· Which educational benefit do I apply for?
· How do I get my GI Education Benefits started with the Department of Veterans Affairs?
· How will my benefits be paid?
· Why didn't I get paid?
· Does Savannah Technical College participate in the military advance pay program?
· Why am I not in the VA system yet?
· Am I eligible for the Georgia HOPE Program?
Which educational benefit do I apply for?
Factors to Consider when choosing which GI Bill Benefits to use:
· Previous Active Duty Veteran
· Educational Benefits transferred from Service Member Chapter 33
· Tuition Assistance
o Active Army - GoArmyEd
o National Guard/Reserve - Army National Guard Benefits Online
How do I get my GI Education Benefits started with the Department of Veterans Affairs?
Follow the “Road Map For Success” provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Step 1: Determine your best Benefit
Step 3: Choosing a School
Step 4: Calculate your Benefits
Step 5: Compare the programs
Step 6: Apply for Benefits
How will my benefits be paid?
Each military education benefit has a different method of payment.
· Chapter 33 and 31 pay the tuition and fees charges directly to the school based on the individual eligible.
· All other fund are issued directly to the student
o Book Stipend
o Monthly Supplements
Generally, the funds will be issued to you through direct deposit or a check will be mailed. To start or change your direct deposit, please call toll-free 1.877.838.2778.
Why didn't I get paid?
Savannah Technical College requires, for each term that you are enrolled, that you notify the School Certifying Official (SCO) of the classes for which you are registered. To ensure payment is received in a timely manner, we recommend that you participate in early registration and contact the SCO. This is to assure that you are registered for the appropriate classes, within your program of study, that follow the guidelines of VA regulations.
Each month, for those who participate in the Chapter 30, 1606, or 1607 programs, you are required to verify your attendance with the Department of Veteran Affairs. This may be done online through the VA Web Automated Verification of Enrollment ( WAVE ) system or by Interactive Voice Response (IVR) at 1 (877) 823-2378.
If you are using Chapter 35, you are required to verify only once each term by calling
1 (888) 442-4551.
Does Savannah Technical College participate in the military advance pay program?
No. Due to the large number of enrolled veterans, advance pay is not available.
Why am I not in the VA system?
There are a number of reasons; your first point of contact should be t he Atlanta Regional Office at 1 (888) 442-4551 or by mail at:
VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 100022
Decatur, GA 30031-7022
If your situation is not resolved, contact the Savannah Technical College SCO and we may be able to assist with your individual case.
Am I eligible for additional financial aid?
We encourage all students to complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFApps) in order to determine eligibility for the federal PELL Grant, GA HOPE Grant, GA HOPE Scholarship, and GA HERO Scholarship.
Federal and State funds are monitored through the Financial Aid office. Eligibility is determined through a combination of:
· Financial need
· Residency status
· Program of study
· Academic Standing
o Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
o Prior Bachelors Degree or Higher
Some veteran education benefits may reduce the amount of additional federal or state funds available.