Oct 25, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Catalog

Veterans


This institution is approved to offer GI Bill ® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency.

Veterans Educational Benefits

Certification for educational benefits is a service provided by the Registrar’s Office. Both the Registrar and Assistant Registrar serve as School Certifying Officials. Using benefits for the first time: Submit your Certificate of Eligibility, which you receive from the VA, to the Registrar. Continuing to use benefits: Prior to the upcoming term’s registration, students will receive an email from the Registrar with instructions on continuing the process. Reply to that email from your EVMS email account each term to confirm continuing enrollment in the benefits process. Students may also elect NOT to receive benefits for any given term. A non-response is taken as the student’s election not to receive benefits for the term in question.

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, U.S. Code, 38 U.S.C.367(c)

The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Virginia while attending a school located in Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence)
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Virginia while attending a school located in Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence)
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in Virginia while attending a school located in Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Virginia while attending a school located in Virginia (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  • Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe (Public Law 116-315 Section 1005) amends the definition of covered individuals in Title 38 USC 3679(c)(2)(A) by removing the requirement to be with 3 years of discharge in order to received in-state tuition.

The policy shall be read to be amended as necessary to be compliant with the requirements of 38 U.S.C. 3679 as amended.

Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, U.S. Code, 38 U.S.C. 3679(e)

A covered individual is defined as any individual who is entitled to educational assistance under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, or Chapter 33, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

EVMS Veterans policy permits any covered individual to attend or participate in the course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to our Registrar’s Office a copy of their certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) website also known as “eBenefits”, authorization of educational assistance and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  1. The date on which payment from the VA is made to the institution.
  2. 90 days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

In accordance with EVMS Accounts Receivable and Student Billing Policy, EVMS Veterans Policy is in agreement with VA Delayed Payment Compliance as of August 1, 2019, which ensures that our educational institution will not:

  • Impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees
  • Deny access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, on any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of funding or payment from the VA under Chapters 31 or 33.

Note: Per EVMS Accounts Receivable and Student Billing Policy, because tuition is due in full on the first day of class, EVMS may require additional payment or impose a fee for the amount that is the difference between the amount of the student’s financial obligation and the amount of the VA education benefit disbursement if the amount of the VA education benefit disbursement does not cover the full tuition amount that is due.

Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA)

The Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA), is the approving authority of education and training programs for Virginia. Their office investigates complaints of GI Bill beneficiaries. While most complaints should initially follow the EVMS School Grievance Policy, if the situation cannot be resolved at or by EVMS, the beneficiary should contact the SAA via email at: saa@dvs.virginia.gov

Dual Objectives

A request for approval of dual objectives is required for students receiving VA benefits.

A program of education may lead to more than one educational, professional, or vocational objective if all objectives pursued are generally recognized as being reasonably related to a single career field. The objectives do not necessarily have to be on the same professional or technical level. For example, a student may want to concurrently pursue two different degrees or pursue a degree and a certificate.

A combination of two approved degree programs at the same school does not need additional approval; additional approval will be necessary in any other circumstance.

  • For approval of a dual objective, please make this request through the Registrar’s Office and also send the request by email to: registrar@evms.edu.
  • For graduate students, the school must submit its dual objective request during the second term (semester/quarter) of the student’s enrollment in graduate school.
  • The school registrar must certify the total hours for the first degree and the total additional credit hours needed to achieve and complete the dual objective.
  • All requests for approval of dual objectives must be signed and recommended by the Department Chair or Dean of the department, school or college involved in granting the dual objective.
  • The application for dual objective requests will be sent from the Registrar’s Office to the Virginia State Approving Agency (SAA). All approvals for dual objective requests are to be determined by the SAA.