Harding University is approved by the Arkansas State Approving agency for Veterans, thereby, allowing veterans and their beneficiaries to utilize military educational benefits to fund their studies.
For more information on each type of benefit, please visit www.gibill.va.gov.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs decides which benefits you qualify for based on your time in service.
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
“These benefits generally apply to veterans who began active duty service for the first time after June 30, 1985, had their pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months, and received an honorable discharge.” -US Department of Veterans Affairs
Chapter 31: Vocation Rehabilitation
“A veteran may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits if he or she:
• Has received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable.
• Has a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
• Applies for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess services.”
-US Department of Veterans Affairs
Chapter 32: Veterans’ Education Assistance Program (VEAP)
“VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Contributions are matched $2 for $1 basis by the Department of Defense.” -US Department of Veterans Affairs
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
“Generally, an individual who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001, will be eligible for educational assistance under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.” -US Department of Veterans Affairs
**On August 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs made changes to the way in which they pay Chapter 33 benefits. These changes include:
- Paying 100% of tuition and fees (included, but not limited to, technology and class fees) instead of basing payment on the state maximum amount.
- VA Certifying Officials must now account for any scholarship or tuition based aid that specifically reduces the amount of tuition the student owes. If the Financial Aid awarded may be used for any portion of the student’s bill (tuition and/or books and/or room and board, etc), the VA Certifying Official is not required to submit that information.
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon
All Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients who the Department of Veterans Affairs deems 100% eligible will automatically be granted Yellow Ribbon benefits at Harding University.
**On August 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs made changes to the way in which they pay Ch. 33 benefits. These changes include:
- Paying 100% of tuition and fees (including, but not limited to, technology and class fees) instead of basing payment on the state maximum amount.
- VA Certifying Officials must now account for any scholarship or tuition based aid that specifically reduces the amount of tuition the student owes. If the Financial Aid awarded is allowed to be used for any portion of the student’s bill (tuition and/or books and/or room and board, etc), the VA Certifying Official is not required to submit that information.
- Yellow Ribbon will take effect once the student reaches a yearly school bill (August 2015 – July 2016) in the amount of $21,084.89 in tuition and fees submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Chapter 35: Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
Note: When submitting your “Letter of Eligibility” to the VA Certifying Official, make sure you have your “File” number as well.
Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
“REAP is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.” -US Department of Veterans Affairs
Contact person: Angie Shafer
Phone Number: 501-279-4338
Chapter 31 recipients: Harding University bills the Department of Veterans Affairs after the student’s hours have been certified through the VA Certifying Official.
All other chapter recipients: When the semester hours are certified by the VA Certifying Official at the beginning of the semester, it is up to the Department of Veterans Affairs to submit funds to Harding University.
Harding University receives no notification on when your housing, book stipend, kickers, etc. are paid out since those funds are forwarded directly to the student.
Contact person: Any Financial Aid Counselor
Phone Number: 501-279-4275
Students receiving benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs are still allowed to receive financial aid to supplement their VA benefits.
For questions or more information, please visit the FinAid site.
VA students may receive transfer credit based on their experience and responsibilities while in service. Credit is transferred according to ACE recommendations for the experience or participation in a class or for DANTE scores. In order to receive credit, the soldier should request their official military transcript be sent to the Registrar at Harding University for evaluation.
Types of Transcripts:
- DD214 (Used as proof of Basic Training affording the student credit hours in KINS 101: Wellness and KINS 119: Conditioning Activities)
Contact person: Kelley Cox
Phone Number: 501-279-4404
-All VA students must submit a “Letter of Eligibility” to the VA Certifying Official before the first semester’s hours may be certified. Each chapter has a slightly different version, but will encompass the same concept.
-Each semester you will be required to fill out the “VA Certification” form found on your Pipeline account. This information lets you update your program of study and contact information, as well as, letting the VA Certifying Official that you plan to use your benefits during that semester.
-If you are planning on taking courses at another institution while you are still a student at Harding University, you must be pre-approved to take and then transfer those courses back to Harding. Each student will need to fill out the “Request for Summer Enrollment” or the Request for Concurrent Enrollment” found on their Pipeline account. When taking courses at another school while Harding is considered your “Primary School,” a Parent Letter must be forwarded to the “Secondary School” in order for your transfer hours to be certified by the VA.
Chapter 31: Your individual Case Manager will forward the proper paperwork in order for the VA Certifying Official to certify your fall hours.
Chapter 33: Adding/Dropping courses- You will be financially responsible for any courses you drop that are not dropped during the free drop/add period. The VA will determine the method in which you will return either the funds or by charging future entitlement.
Transfer of Entitlement
“If a member of the Armed Forces (active duty or Selected Reserve) serves six years and reenlists for four more years or has at least 10 years of service, then transfer of entitlement is possible.”
If you have used your VA benefits previously with another institution, you must complete and submit one of the following two forms with the Department of Veterans Affairs before Harding can certify your hours in the upcoming semester:
As a transfer student, you will also be required to submit official copies of all college transcripts as part of your admissions requirements into Harding University.