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COVID 19 updates:

4/8/2020:

Greetings from the VA Debt Management Center (DMC),

In response to the current environment with COVID-19, the VA Debt Management Center (DMC) is suspending all actions on Veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the Treasury Department for sixty days. This suspension covers institutions as well as Veterans. We will evaluate extension of this timeline should the situation with COVID-19 warrant. If the suspension is extended, we will update our website (www.va.gov/debtman) to reflect the change and automatically extend suspensions for affected Veterans and institutions. 

We are also suspending collection action or extending repayment terms on preexisting VA debts for Veterans, as the Veteran prefers. Please continue to encourage Veterans and family members affected by COVID-19 (CORONA Virus) who have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief to contact the DMC at 1-800-827-0648 to request assistance. 

More information can be found on www.va.gov/debtman 


Fry Recipients

VA now has a dedicated phone line for GI Bill beneficiaries who are a surviving spouse or child of an active duty service member who died in the line of duty and need assistance with their education benefits. A child or surviving spouse can contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 and select Option 5.  A highly trained agent with specialized training in survivor benefits will be ready to assist the caller with their education benefits or survivor-related resources.  Agents will be available Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST.


Post 9/11

The Forever GI Bill has passed and VA is working to determine how to implement the changes. Please reference the VA's Forever GI Bill website for more information about the provisions and when they go into effect.


Chapter 1606/1607

Effective Spring 2015 semester and forward - per DOD policy, students cannot use Chapter 1606/1607 and Federal TA for the same course.

How to get a copy of your DD-214 Member 4 - Visit https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal and create a premium account. This will give you access to your military documents, including your DD-214 Member 4 copy. The Member-4 version is preferred by VA when applying for educational benefits.

JMU now offers Advance Registration to Active Duty, Veterans, National Guard and Reserve Members (undergraduate students only).  Please reference this link for information and what documentation you need to provide to receive this benefit.


Chapter 35

Effective 8/1/2018, the new Forever GI Bill decreases the amount of entitlement that new eligible individuals will receive under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program from 45 months to 36 months. This change applies to individuals who first enroll in programs of education after August 1, 2018.  Individuals who first enrolled in a program of education prior to August 1, 2018, would still qualify for a maximum of 45 months of entitlement. 

Effective 10/1/2018, the amount of educational assistance payable for pursuit of institutional courses and institutional courses under the DEA program. An eligible person will be entitled to a monthly allowance of $1,224 for full-time coursework, $967 for three-quarter time, and $710 for half-time coursework. 

Notice - You may also be eligible for the Virginia state tuition waiver benefit - Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (MSDEP). Visit our website and the Virginia DVS website for more information.

Receiving VA Benefits does not automatically qualify a dependent/spouse for in-state tuition/residency (if from out-of-state). There are certain requirements that must be met to qualify. Please direct any questions to Admissions at 540-568-5681 if you are a prospective/in-coming student or contact Linda Combs in the Business Office at 540-568-3745 or combslc@jmu.edu if you are a current student (for reclassification).

Please pay all student account charges by the University Business Office deadlines each semester. Chapter 35 benefits pay a monthly stipend that goes directly to the student; therefore, JMU requires Chapter 35 recipients to make arrangements (monthly payment plan, check, loans, grants, financial aid, etc) to cover account charges by the traditional payment deadlines. If you are eligible for the Virginia benefit MSDEP, then that can be factored into covering your account charges (for tuition)

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