VA Education Benefit Programs

Active Duty and Veterans:

Post 9-11 GI Bill® - Chapter 33

  • Provides up to 36 months of education benefits, payable up to 15 years from release from active duty
  • Eligibility is based on length of active duty service after September 10, 2001
  • This benefit pays tuition and fee charges directly to the college you choose to attend
  • You will receive a stipend for books and supplies, up to $1000 per fiscal year (August 1 – July 31)
  • If not on active duty, a monthly housing stipend will be paid to you based on your enrollment per semester
  • Click here for more information regarding Chapter 33 Benefits from the GI Bill website

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty – Chapter 30

  • Provides up to 36 months of education benefits to Veterans and Service Members who have at least two years of active duty
  • The benefit is paid to the student directly via a monthly stipend.  The amount of the stipend depends on your college program of study and enrollment each semester or term
  • This benefit does not pay the school directly; therefore, the student is responsible for having a method of payment to cover the cost of attendance.
    • Note: Students may be eligible for Advance Pay when using this benefit.
  • Click here for more information regarding Chapter 30 Benefits from the GI Bill website

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve - Chapter 1606

  • Eligible members of the Selected Reserve may receive up to 36 months of education benefits
  • The benefit is paid to the student directly via a monthly stipend.  The amount of the stipend depends on your college program of study and enrollment each semester or term
  • This benefit does not pay the school directly; therefore, the student is responsible for having a method of payment to cover the cost of attendance
    • Note: Students may be eligible for Advance Pay when using this benefit.
  • Click here for more information regarding Chapter 1606 Benefits from the GI Bill website

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment - Chapter 31

  • This benefit helps Veterans and Service members with service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable careers
  • If approved to receive this benefit, tuition and fees will be paid in full and a voucher will be provided for books and supplies
  • Click here for more information regarding Chapter 31 Benefits

 

Survivors and Dependents:

Post 9-11 Gi Bill® Transfer of Entitlement - Chapter 33

  • Active duty service members, based on approval by the Department of Defense, may transfer all or a portion of his/her unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to his/her spouse and dependents
  • This benefit pays tuition and fee charges directly to the college you choose to attend
  • You will receive a stipend for books and supplies, up to $1000 per fiscal year (August 1 – July 31)
  • Spouses of Active Duty Service Members are not eligible for the monthly housing stipend
  • Dependents will be considered eligible for the monthly housing stipend
  • Click here for more information regarding the Chapter 33 TOE Benefit the GI Bill website

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

  • The Fry Scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to children and surviving spouses of Service Members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001
  • May be eligible to receive 100% of the benefits up to 36 months
  • This benefit pays tuition and fee charges directly to the college you choose to attend
  • You will receive a stipend for books and supplies, up to $1000 per fiscal year (August 1 – July 31)
  • A monthly housing stipend will be paid to you based on your enrollment per semester
  • Click here for more information regarding the Fry Scholarship

Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program – Chapter 35

  • This benefit offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition
  • If eligible, the benefit is paid to the student directly via a monthly stipend.  The amount of the stipend depends on your college program of study and enrollment each semester or term
  • This benefit does not pay the school directly; therefore, the student is responsible for having a method of payment to cover the cost of attendance
    • Note: Students may be eligible for Advance Pay when using this benefit.
  • Click here for more information regarding Chapter 35 Benefits

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependent Education Program

  • This benefit is offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • VMSDEP provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90% disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict
  • Click here for more information regarding the VMSDEP Program

 

Additional VA Education Benefit Programs:

Work-Study Program

The VA Work-Study 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.

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

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.

 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.