The office of Veterans Affairs is located on the third floor of the
Old Main Administration Building on the Midtown campus of Western
Connecticut State University. The office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., Monday though Friday. Any student who wishes to take
advantage of the benefits that they earned through the Armed Services
should report to our office.
The Connecticut State Board of Education has approved WCSU's
educational programs for the training of veterans. Veterans may take
advantage of their benefits under Chapters 30, 32, 35 and 106.
Additionally, wives, widows and children of veterans approved for
educational benefits should apply to the Veterans Office at WCSU.
Active Duty Education Assistance Program
This program is for those veterans who first entered active duty
beginning July 1, 1985, to the present.
- To receive Chapter 30 benefits, you also must have served at
- Two years of honorable continuous active duty if your first
obligated period of service was less than three years or if you
are now on active duty, or
- Three years of honorable continuous active duty of your
initial obligated period of service was three years or more, or
- Two years of honorable continuous active duty followed by four
years of continuous active duty in the Selected Reserve with
satisfactory participation in training.
- If you were discharged or released for a service-connected
disability, hardship or convenience of the government, you may
still be eligible even if you did not serve the minimum lengths
of time described above.
- If you entered on active duty for the first time on or after
July 1, 1985, your military pay must have been reduced by $100
each month for the first 12 months of your active duty service.
- You must have received a high school diploma or its equivalent
before completing the required service.
- You must have no less than an Honorable Discharge.
Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program
You may be eligible for the program if you can meet the following
- You entered active military service after December 31, 1976.
- You contributed money to V.E.A.P., while on active duty.
- You served for a continuous period of 181 days or more. (If you
had less than 181 days of service, you may be eligible if you were
discharged from active duty because of a service-connected
- If you were an enlistee for the first time after September 7,1980,
or if you were an officer or enlistee who entered on active duty
after October 16, 1981, you must have completed either 24 continuous
months of active duty or the full period for which you were called
or ordered to active duty, whichever is less. This requirement does
not apply if you:
- were discharged or released from active duty under an
early-out discharge (10 U.S.C. 1171), hardship discharge (10
U.S.C. 1173) or for disability incurred in or aggravated in line
of duty, or
- have a compensatory, service-connected disability, or
- entered on active duty after October 16, 1981, and had
previously continuous period of active duty of at least 24
months or had been discharged or released from that period of
service under an early-out discharge (10 U.S.C. 1171).
- You were discharged or released from service under conditions
other than dishonorable.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
Eligibility Requirements: Basic eligibility for Chapter 35 education
benefits may be established for the following categories of students:
Periods of Eligibility:
- Sons, daughters, spouses, and surviving spouse of a veteran who
dies or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a
service-connected disability arising out of active service in the
Armed Forces, or who died from any cause while disabled; and
- The child or spouse of a person who is on active duty as a member
of the Armed Forces and who now is, and for a period of 90 days has
been, listed by the service department concerned as a POW, MIA, or
otherwise forcibly detained by a foreign government or power.
CHILD: Generally, to attend school or take a job training under Chapter
35 Program, a son or daughter must be between 18 and 26 years of age. In
certain circumstances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to
continue after age 26.
SPOUSE or SURVIVING SPOUSE: Educational benefit must be used within
10 years from the date of eligibility is determined or from the date of
death of spouse from whom eligibility is derived. In certain
circumstances, this period may be extended if the spouse or surviving
spouse was prevented from using some portion of his or her educational
benefits because of a physical or mental disability. See Chapter 35,
Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations.
Montgomery G.I. Bill
Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program
National Guard or Rescue Unit
To apply, National Guard or Reservists must obtain DD form 2384
(Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program: notice of Basic
Eligibility) from your National Guard or Reserve Unit. You will need to
submit it with your application.
- If you are an enlisted person, you may be eligible if you
enlisted, re-enlisted, or extended an enlistment in the Selected
Reserve for a period of at least six years during the period
beginning July 1, 1985.
- If you are an officer, you may be eligible if you were appointed
as or are serving as a reserve officer and agree to serve in the
Selected Reserve for at least six years during the period beginning
July 1, 1985. This six-year commitment is in addition to any other
obligated period of service in the Selected Reserve that you may
- You must have completed your initial period of active duty for
training if you had no prior active duty service.
- You must be satisfactorily participating in the Selected Reserve.
- You must have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.
If you served on active duty during a time of war or conflict, and
are admitted as an IN-STATE resident, you may be eligible for a
waiver of tuition.
A Tuition Waiver relieves the benefactor from the responsibility for
payment of tuition. The Tuition Waiver does not apply to other costs and
fees, such as student activity fees, insurance fees, laboratory fees.
There are two main categories of tuition waivers:
A. National Guard Tuition Waiver National
Guard members, who have received a Certificate of Eligibility from the
Adjutant General, and have been admitted to the University as full-time
students and who have registered for classes, can submit the certificate
to the Veteran's Affairs Office. This waiver applies only for the fall
and spring semesters.
B. Connecticut State Tuition Waiver
Public Act 78-175 and Public Act 74-266 authorized the Board of
Trustees of the Connecticut State University to waive the payment of
tuition for veterans, or a dependent child * of a person classified as a
prisoner of war or missing in action. The Board also declares that
qualified summer and part-time students (less than 12 credits) are
entitled to a waiver of 50 percent of tuition cost.
*Dependent children: Must be a dependent child of a
person whom the Armed Forces declared to be missing in action or to
have been a prisoner of war while serving in the Armed Forces after
January 1, 1960.
The following eligibility qualifications must be met for the tuition
Documents Required for V.A. Educational Benefits
- Must have served in the Armed Forces on active duty continuously
for 90 days between January 1, 1964 and July 1, 1975, during a time
- World War II: Dec. 7, 1941, to Dec. 31, 1946
- Korean hostilities: June 27, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955
- Vietnam: Dec 22, 1961, to July 1, 1975
- Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm: Aug. 2, 1990, to
June 30, 1994
- and those engaged in combat or in a combat support role in:
and who have received an Expeditionary medal or letter stating
their involvement in such action.
- Peace-Keeping Mission in Lebanon: Sept. 29, 1982 to March
- Grenada Invasion: Oct. 25, 1983 to Dec. 15, 1983
- Operation Earnest Will (Escort of Kuwaiti Oil Tankers):
Feb. 1, 1987, to July 23, 1987
- Panama Invasion: Dec. 20, 1989, to Jan. 31, 1990
- Must have been released from active duty under honorable
- Must be a resident of Connecticut at the time s/he is accepted by
- Must be matriculated.
Note: Eligibility to receive Veterans'
Affairs Education Benefits is not a determining factor in granting a
Time served in the Military Reserve or National Guard is NOT
considered Active Duty.
AND one or more of the following:
- Western Connect State University Veteran's Registration Form.
- Veterans Affairs Application for benefits,
either a 22-1990 for Veterans or 22-5490 for dependents.
HOW TO CONTACT US:
- Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 30) candidates: Form DD-214
- Montgomery G.I. Bill (Chapter 106) candidates: Form DD-22384
- Transfer students must complete a VA Form 22-1995
(Change of Place or Program Form)
VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE
181 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Program Approval:
Topics Include: Educational Assistance Programs
Veterans Tuition Waivers
Directory of Approved Programs