Veteran Benefits

Southern Connecticut State University is approved for the training of veterans and other eligible persons by the Connecticut State Approving Agency. The following resources will guide you through the eligibility and application process for each available benefit.

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. 

  • (1) Eligible veterans1, 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.

Other college costs such as books, student activity and course fees, parking, and room and board are not covered by the waiver, and eligibility is not retroactive. If applicable, the state tuition waiver also covers the amount of tuition remaining after the application of Post 9/11 educational benefits.

*During the Summer and Winter intersessions, course fees are billed in lieu of tuition.  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.

1 Eligible veterans include individuals who have served at least 90 days total (consecutive or aggregate) active duty in a time of war (see below) except if separated from service earlier because of a Federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) related service-connected disability; or the war, campaign or operation lasted less than 90 days and service was for the Duration of the conflict or campaign. Active duty time earned for your training (Basic/Boot Camp, AIT, or Tech School, Weekend Drill or Annual Training) does not qualify for the waiver.

Pursuant to Public Law 18-47, effective October 01, 2018, the CT Veterans Tuition Waiver is extended to certain veterans with "Other than Honorable" discharge. The individual applying for the waiver must submit a completed CT DVA OTH Form 1 along with all other required documentation. Individuals with a "Bad Conduct" or "Dishonorable" discharge are not eligible for the waiver. 

 

Veterans who served in the following manner are eligible:

Active duty for at least ninety (90) days:

World War II- December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946

Korean Hostilities- June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955

Vietnam- February 28, 1961 to July 1, 1975

Persian Gulf Era (August 2, 1990- a date to be determined by Presidential proclamation or federal law- Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Iraqi Freedom are included in this category.)

 

OR, Engaged in combat or in combat support role in the: 

 

Lebanon Conflict- July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958

Peace-keeping Mission in Lebanon- September 29, 1982 to March 30, 1984

Grenada Invasion- October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983

Operation Earnest Will- July 24, 1987 to August 1, 1990

Panama Invasion- December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990

 

To qualify, eligible individuals must:

 

  • Be accepted for admission at Southern Connecticut State University
  • Be domiciled in Connecticut at the time of acceptance, which is the date of your acceptance letter, this includes domicile for less than one year 
  • Be matriculated into a University degree or certificate program
  • Complete the  Veteran Benefits Application to apply for the state tuition waiver, and if applicable, request enrollment certification for VA educational benefits. 

 

 

 

 

Pursuant to Section 702 of the Choice Act, certain out-of-state veterans and their dependents may be eligible for in-state tuition and fee rates. Covered individuals include:

  • A veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within 3 years of the trasferor's discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the servicemember's death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more. 

For more information or to reclassify residency status, please contact the SCSU Veterans' Services Office.

Out-of-state Post 9/11 GI Bill ® recipients may be eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program the VA will match the school's contributions dollar-for-dollar to cover the cost differential between in-state and out-of-state students.  

 

To receive benefits under the Yellow Ribbon Program you must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the  Post 9/11 GI Bill ®.

 

This includes:

  • Those who served 36 months (may be aggregate) on active duty
  • Purple Heart recipients with an honorable discharge and any amount of service
  • Those discharged after 60 days with a service-connected disability and served 30 continuous days after Sept.10, 2011
  • Children using transferred benefits
  • Children using transferred benefits if their servicemembers transferor is at the 100 percent level (36 months served)
  • Effective August 1, 2022, servicemembers at the 100 percent level and transferee spouses whose transferor is at the 100 percent level 

The Yellow Ribbon Program is limited to 50 students per academic year at SCSU on a first come first served basis. To sign up, please contact the SCSU Veterans' Services Office.

 

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.

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 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to apply and obtain a Certification of Eligibility (COE).
  • Step 2: Submit the Veteran Benefits Application with your COE so that we may certify your enrollment for benefits with the VA.  If you no longer have your COE, you may submit a Post-9/11 GI Bill® Statement of Benefits, found under the section 'Your Account’ at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Step 3: Beneficiaries of Chapters 30, 1606, and 1607 must submit monthly certifications by calling (877) 823-2378.

Additional information on each VA educational benefit program can be found below:

Post 9/11 G.I. Bill®
Montgomery G.I. Bill®
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
Dependents Education Assistance Program
Fry Scholarship

Contact SCSU Veterans Services for assistance with applying for benefits or completing the Veteran Benefits Application. For enrollment certification questions, contact the Student Accounts Office.