Chapter 33 Post 9/11 at Florida State University

Florida State University has been approved by the VA and consequently students can use their benefits or their parent’s benefits under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Our tuition and fees including our graduates, Medical School and Law School are covered up to the percentage that the parent or veteran is eligible for. This is based on the length of time the service member spent on active duty since September 11, 2001. Effective Fall 2011 and until further notice the “out-of-state” fees and many state waivers, scholarships, grants, etc. earmarked solely for tuition will be removed prior to billing the VA. FSU participates in the VA Yellow Ribbon Program. This program will be revisited each year. It is meant to cover the out-of-state fees for those eligible at 100% Post 9/11. VA will pay the school tuition and fees deemed eligible. You will be responsible for any balances not paid by the VA.

Tuition and fees includes only those associated with classes and not such things as housing, meal plans, books or supplies, etc. The new GI Bill is structured so that the student receives additional funds to cover such things. Mandatory health insurance if purchased through Florida State University is a covered “fee” and must be supported with an invoice we will access through the student’s account.

The amount the VA pays the school can be paid in spite of other financial aid not earmarked solely for tuition (Florida Pre-paid or Bright Futures for example). An ROTC scholarship must be deducted prior to billing the VA unless using the room/board option. Any overpayments of financial aid and VA are given back to the student with a refund request through Student Financial Services.

If a student makes a change to their schedule after a certification has been submitted the student is responsible for paying back the VA any funds paid to the school for tuition/fees. Keep in mind after the drop/add period has ended students do not receive a refund when they drop a course.

Books/supplies are paid to the student at a rate of $41.67 per credit hour up to 24 credit hours in the academic year. For VA purposes the academic year is August 1 to July 31.

The zip code Florida State University is located in is (32306). This includes our Panama Canal Campus. The “BAH” portion of the Post 9/11 GI Bill is equal to $1329/month for 2013-2014. This is scheduled to be revisited in January and will do so as an annual event but not implemented until the following August. It is difficult to say what that new amount may be. This is meant to aid in the housing expense or can be used in any way the student deems necessary as it is paid directly to the student. On campus housing payment arrangements must be made directly with the Housing Office (850) 644-2860.

Deferments for such things as tuition/fees, housing, books, meal plans, and insurance can be made through the Veteran and Dependent Education Benefit Department (VADEBD). This process must be completed every semester and done so by the 5th day of classes. This “deferment” will hold off responsibility for paying these charges until the end of the term, allowing time for the VA to process your claim. Keep in mind tuition/fees will be paid directly to the school by the VA however all other payments are made directly to the student. Consequently the student is responsible for paying all other charges by the deadline. If you wish financial aid to pay these other charges, only a tuition deferment is required to avoid late payment fees every semester.

Once you or your child is accepted and registered for classes at Florida State University we will complete the certification process through the Office of Veteran Affairs. In the meantime you can begin the necessary steps to either have the benefits transferred to your child or apply for yourself by following the steps listed at the VA website (NOTE – we strongly recommend completing the electronic version) http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html (for TOE) http://www.gibill.va.gov (for active duty and veteran students).

Be sure to have the following items when we meet in the future:

  1. TOE students only - A screen shot of the TEB website with the “approved status” updated indicating the student’s name you are transferring benefits to http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html
  2. A copy of the VA form 22-1990e (TOE) or 22-1990 (Veteran) and the confirmation that it was submitted to the VA (also linked as above). In lieu of items 1 and 2, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility from the VA will be acceptable.
  3. FSU Request for Benefits Form https://registrar.fsu.edu/webforms/VABenefitsRequest.cfm This form is an online process. Be sure the information is accurate before you submit. Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email to your FSU email account stating the request form has been received by our office. Please keep this email for your records.

Once we have all the documents we can move forward. Please submit the documents to us as a package after registration is complete. Any additional necessary documents (TEB, COE, VA forms) can be scan/emailed, faxed or brought to our office.

After submission of the student’s claim to the VA an email will be sent from the VA to the student’s FSU email to notify them of what was submitted.  The VA will provide you with the Certificate of Eligibility/Award Letter at a later date. We must have a copy of this once received. We can supply you with a deferment for each upcoming term as they occur. The student’s registration must be complete before this can occur. The student must also request this deferment in person each semester. This is a separate process from the Request for Benefits and not automatic. What is a deferment again? A Veteran Deferment is a method of extending the tuition payment deadline. The deferment temporarily lifts the tuition liability. This means that, for a short period of time, students are not placed in a "hold" status for unpaid tuition on their account. If, for some reason, a deferment is placed on an account and the anticipated aid does not arrive, it is the responsibility of the student to pay all accounts in full. Remember, any unpaid tuition that remains unpaid after the tuition payment deadline will incur a $100 late fee. A deferment is not a payment! Students are encouraged to check their Account Statement often in order to avoid any unexpected pitfalls that may arise around deferments.

We hope this information is helpful. Please let our office know if you have further questions.

Veteran and Dependent Educational Benefits Department

The Florida State University
Veteran and Dependent Educational Benefits Department (VADEBD)
A3900 University Center
P.O. Box 3062480
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2480
(850) 644-9562 fax (850) 644-1597
Email: veteran@admin.fsu.edu