Veteran Educational Benefits

In order to certify your enrollment to the VA or process your state benefits we need the following paperwork from each military or veteran student attending JSU.

Federal:

  1. Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty)
    • These benefits generally apply to veterans who began active duty service for the first time after June 30, 1985, had their pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months, and received an honorable discharge.
    • Monthly stipend
    • Checklist to start Chapter 30 Benefits at JSU
  2. Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
    • Tuition, books, and supplies (Supply voucher for use at our bookstore - totaling $50 to include ink cartridges)
    • A VA Counselor decides if a veteran has an employment handicap based upon the results of the comprehensive evaluation.  Entitlement to services is established if the veteran has a 20% service-connected disability and an employment handicap.  If the disability is 10% service-connected, then a serious employment handicap must be found to establish entitlement to vocational rehabilitation services.
    • Checklist to start Chapter 31 Benefits at JSU
  3. Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill)
    • Percentage of tuition, general university fees, book stipend, and monthly housing allowance.
    • Percentage is based on time spent on active duty (Basic Training, service specific technical/job training, and annual training do not count towards this percentage)
    • Can be Guard or Reserves but have to have spent time on Active Duty (AT and AGR do not count towards this percentage)
    • This benefit can be transferred to dependents prior to the servicemember leaving active duty.
    • Checklist to start Chapter 33 Benefits at JSU
  4. Chapter 1606 - (Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves)
    • Basic eligibility requires a 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve and satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training.
    • Chapter 1606 benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the reservist.
    • Checklist to start Chapter 1606 Benefits at JSU
  5. TA (Tuition Assistance)
    • Tuition Assistance may be available through your branch of service.
    • Eligible service members need to talk with their Education Officer within their unit to start the process.
    • Once courses have been approved by the branch of service, the service member needs to bring a copy of the TA Authorization form to the Office of Veteran Services to be applied to your student account.

State:

  1. ANGEAP (Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program)
    • This is a benefit for students currently serving in the Alabama National Guard (Army and Air Guard) that provides up to $5,232 per semester.  To qualify, you must be in good standing with your guard unit, meaning you cannot be flagged for any reason (PT test, missing drills…).
    • To apply for this benefit, please complete the application (every semester that you want to use this benefit) and the other items on the ANGEAP Checklist (initial semester using the benefit) and submit those to Veteran Services.
      • You must have a completed FAFSA on file for the semester that you are applying to use ANGEAP.
      • You must submit your ANGEAP application by the published payment due dates to ensure that your classes are not dropped.
    • The applications will be verified and processed mid semester and the funds usually get sent to JSU by the end of the semester.
    • When determining eligibility for the benefit, your total tuition and fees amount will be added up.  Then, any federal benefit you may be receiving (including Federal Pell Grant) will be calculated.  If the remainder is $5,232 or more, $5,232 will be requested.  (If it is less than $5,232, that actual amount will be reported.)
    • Once the money arrives at the university, it will be applied to your student account.  It will be reviewed by the Financial Aid office to verify you were not over-awarded on loans.  If not, and there are no charges on your account, a refund will be issued to the student..