As a Veteran friendly institution, Southwestern College accommodates the needs of Veterans and their family members. Southwestern College is a proud participant in the Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program and offers portable degree programs to assist Veterans with accelerating their careers. Veterans can utilize the various Chapters of the GI Bill to pay for tuition, and depending on the GI Bill Chapter, eligible Veterans may be able to obtain a degree with no out-of-pocket expenses.
Southwestern College also awards credit for military education and training including CCAF, JST, DANTES, and ACE-evaluated training.
The Chapter 30 GI Bill requires the servicemember to contribute $1,200.00 in order to participate in the Montgomery GI Bill. To qualify, the servicemember needs to be on active duty for a minimum of three years. Unlike other chapters of the GI Bill, the VA pays the monthly benefit or tuition amount directly to the military member.
In order to qualify of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the servicemember must have been on active duty after 9-11-2001. The percentage of eligibility is determined by the length of active duty service. Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, tuition is paid directly to the school. When using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the benefit pays the servicemember a book stipend and Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). The Post 9/11 GI Bill is also transferrable to the servicemembers dependents. When transferring the benefit the servicemember must agree to an additional service obligation.
Servicemembers who are in the Selective Reserve and have committed to a six year obligation are eligible for Chapter 1606 GI Bill benefits. Once the servicemember separates from the Selective Reserve, they are no longer eligible to receive the benefit. The VA pays the monthly benefit directly to the servicemember.
GI Bill Chapter 35 Benefits are for eligible spouses or children of servicemembers who have died or are 100% disabled from service related disabilities. The VA pays the monthly benefit directly to the family member.
GI Bill benefits may also be used by the servicemember when the tuition exceeds the Federal Tuition Assistance credit hour amount. Servicemembers are permitted to apply their GI Bill benefit to cover the difference.
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