Veterans Administration Education Programs

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty – Chapter 30

What Is The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty ?

The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, called “MGIB” for short, provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans for:

  • College, Business, Technical or Vocational school
  • Tuition assistance “Top-up”
  • Apprenticeship/Job Training
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Remedial, Deficiency, and Refresher Training (in some cases)
  • Flight Training (in some cases)
  • The cost of tests for licenses or certifications needed to get, keep, or advance in a job

Post-Vietnam Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) – Chapter 32

What Is VEAP?

The Post-Vietnam Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program, or “VEAP” for short, is an education benefit for veterans who paid into VEAP while they were in the service. Eligible veterans may be entitled to as much as 36 months of training. Eligibility usually ends 10 years after getting out of the service, but the time limit can be longer in certain cases. Eligible veterans may pursue any of the following types of training:

  • College or University Programs
  • Correspondence Courses
  • Business, Technical or Vocational Training
  • Flight Training, in some cases
  • Apprentice/On-the-Job Training
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Remedial, Deficiency, and Refresher Training (in some cases)
  • The cost of tests for licenses or certifications needed to get, keep, or advance a job

Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance – Chapter 35

What Is Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance?

Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance is an education benefit for eligible spouses and children of certain veterans. Eligible persons can receive up to 45 months of full-time or equivalent benefits for:

  • College, Business, Technical or Vocational Courses, High School Diploma or GED, Independent Study or Distance Learning courses
  • Correspondence Courses (Spouses Only), Apprenticeship/Job Training
  • Remedial, Deficiency, and Refresher Training (in some cases)
  • The cost of tests for licenses or certifications needed to get, keep, or advance in a job

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve – Chapter 106

What is the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve?

The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve is an education program that provides up to 36 months of benefits to members of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air Guard. It is the first program that doesn’t require a person to serve on active duty in the regular Armed Forces to qualify.

An eligible reservist may get education benefits while in a program approved for VA training.

Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)

What is REAP?

The Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) provides education assistance to Guard and Reservists who have served 90 days or more in a contingency operation after September 11, 2001.

Who is Eligible?

Basic Eligibility Criteria (DoD and DHS [Coast Guard] determine eligibility to this program):

  1. Must have been called to active duty under federal authority for a contingency operation as determined by Congress or the President.
  2. Must have served on active duty in a contingency operation for at least 90 continuous days after September 11, 2001.
  3. Must remain within your component to use benefits.

How Long Do I Have to Use My Benefits?

You have 36 months of full time entitlement to use. Your benefits begin after the 90day minimum service period is completed. There is no time limit for using benefits provided you remain within your component. Once you leave your component or are discharged (except for disability), your eligibility to REAP benefits will end.

Accelerated Payment for MGIB-AD

Available to MGIB-AD recipients only

An accelerated payment is a lump sum payment of 60% of tuition and fees for certain high cost, high tech programs. To qualify, you must be enrolled in a high tech program and you must certify that you intend to seek employment in a high tech industry as defined by VA. Accelerated payment is paid instead of Montgomery GI Bill benefits that you would otherwise receive.

Licensing and Certification

You can receive reimbursement for licensing and certification tests you take on or after March 1, 2001. (MGIB-AD, VEAP & DEA beneficiaries only.) Effective January 6, 2006 MGIB-SR & REAP participants became eligible for this program. These tests must be specifically approved for the G.I. Bill. VA can pay only for the cost of the tests, up to $2,000.00, and not other fees connected with obtaining a license or certification. VA will pay for tests even if failed.

Tuition Assistance Top UP

Available to MGIB-AD

On October 30, 2000, the President signed into law an amendment to the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty education program that permits VA to pay a Tuition Assistance Top- up benefit. The amount of the benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military for the course.

Educational Assistance Test Program Section 901 of Public Law 96-342

Section 901 is an Educational Assistance Test Program created by the Department of Defense Authorization Act of 1981 (Public Law 96-342) to encourage enlistment and reenlistment in the Armed Forces. Benefits are available to individuals who entered on active duty after September 30, 1980, and before October 1, 1981 (or before October 1, 1982, if entry was under a delayed enlistment contract signed between September 30, 1980, and October 1, 1981).

NOTE: Although Public Law 96-342 established a beginning date for the test program as October 1, 1980, the military service departments did not start offering the test program to new enlistees until December 1, 1980.

Air Force Eligibility Requirements for Section 901. All three of the following criteria must have been met to establish eligibility for this benefit.

  • Must have enlisted between December 1, 1980 and September 30, 1981.
  • Enlistment must have been in one of the following Air Force Specialties: 20723, 20731, 20830, 46130, 46230A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, or Z, 46430, 81130
  • Enlistment must have taken place at one of the following locations: Beckley, WV; Buffalo, NY; Dallas, TX; Fargo, ND; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Seattle, WA; Sioux Falls, SD; Syracuse, NY

Work-Study Program

This program is available to any student receiving VA education benefits who is attending school three-quarter time or more. An individual working under this program may work at the school veterans’ office, VA Regional Office, VA Medical Facilities, or at approved State employment offices. Work-study students are paid at either the state or Federal minimum wage, which ever is greater.

Tutorial Assistance Program

Tutorial assistance is available if you are receiving VA educational assistance at the half-time or more rates and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary. If you have questions on this program please contact our toll-free number 1-888-442-4551.

Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors (REPS)

This program restores certain Social Security benefits that were reduced or terminated. The benefit is payable to certain spouses and school age children who are survivors of Armed Forces members who died while on active duty before August 12, 1981 or died from disabilities relative to active duty before this date.

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program

The Military Survivors and Dependents Program (MSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90 percent disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Virginia National Guard Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism or as the result of a terrorist act, a peace-keeping mission, or any armed conflict after December 6, 1941. This program may pay for tuition and fees at any state-supported college or university. This program waives tuition and fees in Virginia. Benefits are available for up to four years.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a website for returning Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members.

Welcome home and thank you for your service to our country in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom!

VA is ready to provide health care and more to our newest veterans returning from the armed services. Here are some of the benefits VA provides —

  • Five Years of Enhanced Health Care. You are eligible to receive enhanced VA health care benefits for 5 years following your military separation date. Whether or not you choose to use VA health care after separation, you must enroll with VA within 5 years to get health care benefits later on.
  • Dental Benefits. You may be eligible for one-time dental care but you must apply for a dental exam within 180 days of your separation date.
  • OEF/OIF Program. Every VA Medical Center has a team standing ready to welcome OIF/OEF service members and help coordinate their care. Check the home page of your local VA Medical Center.
  • Primary Health Care for Veterans. VA provides general and specialized health care services to meet the unique needs of veterans returning from combat deployments.
  • Non-Health Benefits. Other benefits available from the Veterans Benefits Administration may include: financial benefits, home loans, vocational rehabilitation, education, and more.