Registration and Records

2014-2015 Catalog Year

Veterans Educational Benefits

Florida Gulf Coast University is approved for the education of veterans, eligible dependents, members of the selected reserve, and active-duty personnel who are eligible for benefits under public laws now in effect. All degree programs currently offered at FGCU are approved by the State of Florida, Bureau of State Approving for Veterans’ Training. Additionally, some programs offered by the Center for Leadership and Innovation are approved. To facilitate the prompt and accurate reporting of the student’s status and course load, the veteran/student must apply for VA Educational Benefits and submit copies of appropriate forms to the Office of the Registrar.  Submit additional documentation or forms to the Office of the Registrar if required, for certification of enrollment.  The veteran/student must inform the Office of the Registrar of his or her enrollment intent prior to the beginning of each semester. Changes in enrollment, major/program, and mailing address must be reported immediately to the Office of the Registrar to avoid overpayments and to ensure that the VA is notified in a timely manner with the most up-to-date information. Veteran’s previous education and training will be evaluated and appropriate credit granted.

To be considered for full-time VA benefits, degree-seeking undergraduates must enroll for twelve (12) or more semester hours, and degree-seeking graduate students must enroll for nine (9) or more semester hours each academic semester. VA regulations require that students take only courses that are applicable towards their degree program or other approved program and they must make academic satisfactory progress towards their degree. Students receiving educational veterans’ benefits are allowed no more than two probationary/warning terms. If a veteran reaches this point, their benefits will be terminated for failure to achieve academic satisfactory progress. Additionally, the veteran student should have achieved the GPA (2.0, undergraduate and 3.0 graduate) required for graduation by the mid-point of their program. VA benefits will be terminated for students who are dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons and can only be reinstated after academic counseling.

*** It is the student’s responsibility to remain in good standing with the VA and to respond to notification of changes in regulation.***

The VA toll-free telephone number is 1-888-442-4551. More information may be found at http://www.gibill.va.gov