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SOWELA is honored to serve a large veteran and military service member student population.

Beginning in the Fall 2014 semester, the new SOWELA Veteran Center will open. The center is designed with an environment conducive to student success in order to provide a seamless transition from the military to college. A VA Counselor is on staff to answer any questions that students might have regarding the use of their military education benefits. The center also provides a single point of contact for all enrollment services. Once the student enrolls, tutoring is available.





Questions and Answers about Veteran's Benefits

How do I apply for my GI Bill?
How do I contact VA if I have any questions?
  • Contact the VA at (888) 442-4551.
What are the different types of benefits that I can apply for?
  • The different types of benefit that you could qualify for are Chapter 30, Chapter 33, Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607, and VRAP. You can learn more about the different types of benefits at www.gibill.va.gov or come by the Financial Aid office.
Do I need to bring anything to SOWELA after I apply for my benefit?
  • Yes, you will need to bring in your Certificate of Eligibility once you receive it from VA which could take up to six weeks to receive it after you apply for benefits.
How do I receive my monthly benefits?
  • Monthly benefits will be direct deposited into your banking account that you listed on your application.
Are all programs offered at SOWELA eligible for VA Benefit?
  • All programs are eligible for VA benefits.
When will enrollment be sent to VA for processing?
  • Enrollment will be certified once the school certifying official receives the SOWELA Enrollment Verification form. A new form must be submitted for each semester the veteran enrolls.
How long will it take to start receiving my benefits after my enrollment has been sent to VA?
  • It could take up to six weeks to process enrollment at the beginning of the semester since VA is generally overwhelmed with enrollment certification.
Do I have to call and verify my enrollment at the end of the month?
  • Only if you are using Chapters 30, 35, 1606, 1607, or VRAP. You will need to call (888) 442-4551 or go online at www.gibill.va.gov and click on Verify Attendance.
What does National Guard Tuition Exemption cover?
  • It will only exempt tuition not the fees that a student is charged.
Are all the programs offered at SOWELA eligible for National Guard Tuition Exemption?
  • All programs are eligible except Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, CNA, Industrial Electrician, Practical Nursing, Electrical Construction, Plumbing Construction, and Welding.
Can I take online classes and receive my VA benefit?
  • Yes, you can take online classes and receive your VA benefit. If you are using Chapter 33 and take online classes then your housing allowance will be prorated. Please come by the Financial Aid office, and we can discuss this with you.
Can I receive any other financial aid while receiving my VA benefit?
  • Yes, you could receive other financial aid. SOWELA participates in the federal pell grant that you could apply for by filling out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. SOWELA does not participate in the federal student loan program.
If you have any other questions, please come by the Financial Aid Office for assistance.

   

 

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