Frequently Asked Questions
A Certificate of Eligibility is a document issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) that states your eligibility to receive VA benefits.
Certificates are issued by the VA after approving a claim for benefits. To submit a claim for benefits, please use VONAPP (VA Online Application). Initial claims can be filed on a Form 22-1990.
Processing times vary based on VA workload. On average the Department of Veterans Affairs processes a Certificate of Eligibility within 4-6 weeks.
Online at www.gibill.va.gov through VONAPP (VA Online Application)
Post- 9/11 GI Bill is based on your period of service on active duty since September 10, 2001. To review the exact requirements for eligibility please review the information at www.gibill.va.gov.
Generally, veterans with 36 months of service or more on active duty who qualify for the 100% benefit rate may qualify for the scholarship. To determine eligibility, veterans must apply for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with the VA. The VA will issue a Certificate of Eligibility which lists your eligibility for Yellow Ribbon.
Effective August 1, 2011, new changes to the GI Bill will include:
- The cost of tuition and fees up to $17,500 or the appropriate rate;
- A yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 per year.
- A monthly housing allowance. The housing allowance is equal to either (1) for in-residence students, the basic allowance of housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents in the same zip code as the school, or (2) for exclusively online, half the national average. The housing allowance is not payable to individuals on active duty or pursuing training at half time or less.
For more information on eligibility, benefits, and participation in this new benefit program we encourage veterans to review the published information available at www.gibill.va.gov.
Yes, NSU is approved for veteran training under Chapter 33.
Yes, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is proud to partner with the Veterans Administration (VA) for the new Yellow Ribbon Program offered to United States Veterans. For more information, please review: www.nova.edu/financialaid/veterans/yellow_ribbon.html
All veteran students beginning or transferring to a Nova Southeastern University (NSU) program who wish to receive VA educational benefits must complete the required VA forms. To determine the correct forms and documents to use for you DVA educational benefits, download our matrix.
The fastest way to file for Veteran?s benefits is to apply online through the Veterans Online Applications (VONAPP). The VONAPP Web site is the official US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Web site, that enables veterans to apply for benefits using the internet. Veterans are entitled to receive benefits under one (or more) of the following chapters. Chapters cannot be used concurrently.
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.
Visit the GI Bill Web site for a more detailed description of Chapter 30 benefits.
This benefit is designed to assist veterans with a service-connected disability in obtaining and maintaining employment. A service-connected disability rating is required as part of the eligibility requirements. Veterans should apply for vocational rehabilitation through the County Veteran Services Office. They will receive guidance from the Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling Division of the DVA regarding application and admission requirements.
Visit the GI Bill Web site for a more detailed description of Chapter 31 benefits.
VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Visit the GI Bill Web site for a more detailed description of Chapter 32 benefits.
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Visit the GI Bill Web site for a more detailed description of Chapter 35 benefits.
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Visit the GI Bill Web site for a more detailed description of Chapter 1606 benefits.
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.
Visit the GI Bill Web site for a more detailed description of Chapter 1607 benefits.
The VA makes payment directly to the veteran by (1) direct deposit or (2) mailing a check to the mailing address on file at the VA. To establish or change your direct deposit information, click on the Direct Deposit Enrollment Form link after you have logged into WAVE. Changes and enrollments are usually processed the next business day.
Under Montgomery GI Bill (Ch 30 and 1606) and REAP: If you attend school, you must verify your enrollment each month by using the WAVE or IVR system or by calling the toll free 1-877-823-2378. Remember that you cannot be paid for a month until the month is over and you verify that you were still in attendance for that month.
Under Post-9/11 GI Bill: The VA will send the tuition and fees directly to NSU. The VA will send a book stipend (if applicable) directly to you near the beginning of the term (or once your enrollment is processed). The VA will send the housing allowance (if applicable) directly to you at the end of each month you have an enrollment.
Under Dependent and Eligible Spouse: The VA will pay the student directly via check.
According to NSU's Payment Policy, payment is due in full at the time of registration. However, the Office of the University Bursar offers veteran students a tuition deferment for eligible charges covered by the Veterans Administration (VA) and invoiced at NSU. Any additional charges not covered as part of the veteran student’s benefit package are the student's responsibility and will be considered past due 30 days after the start of the semester.
Veteran students may sign up for an NSU Payment Plan or contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for information on additional types of aid at 800-806-3680 or (954) 262-3380.
This occurs when you drop a class(es), withdraw from a class(es) or are dropped from a class(es) by the instructor. Most often, the NSU Veteran Certifying Official will receive notification, but there are occasions where this does not happen.
It is your responsibility to inform the NSU Veteran Certifying Official of the change, as well as, the DVA Regional Office.
Should it become necessary for you to withdrawal from all classes, you must contact the NSU Veteran Certifying Official before doing so. There are many concerns you should be aware of before withdrawing completely (i.e., repayment). Depending on the circumstances of the withdrawal, the NSU Veteran Certifying Official may be able to assist you in preventing a repayment.
Please note that failure to report changes constitutes fraud and is the primary cause for the delays in the delivery of your educational checks and occurrences of overpayment.
Chapter 31 Veterans should direct their initial inquiry to their local vocational rehabilitation center to inquire about eligibility.
The Tuition Assistance (TA) Authorization Form can be obtained at the service member's unit or education center. A unit approved and properly filled out TA Authorization Form must be submitted by the student at the beginning of each term to the NSU Bursar's Office at:
3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314
Phone: (954) 262-5200 or toll free (800) 541-6682 ext 25200.
Students who wish to use TATU should contact the Department of Veteran Affairs at (888) GI-Bill 1, (888) 442-4551.
Chapter 31 students are not eligible to receive the FRAG. The FRAG covers tuition and fees only. The VA's benefits for studentscover 100% of tuition, fees, books and supplies, plus a living stipend through the Chapter 31 program. As these costs are already covered by the VA, the State of Florida will not cover tuition and fees for these students. Chapter 31 students may be eligible for other types of financial aid, and should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 800-806-3680 for more information.
The NSU Veterans Benefit Office does not administer tuition or charges. Several programs at NSU offer discounts to military or veteran students under specific requirements. Each program sets its own requirements for a tuition discount. If you are interested in inquiring about a tuition discount based on military or veteran, please contact your program office.
- MYCAA Information is available online.
Once completed you should contact the NSU Bursar's Office at:
3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale-Davie, FL 33314
Phone: (954) 262-5200 or toll-free 800-541-6682 ext 25200.
- Review the NSU Veterans Benefits Web site.
- Review the GI Bill Web site.
- Contact us at (954) 262-7236 or toll free (800) 541-6682, ext. 27236.