Parent's Guide to Military Benefits

Welcome to Jacksonville State University, we are very excited to have you join our Gamecock family. We know this can be a scary and confusing time for you, we are here to make your transition to JSU as easy as possible.

We developed this brochure to inform you about potential Military Benefits that you could be eligible for and to explain how our certification process works. We highly encourage that you to check out our Benefits FAQ that will answer most of your common questions. Our staff is here to assist you and your spouse or child as they start their academic careers at JSU.

State Benefits

Alabama G.I. Dependents’ Scholarship Program (FAFSA Required)

The Alabama G.I. Dependents’ Scholarship Program is available to dependents of disabled veterans. This program helps with the cost of tuition and books. The Veteran must have entered the service in Alabama and be at least 40% disabled through the VA. For more information, visit the Alabama G.I. Dependents’ Scholarship Program website.

Alabama National Guard Education Assistance Program (FAFSA Required)

ANGEAP is a program established by the State of Alabama to assist the members of the Alabama National Guard with the cost of their education. Each year the state establishes a maximum dollar amount the eligible student may receive in tuition and fees. To receive ANGEAP the student must submit an application for the current year to Military & Post-Traditional Student Services for each semester enrolled.

Federal Benefits

Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves)

Students who are part of the Air Force/Army National Guard or the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy Reserve components may qualify for this benefit. Chapter 1606 benefits are a monthly stipend paid directly to the student. For more information, visit the for Chapter 1606 website.

Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness and Employment)

This benefit is only for students who are disabled veterans. Once the veteran applies for Chapter 31, a case manager will help the veteran navigate the entire process. Benefits for Chapter 31 includes all tuition and applicable fees, a housing allowance, books, and supplies. For more information, visit the for Chapter 31 website.

Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) for Service Member and Chapter 33 Transfer of Entitlement

Chapter 33 benefits could have been earned by serving time on Active Duty or the benefits could have been transferred to the veteran’s dependent. Chapter 33 benefits include tuition and applicable fees, a book stipend, and housing allowance. Tuition and fees are paid directly to the school. The book stipend and the monthly housing allowance (MHA) is paid directly to the student’s designated bank account. The total amount of time in active military service determines the percentage that will be covered by the benefit. The percentage will be between 50 and 100. For more information, visit the Chapter 33 website.

Chapter 35 (Dependents’ Educational Assistance)

The dependent of a veteran who has a service-connected permanent and total disability (100%) or died as a result of service-connected disability may be eligible for these benefits. Chapter 35 benefits include a monthly stipend paid directly to the student. For more information, visit the Chapter 35 website.

Current Rate of All Benefits

For more information, please visit the VA's Rate Tables - Education and Training website

How to Apply for Benefits and Required Documents

Federal Benefits

State Benefits

  • New Students - You must apply for the Alabama G.I. Dependent’s Scholarship Program in person by going to the closest State VA office. To find that closest location, visit the Find Your Veterans Service Office website. You must apply for ANGEAP by completing the appropriate ANGEAP application every semester that you want to use this benefit and you must upload that to the Military and Post Traditional website.
  • Transferring Students - You must fill out the top (through Section II) of the Request for Supplemental Certificate form, sign and date it, and then send it to the official at your previous school.

*All new students are on-boarded digitally, if you have questions about what is required, check out service member benefits or dependent benefits, call 256-782-8838, or email us at

Other Important Details

Enrollment Certification

Once we have the complete VA file of the student then we can process the benefit. We certify benefits in the order received as long as we have all of the required documents to certify enrollments. For all benefits, if the student drops a course after the enrollment has been certified, it could result in a debt with the VA. The VA will notify the student of any debt. If payment arrangements are not made in a timely manner, then monthly stipends could be affected.

Satisfactory Academic Progress:

Students using either the Alabama GI Dependent scholarship or ANGEAP must apply for their FAFSA every year and be eligible to receive federal aid in order to use these benefits. If you are unable to receive federal aid, you will not be able to use these benefits.

Verification Of Attendance:

A monthly attendance verification is required by any student receiving benefits under Chapter 30, 1606, or Chapter 33 STEM scholarship recipients. Student can use either the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR- 1-877-823-2378).

Discussing Va Benefits:

We cannot discuss specifics of a student’s VA benefits with any person other than the student. However, the student can identify a third party whom we can discuss their benefits with by using a Proxy form.

Important Contact Information

Federal VA Benefits: 1-888-442-4551
State VA Benefits: (334) 242-5077

Military & Post-Traditional Student Services:
Phone: (256)782-8838

Financial Aid Office:
Phone: (256)782-5006

Student Accounts:
Phone: (256) 782-5458

You can also join our JSU Military Parents Facebook Group