Veterans Benefits FAQ
Answers to common questions related to veterans educational benefits and services can be found below, plus you can reach out to the Military & Veterans Service Center staff.
For veterans using the Chapter 33 Post 9/11, the VA will pay whatever percentage of tuition that you are eligible for directly to the school. The Chapter 33 book stipend and housing allowance is paid directly to the veteran. For all other chapters, you will receive a monthly check at the end of each month. Out of this monthly check you are responsible to pay for your tuition and books.
Yes. Veterans are still eligible to apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In fact, we strongly encourage that you apply in the event that you need additional financial assistance while at Eastern Florida State College. Applying for financial aid can also serve as backup for payment at the college in the odd event that your benefits are delayed.
The EFSC Collegiate Veterans Society is open to any patriotic individuals who wish to participate. Some of our goals are:
- To promote veteran awareness throughout the college and community
- To facilitate the transition from military to civilian life and create camaraderie for our veteran population
- To help the community through volunteerism and service learning
The EFSC Chapter meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 12:30 PM in the Military & Veterans Service Center, Building 11, Room 113. If you are interested in participating or joining, contact Kim Paige at 321-433-7140 or email@example.com
To learn more, visit the EFSC Collegiate Veterans Society Facebook group.
In order to be certified for VA educational benefits, the VA requires that you be pursuing an approved program of courses leading to a degree or vocational objective. Random selection of classes for VA payment is prohibited. An EFSC Veterans advisor can help you choose courses that meet the VA requirements.
Veteran or dependents of veterans using VA educational benefits for a Career and Technical Certificate (CTC) program cannot be certified for any online or hybrid courses. The VA requires all Career and Technical Certificate programs to be certified in clock hours so only in-classroom classes can be certified for VA educational benefits.
The VA will pay for developmental education classes as long as you have not previously taken and passed a higher math course, you are required to take the common placement test, and your test scores determine that you are required to take developmental courses.
If you entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or if you are a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services, you are not required to take the common placement test and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution. VA education benefits can only be certified for courses that are required for your program. If you are not required to take the placement test, you are not required to take developmental education classes. This means that we cannot certify you for developmental education courses if you fall into this situation.
If you meet the criteria for the VA to certify you for developmental courses you will need to have a prep memo filled out by a academic veterans counselor noting the developmental education preparatory classes you are required to take due to College Placement test scores. This prep memo must be signed by the academic veterans counselor and yourself. The VA does not allow us to certify veterans for online developmental preparatory classes.
In some cases the answer is Yes, except for online prep and Career and Technical certificate program classes.
Veteran or dependents of veterans using VA educational benefits for a Career and Technical certificate program cannot be certified for any online or hybrid courses. The VA requires all CTC programs to be certified in clock hours so only in-classroom classes can be certified for VA educational benefits.