FAQ

SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION:

Q . When do I return the Veterans Educational Benefits Certification Form?

A: Every time you register for classes. Do not return this form until you have registered for classes. This form will communicate to the VA Certifying Official (VACO) at Rhodes State that you wish to be certified for VA benefits. If a form is not submitted, the VACO will not certify your registration with the VA Regional Office in St. Louis, MO. It is strongly recommended that you register for classes and complete and return the VA certification form as early as possible. Remember, as a service member or veteran at Rhodes State, you are entitled to priority registration. The sooner you register and get the form back to the VACO, the less likely you are to receive late payments.

Don’t forget:

  • Only classes required for your major will be certified by the VACO
  • If you don’t return a certification form, you will not be certified with the VA, which means you will not receive benefits
  • If you register for a course that is shorter than 15 weeks, it may affect your credit load status with the VA
  • You must attend a class throughout the entire semester in order to earn the full benefits for the class, and avoid overpayment and future check withholdings.

All students receiving VA Educational Benefits under Chapters 30, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 are required to submit the Form each term, and attend class. If you receive an “E” in any class, we will contact your instructor for verification that you completed the course. If the “E” grade was issued for non-attendance, we will notify the VA and you may have to reimburse the VA for the money received.

Q. Do I have to register with the VA each month?

A: Students using Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 are required to register themselves monthly, in addition to the Certifying Official’s certification. You can do this by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 or through the www.gibill.va.gov website.

Q. Can I get Federal Financial Aid and use VA benefits at the same time?

A: Yes. Students can apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www.fafsa.gov. This aid can be for grants, loans and/or work study opportunities. If you are using Chapter 33, you cannot have a scholarship that applies to tuition and fees only; however, all other VA benefit recipients can.

Q. How can I meet other veterans and service members on campus?

A: Rhodes State College has a registered Veteran Student Organization (VSO). All service members, veterans and other interested parties are invited to participate. Call 419-995-8479 or stop in Public Service Room 221 for additional details.

Q. What if I am a Transfer student (if you have previously attended another higher educational institution)?

A: Submit a Change of Program or Place of Training Form and DD214 or Notice of Basic Eligibility to
the Rhodes State VACO

 

Current or Former Military?

Q: Am I eligible to receive educational funding through the Montgomery GI Bill?

A: If one of the following three seem to match your situation, then you may be!

I have served on Active Duty

Chapter 30 - Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and commissioned officers of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and Public Health Service

  • I enlisted or entered active duty for the first time on or after July 1, 1985
  • I have served at least 2 consecutive years of active duty in the US military
  • I paid in the required $100 for 12 months during my tour
  • I was honorably discharged less than 10 years ago

Chapter 31 - Rehabilitation for Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities

  • I received, or will receive, a discharge other than dishonorable
  • I incurred or aggravated a service-connected disability on or after September 16, 1940, which entitles me to VA disability income

If you answered yes to all requirements within a category, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill. You may visit the official website of the Department of Veterans Affairs at www.gibill.va.gov or contact the Veterans Affairs Representative at 419-995-8310 for more information or to apply to use VA educational benefits.

I am serving in the Selected Reserves

Chapter 1606 - Selected Reservists

  • I enlisted, re-enlisted, or extended an enlistment in the Selected Reserve for a period of not less than six years on or after July 1, 1985
  • I have received a secondary school diploma or equivalent before completing Initial Active Duty Training (IADT), or before completing a reenlistment or extended enlistment
  • I have completed IADT
  • I am satisfactorily participating in required training for Selected Reserve.

If you answered yes to all requirements, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill. You may visit the official website of the Department of Veterans Affairs at www.gibill.va.gov or contact the Veterans Affairs Representative at 419-995-8310 for more information or to apply to use VA educational benefits.

My spouse or parent is or was a veteran

Chapter 35 - Child of a veteran

  • I am at least 18 years old, or if under 18, have completed secondary school or its equivalent, and am less than 31 years old
  • My parent has either:
  • permanent and total service-connected disability
  • died as the result of a service-connected disability
  • died while totally and permanently service-connected disabled
  • died in the line of duty while a service member

Chapter 35 - Spouse of a veteran

  • My spouse has either:
  • a permanent and total service-connected disability
  • died while totally and permanently service-connected disabled
  • died in the line of duty while a service member

If you answered yes to all requirements within a category, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill. You may visit the official website of the Department of Veterans Affairs at www.gibill.va.gov or contact the Veterans Affairs Representative at (419) 995-8310 for more information or to apply to use VA educational benefits.