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In-Person Student Inquiries/Transactions will take place at the Student Services Center (SSC) located in the D. Justin McCarthy Campus Center, Rm 515.
Mon and Tue - 8:30am to 6:30pm
Wed - Fri - 8:30am to 5:00pm

Holiday Hours in effect beginning Dec 25, 2014 thru January 1, 2015:
 - Closed -

Phone: 508-626-4545
Fax: 508-626-4589
E-mail: registrarsoffice
@framingham.edu

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Mailing Address:
Framingham State University
Office of the University Registrar
Dwight Hall 220
100 State Street, PO Box 9101
Framingham MA 01701-9101

Framingham State University is approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for veterans' benefits, and for the education of veterans, war orphans, and the dependents of 100% disabled veterans. Eligible veterans other than Chapter 34 have 10 years from the date of separation from active duty to use their educational benefits. Chapter 34 veteran (old G.I.) benefits expired January 1, 1990. When filing for benefits, eligible veterans should submit a copy of their separation from service (DD214).

The University seeks to provide assistance in obtaining benefits, financial aid and other services for full and part-time students. Filing the benefits and certification of enrollment must be done through the Office of the University Registrar, McCarthy Campus Center Room 515.

Notarized copies of form DD2384 are acceptable for submission to the V.A. All other copies, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc. must be notarized originals.

Categorical Tuition Waiver for Veterans and Active Duty Members
To be eligible for a Categorical Tuition Waiver, a student must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts for at least one year prior to the opening of the academic year;
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • Be in compliance with applicable Selective Service Registration laws;
  • Not be in default of any federal or state student loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid;
  • Be a member of an eligible category as defined below:

Veteran: As provided in M.G.L. Chapter 4, Section 7(43), shall mean: (1) any person  whose last discharge or release was under honorable conditions, and who served for not less than 180 days active service; or
(2)Any person whose last discharge or release was under honorable conditions and who served in the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard, or air force of the United States, or on full time national guard duty under Titles 10 or 32 of the United States Code or under sections 38, 40 and 41 of chapter 33 for not less than 90 days active service, at least 1 day of which was for wartime service, including: Spanish War, World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam, Lebanese peace keeping force, Grenada rescue mission, the Panamanian intervention force, or the Persian Gulf.
**For purposes of tuition waivers, “veteran” shall also include any individual who served for not less than ninety days at least one of which was served in theatre for "Operation Restore Hope" and whose last discharge or release was under honorable conditions.
Armed Forces: An active member of the Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force or Coast Guard stationed and residing in Massachusetts.

  • Present documentation of categorical waiver eligibility to the appropriate college officials;
  • Enroll in at least three undergraduate credits per semester in a state-supported undergraduate degree or certificate program; and
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with federal and institutional standards.

Unlike the G.I. Bill, the Categorical Tuition Waiver does not expire. Assistance can continue as long as the student meets the eligibility criteria.

Specific definitions of "veteran" in each category can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. Those who are eligible must complete and submit a Certificate of Tuition Waiver Form, along with a copy of their separation from service (DD214) and proof of Massachusetts residency, prior to the billing deadline. Certificates must be submitted prior to billing each semester. Veterans whose certificates are not on file prior to receiving bills must pay tuition. A refund will be processed upon receipt and approval of the certificate.

Massachusetts National Guard Tuition Waiver and Federal Tuition Assistance Program

The Massachusetts National Guard Education Assistance Program provides a 100% tuition and fee waiver for active members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard attending a state college, university, or community college program. Assistance can continue as long as you are good academic standing and until you have reached 130 semester hours.

To apply, you must request a Certificate of Eligibility (TAGMA Form 621-3) every 30 credits from the Massachusetts National Guard Education Office. You may request one by calling the office at 508-968-5889.

VALOR Act Academic Credit Evaluation Policy
As per the Valor Act of 2012 (Massachusetts), undergraduate admissions applicants may submit their military transcript via the American Council on Education (ACE) for consideration of academic credit in accordance with University's policy with transfer credit. Framingham State will also review for consideration of academic credit the DANTES DSST exams. This information needs to be provided during the application process to the University. Questions regarding the possible transferability of military credits should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar by email (registrarsoffice@framingham .edu) or by phone (508-626-4545).

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-146) changed the amount of tuition and fee charges which can be reported to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Effective July 1, 2015, public institutions of higher education must charge qualifying veterans and dependents tuition and fees at the rate for in-state residents. Any institution not meeting this requirement will be disapproved by VA for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill.

Individuals qualifying for in-state tuition under Public Law 113-146 are:

  • A Veteran receiving benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the institution within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using transferred benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the institution within 3 years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution is located (regardless of his/her legal state of residence) and enrolls in the institution within three years of the Servicemember’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

If the veteran or dependent enrolls within three years after the veteran’s discharge, the requirement to charge no more than the in-state tuition rate would apply for the duration the individual remains continuously enrolled at the institution.

Definitions of Massachusetts Veterans

M.G.L. ch.4, s.7, clause 43 (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 4, Section 7, Clause 43)

To be a “veteran” under Massachusetts law a person is required to have either:

  • 180 days of active duty service and be discharged or released under honorable conditions - OR -
  • 90 days of active duty service, one day of which is during “wartime” per the chart which follows, and be discharged or released under honorable conditions, except for Vietnam I, which requires 180 days of active duty service (see chart below).

Guard Members

For Guard Members to qualify they must have either:

  • 180 days and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code and have been discharged or released under honorable conditions - OR -
  • Members who were activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. Code or Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 33, sections 38, 40, and 41 must have served 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime, per the chart located on page 3. The members’ last discharge or release must be under honorable conditions.

