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VA Benefits

Educational benefits through the Dept. of Veterans Affairs are designed to provide eligible individuals with an opportunity for educational and career growth. They can be an incredible asset when used appropriately to assist students in obtaining their educational goals.

It is critical that you understand how to use your benefits in accordance with The Citadel, state and federal VA policies, along with administrative procedures in order to maximize their potential and minimize your out-of-pocket costs.


The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020

The Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 adds new requirements for educational institutions participating in the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These new provisions became effective June 15, 2021 and will apply to Institutions of Higher Learning and Non-College Degree institutions beginning Aug. 1, 2021. Many of the requirements are consistent with the requirements of the Principles of Excellence, currently in Executive Order 13607; however, there are requirements in addition to those embodied in the Principles of Excellence which schools must also satisfy to maintain approval for GI Bill® participation.

Schools must provide a covered individual (a student using benefits under chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, or 35 of title 38, U.S.C., or chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S.C.) with a personalized shopping sheet.

  • Estimated total cost of the course that in includes tuition and fees, books, supplies and any other additional costs, along with cost of living expenses. Additionally, students can access their personalized Federal Shopping sheet via their Lesesne Gateway Portal.
  • Amount of costs above that are covered by VA Education Benefits.
  • Other types of Federal financial aid, not administered by VA that is offered by the institution, that the individual may be qualified to receive.
  • Estimated amount of student loan debt the individual would have upon graduation
  • Information regarding graduation rates.
  • Information regarding the acceptance of transfer credits including military credits.
  • Any additional requirements including training, experience, or examination that are required to obtain a license, certification or approval for which the course of education prepares the individual. Students should check their program of study in their respective catalogs
  • Other information to facilitate comparison by the individual about aid package offered by different education institutions.

Additional Resources:

College Navigator
Offers information regarding graduation rates

College Scorecard
A consumer planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families.

GI Bill® Comparison Tool
This tool assists students with exploring their educational goals and benefit usage.

 

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