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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

Admission to the University

Applicants Receiving VA and Social Security Benefits

Veterans Benefits
The University of Florida is approved by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)to educate and train veterans, their spouses or their dependents (100 percent disabled or deceased service connected).

Ten federal public laws currently provide education/job-training programs for VA-eligible students. Four programs serve most students:

  • Chapter 30 for U.S. Military Veterans
  • Chapter 31 for Disabled U.S. Military Veterans
  • Chapter 35 for Spouse and Children of Deceased or 100 percent Disabled Veterans (service connected), and
  • Chapter 1606 for personnel in the National Guard or U.S. Military Reserves.

The Office of the University Registrar in 222 Criser Hall coordinates all veterans services and specific program information. Eligible students must submit an Application for Educational Benefits for certification for full-time or part-time educational benefits in accordance with VA rules and regulations. This office also can provide confirmation of student status for VA health care or other benefits.

A full-time undergraduate load for VA or Social Security benefits is 12 credit hours per semester; a full-time graduate load is nine hours.

The Atlanta Regional Processing Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility based on official service records, evidence submitted by the student and applicable laws. Students with established VA program eligibility at another college or university must submit a Change of Program or Place of Training and a UF enrollment verification request to 222 Criser Hall.

At the end of the term, if an undergraduate studentís cumulative grade point average falls below a 2.0 (C) average, the student will receive an academic warning. If at the end of the next term of enrollment, the cumulative GPA remains below 2.0, the student's educational benefits will be terminated and the DVA will be notified of the student's unsatisfactory progress for VA pay purposes. Students must meet the conditions for UF readmission to become eligible again for VA educational programs.

Social Security Benefits
Inquiries related to Social Security benefits should be directed to the studentís local Social Security Office. The Office of the University Registrar will submit enrollment certificates issued by the Social Security Administration for students eligible to receive educational benefits, as long as the student is a full-time undergraduate.

A full-time undergraduate load for VA or Social Security benefits is 12 credit hours per semester; a full-time graduate load is nine hours.