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Veteran Affairs

Veterans’ Assistance

Veteran students and/or their dependents may qualify for Federal VA Education benefits. To determine eligibility, contact the VA Education Center at 1-888-442-4551

Application Procedures:

  1. For veterans or dependents of disabled veterans, apply online at www.ebenefits.va.gov or www.vets.gov

Enrollment Certification for Federal VA Education Benefits

  1. UWA Registrar’s Office must have all appropriate documents stating student’s eligibility for Federal VA Education benefits.
  2.  Only courses required for student’s declared major at the University of West Alabama will be certified to the VA.
  3. Repeat courses to obtain a better passing grade will not be certified to the VA.
  4. Additional electives not required for student’s declared degree plan will be certified to the VA.
  5. Minors not required as part of my program of study will not be certified to the VA.
  6. Students must attend all classes in which he/she is enrolled. Any change in enrollment (add/drop classes, major changes) will be reported to the VA.
  7. Class beginning and ending dates, as well as the number of credit hours registered, have a direct impact on the student’s monthly housing allowance (BAH).
  8. If a student wishes to not be certified for a particular semester, students will notify the Registrar via email before the beginning of term at registrar@uwa.edu.

Federal VA Education Benefits:

  • For veterans or dependents of disabled veterans, apply online at www.vets.gov or ebenefits.va.gov
    • Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®️ (MGIB-AD)
    • Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E)
    • Chapter 33: Post 9/11
    • Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance (DEA)
    • Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill®️-Select Reserve (MGIB-SR)
    • Members of the Select Reserves and National Guard who enlisted, re-enlisted or exhausted his/her enlistment period of six years after 1 July 1985 may be eligible for this program

Section 702, Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 and 2017 Amendments. 

The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fee purposes in accordance with Public Law 115-251 Sec. 301:

  • A veteran using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill ®- Active Duty Program) or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill ®), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
  • Anyone using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill ® benefits (38 U.S.C 3319) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled) other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three-year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either Chapter 30 or Chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. 3311 (b))9)) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal State of residence.)
  • Anyone using transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill ® benefits (38 U.S.C. 3319) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is service on active duty.
  • Anyone using educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E), effective for courses and terms beginning after March 1, 2019. A public institution of Higher Learning must charge the resident rate to Chapter 31 participants, as well as the other categories of individuals described above. When an institution charges these individuals more than the rate for residents, VA is required to disapprove programs of education sponsored by VA.
  • The policy shall be read to be amended as necessary to be compliant with the requirements of 38 U.S.C. 3679 © as amended.

Section 1005 of the Isakson and Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (Public Law 116-315). states that effective 1 August 2021, the requirement for covered individuals to enroll in a course at a public institution of higher learning within three years of being discharged to receive in-state tuition is removed.

For more information about Veteran's Assistance at UWA, contact:

Ms. Susan Sparkman, Registrar

The University of West Alabama

Station 55

Livingston, AL  35470