Veteran Services

ASU-Beebe takes great pride in supporting our troops and we are extremely proud to have active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and military retirees as students, faculty, and staff on all of our campus locations. It is our privilege to assist veterans in taking advantage of the numerous educational opportunities available through the GI Bill and other programs. Regardless of whether you are a new student, a returning student, or transferring to our campus from another institution, we are here to help you find the resources you need to make the most out of your time at ASUB.

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Michele Mailhiot

VA Representative/Student Success
Advanced Technology/Allied Health, Room 111

 VA Certification Request

"Please complete the VA Certification Request each semester after you are fairly certain that your selection of classes is final."

 

How to apply for your benefits:

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.

Complete VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Benefits) on www.vets.gov - print the confirmation page at the end of your application.

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The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Complete VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Benefits) on www.vets.gov - print the confirmation page at the end of your application.

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The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® allows Service members to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children while still on active duty status.

Official DoD Website for Information on Transferability https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/

Complete VA Form 22-1990e on www.vets.gov  (Application for Family Member to Use Transferred Benefits), after DoD has approved Post 9/11 transfer benefits to your family member. Print the confirmation page at the end of your application.

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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.

Complete VA Form 22-5490 (Dependents’ Application for VA Benefits) on www.vets.gov - print the confirmation page at the end of your application.

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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.

Complete VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Benefits) on www.vets.gov - print the confirmation page at the end of your application.

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A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor(VRC) works with the Veteran to complete a determination if an employment handicap exists. An employment handicap exists if the Veteran's service connected disability impairs his/her ability to obtain and maintain a job.

If the service connected disability rating is less than 20%, or if the Veteran is beyond 12-years of the date they were first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating (basic period of eligibility), then a serious employment handicap must be found to establish entitlement to VR&E services.

An individualized, written outline of the services, resources and criteria that will be used to achieve employment and/or independent living goals. The plan is an agreement that is signed by the Veteran and the VRC and is updated as needed to assist the Veteran to achieve his/her goals.

A Veteran participating in the VR&E Program who qualifies for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can elect to receive the GI Bill rate of pay instead of the regular Chapter 31 subsistence allowance. In most cases, the GI Bill rate is higher than the regular Chapter 31 rate of pay. To elect the GI Bill rate, the Veteran must have remaining eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and must formally choose (or “elect”) the GI Bill rate.

Additional benefits are also available through the VR&E Program, such as full payment of all books, fees and supplies as well as other supportive services.

Complete VA Form 28-1900 (Disabled Veteran’s Application for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)  

 

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 Active Duty and National Guard members may be eligible for FTA. Veterans can receive up to $250 per semester hour for classroom and/or distance learning degree at accredited public and private institutions. All applications for Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) must be submitted online and they are due PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES. For the most current guidelines, please visit the Go Army Ed.

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The National Guard Tuition Waiver is a state funded award to assist Arkansas service members with their educational expenses. A soldier can receive up to 120 credit hours of tuition paid, up to a Bachelor degree.  For the most current guidelines, please visit the Arkansas National Guard website. The service member must complete the FAFSA, YOUniversal, and National Guard Tuition Assistance (NGTA) applications.

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The MDS Program will cover the unpaid portion of the cost (if any) of tuition and mandatory fees and a room and meal plan when provided in on-campus facilities after three (3) months of Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) or Chapter 35 benefits have been deducted from the total costs. If there is no positive balance after deduction of DEA benefits, then no benefits will be paid.

The MDS Program cannot be used to cover the cost of books, auto permit, damages or accessories to dorm room, or utility bills. The institution will be reimbursed for covered charges after verification of full-time (12 or more credit hours) enrollment each semester. Eligibility is limited to eight semesters or the achievement of a degree, whichever occurs first. The spouse will no longer be eligible if he or she remarries.

For complete information regarding the Military Dependents Scholarship Program (MDS) please go to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) website. 

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Have you applied for Federal Title IV aid or State aid?

You may qualify for assistance and it will not affect your VA benefits:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Arkansas Challenge (Lottery) Scholarship

Scholarships for Military Families

Fisher House Foundation 

U.S. Department of Education 

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What ASUB has to offer

Tuition Policy for Military Students

Military members and their dependents will be charged in-state tuition no matter what their resident circumstances (e.g., where they reside, their state of residence or whether the course is online versus in class). This will allow our military students to have as little out-of-pocket expenses as possible.

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Graduation Honor Cords

In recognition of your military service to the United States of America, Arkansas State University - Beebe honors your service and your graduation by providing red, white, and blue honor cords for you to wear as a part of your regalia during your commencement ceremony.

If you qualify for graduation and are an honorably discharged U.S. veteran or are currently serving in the U.S. military on active duty (Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserves), you are authorized to wear Military Honor Cords.

Cords may be picked up from the counselor’s office, McKay Student Center, room 202E. The cords are provided to you at no cost by ASUB Student Services.

 

How VA Educational Program benefits will pay:

Monthly benefit paid to student.

View payment rate table,
http://gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits_resources/rate_tables.html

Student is to use monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school and other education related expenses.


Veteran may be eligible for kicker if part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract.

Chapter 30 and 1606 students must verify enrollment the last day of each month they are enrolled at ASUB.
Contact the VA Regional Office on the last day of each month:

 Delay of benefits can occur if this is not done each month.

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  • Tuition and fees paid directly to school.
  • Book stipend is paid to the student @ $41.67 per credit certified (2015), up to 24 credits for the Academic year (08/01/YY-07/31/YY). The maximum stipend is $1,000 per academic year.
  • Monthly housing stipend (BHA/BAH) paid to student.

Payment amounts vary based on the following:

  • Payment eligibility rating, a range of 40% to 100%
  • Enrollment status, full-time or less, and enrolled more than 50% rate of pursuit
  • Enrolled in all on-line courses, and enrolled more than 50% rate of pursuit

Students only enrolled in distance learning courses will be eligible for a monthly housing allowance equal to 50% of the "national average" of all Basic Allowances for Housing.

If spouse is currently active duty, student is not eligible for monthly housing stipend.

View payment rate table, http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/perdiem/bah.html

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Monthly benefit paid to student.

View payment rate table, http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp

Student is to use monthly benefit to pay tuition/fees to school and other education related expenses.

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  • Tuition and fees paid directly to school.
  • Books and supplies charged through school and paid directly to school.
  • Monthly stipend to student.

View Subsistence Allowance Rate, http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/sa.htm

 

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Payments are paid at the end of the month based on the number of days in session and short months are prorated (if school is only in session thru May 5th there would be only 5 days paid in May and this is considered a short month). Payment amounts differ based on chapter, the numbers of hours enrolled, remaining months of eligibility, and other criteria. Information concerning payments for Chapter 30, 1606 or 35 students is available only through direct contact between the student and the Department of Veteran Affairs. 

Go to the "Ask Us A GI Bill© Question" located on the GI Bill© Website at https://gibill.custhelp.com or call 888-442-4551.  Note: VA student should get the name of the person they speak with at the customer service number. 

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