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FIU Veterans Coin 1FIU Veterans Coin 2Welcome to the  Veteran and Military  Affairs office. This office is available to assist you in receiving your educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. We are also available to assist you in other areas to help assure your academic success. Our main goal is to provide educational benefit programs and supportive services to Veterans, Active Duty, Reservists, and eligible dependents enrolled at FIU.


All veterans need to complete an FIU admissions application. Visit Admissions for the application.

If you haven’t used your G.I. Bill you need to apply for the benefit. Apply for veterans benefits with VONAPP (Veterans on line application).

 

Am I a freshman?

You are considered a freshman if you are still a high school student or if you have not enrolled in any college courses after graduating from high school. Please provide:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (supplied by Dept. of Veteran Affairs)
  • FIU Enrollment Certification Request

 

Do I need to take the ACT or SAT?

Yes, If you are a freshman, you will need to submit an ACT or SAT test score and a final high school transcript (or GED test score)

 

Am I a transfer student?

You are considered a transfer student if you have previously enrolled in any course for college credit after graduating from high school. If you are a high school student and have earned AP credit, you are still considered a freshman.

If you are unsure as to whether you are a freshman or transfer student, please contact the Office of Admissions at 305-348-2326

 

Please Provide:

  • VA Form 22-1995  (Request for Change of Program or Place of Training)
  • Certificate of Eligibility (supplied by  Dept. of Veteran Affairs)
  • FIU Enrollment Certification Request

 

Credit for Military Training

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY can award academic credit for military training. The type and amount of credit that can be granted depend on the veteran’s service record.

These credits typically count toward electives. If you are interested in receiving credit for military training, please contact the FIU Veteran and Military Affairs office.

FIU Veteran and Military Affairs
Phone Number: 305-348-2838
Email: veterans@fiu.edu

First step: certification

To receive Veterans G.I. Bill benefits, submit a completed Veterans Request for Enrollment Certification Form with all required documentation to the University's Veterans & Military Affairs Office. (EXCEPTION: Applicants for Chapter 31 must meet with a USDVA counselor).

If you are new to the University or applying for the first time, meet with Veterans staff who will make sure that your application and all of the required documentation is submitted properly.

 

Monthly Verification for Chapter 30, 1607, and 1606 recipients

Once you are certified for your benefits, you must verify your enrollment with the VA at the end of each month before you will receive your payment. Be sure that you have verified exact start and end dates for any session classes in which you are enrolled that are shorter or extend beyond the regular semester. To verify your enrollment, go to the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) or call 1-877-823-2378.  If you notice either class dates or credit amounts are incorrect while verifying, please contact the FIU Veteran and Military Affairs Office for assistance.

Program criteria, stipends, eligibility periods, financial aid criteria, and required applications

Eligibility criteria and benefit amounts vary for VA Educational programs from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (USDVA). You'll find explanations of the specifics at the links below: monthly stipends, eligibility periods, financial aid criteria, and any other documentation required to receive benefits.

Undergraduate:

Payment is based on the number of credits you are taking:

  • 12 hours up to 18 hours - full time
  • 9 - 11 hours - ¾ time
  • 6 - 8 hours - ½ time
  • less than 6 hours - reimbursed at a rate not to exceed the tuition & fees charged for the course(s).

 

The GI Bill will allow you to attend more than one college at a time, as long as the classes at both institutions count towards your degree, and the school granting your degree accepts the classes at the second school as part of your degree requirements.  If you would like to take classes at another institution to transfer back to FIU contact the FIU Veteran and Military Affairs Office.

The GI Bill will not pay you to take the same classes twice unless you receive a failing grade in a class that is a graduation requirement.  Zero credit classes are not eligible to be paid by the G.I. Bill even if they are required. 

The maximum credits the VA will pay for is 18 credit hours in a semester.

 

Graduate:

The Office of Veterans Affairs assists all veterans and their dependents who wish to receive VA educational benefits. The Office also provides personal counseling, fee deferments, tutorial assistance, and work-study jobs. Veterans who are planning to attend the University should contact the Veteran and Military Affairs office prior to the date of entry. Such time is required to expedite the processing of paperwork for educational allowances from the Veterans Administration.

 

Fall/Spring Semesters TRAINING STATUS

CREDIT HOURS

Full time

9 Credits

3/4 time

7 Credits

Half time

5 Credits

Less than half time

4 Credits

 

Summer A & B  and Dynamically Dated Courses

TRAINING STATUS

CREDIT HOURS

Full time

6 Credits

3/4 time

4-5 Credits

Half time

3 Credits

Less than half time

2 Credits

 

Note that audited credits and zero credit courses, even if it is a requirement,  do not count toward training status definitions and are unable to be authorized for payment .

For additional information regarding Veterans Educational Programs, contact Veteran and Military Affairs, Modesto A. Maidique Campus PC 429, 305-348-2838; and ACI 100, Biscayne Bay Campus, 305- 919-5750.

