The Office of Academic Records provides services to U. S. veterans, servicemembers, and their dependents in its capacity as Certifying Official. As a University that has been approved for Veteran training by the State Approving Agency in Florida, Ave Maria University is honored to assist those who have served and are serving our country. The Office of Academic Records is committed to aiding prospective and current veteran students in applying for and maintaining their VA Education Benefits. We are proud participants of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please contact the office with any questions you may have at (239) 280-2565.
The Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008
Also known as "Chapter 33," the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 is, as the VA says, "the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944." Parties interested in applying for and receiving Chapter 33 benefits must have served on active duty for at least 90 aggregate days after September 10th, 2001. There are also provisions made for individuals honorably discharged for a service-connected disability following 30 continuous days of active service following September 10th, 2001.
Eligibility information, charts comparing Chapter 33 benefits to the existing benefit programs, and a link to the VONAPP (Veterans Online Application) are all available on the GI Bill website, www.gibill.va.gov.
The VA is currently accepting applications for Chapter 33 benefits. If you are currently receiving benefits under other Chapters (30, 35, 1606, or 1607), please contact the Office of Academic Records at 239-280-2565 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the positives and negatives to making an irrevocable switch to Chapter 33.
Chapter 33 is also unique in that, for the first time in history, active-duty servicemembers can now transfer their benefit eligibility to their dependents, either spouse or children. The application to transfer benefits is handled through the Department of Defense, not the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information on transfering entitlement, please go to http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html.
The Yellow Ribbon program is a source of supplemental funding for eligible Veteran students receiving Chapter 33 benefits. The purpose of Yellow Ribbon is to allow Veteran students to attend any institution of higher education, public or private, at little to no cost to them. Beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year (the first year Chapter 33 and Yellow Ribbon benefits were made available to eligible Veteran students), Ave Maria University has been privileged to partner with the VA in offering this additional assistance to our Veterans.
Please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/YRP/YRP_List_2011.htm for a full listing of colleges and universities approved to receive Yellow Ribbon funding for the academic year.
Other Chapters of Benefits
Ave Maria University has been approved for Veteran training by the State Approving Agency (State of Florida). Veterans eligible for other benefits chapters (30, 32, 35, 1606, or 1607) are also welcome to study at Ave Maria University, where they may apply their education benefits.
Resources & Information
Department of Veterans Affairs Homepage for Education Benefits
Veterans Affairs Information Page for Post 9/11 GI Bill
Frequently Asked Questions--VA Education Benefits (You can select a specific benefit chapter using the "Search by Category" feature)
Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (W.A.V.E.) for Veterans