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Savannah Technical College has established a Student Veterans Organization to support our military members, veterans, spouses and dependents.

The primary mission of the Student Veterans Organization is to foster and develop a social network for student veterans and their families with the College.

If you would like to be a part of an exciting student organization, email stc-vahelp@savannahtech.edu.

Savannah Technical College Scholarship Opportunities

Freedom Fund Scholarship
The Freedom Fund scholarship is available to all military affiliated students who are eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill educational benefits with less than 100% rating. The scholarship provides gap funding for tuition and fees as well as assistance with the cost of books and mandatory supplies.

Landings Military Scholarship
The Landings Military Scholarship fund provides funding for military spouses currently using MyCAA. The fund covers tuition when either the fiscal year or program cap under MyCAA is met. The intent of the Landings Scholarship fund is to keep students
progressing in their program of study through completion. For more information on the Freedom Fund and Landings Scholarship, email stc-vahelp@savannahtech.edu.

New Opportunity! CSP Welding for Ingalls Shipbuilding

Transitioning service members (within six months of separation) are eligible for this employment opportunity with Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagula, MS or Newport News, VA. The welding training will be provided through Savannah Technical College and paid for by Ingalls Shipbuilding. Classes are Monday through Thursday during the normal duty day for 16 weeks. Commander approval and pre-employment screening is required to participate. Learn more about this program at www.savannahtech.edu/csp-welding-ingalls.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Full payment of outstanding charges is due to the college the day before the semester begins.

Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill) and Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves): Payment of your benefits are made directly to you. You are responsible for all tuition and fee charges not covered by other financial aid.

Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) and Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill): Payment of your VA tuition and fees benefits are made directly to Savannah Technical College. You are responsible for all tuition and fee charges not covered by your VA education benefits or other financial aid.

Chapter 35 (Dependent Educational Assistance): Payment of your benefits are made directly to you. You are responsible for all tuition and fee charges not covered by other financial aid.

Spring Semester 2019 – Important Dates

January 8:  First Day of Classes

January 8 – 10:  No Harm, No Foul (Students can withdraw with no penalties)

March 11: Summer Mandatory Advisement & Registration Begins

April 19: Summer Mandatory Advisement & Registration Ends

April 29: Last Day to Withdraw with a W

April 29: Last Day of Classes

April 30 – May 6:  Finals Week

May 6: Last Day of Spring Semester

 

Summer Semester 2019 – Important Dates

May 24: Payment Deadline

May 27: Memorial Day Holiday

May 28: First Day of Classes

May 28 – 30: No Harm, No Foul (Students can withdraw with no penalties)

June 17: Fall Mandatory Advisement & Registration Begins

July 19: Fall Mandatory Advisement & Registration Ends

July 12: Last Day to Withdraw with a W

July 27: Last Day of Classes

July 29 – August 3: Finals Week

August 3: Last Day of Summer Semester

Have You Completed Your FAFSA?

Submission of the electronic Financial Student Aid application (FAFSA) is required to qualify for additional funding through Federal and State grants. Go to fafsa.ed.gov and include STC School Code: 005618. You may be eligible for additional funding to assist with the cost of books, supplies, transportation, and living expenses. Please complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA using your 2015 tax information.

Education Benefits

Post-9/11 GI Bill
Post-9/11 GI Bill offers higher education and training benefits to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families who served after September 10, 2001.

Dependents of Veterans
Service members may share their education benefits with immediate family members. The Department of Defense determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family members. Service members can determine their eligibility using Transferring Your Education Benefits, available through milConnect. To learn more visit benefits.va.gov/gibill

Active Duty Tuition Assistance
The Active Duty Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for active duty service members to complete a high school diploma, associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs. Visit Go Army Ed to learn more about the program. www.goarmyed.com/public/public_money_for_college-tuition_assistance.aspx

Active Duty Spouse – MYCAA
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or a degree necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields and occupations. Learn more at www.savannahtech.edu/active-duty-spouse-mycaa

Have You Certified Your Enrollment This Semester?

Veteran, you play a primary role in securing your education benefits each semester. STC does not assume you want to use your benefits. You must request your enrollment be certified each term.

After you meet with your advisor and register for your classes, complete the online Request for Enrollment Certification form at www.savannahtech.edu/enrollment-certification.

The School Certifying Officials (SCO) will certify your enrollment with VA and you will receive an email confirmation when it has been completed.

Use the Online Request for Enrollment Certification When You:

  • Register for the semester
  • Add/Drop a class
  • Withdraw from the College
  • Change your program of study
  • Change your address, phone or email

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use financial aid and VA education benefits at the same time?
Yes. We strongly encourage you to apply for all financial aid that may be available to you, even if you think you will not qualify. The additional funds may be used to help with educational expenses such as books and supplies not covered by the VA, transportation, childcare, and other living expenses.

Are there any scholarships available for Chapter 33 Post 9/11 students that are not 100% eligible?
Yes. The Freedom Funding scholarship is available to veterans who are not eligible for 100% ratings under the 9/11 GI Bill educational benefits. For more information, please email
stc-vahelp@savannahtech.edu.

What is a hybrid course and how does it affect me as a VA student?
A hybrid course is made up of both in-seat (residential) and online coursework. You may spend part of your time in the classroom/lab and use blackboard discussions and submissions for other online content for the course. Depending on how many hours per week you are in the classroom, VA may consider the course to be “online” resulting in reduced BAH. If you are required to complete hybrid courses for your program of study, stop by the Financial Aid Office and speak to the School Certifying Official to verify your schedule and the affect of the hybrid course on your stipend.

When will I receive my first Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) payment?
You won’t receive your first BAH payment until 30 days of enrollment. Payments will be prorated based on the first day of term. If you have additional questions concerning your payments, please contact the VA.

Want to Stay Connected?

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Meet your School Certifying Officials

Savannah (Main Campus)

 

Yisell Davis
Certifying Official

Office:    912.443.4168
ydavis@savannahtech.edu

 

Hinesville (Liberty Campus)

 

Mignon Banks
Financial Aid Technician

Office:     912.408.3024, x6006
mebanks@savannahtech.edu

 

Effingham Campus

 

Velvelyn Bacon
Financial Aid Technician

Office:     912.443.4110
vbacon@savannahtech.edu

2020 Military Times Best For Vets Colleges Award
2020-2021 Military Friendly School Gold Stamp of Achievement
2020-2021 Military Friendly Spouse School Stamp of Achievement
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