Veteran Services

PHSC's Veteran Services Advisors/School Certifying Officials (SCO) assists student veterans, survivors, eligible dependents, active duty, reserve and guard members with their academic pursuit, VA education benefits and activities.

Veterans Services Advisors/School Certifying Officials (SCO) help ease a student veteran's transition in starting, continuing, or resuming their education. Currently, PHSC offers assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits to more than 600 current student veterans/veteran dependents. Unlike many other colleges and universities, PHSC's Veterans Services Advisors/School Certifying Officials (SCO) also serve as Academic Advisors for the college's student veterans and veteran-eligible family members. This allows PHSC to provide student veterans with excellent customer service and expert advice.

The following sections contains information and references for student veterans, veterans and their eligible dependents. The links to these resources can be found in "Links on this page".

Student Veterans Crisis Line

  • Dial 988 (Press 1)

Veterans Educational Benefits and Resources

The Veterans Educational Benefits program is designed exclusively to provide educational assistance to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and other eligible students who receive benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 USC. Learn more about VA education benefits on the Veterans Affairs Education Benefits page.

For additional information regarding these programs, please contact the veteran academic advisor at your home campus.

Veterans Services Advisors/School Certifying Officials (SCO)

Below, find the nearest PHSC Veteran Advisor Specialist to help guide you through Veterans Education Services at the College:

  • West Campus (New Port Richey)
  • Shelly Bearden: Veteran Services Coordinator; Academic Advisor and VA School Certifying Official
  • East Campus (Dade City)
  • James Dadez: Advisor and VA School Certifying Official
  • North Campus (Brooksville)
  • Heather Fowlds: Advisor and VA School Certifying Official
  • Porter Campus (Wesley Chapel)
  • Chris Morgan: Advisor and VA School Certifying Official
  • Spring Hill Campus
  • Zachary Cabrera: Advisor and VA School Certifying Official

Current Veteran and Dependent Students

  • CW Young Out of State Waiver
  • VA Enrollment Certification and Tuition Deferment Request

New Dependent Students

  • Dependent Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) - 'Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program helps a child(ren) and spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has disabilities, pay for school or job training.
  • Fry Scholarship - Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) may be available for eligible for children and spouses of certain Veterans.
  • Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CSDDV)- scholarships may be available through the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance

New Student Veterans

  • Montgomery GI Bill ® Active Duty (MGIB-AD) (Chapter 30) - helps veterans who have served at least 2 years on active duty who pay for education and training programs.
  • Montgomery GI Bill ® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606) - offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard.
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33) - helps you pay for school or job training.
  • Transfer of Entitlement (Chapter 33) - transfer any of your unused Post-9/11 GI Bill ® benefits to your spouse or dependent children.
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31) - if you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help.

Student Veterans of America

The PHSC Chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA) assists veterans with their needs while in school. The SVA connects Vets to opportunities and enlightens non-veteran students with the experiences that veterans can share with them. To express interest in the SVA, complete the application found in the "Links on this page".

SVA contact: Shelly Bearden