Military & Veterans


The Military & Veterans Affairs Office of FAU is designed to act as a liaison between military students and veterans. Florida Atlantic University supports our troops through the Florida Board of Governors special initiative- "Service2scholars". This program helps to transition veterans from active service to academic life. The web page, serves as an electronic clearinghouse of information for veterans who have made FAU their university of choice. Please click below for information on FAU Departments:

In the News... FAU has been named as the grant administrator for the Department of Defense’s “Florida’s Troops To Teachers Program.” 07/06/fau-awarded-department-of-defense-role/

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Important to Know... FAU is committed to helping our military & veterans succeed as students. Being informed and current about issues that matter to you is a top priority. We hold membership in:

We are listed as a VA approved school on these websites:

Welcome Veterans to FAU!  


The VA Rep in the FAU Financial Aid Office will ONLY certify credit hours enrolled at FAU.  If taking courses at another school, the VA Rep at the Host School will need to certify credit hours enrolled.

The Veterans’ Affairs office at Florida Atlantic University is designed to act as a liaison between the student and Veterans Administration.  Although, we are not employees of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, we can assist and counsel you on the following:

  • Completion of Paperwork
  • Certification of Attendance
  • Educational Benefits
  • Florida Atlantic University's Policies and Procedures related to VA Benefits



Effective August 1, 2011: For all Public Schools, VA will pay the full net cost of all tuition and fees for any approved program at the RATE THE SCHOOL  CHARGES FOR IN-STATE STUDENTS. This means all in-state students with residency status will be covered based on the schools approved in-state tuition and fees. It also means all NON-Resident students will only be covered based on the schools in-state rates only. The VA will no longer pay any NON-Resident Tuition and Fees.   For additional information please refer to the GIBILL website:

VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011:  The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities.  Click here for more details and information on VOW.  

New Web Site for Veterans - The American Council on Education has launched a new Web site, Today's GI Bill (, to help veterans learn about the new education benefits available to them, the college selection process, and how to succeed in higher education. The site -- debuting just before Veterans Day -- was created with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education.
For information on the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 visit or click here to visit the G I Bill official website for more information.

Applications for the Post- 9/11 GI BILL is available at  If you have already applied for Chapter 33 - Post 9/11 GI BILL benefits, it is very IMPORTANT that you submit a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the FAU Veteran Affairs Office (located in the Office of Student Financial Aid).   TUITION DEFERMENT IMPORTANT NOTICE:  If you have submitted your application for Chapter 33 and have not received a certificate of eligibility from the VA, then you may still be entitled to a tuition deferment. Please submit a confirmation email or letter from the VA that your application is pending and a copy of your DD-214. If funds are needed to purchase textbooks, you can request a Short Term Advance .   Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to further supplement their educational expenses. To apply for financial aid, complete an online Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


Continuing FAU students planning to utilize their VA Benefits for SPRING 2013 must submit their Certification Request Form ASAP.  First time students to FAU who plan to utilize VA Benefits should reference the FAU Veteran Affairs website menu link (located on the left side) according to their specific chapter.  If you have any questions, please contact the VA Representative in the Financial Aid Office.   Please be sure that you are enrolled in ALL of your classes for the SUMMER terms before submitting the VA Certification Form.

Monthly Certification:

Certification of Attendance MUST be verified monthly to receive payments.  Verification can be done one of two ways:

  1. Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE):
  2. Automated Telephone System (IVR):  1.877.823.2378
    (follow the prompts)

Almost everyone ( EXCEPT Chapter 33) receiving MGIB-Active Duty  (Chapter 30) or MGIB-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606), must verify their enrollment* each month to receive payment for that month.  Click here for more details on How to Verify Enrollment.

TUITION WAIVERS:   If you are a recipient of the Purple Heart or the Combat Decoration Superior in Precedence, a Florida resident the time that you entered and separated from the service, as stated on the DD214 and an undergraduate student, you may be eligible to receive tuition waiver.  The Combat Decoration Awards in Precedence include:

  1. Purple Heart
  2. Bronze Star (must be "V" designation or device)
  3. Distinguished Flying Cross
  4. Legion of Merit (must be "V" designation or device)
  5. Silver Star
  6. Air Force Cross
  7. Navy Cross
  8. Distinguished Service Cross
  9. Medal of Honor


What is the “V” designation required on some combat decorations?

To be considered a “combat decoration superior in precedence to the Purple Heart,” the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit must include the “V” designation or device. 

Only these specific Combat Decoration Awards in Precedence, which must be present on the DD214, are eligible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the FAU VA Representative in the Student Financial Aid Office.


VA education benefit payment rates will be increasing.  Please click here for more information. 

Military Spouse Resource Center is your resource library for military spouse employment, education and relocation information. Here you will find links to employment related information and other resources for military spouses and military families.

New Education Benefit for Active Reservists There is a new education benefit available to certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001. We call this benefit the “Reserve Educational Assistance Program” (REAP) or Chapter 1607.  For more details, visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website.

New Program reimbursing fees for National Testing:   Section 106 of PL 108-454 allows VA to reimburse claimants for the fee charged for:

  1. National Tests for admission to institutions of higher learning, and
  2. National Tests providing an opportunity for course credit at institutions of higher learning.

For more information click HERE.


Tillman Military Scholarship  (website)

As a supplement to the Post 9-11 GI Bill, the scholarship covers direct study-related expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living stipend, for eligible service members, veterans or military spouses who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degrees as full-time students at a public or private, US-based accredited institution. The application for the 2014-2015 academic year will remain open until Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:59:59 EST.

Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter (website)

The scholarship is being offered to descendents of active and retired military personnel. Registration information for this scholarship is posted on

Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Servicemembers
(website, application, more info)
For more information and general eligibility, click on the more info link above.


Veterans' Representative and Certifying Official

Jason Morgenthal, Financial Aid & Veteran Specialist
FAU - Office of Student Financial Aid
Student Support Services Building, Room 233
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL  33431-0991

Tel. (561) 297-1250
Fax. (561) 297-2158

Veteran Affairs information can be obtained from the partner campuses:

Davie Campus:
3200 College Avenue, Bldg LA-122
Davie, FL  33314
(954) 236-1229
School Code:  E00584

Jupiter Campus:

5353 Parkside Drive
Jupiter, FL  33458
(561) 799-8697
School Code:  E00830


Although, the Boca Raton location is the main campus for Veterans’ Affairs, Broward and Jupiter may be contacted for VA information as well.  All VA paperwork must be submitted to one of the above locations; however, your VA File is maintained at the Boca Campus.

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