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Social Security Benefits

Students eligible to receive social security benefits should contact their local Social Security Office for more information. 

Veterans Benefits

Students may apply for educational benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Dependents of some disabled or deceased veterans may qualify for educational benefits. For more information contact Ms. Florence Marshall of the Veterans Affairs Office on the campus of Virginia State University at (804) 524-5928. 

State Vocational Rehabilitation

Disabled or handicapped persons may qualify for educational assistance through the Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. These persons are required by the Department to apply for financial assistance through Virginia State University. 

Active Duty Personnel

Active duty military personnel may qualify for partial payment of tuition costs through either VA Assistance or the Tuition Aid Program of the Armed. For information about the Armed Forces Tuition Aid Program, contact your Educational Services Office. For more information contact Ms. Florence Marshall of the Veterans Affairs Office on the campus of Virginia State University at (804) 524-5928. 

Virginia War Orphans Education Program

The Virginia War Orphans Education Program provides educational assistance for children, or surviving children of certain veterans or service personnel. To be eligible for assistance under this program, an applicant must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

  • The applicant must be no less than sixteen (16) years of age or no more than twenty-five (25) years of age.
  • One of the applicant's parents must have served in the armed forces of the United States; and must be permanently and totally disabled due to an injury or disease incurred in a time of war or other period of armed conflict; or
  • One of the applicant's parents must have died as a result of injury or disease incurred in a time of war or other period of armed conflict; or
  • One of the applicant's parents must be listed as a prisoner of war or missing in action.
  • The applicant's parent, on which eligibility is based, must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time of entry into active military duty; or
  • The applicant's parent, on which eligibility is based, must have been a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for at least 10 consecutive years immediately prior to the date of application.
  • The applicant must provide written verification attesting to his or her acceptance as a student in either a state-supported secondary or post secondary educational institution.
Eligible individuals are entitled to a maximum of forty-eight (48) months of tuition-free education at state-supported educational or training institutions. Individuals entitled to this benefit may utilize it to pursue any vocational, technical, undergraduate, or graduate program of instruction. Generally, programs listed in the academic catalogs of state-supported institutions are acceptable provided they have a clearly defined educational objective ( i.e., certificate, diploma or degree). 

Requests for applications should be directed to the Director, Division of War Veterans' Claims, Commonwealth of Virginia, 210 Franklin Road, S.W., Roanoke, VA 24011. If possible, applications should be submitted at least four (4) months before the expected date of matriculation. 
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