Retraining program for veterans available at Daytona State

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Certain military veterans have a new option for enrollment at Daytona State College using a specialized grant beginning July 1. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is designed for unemployed veterans between 35 and 60 years old who are not eligible for any other VA educational benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Employment Assistance).

To get started and apply for the tuition assistance, veterans should visit the VA eBenefits website. More information, including a list of eligible programs, can be found at http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm or by calling the benefits department, at 800-827-1000. Once students are approved by the VA, they need to meet with a Daytona State Veterans Benefits representative by calling 386-506-3000.

Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program. The money will be paid directly to the students to pay their tuition and fees. The program is limited to 45,000 students who apply from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2012 and to 54,000 students who apply from Oct. 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014.

The program is only for VA-approved associate of science degrees and certificate programs. Veterans can’t have a dishonorable discharge, cannot be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability and can’t be enrolled in a federal or state job-training program.

For more information on Daytona State’s approved certificates and degrees for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, contact LeeAnn Davis via e-mil at davisl@daytonastate.edu.

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