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Veteran Benefits

Southern Connecticut State University is approved for the training of veterans and other eligible persons by the state approving agency, the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.  The following resources are listed here as a guide though the eligibility and certification process for each available benefit.

CT State Tuition Waiver for Veterans

Under Connecticut state statutes, tuition at Connecticut public colleges and universities may be waived, after any federal tuition benefit received, during the fall and spring semesters, for qualified persons in the categories listed below.  Other college costs such as books, fees, parking, and room and board are not waived, and eligibility is not retroactive. 

(1) Eligible veterans, or
(2) Active members of the CT Army and Air National Guard, or
(3) CT residents who are dependent child or surviving spouse of a member of the Armed Forces killed in action on or after 9/11/01 who was a CT resident, or
(4) CT residents who are dependent child of person whom the Armed Forces has declared to be either missing in action or a prisoner of war while serving in the Armed Forces after 1/1/60. 

During the summer and winter intersessions, course fees are billed in lieu of tuition, and eligible persons in category 1 above may receive a 50% waiver of the course fee, and eligible persons in category 4 above may receive a 100% waiver of the course fee.

Complete the  Veteran Benefits Application to apply for the state tuition waiver, and if applicable, to request enrollment certification for VA education benefits.

Out of State Resident Reclassification

Out-of-state veterans and their dependents may be eligible for in-state tuition and fee rates per the VA Choice Act of 2014.  Alternatively, out-of-state Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® veterans may be eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.  Under the Yellow Ribbon Program the VA will match institutional contributions dollar-for-dollar to cover the cost differential between in-state and out-of-state students.  The Yellow Ribbon program is limited to 50 veterans per academic year at SCSU.  For more information or to reclassify residency status, please contact the SCSU Veterans Services Office.

Payment Plans for Veterans

SCSU offers interest free payment plans for fall, spring, and summer! 

Payment plans must be established when payment or financial aid cannot be posted to satisfy the balance in full by the bill deadline.  After you register for classes, log into your account to view charges, credits/financial aid, and then choose the payment plan that's right for you!  The first payment will be due at time of enrollment and payments are due on the 15th of the month thereafter.  The $45.00 plan fee is waived for eligible veterans.

Fall Plan Enrollment      

 Sign up by the bill deadline July 15th                              

April - May 7 Payments June thru December
June 6 Payments July thru December
July 5 Payments August thru December

Spring Plan Enrollment

Sign up by the bill deadline December 15th     

November - December	
5 Payments January thru May

Summer Plan Enrollment   

Sign up after you register for classes, bill due upon registration

March - April
4 Payments May thru August
May 3 Payments June thru August
June 2 Payments July thru August

Students who register for classes after the bill due date has passed, may enroll in a payment plan for the remaining installments available at that time.  Plans will automatically recalculate due to account adjustments, which may include additional charges, unanticipated payments, or a change in financial aid credits to your account. Students and authorized users will be notified of any adjustments to the student's monthly payment plan amount. Please see Past Due Accounts  for other terms and conditions regarding late fees/holds that may be placed on past due payment plan accounts.

Tuition Assistance - Air Force

For information, visit U.S. Air Force Education.

Tuition Assistance - Army

For information, visit U.S. Army Federal Benefits.

VA Education Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers many benefits to advance the education and skills of Veterans and service members.  Spouses and family members may also be eligible for education and training assistance.  There are just a couple of steps to apply and get you on your way! 

Step 1: Visit https://www.vets.gov to apply and obtain your obtain a Certification of Eligibility (COE)/Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) from the VA.

Step 2: Submit Veteran Benefits Application with your COE/NOBE so that we may certify your enrollment for benefits with the VA.  If you no longer have your COE/NOBE, you may submit a Post-9/11 GI Bill® Statement of Benefits, found under the section 'Your Account' at https://www.vets.gov

Step 3: Certain beneficiaries must also submit monthly attendance certification to the VA.  Chapter 30, 1606, 1607 submit monthly on the WAVE site, and Chapter 31 submit certification of status on VONAPP.

Please note that the following programs are not eligible to be certified for Veteran Education Benefits: B.S. Respiratory Therapy, B.S. Biotechnology, B.S. Environmental Systems and Sustainability Studies.


Question Mark   Contact SCSU Veterans Services for assistance with applying for benefits or completing the Veteran Benefits ApplicationFor enrollment certification questions, contact Certifying Official Kelly Visokay Tel: 203-392-6856, Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.