Veteran Services

Post 9/11 GI Bill Fall Term Online Instruction and BAH/MHA Rates

Standard Post 9/11 GI Bill rules state that if a student takes all of their classes online any BAH would be paid at the reduced rate of half the national average (currently $825 a month). As long as you take at least one residential (face to face) class you would not be considered fully online and so get paid at the full rate.

COVID19 has certainly complicated things.

During the COVID19 pandemic the VA is allowed to pay at the full time rate when classes have been changed to online due to COVID19. Over the Summer because we switched all classes to online due to COVID19 the VA was able to use a new law to ensure students still got paid the monthly stipend as if they were taking residential classes.

The school is working out how the Fall term is going to look. We are introducing new instructional methods (modalities) to increase student options. We are currently offering some traditional residential class options for the Fall term.

FSW has provided some additional information on the Course Delivery Flexibility for Students page. Please read the information in this link carefully as it explains about the new options and what to do if a class you have registered for is changed to a different modality.

As FSW will be offering residential class options for Fall term, in order to be certain of receiving the full BAH/MHA rate, you should register for at least one class that has a residential component.

The options that meet the VA criteria to be considered Residential:

  • Traditional Residential class
  • FSW Blended
  • FSW Live Flex
  • FSW Live Online This new option of FSW Live Online classes would also meet the criteria as these classes have been set up as online replacements for residential class due to COVID19.

This way we can be sure that you have at least one class that meets the VA residential criteria and therefore will not be considered fully online.

If you have already registered for classes, please check your registration for course instruction type and make any changes you require before submitting a Deferment request.

You can search the class schedule by a particular instructional method. Click ‘Advanced Search’ and select the modality you want to look for within "Instructional Methods". There are more detailed instructions on the Course Delivery Flexibility for Students page.

If due to COVID19 Fall classes get switched to fully online during the Fall term, as they did in Spring term, students would not see a reduction/change in their BAH/MHA.

As more information becomes available we will update our VA web page.

The Fall Deferment is now available. Please remember to resubmit the Deferment Request every time there is a change to your schedule.

Florida SouthWestern State College is an approved Institution for Veterans Education Benefits. Veterans, and those eligible for VA benefits, must meet Florida SouthWestern State College admissions requirements in order to be certified by the VA Certifying Official and receive VA Education benefits. Eligible students are encouraged to complete the required VA procedures as early as possible, at least a week before the beginning of the tuition payment deadline.

The student must be working toward an approved degree in order to receive VA benefits. Once the Veteran's Deferment form is received, Academic Advising will review the students schedule to ensure all classes the student is registered in at the time of the deferment are required for their chosen degree.

If any changes are made to the student's schedule a new deferment must be submitted in order to receive VA funding for that course.

Veterans/students attending the Charlotte, Collier, or LaBelle Campus' should contact their respective Financial Aid Office regarding VA.

Contact Information

Monday - Friday: 8:30 - 4:30
Email all inquiries at

Telephone: 239-489-9398
Fax: 239-432-5236


Lee Campus Howard Hall (Q), Room 106 and 107
Veterans/students attending the Charlotte, Collier, or LaBelle Campus' should contact their respective Financial Aid Office regarding VA.

VA Work Study

The VA work-study allowance is available to persons receive VA approved funding for at least 3/4 time basis under the following programs:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill—(38 U.S.C. Chapter 33) (Veterans and transfer-of-entitlement recipients)
  • Montgomery GI Bill—Active Duty (38 U.S.C. Chapter 30)
  • REAP Participants
  • Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve (10 U.S.C. Chapter 1606)
  • Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (38 U.S.C. Chapter 32)
  • Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (38 U.S.C. Chapter 35)
  • Eligible dependents under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 35 may use work study only while training in a State
  • National Call to Service Participants
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program — (38 U.S.C. Chapter 31)

You'll earn an hourly wage equal to the Federal minimum wage or your State minimum wage, whichever is greater.

If you are interested in applying for VA work study, please reach out to Colette or Amey for more details and to obtain an application.

Military Transcripts

It is important to remember, if you are a veteran, the VA requires FSW to receive your military education transcripts within the first two semesters. After your first semester a hold will be placed onto your account, preventing you from registering for the next semester, until they are received. Most branches can request their military transcripts online using the DoD website and request them to be sent to Florida SouthWestern State College. If you served in the United States Air Force you will need to follow the instructions after clicking here.