GI Bill and Excelsior

Discussion in 'Military-related education topics' started by wfready, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. wfready

    wfready New Member

    Does anyone know exactly how is the GI bill applied to Excelsior? Secondly, how would VA know if I was fulltime/parttime?
    (I have emailed the VA and they are not exactly the quickest responders! <g>)

    Excelsior has NO classes so how would they rate your status??

    If it were by how many classes you took at ANOTHER school then, you really would have GI bill bennies for Excelsior, it wold be for the college you are taking the course!

    If anybody has used their GI bill on Excelsior, please let me know!
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Rob

    Rob New Member

    Excelsior seems to be military-friendly. They have an office for military students, so you may want to contact them direct.
    [email protected]

    Good luck.
  3. cazador

    cazador New Member

    it's not a problem. Excesior has a veteran's office that will assist you in obtaining the necessary forms from the schools you are using to obtain credit, and will assist you in completing the paperwork.

  4. jester

    jester New Member

    Your status (full-time, part-time, etc.) is determined by the number of classes your're taking at the traditional school (the school which you will be transferring credits FROM into your Excelsior College degree program) you attend. I'm finishing up a degree from Excelsior College and this is how I do it: At the end of every quarter I decide which classes to take for the coming quarter and send a signed letter to Excelsior College which lists the classes, a URL where they can get to the course description, etc. They then fax a course approval letter to the VA office at my school and they process it. It works okay but keep in mind that you have to pay for your courses first, and the VA reimburses you later. The VA IS slow, like you said, but once you're in their system, they DO manage to get the monthly checks to you; but getting into their system at first is the killer, time wise.

    My school is on the quarter hour system, and if I take four 3-quarter hour classes for a total of 12 quarter hours I'm considered full-time and get around $650-$675 per month (can't remember the exact amount-sorry). But, this is ONLY WHILE I'M ACTUALLY IN SCHOOL. If, for example, the last day of school is on the 5th of the month, the last check would be:

    (Entitlement [in this case, say $650] divided by 30) multiplied by 5.

    Anyway, I hope that's of some help.
  5. wfready

    wfready New Member

    Thank you very much, Jester!

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