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Information To Veterans

Florida A&M University is approved for the education and training of veterans, disabled veterans, and dependents of deceased and disabled veterans.

A prospective student who may be eligible for educational benefits under any Veterans Administration Program is urged to contact the Veterans Administration Atlanta Regional Office, P.O. Box 100022, Decatur, Georgia 30031-7022, at least three months before his or her enrollment at Florida A&M University. Once the Veterans Administration has approved the educational benefits, and the student has received a “Certificate of Eligibility,” the student should then contact the Veterans Affairs office at FAMU prior to enrollment at FAMU.

All students receiving VA Educational Benefits are required to attend classes regularly, in accordance with the university attendance policies. When a veteran is found in violation of the class attendance regulation, the veterans affairs office will be notified that the training period has been interrupted or discontinued. All students receiving veterans benefits are required to take only those courses leading to a specific degree program. Students are required to request certification for VA benefits, as this is not an automatic process. Veterans needing assistance with fee payment should contact the FAMU Veterans Affairs Office during the registration period.

Any changes in the number of hours being carried (particularly any courses dropped) may affect the rate of educational allowance payable and must be reported in the month in which such changes occur. No benefits are paid for a “W” grade. When a veteran completes, drops out, or interrupts his or her course of training, he or she is required to notify the Veterans Affairs Office. Failure to do so in a timely manner could result in a payback to the Veterans Administration because of an overpayment.

P.L. 634 War Orphan Educational Assistance Act of 1956
- This law applies to those children whose parent(s) dies or is 100% disabled as a result of service connected disability. Students should contact their local VA Office in order to make application for admission under Public Law 634.

Physical Education - Veterans who have had basic training in the regular Armed Services may receive credit for physical education as a required course. Application must be made to the university registrar. Sufficient evidence of having served in a branch of the service must be shown (DD-214 form).

Veterans’ training, conduct, and progress must at all times conform to the university standards.

Standards of Academic Progress for Veteran Students

Undergraduate Students
All students receiving VA Educational Benefits are required to attend classes regularly, in accordance with the university attendance policies.  All students receiving veterans benefits are required to take only those courses leading to a specific degree.  Students are to request certification for VA Benefits, as this is not an automatic process.  Veterans needing assistance with fee payment should contact FAMU VA Office (FHAC 114) during the registration period to apply for a VA Deferment.  Please call (850) 599-3853 if you need additional information.

VA benefits will be subject to termination for those students who fail to maintain an overall 2.00 GPA.  This also applies to VA students who have been placed on academic probation for two consecutive terms or suspension at the end of an academic term. Please understand that University policy will allow you to enroll if you are on academic probation; however, your VA benefits will be subject to termination as stated above.

Graduate Students
A student receiving veteran benefits must attain and maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of not less than 3.00 “B” each semester of enrollment.

A student who has not attained and maintained satisfactory progress (3.00 or better) at the end of any semester will be placed on academic probation for the next semester of enrollment. Should he or she not attain satisfactory progress by the end of the next semester of enrollment, the student’s educational benefits will be terminated for unsatisfactory progress.

A student whose educational benefits have been terminated for unsatisfactory progress may petition the Office of Veteran Affairs to be re-certified after one semester has elapsed. This office may re-certify the student for educational benefits only if there is a reasonable likelihood that he or she will be able to attain and maintain satisfactory progress for the remainder of the program.