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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.


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:

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Contact Information

Please submit approved TA forms to Gena Freese, billing coordinator:
Email: or fax them to 352-588-8445, ATTN: Gena Freese.

Saint Leo University Veteran Certifying Officials (VCOs)
As of September 3, 2014



Edward Head

Michelle Myrick-Simmons
(770) 960-5500

Denise Broadhurst


Nancy King

Michelle Anderson
(678) 380-4006

Ann Dabrowski

DeEtta Peter


Mary Estes

Dietlinde Dial

Cassandra Williams

North Charleston

Rene Gutierrez
(843) 554-2111 x3152

David Davis
(843) 554-2111 x3152


Dew White
(662) 434-8844

Corpus Christi

Sara Heydon
(361) 776-2808

Alma Martinez
(361) 937-1452


Danielle Scott
(912) 352-8331 x3028

Brenda Maxwell
(912) 352-8331 x3020


Latoya McLaughlin
(803) 666-3221

Harry Dross
(803) 666-3221

Andrea Watson
(803) 666-3221



Lauren Lee
(850) 279-3509

Matthew Hollern
(850) 201-8655

Meshundria Turner
(850) 201-8655


Kristen Copenhaver
(352) 367-1192

Lisa Sickels
(352) 854-2322 x1811

Key West

Tyler Upshaw
(305) 293-2847

Lake City

Martha Lee
(386) 752-6866

Julie Turk


Alena White
(863) 337-4900

MacDill, Tampa Center, Pinellas, HCC

Cassandra Sherrill
(813) 840-0259 x3221

Brittany Jones
(813) 226-2776

Tammy Tribble
(813) 840-0259 x3222

Edward Steele
(813) 840-0259 x3226

Michael Raimondi
(813) 226-2779

Kenneth Gonzalez
(813) 226-2775
(813) 840-0259 x3226


Christy Roebuck
(850) 973-3356

Elizabeth Schmidt
(850) 973-3356


Michelle Stephens
(904) 249-0911

Jessica Starkey
(904) 477-0059


Lisa Sickels
(352) 854-2322 x1811

Katie Degner

Preceida Richardson

Rena Thomas


Deborah Ryster
(352) 588-5750

Jessica Starkey
(904) 477-0059

Tallahassee & Eglin

Matthew Hollern
(850) 201-8655

Meshundria Turner
(850) 201-8655

University Campus – Graduate Online, Weekend & Evening and San Diego

Alexis Gilliard
(352) 588-8980

Judy "Lynn" Fountain
(352) 588-7534

Lori Lavery-Broda
(352) 588-8482


Fort Eustis/Langley/Newport News

Doris McRae
(757) 887-1166 x3354

William 'Frank' Staples
(757) 887-1166

Daniel Yanok
(757) 887-1166 x3357

Dana Graves
(757) 887-1166 x3357

Fort Lee

Nancy Story
(804) 861-9634 x3332

Latoya Livingston
(804) 861-9634 x3330

South Hampton Roads – NAS Oceana, Naval Station Norfolk and Chesapeake

Maria Daniels
(757) 464-6449 x3415

Charlene Cofield
(757) 464-6449

Chandra Myers
(757) 464-6449 x3412

Margaret Park
(757) 464-6449 x3409

San Diego

Cathryn Davis
(619) 840-7890


Marlene Tillman
(813) 226-4908

Hilary Bisaillon
(813) 226-4860

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Military & Veteran Benefits

Office of Military Affairs & Services

Kirk Hall Room 108 & 111
33701 SR 52
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665