Jun 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Military and Educational Benefits

Active Duty and/or Veteran Military Personnel

We want our active duty and veteran students to understand that the Office of the Registrar provides several options in recognition of their service to our country.

We Offer:

Called to Active Duty During the Semester

Students, who are in good standing when called to active duty during the semester…

  • will be granted a leave of absence, after notifying the Office of the Registrar of his or her deployment via WSSU e-mail, in person, or in writing. “Additionally, we require a copy of the student’s orders be provided for our records, unless giving such notice is precluded by military necessity, such as mission, operation, exercise, or requirement that is classified or a pending or ongoing mission, operation, exercise, or requirement that may be compromised or otherwise adversely affected by public knowledge.” (HEA Sec 484C(c)(1) (A)(B)(C)). This leave of absence status would end three (3) years after the completion of the period of service. Students, who were on academic probation or suspension and/or were away longer than three calendar years following completion of service, are subject to the normal readmission requirements.
  • will be credited 100% of all tuition and fees during the call to service. [Note: Any financial aid refunds received will need to be returned]
  • will not be required to submit a re-enrolling application and associated fee upon return from active duty. Students simply notify the Office of the Registrar of their intent to return, no later than three (3) years after the completion of active duty. For students hospitalized or convalescing from an illness or injury during the active duty time period, would need to notify the Office of the Registrar of their intent to return no later than two (2) years after the completion of active duty. 

College Elective Credit

  • Winston-Salem State University students that have military experience may earn college elective transfer credit by providing us with a Joint Services Transcript. WSSU reviews the transcript, recommendations and awards credit for programs and experiences under lower baccalaureate and higher baccalaureate areas
  • With the verification of Basic or Recruit Training, WSSU will waive the student’s physical education requirement of HED 1200 and PED 1200. Alternately the student may choose to provide us with the DD-214 Discharge Document, and if in good standing at the time of separation, we will waive the physical education requirement
  • For more information about military transfer credit, see our Transfer Credits Equivalents page ( https://www.wssu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer-applicants/transfer-credits.html). To determine what credit is available for your military training and military occupation specialty (MOS), select Military-Americas for the state. From there, choose Military Credit (MC). If you don’t see your training or MOS, it simply means it has not been evaluated yet
  • Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine military transcripts can be requested through Joint Services Transcripts (JST).
  • Air Force transcripts can be requested by contacting the Community College of the Air Force Registrar’s Office at 334-649-5080

In-State Residency

Active duty personnel and their families can apply for in-state residency based on their current level of service.

Veterans Choice Act

This benefit provides the in-state tuition rate to qualified veterans and dependents. To be eligible for the benefit, the veteran or dependent student using a transferred post 9/11 G.I. Bill® must: 

  • Enroll in an institution of higher learning within three years of discharge from active duty service of 90 days or more prior to the first day of the semester the students intends to enroll in. (Ex. Spring 2016 semester begins January 11th, veteran service member must have a discharge date after January 11, 2013 and before January 10, 2016 regardless if the benefit is being used by the veteran or dependent student.
  • Be eligible for and using Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty Education Assistance Program) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 Educational Assistance) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
  • Demonstrate “proof of abode” in North Carolina (Ex. copy of NC driver’s license, copy of lease/letter from landlord, copy of NC utility bill, etc.)
  • Intend to establish residency in North Carolina
  • Be eligible for and using Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill Active Duty Education Assistance Program) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 Educational Assistance) U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits or the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

Upon request you must submit:

  • Veteran’s Choice Act Form
  • DD214 
  • Proof of Abode in North Carolina
  • Proof of GI Bill Eligibility

Note: Starting August 1, 2022, if you’re using benefits through the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program, you’ll be eligible for in-state tuition rates.

Veteran Choice Act handout

Veteran Affairs Pending Payment 

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA.  This school will not:

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment.
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student.
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding.
  • Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class.
  • Provide a written request to be certified.
  • Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

Winston-Salem State University does hereby certify this to be true and correct in content and policy, effective August 1, 2022.