Florida Gulf Coast University is approved for the education of veterans, eligible dependents, members of the selected reserve, and active-duty personnel who are eligible for benefits under public laws now in effect. All degree programs currently offered at FGCU are approved by the State of Florida, Bureau of State Approving Agency for Veterans' Training. Additionally, Continuing Education courses are not approved by the State Approving Agency. To facilitate the prompt and accurate reporting of the student's status and course load, the student veteran and other VA Education recipients must apply for VA Educational Benefits and submit copies of appropriate forms to the Office of Records & Registration. Additional documentation or forms may be required, for certification of enrollment. Enrollment Certifications are not submitted automatically on behalf of the recipient. The student veteran and other recipients are required to inform the Office of Records & Registration of his or her enrollment intent prior to the beginning of each semester. Changes in enrollment, major/program, and mailing address must be reported immediately to the Office of Records & Registration to avoid overpayments and to ensure that the VA is notified in a timely manner with the most up-to-date information. Veteran's previous education and training will be evaluated and appropriate credit granted by FGCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
Recently signed law (Section 103, PL 115-407(e)) indicates that the institution must permit any covered individual* who is admitted to FGCU to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the educational institution a certificate of eligibility (COE) for entitlement to educational assistance under Ch. 31 or 33 and ending on the earlier of the following dates:
1. The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution; OR
2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the COE.
This law specifies that institution policies must ensure that the educational institution does not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or to require that a covered individual borrow additional funds due the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs under Ch. 31 or 33.
To be considered for full-time VA benefits, degree-seeking undergraduate students must enroll for twelve (12) or more semester hours, and degree-seeking graduate students must enroll for nine (9) or more semester hours each academic semester. VA regulations require that students take only courses that are required towards their degree program or other approved program and they must make academic satisfactory progress towards their degree. Students receiving Veterans’ Educational Benefits are allowed no more than two (2) probationary/warning terms. If a VA Education recipient reaches this point, their benefits will be terminated for failure to achieve academic satisfactory progress. Additionally, the student should have achieved the GPA (2.0, undergraduate and 3.0 graduate) required for graduation by the mid-point of their program. VA benefits will be terminated for students who are dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons and can only be reinstated after academic counseling and satisfactory GPA is achieved.
*** It is the student’s responsibility to remain in good standing with the VA and to respond to notification of changes in regulation. ***
The VA toll-free telephone number is 1-888-442-4551. More information may be found at http://www.gibill.va.gov
*A Covered Individual is any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment) or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill®)