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Tuition Deferment

The Tuition Deferment Program is set up through USF and the VA. Due to VA payments being delayed at times, a tuition deferment gives the student and the VA an extra 90 days past the start of the semester to pay for a student's tuition and fees.  

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), USF 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.  USF will not:  

  • Prevent the student’s enrollment;
  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student; 
  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding; or
  • 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.

Who is eligible?

All students (veterans and dependents) who apply for VA Education Benefits through our office. A student needs to apply for benefits every semester in order to receive a tuition deferment.

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 

When is the cut-off for receiving a deferment?

You have to submit your Clockwork Education Benefit Request to the Office of Veterans Services by 4:50 PM on the last day of add/drop week the first week of classes). If the submission is late, you are not eligible for a deferment and could be dropped from your classes and receive late fees. As long as you submit your benefits to our office by the end of add/drop week, you will receive a tuition deferment.

What if a student receives late fees, but received a deferment from the Office of Veterans Services?

Fill out a Late Fee Payment Waiver. Turn that form into our office for processing so that we can advocate on your behalf and have the fees removed.