Veterans Educational Assistance Programs
Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act (Chapter 33):
The Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act signed into law on June 30, 2008 took effect August 1, 2009. The new chapter provides up to 36 months of educational benefits for qualifying veterans up to 15 years following discharge or release from the last period of active duty. A veteran who has served a total of at least 90 consecutive days on active duty in the Armed Forces since September 11, 2001, is eligible. However, the amount of benefits received under the program are determined by the actual amount of accumulated post-9/11 services. To be eligible for the full benefit, a veteran must have three years of active duty after 9/11 or have been discharged due to service-connected duty.
Transfer of Post-9/11 GI-Bill Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
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 August 1, 2009.
Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (CHAPTER 30):
The MGIB-AD program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses may be approved. Benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty.
Montgomery GI Bill Selective Reserve (CHAPTER 1606):
The MGIB-SR program may be available to those who are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve and the Army and Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may also be approved under certain circumstances.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (CHAPTER 1607)
(Chapter 1607) is an educational program that provides up to 36 months or education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), and National Guard, who are called to active service.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) (CHAPTER 32)
VEAP (Chapter 32) is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (CHAPTER 35)
Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (CHAPTER 31)
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
(VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. The mission of VR&E is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Also, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service provide vocational-educational counseling to veterans and certain dependents. VR&E can provide a wide range of vocational and educational counseling services to service members still on active duty, as well as veterans and dependents who are eligible for one of VA’s educational benefit programs.
VA Work Study Benefit
The Work Study Program offers employment to those attending a college or university.
Students must be:
- Enrolled at least ¾ time
- Pursuing a program of education or training under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606 or 1607
It is the student’s responsibility to locate an approved Veterans Affairs Office. A job list is available in the Veterans Affairs Services Center.
The monetary allowance is equal to the prevailing federal minimum wage and is non-taxable.
Monthly Attendance Verification
Monthly Attendance Verification is required for Chapter 30 and Chapter 1606. Veterans must verify their monthly enrollment before the next GI bill payment will be issued. Students must verify their attendance on the last day of the month by either:
The verification is complete when the system indicates that the student is certified.
To continue receiving VA Education Benefits, qualifying enrolled students must provide a copy of their schedule to the Veterans Services Office.
Money Saving Tips
Many students waste valuable time and money taking classes that are unnecessary duplications of previous courses, because they signed up before their military and prior college transcripts were completely evaluated.
Veterans should have all official transcripts from previous colleges and service branches sent to their new school for evaluation, before beginning any classes.