Military Aid and Related Information

We accept military assistance by way of GI Bill (VA), Military Tuition Assistance (TA), and Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab). To ensure that you receive full benefits promptly, please review the following information. We also advise service members to contact their Educational Services Officer or counselor prior to enrolling at Piedmont.

Military Appreciation Scholarship

Piedmont International University is grateful to all the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. With profound appreciation, we offer a scholarship to those who wish to further their education through the military’s Tuition Assistance program.

This scholarship covers the complete cost of online tuition beyond the $250 per credit hour paid by the military (TA). The students pay no tuition and those who qualify for both Tuition Assistance and the G.I. Bill may receive additional benefits. All other standard fees apply. This award is not stackable with any other institutional aid. There is no award deadline.

Our Spurgeon School of Online Education delivers accredited, interactive, quality education to students anywhere in the world where the internet is available. Our built-in flexibility and seven-week sessions make it convenient for anyone to study the Bible and train for the ministry. Many of our programs are available online in their entirety.

For more information about this scholarship, email finaid@piedmontu.edu or call 1-800-937-5097.

Tuition Assistance (TA)

TA recipients should submit TA course approval to the Financial Aid Office at finaid@piedmontu.edu.  Only TA recipients are eligible for the Military Appreciation Scholarship.

Tuition Assistance is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. If a recipient of TA funds withdraws or stops attending courses (including academic dismissal or expulsion) after beginning attendance he/she may no loner be eligible for the full amount of TA funds. A proration calculation is used to determine the amount of TA funds the student has earned based on the number of days in the enrollment period and the number of days the student actually attended. If a student completes 60% or more of the semester they are considered to have earned all of their TA and will not be required to return any funds. 

Proportion of Total Course Completed As
of the Date of Drop or Withdrawal
        Tuition Assistance Refund
Less than 10%   90% refund
10% up to but not including 20%   80% refund
20% up to but not including 30%   60% refund
30% up to but not including 40%   40% refund
40% up to and including 60%   40% refund
More than 60%   No refund

 
Note: The table above is only used to calculate the amount of TA funds earned. Refund of charges are calculated using the University's refund schedule located on the Schedule of Tuition and Fees.  Also, in instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Piedmont will work with the affected student to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab)

Please submit your enrollment verification worksheet to the Financial Aid Office at finaid@piedmontu.edu. Voc Rehab is invoiced once the recipient’s enrollment is confirmed.

GI Bill (VA)

VA recipients should check out their branch’s requirements and complete the necessary forms.  Submit forms for certification to the Financial Aid Office (SCO) at finaid@piedmontu.edu or by fax to 336.725.5522.  For additional references, see the GI Bill website. VA forms can also be obtained here.

Steps to Applying for VA Benefits

  • Inform the school's certifying official (SCO) of the following: 
    • The type of benefit(s) you plan to use
    • Your current service status
    • Submit copies of all applicable documentation to the SCO. Such documentation may include but is not limited to the following: DD214; Certificate of Eligibility; VA Application for Enrollment (Form 22-1990 or 22-5490). 
    • If you are transferring from another institution in which you have previously used your benefits, please submit a Change in Place of Training form (22-1995) to the VA. Be sure that the SCO receives a copy of this form as well.

Point of Contact

The designated point of contact for all military-related benefits is our Registrar, Jeremy Bontrager.  Mr. Bontrager serves as our SCO for all VA educational benefits and serves as the initial contact for TA and Voc Rehab as well.  Mr. Bontrager can connect you with the appropriate University resources to assist you with academic advising, financial counseling, tutoring, disability services, and career services.  You can reach Mr. Bontrager at 336-714-7994 or registrar@piedmontu.edu.

Readmission of Service Members

Piedmont values our nation's military service members and will provide special provisions for those who are unable to attend classes due to their military service.  Pursuant to Department of Education regulations (34 C.F.R. 668.8), those seeking readmission due to military service will be reinstated with the same status held prior to deployment or service-related absence.  The student (or an appropriate officer) must give oral or written notice of such service to the University as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances.  No notice is required if precluded by military necessity such as classified operations, etc.  The student must give notice when he/she intends to return to classes within three years after the completion of the period of service.  Notices should be made to the Point of Contact designated above.  [Source: Chapter 3 of Volume 2 of the Federal Student Aid Handbook]

 

 

 


 

 

 

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