Reservists

For Reservists to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the chart below..

Minimum service exception (for death or disability)

It is not necessary that an applicant have completed the minimum service for wartime or peacetime campaign if s/he served some time in the campaign and was awarded the Purple Heart, or suffered a service-connected disability per the discharge certificate, or died in the service under honorable conditions.

Training duty exception

Active service in the armed forces, as used in this clause, shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the armed forces of the United States.

Merchant Marine

Any Merchant Marine who served for a period of 90 days in armed conflict between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946, and who received an honorable discharge from the Army, Navy, or Coast Guard of the United States.

Eligible dependents

The following categories of persons may qualify as dependents eligible to receive veterans’ benefits:

  • Spouse of the veteran;
  • Widow or widower of the veteran;
  • Dependent parent of the veteran;
  • Any person who acted as a parent to the veteran for five years immediately preceding the commencement of the veteran’s wartime service;
  • Child of the veteran until his or her 19th birthday;
  • Child of the veteran between 19 years and 24 years of age while the child is attending high school, an institution of higher learning or some other accredited educational institution;
  • Child of the veteran 19 years of age or older who is mentally or physically unable to support him/herself and was affected by the disability prior to his/her 18th birthday;
  • Legally adopted children of the veteran.

Who is not eligible?

None of the following shall be deemed to be a veteran:

  • Any person, who at the time of entering into the armed forces of the United States, had as his/her intention to become a subject or citizen of the United States and withdrew his/her intention under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918;
  • Any person who was discharged from said armed forces on his/her own application or solicitation by reason of his/her being an enemy alien;
  • Any person who has been proven guilty of willful desertion;
  • Any person whose only service in the armed forces of the United States consists of his/her service as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary or as a temporary member of the Coast Guard Reserve, or both;
  • Any person whose last discharge or release from the armed forces is dishonorable or other than honorable.

Chart of definitions

M.G.L. ch. 4, sec.7, cl. 43 as amended by the Acts of 2005, ch. 130

Era of Service

Dates

Requirement for Veteran Status

PEACETIME

12-Nov-1918
15-Sep-1940

180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

WWII
(Merchant Marine: 7-Dec-1941 through 31-Dec-1946)

16-Sep-1940
25-Jul-1947

90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

PEACETIME

26-Jul-1947
24-Jun-1950

180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

KOREA

25-Jun-1950
31-Jan-1955

90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

Korean Defense Service Medal

28-Jul-1954
(to be determined later)

90 days of active duty service, last discharge under honorable conditions and the Korean Defense Service Medal

VIETNAM I

1-Feb-1955
4-Aug-1964

180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

VIETNAM II

5-Aug-1964
7-May-1975

90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

PEACETIME

8-May-1975
1-Aug-1990

180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

Lebanon Campaign *

25-Aug-1982
(to be determined later)

90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

Grenada Campaign *

25-Oct-1983
15-Dec-1983

90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

Panama Campaign *

20-Dec-1989
31-Jan-1990

90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

PERSIAN GULF

2-Aug-1990
(to be determined later)

90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during “wartime” and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.

* Naval and Marine DD214 must indicate Expeditionary Medal. All DD214’s must specify campaign: Lebanon, Granada, or Panama.

For GUARD MEMBERS to qualify they must have 180 days and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code -OR- Members who were activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. Code or Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 33, sections 38, 40, and 41 must have 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime, per the above chart.

For RESERVISTS to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the above chart.

Minimum Service Exception (for Death or Disability): It is not necessary that an applicant have completed the minimum service for wartime or peacetime campaign if s/he served some time in the campaign and was awarded the Purple Heart, or suffered a service-connected disability per the Discharge Certificate, or died in the service under honorable conditions.

Training Duty Exception: Active duty service in the armed forces shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Veterans’ Bill of Rights

M.G.L. ch. 115 and 108 CMR (Code of Massachusetts Regulations)

You have a right to:

  • File a written application for veterans’ benefits at any time. You can insist upon this right, even if told that you are not eligible. 108 CMR 4:02 (1)
  • Receive assistance from your local veterans’ agent in completing your application (M.G.L. ch. 115, s. 3);
  • Receive a full explanation of the services and benefits available under M.G.L. ch. 115, as well as other available benefits;
  • Receive a written notice and explanation of the approval or denial of your application for benefits (108 CMR 8.02);
  • Be treated with dignity and respect and to receive accurate, courteous, and timely service;
  • Appeal and request a hearing if you disagree with any action taken in your case [108 CMR 8.07(1)];
  • Expect confidentiality; personal information will not be collected or used except for the purpose of determining your eligibility for benefits (M.G.L. ch. 40, s.51);
  • Receive fair and equal treatment without regard to sex, race, religion, handicap, ethnicity, or national origin (M.G.L. ch. 151B, s.3);
  • Preference in public employment (M.G.L. ch.31, s.12, 26, 28 and ch. 41, s.112.)

For additional information on your rights, speak to your local city/town VSO, or call the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services (617-210-5480) or visit www.mass.gov/veterans.

Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services

Executive Order No. 483

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services was established in April 2007. The Council advises the Governor and the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Veterans’ Services on issues relating to veterans of the Commonwealth. The Council reviews and assesses state and federal statutes and programs that relate to veterans, and the delivery of services to veterans, including healthcare, education, housing, outreach, training, and retraining. The Council serves as an educational resource for citizens and elected and appointed officials on veterans’ issues. The Lieutenant Governor serves as the chair of the Council.


For additional information on Veterans Services please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Veterans' Guide to Benefits.

Framingham State University

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PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101

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