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Education Benefits Programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs administers the following benefit programs.   For additional assistance, please contact Veterans Affairs toll free at  1.888.GI-BILL-1 (1.888.442.4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor.
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    The Post - 9/11 G.I. Bill Chapter 33

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. You should complete and submit the application online and you will receive a letter explaining the VA’s decision regarding your eligibility for the program.

    The application requires that individuals currently eligible for benefits under the Montgomery G.I. BILL – Active Duty (MGIB-AD), Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

    Please visit https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/ to complete the online application for VA Education Benefits.

    The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is for 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 G.I. Bill. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. This program will pay eligible individuals:

    • Tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning.
    • A monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school. This non-VA website will help you to determine the BAH for your school's ZIP code..
    • An annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment eligibility.

    If you are enrolled exclusively online you will receive 50% of the National BAH rate.  If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance or books & supplies stipend.

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    Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Chapter 30

    The MGIB 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 under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

    See Payment Rates for current rates of payment.

    $600 Buy-up Program

    Some service members may contribute up to an additional $600 to the G.I. Bill to receive increased monthly benefits.  For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional G.I. Bill benefits. The additional contribution must be made while on active duty. For a listing of the increased monthly rates click HERE.

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    Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) Chapter 1606

    The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you 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 National Guard and the 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 be approved under certain circumstances.

    See Payment Rates for current rates of payment.

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    Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607

    REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

    $600 Buy-up Program

    Some reservists may contribute up to an additional $600 to the G.I. Bill to receive increased monthly benefits.  For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional G.I. Bill benefits. You must be a member of a Ready Reserve component (Selected Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve, or Inactive National Guard) to pay into the “buy-up” program. 

    See Payment Rates for current rates of payment.

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    Survivors And Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA) Chapter 35

    The DEA program provides up to 45 months of educational benefits to eligible dependents of certain veterans.  These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course.  Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

    Please Note: If you began using this program to pay for your school or training before August 1, 2018, you can get benefits for up to 45 months. If you began using the program on or after August 1, 2019, you can get benefits for up to 36 months.

    For more information on Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Benefits, visit here.

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    Vocational Rehabilitation - Chapter 31

    Vocational Rehabilitation is a program whose primary function is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living.  The program offers a number of services to help each eligible disabled veteran reach his or her rehabilitation goal. These services include vocational and personal counseling, education and training, financial aid, job assistance, and, if needed, medical and dental treatment. Services generally last up to 48 months, but they can be extended in certain instances.

    Usually, you must first be awarded a monthly VA disability compensation payment. In some cases, you may be eligible if you aren't getting VA compensation. For example, if you are awaiting discharge from the service because of a disability you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation. Eligibility is also based on you meeting the following conditions:

    •   You served on or after September 16, 1940  AND
    •   Your service-connected disabilities (SCD) are rated at least 20% disabling by VA  AND
    •   You need Vocational Rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap  AND
    •   It has been less than 12 years since VA notified you of your qualified SCD

    If you need training, VA will pay your training costs, such as tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment, and, if needed, special services. While you are in training, VA will also pay you a monthly benefit to help with living expenses, called a subsistence allowance. For details go here.

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