Please contact the Financial Aid office if you or your spouse receive BAH money while receiving Federal Aid. Effective July 1, 2010, the Higher Education Opportunity Act which was passed in 2008 requires us to adjust your budget accordingly. We have included the section below for your convenience:
HEOA section 471 HEA section 472(3)
Effective date: July 1, 2010
The HEOA specifies that, for students living in housing located on a military base or housing for which they receive a basic allowance under Title 37 of the U.S.C.- Pay and Allowances of the Uniformed Services, the room and board allowance shall include an allowance based on the expenses reasonably incurred for board only.
The children of military personnel who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001 can apply for an educational scholarship similar to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Benefits are retroactive to Aug. 1, 2009.
The scholarship, which is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, are named after Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, 28, a Texas native who died in Iraq in 2006 while disarming an explosive. He was survived by three young children.
"The Fry scholarship represents this nation's solemn commitment to care for children whose mothers and fathers paid the ultimate price for our country," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
VA begins accepting applications for the Fry scholarship on May 1, 2010. For more information or assistance applying, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551), or visit the VA GI Bill Website at www.gibill.va.gov.
Click here for an online application form. Please complete the VA Form 22-5490 "Dependent Application for VA Education Benefits".
If you previously served in the armed forces you may be able to apply your benefits towards a college education. Simply come to the Office of Student Financial Aid and see a staff member in our VA area. You may also contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. After you apply for benefits you should get a letter from the VA office in St. Louis telling you about your eligibility. Once you've registered at UW and signed up for classes your application will be certified and payment of your benefits will begin. Usually the payments will be mailed directly to you.
You will need to bring your discharge certificate from active duty (DD Form 214); those in the National Reserve should bring their NOBE (DD Form 2384 or Notice of Basic Eligibility), and dependents should come with a declaration of status of dependents form (Form 21-686c). To receive benefits you must have declared a major field of study, and once you begin receiving benefits, you must come to our office and fill out a VA registration card every semester. You will also be expected to sign in early each month, to certify your continued class attendance.