Service Member Benefits

In order to certify your enrollment to the VA or process your state benefits we need the following paperwork from each military or veteran student attending JSU.

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Federal:

  1. Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness and Employment)
    • Tuition, books, and supplies
    • A VA Counselor decides if a veteran has an employment handicap based upon the results of the comprehensive evaluation.  Entitlement to services is established if the veteran has a 20% service-connected disability and an employment handicap.  If the disability is 10% service-connected, then a serious employment handicap must be found to establish entitlement to vocational rehabilitation services.
  2. Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill)
    • Percentage of tuition, general university fees, book stipend, and monthly housing allowance.
    • Percentage is based on time spent on active duty (Basic Training, service specific technical/job training, and annual training do not count towards this percentage)
    • Can be Guard or Reserves but have to have spent time on Active Duty (AT and AGR do not count towards this percentage)
    • This benefit can be transferred to dependents prior to the servicemember leaving active duty.
  3. Chapter 1606 - (Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserves)
    • Basic eligibility requires a 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve and satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training.
    • Chapter 1606 benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the reservist.
  4. TA (Tuition Assistance)
    • In order to apply for TA approval:
      • Prior to enrolling at JSU, speak with your Education Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within your branch of the military to ensure you are eligible for Tuition Assistance.
      • The ESO will be located in your base Education Center if you are Active Duty. If you are National Guard or Reservist, contact Military & Post-Traditional Student Services (256-782-8839 or veterans@jsu.edu) for further assistance.
      • Follow specific instructions for your military service branch regarding how to set-up your education profile/goal and request Tuition Assistance for your course(s):
      • You must submit each individual course that you want to use TA funding on for approval prior to the start of the course(s).
      • Once courses have been approved by the branch of service, the service member needs to upload the TA Authorization form on www.jsu.edu/post-trad underneath the Digital Forms section.
      • The Military & Post-Traditional Student Services office will then post your TA money directly to your student account.

State:

  1. ANGEAP (Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program)
    • This is a benefit for students currently serving in the Alabama National Guard (Army and Air Guard) that provides a generous tuition and fee scholarship.
    • To apply for this benefit, please complete the application (every semester that you want to use this benefit) and upload it digitally on www.jsu.edu/post-trad underneath the Digital Forms section.
      • You must have a completed FAFSA on file for the semester that you are using ANGEAP.
      • You must be in good standing with your unit, meaning you cannot be flagged for any reason.
    • The applications will be processed at the beginning of the semester and the funds will be applied directly to your student bill.
    • When determining eligibility for the benefit, your total tuition and fees amount will be added up.  Then, any federal benefit you may be receiving (including Federal Pell Grant) and tuition-based scholarships will be deducted from that amount.