.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is a Department of Defense program. The program is not administered or monitored by the VA. Tuition Assistance rules vary by branch of service and even vary between different units within the same branch of service depending on whether the unit is active, reserve or National Guard. Questions regarding Tuition Assistance, as well as the obtaining of application forms, should be directed to the veteran student's unit Education Service Officer.  Additional information on GoArmyed, which Arcadia participates in.

The Montgomery GI Bill cannot be used in conjunction with Tuition Assistance. This rule applies to all active duty members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guards.

Next Steps:

In order to start using your VA benefits, if you are not currently enrolled or admitted, you will need to complete Arcadia University's admissions application.  The VA will not release your benefits unless you are in a degree-seeking program.  

Please follow these steps when applying for your VA benefits:

1. Contact the VA directy at 1-888-442-4551 to find out if you are eligible for benefits

2. If you are eligible for benefits, go to www.gibill.va.gov. Click on Apply for Benefits and download the paperwork that applies to you. The application process can take 6-10 weeks. When it has been completed, the VA will mail out a Certificate of Eligibility letter.

3. Once you have completed the necessary forms, mail the originals to:

Dept. of Veteran's Affairs

P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY
14240-4616

4. Email or fax copies of the form to:  Bill Elnick, Registrar, elnickb@arcadia.edu or 215-572-2126.

Academic Progress

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regulations require that all persons using any type of veteran educational assistance programs make satisfactory academic progress toward achievement of their educational objective (degree plan) as defined in the Arcadia University catalog. A student who fails to meet the minimum standards will be placed on probation or disqualification. If satisfactory academic progress has not been demonstrated, veteran educational benefits will be terminated until such progress can be demonstrated. Benefits may be resumed when the veteran student raises his/her cumulative grade point average (GPA) to the required minimum standards or demonstrates the ability to meet these standards.

Changes in Student Status

It is the veteran student's responsibility to notify Arcadia University regarding any change in enrollment, address, degree plan, enrollment at another institution, or any other change that may impact his/her veteran educational benefits. Failure to report such changes can result in an overpayment requiring debt collection action from the VA.

Credit for Prior Training/Training

Veteran students are required to request and have evaluated all prior college and university credit received prior to, during and after military service. This is to ensure that the VA does not pay for coursework twice and that students receive the most from their benefits.

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