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Veteran’s Affairs

Veteran’s Affairs

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to provide training for eligible persons under the Montgomery GI Bill® Program for Chapter 30, Chapter 35, Chapter 1606 and Chapter 1607 Post 09/11 Chapter 33. GI Bill is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/. Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing does not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Please contact our Registrar’s Office for further information at 508-941-7042. 

  • Point of Contact for academic advising is Marlene Bohn, Registrar and VA Certifying Official at 508-941-7042, mbohn@signature-healthcare.org
  • Point of Contact for financial advising is Jeannie Gonzales, Financial Aid Officer at 508-941-7052, jgonzales@signature-healthcare.org
  • Point of Contact for disability counseling is Meghan Buchanan, Coordinator of Counseling and Student Services at 508-941-7050, mbuchanan@signature-healthcare.org

SH/BHSON Requirements for Students receiving Veteran’s Benefits SH/BHSON requires applicants who anticipate receiving Veteran’s Benefits to self-identify during the application process. This will ensure that individual will receive the mandated Individualized Educational Plan and the Personalized Shopping Sheet per the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020.

Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 ("Choice Act") requires VA to disapprove programs of education for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montegomery GI Bill-Active Duty and public institutions of higher learning if the schools charge qualifying Veterans and dependents tuition and fees in excess of the rate of resident students for terms beginning after July 1, 2015 (and July 1, 2017 for the new updates). SH/BHSON does not fifferentiate between in-state or out of state students for tuition purposes.

Colmery Act -  Section 103, PL115-407
Effective August 1, 2019
Any student using Chapter 31 or Chapter 33 benefits is covered under the Colmery Act.  Protection commences when the student provides the school with a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or statement of benefits.

Prevents a school from penalizing a student while waiting for tuition and fees payment from the VA.

  • Schools can't deny a student access to institutual facilities
  • Schools can't force a student to borrow money to pay for tuition and fees while waiting for payment from the VA
  • Schools can't charge a student who is waiting for tuition and fees payment from the VA a late/penality fees
Schools can require:
  • Students to submit a COE or statement of benefits no later than the first day of the program
  • Students to submit a written request to use VA benefits
  • Students to provide additional informaiton to ensure proper enrollment certification by the school
Schools may require additional payment or a fee for the difference between the amount of the studnet's financial obligation to the school and the amount of th eVA benefits disbursed.

Financial Aid for Students Receiving Veteran’s Benefits
The Financial Aid Officer will inform students receiving Veteran’s Benefits of the availability and eligibility for all financial aid resources prior to awarding student loans or alternative financing. The financial aid resources may include but are not limited to grants, outside and institutional scholarships

Delayed VA Payments
Under S2248 PL 115-407 Section 103, Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital School of Nursing will not impose a late fee, denial of access to facilities, or other penalty against a veteran or eligible dependent due to a late payment of tuition and/or fees from the VA up to the certified benefits amount.  Any portion of the student bill not covered by VA benefits is still expected to be setteled by the due date.

Prior Credit
Signature Healthcare Brockton Hosptial School of Nursing maintains written records of previous education and training of the veteran or eligible person and indicates appropriate credit has been given for previous education and training.

Break in Enrollment due to Service Member Requirements
If a Service member or reservists is temporarily unable to attend due to service requirements, SH/BHSON will readmit the student without reapplication required. The Service member or reservists must notify the Registrar of the anticipated timeframe for the absence in writing, email is sufficient. Upon return, the Service member or reservist will return to their last incomplete semester. If the Service member or reservist does not return within one year, they may be required to audit or enroll in a prior class taken at no cost.

Individualized Education
Plan Per the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, SH/BHSON will provide each student receiving Veteran’s Benefits an Individualized Educational Plan for the program. Students receiving Veteran’s Benefits will be required to sign and return a copy prior to the start of freshman year, thus approving the course(s). Prior to the state of each semester the student will receive a list of projected courses for their approval. This form must be signed and returned to the Registrar’s Office for enrollment to continue.
This Individualized Plan will include the following:
  • Accepted Transfer Courses
  • Course Requirements
  • Class Start and End dates
  • Timeline to Graduate
  • Graduation Requirements


Personalized Shopping Sheet
Students receiving Veteran’s Benefits will receive a Personalized Shopping Sheet. This will detail the available options for financial aid, grants, loans and payment plans. Also included will be the following estimated costs:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Uniform
  • Health Insurance
  • LPN Advanced Placement Exam Fee
  • Current cost of NCLEX-RN Exam