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Support You Can Count On

Beyond the excellent support we provide our veterans, military service members, and their families, we also provide them with a wide range of educational benefits that make it easier to earn a degree and advance their careers at Mercer.
Military Veteran Student Success Team

Scott Mahone, LTC (R)
Assistant Director of Operations, Regional Academic Centers
678.547.6551 | mahone_s@mercer.edu
Contact Scott for questions regarding the admissions process for veterans and active duty members, the Troops to Teachers Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill education entitlements, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), Chapter 35 eligibility, or the Yellow Ribbon program.

Marcy Mobini
Veterans Coordinator
478.301.2683 | mobini_mm@mercer.edu
Contact Marcy for assistance with completing the application for VA education benefits and eligibility certification.

Kim Meredith, LPC, NCC, CFCC
Assistant Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development
678.547.6584 | meredith_kc@mercer.edu | Career Resources for Veterans
Contact Kim for career development assistance.

Gary Hollums
Director of Operations, Regional Academic Center
678.547.6370 | hollums_g@mercer.edu
Contact Gary with general questions.

VA Education Benefits

Military service offers a tremendous array of education benefits for you and your family, and Mercer is dedicated to supporting our servicemen, women, and veterans through a wide selection of education benefit programs. Programs offered to active duty military members, veterans, and family members, include:

Post-9/11 “Forever” GI Bill Benefits
For military members who served honorably on or after September 10, 2001, this bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits without time limitations. Benefits are generally payable for 15 years following release from active duty. Payments are based on the amount of service completed after September 10, 2001. Visit www.va.gov for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefit rates for the current academic year.

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can now transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children for attendance to Mercer University.

Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)
A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. (Rates as of May 2017: Macon location: $1,248.00; Atlanta location: $1,458.00).

Annual Books and Supplies Stipend
An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000.00 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

Yellow Ribbon Benefits
Mercer University also participates in the Expanded Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. This program can partially or fully reimburse the difference between your tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate, depending on your eligibility. The University can contribute a specified dollar amount of those expenses, and VA will match the contribution, not to exceed 50% of the difference. Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
Veterans and service members may be eligible for opportunities and services offered through Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E). Learn more.

Montgomery GI Bill
The MGIB-AD program—sometimes referred to as Chapter 30—provides education benefits to veterans and service members who have at least two years of active duty. Benefits are generally payable for 10 years following release from honorable active service. Eligible Service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid is based on the type of training, length of military service, college fund eligibility, and contributions to the $600 buy-up program. Eligible members have up to 10 years to use MGIB benefits with some limited exceptions.

Fry Scholarship (Chapter 33)
The Fry Scholarship added a new eligibility criterion to Chapter 33. The benefit is available to the children and surviving spouses of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Pays a benefit equal to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. If you are a child, you generally must use your benefits between the ages of 18 and 26. If you are the spouse, your benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of your spouse.

Troops to Teachers
Pending availability of funds, Troops to Teachers financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals as stipends up to $5,000 to help pay for teacher certification costs, or as bonuses of $10,000 to teach in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. Participants who accept the stipend or bonus must agree to teach for three years in schools that serve students from low-income families in accordance with the authorizing legislation. Learn more.

How to Start VA Programs
  • Submit an application for admission at admissions.mercer.edu. Be sure to indicate veteran status on your application.
  • Visit the VA website (www.va.gov) and apply for education and training benefits. The VA Regional Processing Office will promptly process your application and determine eligibility.
  • If you are a transfer student, use VA Form 22-1995.
  • If you are a survivor or dependent of a veteran, use VA Form 22-5490.
  • For VOC-REHAB eligible veterans at 100% rate, use VA Form 28-1900.

Mercer University will submit enrollment verification and tuition/fees to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tuition and fees for chapters 31 and 33 are paid directly to Mercer’s Office of the Bursar. VA will send monthly payments for all other chapters (30, 35, 1606, 1607) to the students via direct deposit. If a student is eligible for other benefits (monthly housing allowance, books and supplies stipend, or rural benefit payment), they will be paid directly to the student via direct deposit.

