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Veterans Benefits

How do I apply?

Students who are eligible for tuition assistance and are interested in applying for these benefits should contact the VA directly. You can find information about applying for tuition assistance on the VA website.  All applications for veterans benefits are submitted online.

How much money can I receive?

The amount of tuition and other assistance available to veterans varies depending on which benefit chapter the veteran (or his or her dependent) is eligible. Current payment rate tables are available on the VA website or check out the VA’s estimated benefits calculator.

What do I do once my application is processed by the VA?

Once your application has been approved by the VA, you will receive a “Certificate of Eligibility.” Send a copy of your certificate (fax, email, or in person all work) to Enrollment Services.  The eligibility certificate must be on file before an enrollment certification can be submitted to the VA for a specific term.

How does Furman certify my enrollment?

Once the Certificate of Eligibility is on file with us, we have everything we need from the student to begin certifying enrollment with the VA. Every term a student is eligible for benefits, we will submit student enrollment information via the VA-Once online tool for him or her.  This includes certifying the number of credits a student has registered and the “net tuition” for the term. Net tuition, for VA purposes, is a calculation of tuition for a term after any tuition-specific scholarships have been removed.  Tuition and students fees are combined for this calculation. Any changes in enrollment status, including change of major, for a student receiving VA benefits should be reported to Enrollment Services immediately.

How are VA payments made?

Benefit payments are made directly to Furman from the VA (Chapter 33) or directly to the student (Chapters 35 and 1606).  Depending on the benefit for which a student is eligible, the VA may also make payments for room and board or book costs. Non-tuition payments, such as housing allowances and living stipends, will always be made to the student directly. For more information about benefit eligibility, please feel free to visit the VA website or contact them by phone at 1-888-442-4551.

The Yellow Ribbon program

The Yellow Ribbon program is designed as a way to bridge the difference between what the VA pays in total tuition assistance and the cost of Furman. As a Yellow Ribbon school, Furman and the VA split the difference between the total cost of Furman’s tuition and the tuition benefit cap in place at the time. Reference the VA website for updated tuition caps.

You must be eligible for 100% of the Post 9/11 Chapter 33 tuition benefit through the VA to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.  Students participating in the Yellow Ribbon program can take advantage of the added benefit until they graduate, withdraw, take an administrative leave from Furman, or complete their eligibility time period to receive the benefit described in the Certificate of Eligibility.

Tuition Assistance for Active Duty Military Personnel

Funds are also available as tuition assistance (TA) for students currently on active duty.  The amounts and procedures for applying for these benefits can differ depending on the branch of the military in which you are serving.  Find out more about this benefit at military.com.

The Department of Defense can provide more information specific to Furman University and active duty tuition assistance as well.

Have more questions?

If you have any questions about which benefit you are eligible for, or how these benefits can be applied to school tuition and fees, please contact the VA by phone 1-888-442-4551 or build your own user account on the VA website.

If you have any questions about your Furman enrollment certification, contact Enrollment Services or by phone at (864) 294-2030.  We’re always glad to help!