We are honored to welcome new and returning veterans who choose Palm Beach State College for their education and training needs. Our commitment is to reach out to all veterans and support their success, just as they have supported and served our nation.
Need to meet with a staff member?
Matthew Watkins, Coordinator of Veteran Affairs
» A new Veterans' Resource Center is
planned for the Lake Worth campus.
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» The Lake Worth campus Veteran’s Club
meets monthly to facilitate educational,
recreational & employment opportunities
for student veterans and for camaraderie.
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The term GI Bill refers to any Department of Veterans Affairs education benefit earned by members of Active Duty, Selected Reserve and National Guard Armed Forces and their families. The benefit is designed to help service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with getting an education or training. The GI Bill has several programs and each is administrated differently - depending on a person's eligibility and duty status. Many veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one Education Benefits program, including the:
Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33)
Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB, chapter 30 and chapter 1606)
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP, chapter 1607)
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Post Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance program (VEAP, chapter 32)
Depending on your individual circumstances, one of these programs may give you better benefits than the others. You should also determine any benefits to which you are entitled under Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E, chapter 31).
Education Benefit Payment Rates
Q & A: Applying for the GI BILL
How do I apply for the GI BILL?
Students must apply using the standard GI BILL forms. Forms can be downloaded via the web (www.gibill.va.gov). Students can also apply online using VONAPP or Veterans On-line Application. Submit your application online.
How long does the process take?
When applying for benefits, allow the VA 60-90 days for your application to be processed.
What form do I use?
If this is your first time applying for GI BILL benefits, complete Form 22-1990; for others (dependent/spouse) complete Form 22-5490 online . (Note: Printable forms are in pdf format, Adobe is required).
What other forms do I provide?
For all active duty students, you must attach a copy of your form “DD-214”. For non-active duty (reservists/guards) you must attach a copy of your “NOBE” Notice of Basic Eligibility. For all others (dependent’s proof of birth certificate or marriage certificate for spouse).
How do I check the status of my submitted application?
Call 1-888-442-4551 or 1-888-GIBILL-1.
When do I use form “22-1995” or “22-5495”?
A Form 22-1995 (for veterans) or Form
22- 5495 (for dependent/spouse) should be used if the student changes major/objective; transfers from another institution; or when the last enrollment has been over a year.
I want to use my benefits again this semester. What do I do?
Upon registration all VA students must complete a Veteran’s Certification Request (VCR) form and turn in to the Certifying Official. Failure to complete a VCR on time will cause a delay of payment.
Does the VA pay for my tuition and fees?
Yes. The VA pays tuition and fees for Post 9/11 (Chapter 33) and Vocational Rehab (Chapter 31) only.
Is my program approved for benefits?
All degree programs are approved by the VA. For non-credit, certificate, and PSAV programs contact your school Certifying Official.
Do I get credit for courses I am taking that are not required for my major?
NO. The VA does not pay you for courses not required for your major.
Can I sign up for direct deposit?
Yes, you must attach a voided copy of your check. If application has been sent, call 1-888-442-4551.
How do I verify my enrollment and how often should I do it?
You must verify your enrollment at the end of each month. To verify enrollment by phone, call 1-877-823-2378, or on the web at www.gibill.va.gov.
Can I apply for student financial aid while receiving VA benefits?
Yes. You can apply via the web by going to the federal website at FAFSA Online
How much money will I get each month?
Education benefit payment rates vary depending on your chapter.
Do I need to meet the standards of progress to qualify for VA benefits?
Yes, please review the SAP details below.