Military Veteran Student Success Team VA Education Benefits How to Start VA Programs

Scott Mahone, LTC (R)
Assistant Director of Operations, Regional Academic Centers
678.547.6551 | mahone_s@mercer.edu
Contact Scott for questions regarding the admissions process for veterans and active duty members, the Troops to Teachers Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill education entitlements, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), Chapter 35 eligibility, or the Yellow Ribbon program.

Marcy Mobini
Veterans Coordinator
478.301.2683 | mobini_mm@mercer.edu
Contact Marcy for assistance with completing the application for VA education benefits and eligibility certification.

Kim Meredith, LPC, NCC, CFCC
Assistant Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development
678.547.6584 | meredith_kc@mercer.edu | Career Resources for Veterans
Contact Kim for career development assistance.

Gary Hollums
Director of Operations, Regional Academic Center
678.547.6370 | hollums_g@mercer.edu
Contact Gary with general questions.

Military service offers a tremendous array of education benefits for you and your family, and Mercer is dedicated to supporting our servicemen, women, and veterans through a wide selection of education benefit programs. Programs offered to active duty military members, veterans, and family members, include:

Post-9/11 “Forever” GI Bill Benefits
For military members who served honorably on or after September 10, 2001, this bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits without time limitations. Benefits are generally payable for 15 years following release from active duty. Payments are based on the amount of service completed after September 10, 2001. Visit www.va.gov for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefit rates for the current academic year.

Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can now transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children for attendance to Mercer University.

Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)
A monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. (Rates as of May 2017: Macon location: $1,248.00; Atlanta location: $1,458.00).

Annual Books and Supplies Stipend
An annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000.00 paid proportionately based on enrollment.

Yellow Ribbon Benefits
Mercer University also participates in the Expanded Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program. This program can partially or fully reimburse the difference between your tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate, depending on your eligibility. The University can contribute a specified dollar amount of those expenses, and VA will match the contribution, not to exceed 50% of the difference. Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
Veterans and service members may be eligible for opportunities and services offered through Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E). Learn more.

Montgomery GI Bill
The MGIB-AD program—sometimes referred to as Chapter 30—provides education benefits to veterans and service members who have at least two years of active duty. Benefits are generally payable for 10 years following release from honorable active service. Eligible Service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid is based on the type of training, length of military service, college fund eligibility, and contributions to the $600 buy-up program. Eligible members have up to 10 years to use MGIB benefits with some limited exceptions.

Fry Scholarship (Chapter 33)
The Fry Scholarship added a new eligibility criterion to Chapter 33. The benefit is available to the children and surviving spouses of service members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Pays a benefit equal to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. If you are a child, you generally must use your benefits between the ages of 18 and 26. If you are the spouse, your benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of your spouse.

Troops to Teachers
Pending availability of funds, Troops to Teachers financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals as stipends up to $5,000 to help pay for teacher certification costs, or as bonuses of $10,000 to teach in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. Participants who accept the stipend or bonus must agree to teach for three years in schools that serve students from low-income families in accordance with the authorizing legislation. Learn more.

  • Submit an application for admission at admissions.mercer.edu. Be sure to indicate veteran status on your application.
  • Visit the VA website (www.va.gov) and apply for education and training benefits. The VA Regional Processing Office will promptly process your application and determine eligibility.
  • If you are a transfer student, use VA Form 22-1995.
  • If you are a survivor or dependent of a veteran, use VA Form 22-5490.
  • For VOC-REHAB eligible veterans at 100% rate, use VA Form 28-1900.

Mercer University will submit enrollment verification and tuition/fees to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Tuition and fees for chapters 31 and 33 are paid directly to Mercer’s Office of the Bursar. VA will send monthly payments for all other chapters (30, 35, 1606, 1607) to the students via direct deposit. If a student is eligible for other benefits (monthly housing allowance, books and supplies stipend, or rural benefit payment), they will be paid directly to the student via direct deposit.