TUITION WAIVERS 

If you are a recipient of the Purple Heart or the Combat Decoration Superior in Precedence, a Florida resident the time that you entered and separated from the service, as stated on the DD214 and an undergraduate student, you may be eligible to receive tuition waiver.  The Combat Decoration Awards in Precedence include:

1.

Purple Heart

2.

Bronze Star (must be "V" designation or device

3.

Distinguished Flying Cross

4.

Legion of Merit (must be "V" designation or device

5.

Silver Star

6.

Air Force Cross

7.

Navy Cross

8.

Distinguished Service Cross

9.

Medal of Honor

What is the “V” designation on some combat decorations?

To be considered a “combat decoration superior in precedence to the Purple Heart,” the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit must include the “V” designation or device.  

Only these specific Combat Decoration Awards in Precedence, which must be present on the DD214, are eligible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact  the Veteran and Military affairs office if you need further clarification.

 

1009.27 Deferral of Fees 

Any veteran or other eligible student who receives benefits under chapter 30, chapter 31, chapter 32, chapter 33, chapter 34, or chapter 35 of Title 38, U.S.C., or chapter 106 of Title 10, U.S.C., is entitled to one deferment each academic year and an additional deferment each time there is a delay in the receipt of benefits.

 

State Scholarships 

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service members 

Click here to apply 

Click for more information 

The Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service members (CSDDV) provides scholarships for dependent children or un-remarried spouses of Florida veterans or service members who died as a result of service-connected injuries, diseases, or disabilities sustained while on active duty or who have been certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having service-connected 100% permanent and total disabilities.  CSDDV also provides funds for dependent children whose parent is classified as a prisoner of war or missing in action by the Armed Forces of the United States or as civilian personnel captured while serving with the consent or authorization of the United States Government during wartime service.

 

Tillman Military Scholars Program

The Pat Tillman Foundation’s Tillman Military Scholars program supports our nation’s active and veteran service members and their families by removing financial barriers to completing a degree or certification program of choice. The scholarships cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and childcare. The application opens annually each spring and a new class of Tillman Military Scholars is announced each June

Please visit the VA website to download and print the forms below.

VA Form #

Description of Form

1.  22-1990T

Application and Enrollment Certification for
Individualized Tutorial Assistance

2.  22-1995

Request for Change of VA Education Program or
Place of Training

3.  22-5495

Request for Change of VA Education Program
or Place of Training (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance)

4.  22-8691

Application for Work-Study Allowance

5. Request for Enrollment Certification Form

6. Tuition Deposit Waiver (FIU Form) - coming soon

Special for students called to active military duty

Cancellation policy

Under current University policy, if you are serving in Reserve or National Guard units and are involuntarily called to active military duty you may be able to withdraw from classes with a full refund of tuition. If you are a financial aid recipient, you will be subject to refund policies as provided for by the aid program sponsors.

In most circumstances you want to ask your instructors about incompletes for coursework, as an alternative to canceling, if you are receiving financial aid.

Admission to Florida International University - An introduction for military veterans

We welcome applications for admission from current or veteran service members and hope to assist you in applying for undergraduate admission to Florida International University

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions about applying to the University as a veteran.

Am I a freshman?

You are considered a freshman if you are still a high school student or if you have not enrolled in any college courses after graduating from high school.

Am I a transfer student?

You are considered a transfer student if you have previously enrolled in any course for college credit after graduating from high school. If you are a high school student and are enrolled in PSEO, College in the Schools, or have earned AP credit, you are still considered a freshman.

If you are unsure as to whether you are a freshman or transfer student, please contact the Office of Admissions at 305-348-2326.

Do I need to take the ACT or SAT?

If you are a freshman, you will need to submit an ACT or SAT test score and a final high school transcript (or GED test score).

Do I need to submit the application fee?

If you are an active duty United States military service member currently deployed overseas, you do need to pay the application fee. FIU Veterans Office will waive your $200 tuition deposit once you have been admitted to FIU.

How will my application be reviewed?

Admission for freshmen and transfer students is based on an overall assessment of primary and secondary review factors.

How do I apply for admission?

You may apply for admissions online.

Do you accept military credit?

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY can award academic credit for military training. The type and amount of credit that can be granted depend on the veteran’s service record.

These credits typically count toward electives. If you are interested in receiving credit for military training, please request an appointment with the FIU veteran department.

Do I have to submit my Social Security Number?

Yes, The Florida Legislature has imposed obligations on state agencies regarding their use, collection, and release of social security numbers.  In accordance with Florida Statute 119.071(5)(a)(2). 

Florida International University (FIU) notifies individuals before collecting their social security number (SSN) and identifies the purpose for such collection.

FIU SSN Compliance Policy

Who can I contact with questions?

If you have questions about applying for admission, contact the Office of Admissions at 305-348-2326.

If you have questions about veterans benefits or resources, or would like to schedule an individual consultation, contact the Veterans Services Office at 305-348-2838.

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