You can get these education benefits if you meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001.
- Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001 and were honorably discharged after any amount of service.
- Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability.
- Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying veteran or service member.
What benefits can I get through the Post - 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)?
You can receive up to 36 months of benefits, including:
- Tuition and fees.
- Money for housing (if you’re in school more than half time).
- Money for books and supplies.
- Money to help you move from a rural area to go to school.
You may be able to get benefits under the Fry Scholarship if you’re the child or surviving spouse of an active-duty service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
VA's Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.
Eligible individuals are Veterans’ and Service members’ dependents, spouses and surviving spouses who have been found eligible by the Regional Processing Office (RPO) because of one of the following:
- The veteran’s death was caused by the service-connected disability.
- The Veteran is rated for total and permanent service-connected disability.
- The service member is Missing in Action (MIA).
- The service member is captured in the line of duty.
- The service member is forcibly detained for longer than 90 days.
- The service member who the VA determines has a service-connected permanent and total disability that will result in a discharge from military service.
- Participants include a dependent child between the ages of 14 to 31 and a spouse, or surviving spouse, who qualifies for the benefit.
- Education and career counseling.
- Special assistance.
- Special Restorative Training (SRT).
- Specialized Vocational Training (SVT).
As part of the application process, your previous training, education, and experience will be evaluated for credit towards your degree. Credits will be evaluated on a case by case by basis. Linguists, with documentation, will have their language requirement waived.
The Veteran and Military Student Success Center
Veteran Transition Success Advocates
Another huge advantage to coming into the Veteran and Military Student Success Center are the Veteran Transition Success Advocates. Made up of a dynamic duo of psychology graduate students, the VTSAs work to help veteran students transition into civilian and college life. Whether it be from the stress of the work load, concerns with career planning, or if you just need someone to talk to, they’re here for you.
The Veteran Transition Success Advocates (VTSAs) are Clinical Psychology graduate students from USC Aiken who serve the VMSS by working to assist veteran students through their various hurdles in their transition into civilian and college life. The VTSAs work in conjunction with Robert Murphy, the Director of VMSS, and Jessica Molidor, the Program Coordinator, to ensure that the needs of all veterans, service members, and family members are being met.
At the beginning of each semester, the VTSAs meet individually with each incoming veteran student to speak to them about their service experience, transition into higher education, level of support during schooling, and their plan for academic success. The VTSAs also regularly meet with veterans and family members throughout the semester to discuss any areas of distress that they may be experiencing, including the following topics:
- Time Management
- Stress Management
- Goal Setting
- Study Habits
- Healthy Communication
- Coping Skills
Further, the VTSAs work in conjunction with the USC Aiken Psychology Clinic to ensure that any veteran or military family member who may benefit from additional behavioral health services are connected to appropriate resources.
As part of the application process, your previous training, education, and experience will be evaluated for credit towards your degree.
Credits will be evaluated on a case by case by basis and linguists, with documentation, will have their language requirement waived.
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The mission of the Office of Veteran and Military Student Success (VMSS) is to champion veterans, Service Members, and the family members of our country’s Armed Forces in their educational pursuits as they transition from their military service through the university, and on to becoming vital community members. It is our desire to provide nationally recognized education and holistic transition support that will deliver to the local, national, and global workforce, a generation of military veterans who are solid thinkers and leaders.
Our vision is to best position veteran and military students to achieve their educational, career, and life goals.