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Military & Veteran Benefits

Saint Leo University is approved for Military Tuition Assistance and Veterans Administration Funding. The Department of Defense (DOD) offers tuition assistance for voluntary, off-duty educational programs that support service members' professional and personal development goals. Some branches of the armed services have specific policies on tuition assistance (TA) that differ from the general DOD policy. To verify your eligibility and assess resources available, please contact your military education office.

Students eligible to receive Federal military or veterans’ educational benefits and who have applied for Title IV aid using the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA) can access a Financial Aid Shopping Sheet. The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a standardized student aid award letter designed by the Department of Education. It is a snapshot of a student’s personal aid package, intended to provide prospective undergraduate and graduate students with a consistent way to view costs and aid between universities. Schools are not required to use the form, though Saint Leo University has volunteered along with about 600 other institutions to provide it to inquiring prospective students. The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is available through the Saint Leo Portal and complies with the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members.

Tuition Assistance & University Contact Information

TA must be requested each team, for each class.

To verify your eligibility and assess resources available, please contact your military education office. Once eligibility has been confirmed, fax your approved TA form to (352) 433-1903 or email the document to Jennifer.Werme@saintleo.edu (US Navy/Marine Corps/ Coast Guard) or Christine.Bowles@saintleo.edu (US Air Force). US Army/US Army Reserves/US Army National Guard do not need to submit TA forms, Saint Leo University will download the eligibility list from the respective website. 

Please see branch and armed services specific policies below:


Top-Up

Military students that have been on active duty for at least two years and have applied to the VA for either MGIB or Post- 9/11 may elect to use part of their VA benefits to "top-up" and cover tuition costs that exceed the standard tuition assistance cap. Requests for top-up are submitted directly to the VA by the military student.

You may utilize your VA benefits for Saint Leo University programs. To assess eligibility for benefits under the GI Bill®, please call the VA at 1-888-442-4551. Benefits are based on a number of considerations, including the subject matter of your studies, your length of military service, DOD supplements to your MGIB, and other factors. Detailed information of Veterans Education Benefits can be found on the VA website: www.gibill.va.gov.

In order to use your VA educational benefits at Saint Leo University, you must:

Officially apply to Saint Leo University and request all transcripts be sent to the center within the first two academic terms. Saint Leo University does not determine VA eligibility. Eligibility to receive education benefits is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once you have registered for classes, provide the School Certifying Official (SCO) with documentation of your VA eligibility in the form of a certificate of eligibility letter or a copy of your VA application. Your SCO will then submit a 22-1999 to the VA on your behalf.


What will VA Cover?

Montgomery GI Bill®, Reap, Selected Reserves 1606, DEA Chapter 35

These funds do not come to Saint Leo University. They will be sent to you on a monthly basis depending on your enrollment status. Discuss your options of tuition payment with your admissions representative.

Post-9/11 GI Bill®

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, individuals who have served on active duty for at least 90 days on or after September 11, 2001 receive tuition and fees not to exceed the capped costs set for private institutions of higher education. They also receive a monthly basic allowance for housing (BAH) based upon one-half the national average and a yearly stipend (up to $125 per class not to exceed $1,000 annually) to supplement the cost of books. Tuition is paid directly to Saint Leo University. BAH and book stipends are paid directly to the student. The percentage rate (40%, up to 100%) paid is based on the accumulated time served after September 11, 2001. For more information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/.

Yellow Ribbon Program

To assist students whose tuition and fees exceed the capped amount, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® has an additional provision called the Yellow Ribbon Program. Under this voluntary program, Saint Leo University has entered into an agreement with the VA to help fund the additional expenses for eligible students. You must be eligible for Post-9/11 at 100% to also be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. For more information on the Yellow Ribbon program, visit https://www.vets.gov/education/gi-bill/yellow-ribbon/.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

To qualify for this benefit, the service member must have a service-connected disability. For more information regarding this benefit and the application process, contact the VA at 800-827-1000 or visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp for more information.


Can I Use My VA Benefits and Apply for Financial Aid?

VA is the NET PAYOR, and Saint Leo University must deduct any payments made directly to the university that is only for tuition and fees. Examples of such payments and waivers include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-Title IV financial aid
  • Military tuition assistance
  • Employer tuition payments paid to the university
  • Private scholarships for tuition (paid to the university)
  • Military Spouse Career Advancement Accts (MYCAA)
  • Tuition percentage discounts

In no instance is an award of federal financial aid under Title IV deducted from net charges for tuition and fees. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Unsubsidized and Subsidized Federal Family education loans
  • Unsubsidized and Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford loans
  • FFEL Parent (PLUS) loans, Federal Direct PLUS loans
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity grant

Education-Related Programs

VA Work-Study Allowance Program

The Work-Study Program is available to any educational benefit recipient who is attending a college or university at three-quarter time (16 week term = 9 credits) or more. Students may obtain employment at the VA Medical Facility, VA Regional Office, or at other approved state employment facilities. Students are paid at federal or state minimum wage (whichever is higher), and these payments are non-taxable. Interested individuals should contact Veteran Benefits and Certifications in the University Registrar's Office or the Decatur, GA Office at 800-827-1000 and request the work-study desk.

Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Upward Bound Program provides instruction and advising to veterans beginning or returning to college or pursuing a GED. The program provides services to all low-income or first generation college-bound veterans. The program offers day and evening classes and operates on an open entry system. To qualify, a veteran must have served more than 180 consecutive days on active duty with at least a portion of this service falling after January 31, 1955. Discharge status can be anything but dishonorable in order to participate. Courses offered include English/Reading, Writing/Literature, Math, Basic Computers, Spanish, and Science.

ThanksUSA.org

The nonprofit organization ThanksUSA invites all children and spouses of military personnel to apply for one of nearly 1,000 scholarships of up to $5,000 each for college, vocational, and technical schools. Apply by May 30 to qualify. To learn more about the scholarship and to download the application, go to www.thanksusa.org.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regulations require that all persons using any type of veteran educational assistance programs make satisfactory academic progress toward achievement of their educational objective (degree plan), as defined in the Saint Leo University catalog. A student who fails to meet the minimum standards will be placed on probation or disqualification. For more information on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), please click here.

Changes in Student Status

It is the veteran student's responsibility to notify Saint Leo University regarding any change in enrollment, address, degree plan, enrollment at another institution, or any other change that may impact his or her veteran educational benefits. Failure to report such changes can result in an overpayment requiring debt collection action from the VA.

Credit for Prior Training/Training

Veteran students are required to request and have evaluated all prior college and university credit received prior to, during, and after military service. This is to ensure that the VA does not pay for coursework twice and that students receive the most from their benefits.

All active military and veterans attending Saint Leo University are encouraged to contact the VA Certifying Officials by phone or email with any questions pertaining to the processing of VA educational benefits or military activation assistance while at Saint Leo University.


Saint Leo University Veteran Certifying Officials (VCOs)
As of October 2018

CENTRAL REGION

COLUMBUS
Amber Bradley
   |   (662) 434-8844
Heather Hamilton   |   (662) 434-8845

GWINNETT
Lan Pham   |   (678) 380-4005 x 3041
Michelle Anderson   |   (678) 380-4005 x 3040
Ann Dabrowski   |   (678) 380-4005 x 3044   

MARIETTA
NaTanya Dowell
   |   (770) 425-5031 x3007

MORROW
Edward Head
   |   (770) 960-5005
Michelle Myrick-Simmons
   |   (770) 960-5002

NORTH CHARLESTON
Kai Campbell   |   (843) 554-2111  

SAVANNAH
Hillary Landuyt
   |  (912) 352-8331 x 3028

SHAW 
Terrence Gilmore
   |   (803) 666-3221 x 3103

COASTAL REGION

CORPUS CHRISTI
Sara Heydon   |   (361) 776-2808

FORT EUSTIS/LANGLEY/NEWPORT NEWS 
Rachel Orozco
  |  (757) 249-0390
Don Cooperwood
   |  (757) 766-1812
Andrea Pierce
  |  (757) 249-0390

FORT LEE
Nancy Story   |   (804) 861-9634 x 3332

SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS - NAS OCEANA, NAVAL STATION NORFOLK & CHESAPEAKE
Tanya Scrofne
   |   (757) 428-8395 x 3433
Jennifer Sands
   |   (757) 428-8395 x 3430

SAN DIEGO
Tamika Clark  |   (619) 213-2847

 


FLORIDA REGION

GAINESVILLE
Alena White 
  |   (352) 367-1192 x 3201
Jennifer Booker
    |   (352) 367-1192 x 3206

JACKSONVILLE
Jessica Starkey
   |   (904) 771-7825

KEY WEST 
Alaina Plowdrey  
 |   (305) 293-2847 x 3621
Laura Williams   |   (305) 293-2847 x 3620
Susan Abercrombie   |   (305) 293-2847 x 3622

LAKE CITY
Jessica Markham   |   (386) 752-6866
Breanna Black   |   (386) 752-6776

LAKELAND
Brooke Paquette
   |   (863) 337-4900 x 3279
Alexis Gilliard
   |   
(352) 588-8980

MADISON
 Elizabeth Schmidt   |   (850) 973-3356
 Jessica Markham  |   (386) 752-6866

MAYPORT
Michelle Hicks    |   (904) 249-0911
Jessica Starkey   |   (904) 771-7825

OCALA
Francis Lai    
|   (352) 671-3391 x3504

TALLAHASSEE 
Meshundria Turner   |   (850) 201-8655


TAMPA EDUCATION CENTER (INCLUDING MACDILL) REGION

Sasha Bergstrasser    |   (813) 226-2776
Courtney Wethington    |   (813) 226-2778
Hilary Bisaillon   |   (813) 226-4860

WORLDWIDE STUDENTS

Marlene Tillman   |   (813) 226-4908
Hilary Bisaillon   |   (813) 226-4860

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS - GRADUATE - EAST PASCO EDUCATION CENTER

Alexis Gilliard   |   (352) 588-8980
Kimberley Steele  |  (352) 588-7463

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