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Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is pleased to participate in Veterans’ Affairs Educational Benefit Programs.
Application Fee Waiver
The admission’s application fee is waived for active duty and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) U.S. military service members, U.S. military veterans who have been honorably discharged from both active duty and IRR. If you are eligible for a waiver, request a Military Application Fee Waiver Form from the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. When completed, scan the form back to the admissions e-mail address. Our Admissions and Financial Aid staff stands ready to assist active duty, IRR, veterans, and military family members.
What benefit am I eligible for?
If you are an eligible active duty member of the military, an eligible dependent, or a veteran of the U.S. military, you may be eligible for Veteran Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits. VA Educational Benefits include, but are not limited to:
- Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty
- Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
- Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Assistance Program
- Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
If you are unsure of what you may be eligible for, or unsure what benefit is right for you, try the GI Bill Comparison Tool.
VA Educational Benefits do not include state sponsored VA grants or scholarships.
How do I apply for my benefits?
To apply for your VA Educational Benefit, you will complete the application through VONAPP. Once completed, the VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) for the benefit you have applied for.
Please submit a copy of your COE to the College Financial Aid Office.
Does Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?
Yes, Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service will pay 50% (percent) of the remaining tuition and fees that Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill does not cover for a maximum of 100 eligible students. The amount each Yellow Ribbon recipient will receive will vary by tuition cost of degree enrolled in, and any scholarships or grants they may be awarded during their program. Yellow Ribbon will not exceed the tuition charged per term.
For information on the Yellow Ribbon Program:
Is Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service a 2019/2020 Military Friendly® School?
Yes, we are proud to announce that Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a 2019/2020 Military Friendly® School.
You may have seen "military friendly" used when reviewing colleges and universities, but what is a military friendly school? It is a description to assist military students understand that our College will go above and beyond for our military service population.
Knowing that we are a “military friendly” school can be your first step in deciding where you want to study; because a military friendly school can offer valuable resources to help you navigate the admissions and financial aid processes.
Where Do I Look?
If you would like to research more on “military friendly” schools, this website is your best tool.
What Does A Military Friendly School Offer?
Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service offers a waiver of the school’s app fee for those that are eligible.
We also offer accommodations per request. Please contact the Dean or President for further assistance and to decide how we may assist you.
Does Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service participate in other military programs?
Yes, we participate in “8 Keys for Veterans’ Success” and “The Principles of Success.”
8 Keys for Veterans’ Success
By affirming support for the 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success, Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is expressing its commitment to implement the promising practices outlined in the 8 Keys for Veterans’ Success, as follows:
- Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
- Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
- Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
- Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size).
- Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
- Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
- Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
- Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans.
The Principles of Success
By affirming support for The Principles of Success, Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is expressing its commitment to implement the promising practices outlined in The Principles of Success:
- The Principles of Excellence guidelines are as follows:
- Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
- Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries.
- End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
- Accommodate Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
- Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
- Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
- Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
What is Tuition Assistance?
- Tuition Assistance (TA) is a Department of Defense funding program
- This program is not administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
- TA rules, policies, and procedures vary by branch of service and even vary between different units within the same branch depending on whether the unit is active, reserve, or National Guard
- TA will be applied to tuition only. It will not apply to any fees associated with enrollment
What is the process to use my TA?
- Once you are enrolled in classes, you will complete the paperwork required by your branch of service in order to secure your tuition assistance for each quarter. Failure to follow you’re your branch of service’s processes may lead you to ineligibility for each quarters tuition assistance.
- Provide a receipt of your TA approval to the College
- Any balance remaining will need to be covered by the student through financial aid, a tuition installment plan, etc.
- For questions on when TA is paid to the college, contact your branch of the military
- Once you pass your classes, you will move on to your next quarter
- A few weeks prior to the start of your classes, submit your TA documentation through your branch of the military, this needs to occur each quarter of enrollment
Where can I get information on my benefits?
A good place to start is here: http://www.military.com/education/money-for-school/tuition-assistance-ta-program-overview.html.
This site has links to specific branch sites that go further in depth.
Where do I go to apply for my TA?
Where you start depends on what branch of the military you need to apply to.
Air Force – http://www.my.af.mil/gcss-af/USAF/ep/home.do
Army – https://www.goarmyed.com/
- For information on the Application Process - http://www.military.com/education/money-for-school/coast-guard-tuition-assistance.html
- Or online at: https://sas.ncdc.navy.mil/login/sasdeersvalidation.aspx?RedirectUrl=https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil/eta/menu/welcome.do
AdeOchun Hamilton, Veteran Affairs Certifying Official
College Office of Registrar