The Alabama Fire College is committed to serving our veterans! Our Student Services/Registration Unit will assist veterans and dependents of veterans with information concerning any education benefits for which they qualify. The Alabama Fire College is a non-degree granting institution, as a result, veterans receive benefits according to the number of required clock hours they attend each week. Benefits are not calculated on semester hours. The student must send all required documentation to the Alabama Fire College, 2501 Phoenix Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax the information to (205)391-3757 in order to use his/her benefits at the Alabama Fire College. For more information and office hours, call 1(800)241-2467 and ask for a VA Counselor.
Non-College Degree Institutions
If a program is measured in clock hours, benefits are paid based on clock hours of attendance per week. The beginning date, ending date, and number of clock hours a student is scheduled to attend each week must be reported. If clock hours per week
vary and the benefit amount is affected, the variance must be reported for calendar weeks, Sunday through Saturday, between the beginning and ending dates of the course. Full-time measurement is 18 clock hours if classroom instruction predominates and 22 clock hours if shop practice predominates. The clock hour measurement for all approved programs measured and paid by clock hours is listed in WEAMS (Web-Enabled Approval Management System).
Currently on-campus and regional training center classes only are eligible for VA benefits.
In order to use your VA benefits, all paperwork must be submitted 30 days prior to the start date of the class for which you are applying. At the time of registration, you must submit your Application for Admission, your form of payment, and the official college transcripts from all colleges you have attended.
The Alabama Fire College is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept VA benefits for selected fire science and EMS courses. It is an honor for us to provide this service to our veterans. These benefits include Post-9/11, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, the Montgomery GI Bill, and the Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program. Currently, we are not approved for the DoD Tuition Assistance Program. For all VA students, it is the responsibility of the student to provide the following:
- Certificate of Eligibility
- Official transcripts (to include military transcripts) from all previously attended high schools/colleges
- Transfer of Training Program form VA-22-1995 (if applicable)
- Alabama Fire College Registration Form
- Meet all course requirements before being certified for VA benefits
For VA Vocational Rehabilitation, the student’s Vocational Rehabilitation counselor will need to call the School Certifying Official to make arrangements prior to registration.
Send this information via email to email@example.com
at the time of enrollment. With your registration submission, please identify your method of payment on the registration form or call 1(800)241-2467 with payment information. Applying for Benefits
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill: Contains information about VA education benefit programs, including the GI Bill, Tuition Assistance, Veterans Educational Assistance and others.
- How to Apply for GI Bill Benefits at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill: Electronic online application to apply for GI Bill benefits.
- W.A.V.E. at www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do: Verifications are to be completed on the last calendar day of each month.
- GoArmyED at www.goarmyed.com: GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard, and Army Reserve Soldiers to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online, anytime, anywhere for classroom and distance learning. It allows soldiers to manage their education records including college classes, testing, on-duty classes, and Army Education Counselor support.
VA students can submit applications online at: vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
. If you do not have access to apply online, you can call 1(888)422-4551 and ask that the application be mailed to you.
: Students can register and utilize eBenefits to assist with the following:
- Obtaining up-to-date information on your educational entitlement.
- Update your direct deposit and personal contact information.
- Download VA letters and personal documents.
- View the current status of your payments (both educational and disability). Student must be registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) to obtain either account type.
Students receiving Chapters 30, 35, 1606, and 1607 must verify their enrollment monthly by Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE). Your benefits award letter will describe WAVE. Visit www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do
Student must indicate to SCO (School Certifying Official) what benefit will be used.
Guidelines for using VA benefits to pay for courses at the Alabama Fire College:
- Post 9/11 (Chapter 33): in-state students do not pay tuition up-front.
- Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30): student has to pay tuition up-front.
- Vocational Rehabilitation (VocRehab): student must contact a VocRehab counselor at VA and the counselor must contact the school’s SCO to make arrangements prior to registration.
- Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program (Chapter 35): tuition must be paid before beginning class.
Go to www.ebenefits.va.gov
and apply for your Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Once you receive the COE, you will know which benefit you are eligible for and that will determine what amount you have to pay toward your tuition. In order to receive VA benefits in a timely manner, all paperwork must be submitted 30 days prior to the start date of the class for which you are applying. You will need to send your Alabama Fire College registration form with the following items: certificate of eligibility, official high school diploma and/or transcripts (to include military transcripts) from all previously attended colleges/schools, and Transfer of Training Program form (if applicable).
Alabama Fire College - VA Registration Policy:
If student does not have all required paperwork by start date, student must pay full tuition before starting class. For all other benefits, the student must pay full tuition up front and VA will reimburse the student for the tuition percentage allowed. In some cases, if you are close to your delimited time you may not have enough left in post 9/11 benefits to pay the full tuition. In this case the student will be responsible for the tuition balance owed. Courses Approved for VA benefits: Fire Service
Fire Fighter Bridge
Fire Fighter I/II
Fire Fighter II
Hazardous Materials: Awareness and Operations EMS
Emergency Care Provider (ECP)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)