Veterans Benefits Information
VETERANS AFFAIRS EDUCATION BENEFIT OVERVIEW INFORMATION
Summary of Education benefits by chapter
The Montgomery G.I. Bill program provides up to 36 months of benefits to eligible individuals who entered military service on or after July 1, 1985, who had their basic military pay reduced by $100.00 per month for the first 12 months of their service and received a discharge specified as "HONORABLE" are eligible. Participants must have received a high school diploma or its equivalency before the end of your first obligated period of service. Benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty.
A veteran of W.W.II or thereafter who has a service connected disability which entitles him/her to DVA disability compensation and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because the disability creates an unemployable handicap may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits. Professional counselors from the DVA will help you plan an individual program. This includes the services and financial assistance needed to carry out the program.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is effective August 1, 2009. Approved training under the Post 9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits.
For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post 9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009. Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits may also be transferred through the new Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. The scholarship expands eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include children of an active duty service member in the Armed Forces who dies in the line of duty.
Note: VA does not determine eligibility for TEB
Sons, daughters, and spouses of a veteran who dies on active duty, was released from active duty due to a service connected disability, permanently and totally disabled, MIA, POW, or detained by a foreign government while on or in the line of duty, may be eligible for benefits. Generally, the eligibility period for sons and daughters is between the ages of 18 and 26 years of age. A spouse may use educational benefits during a 10 year period after eligibility is found. A surviving spouse may use those benefits during a 10 year period after the veterans death or 10 years after the DVA determines the veterans death was caused by a service connected disability, provided the surviving spouse does not marry.
Individuals who have agreed to serve six years in the selected reserve, on or after July 1,1985, re-enlisted or extended an enlistment for a period of at least six years may be eligible. Click here for general information.
Note: Active duty personnel are reimbursed for tuition and fees only, but are accessed entitlements charges at the rate of attend.
REAP (Chapter 1607 of title 10, U.S. Code) is a new education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) and National Guard who are called or ordered to active service I response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress. A member of the reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S.C., for a contingency operation and who serves at least 90 consecutive days or more is eligible for chapter 1607. National Guard members are also eligible if their active duty is 90 consecutive days or more and their service is : authorized under section 502(f),title 32, U.S.C.,; authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency, and; supported by federal funds.
- Be at least 35 but
- Be no more than 60 years old
- Be unemployed on the date of application
- Have an other than dishonorable discharge
- Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance
- Not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
- Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program
VRAP provides up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. If your training program is three months then VA will pay you three months of benefits. If your training program is 18 months long, VA will only pay up to 12 months.
UNDERSTANDING CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED
The amount of veteran or dependent educational allowance varies according to the chapter eligibility. Standard credit load requirements for determining rate-of-payment are:
- Full time: 12 or more credit hours
- 3/4 time: 9–11 credit hours
- 1/2 time: 6–8 credit hours
- Less than half time: 1–5 credit hours
- Check with Military Outreach Services for summer credit load requirements