Veterans Services - Educational Benefits
The Veterans Administration is authorized by law to provide a wide range of
benefits to those who have served their country in the Armed Forces and to their
dependents. These are some of the benefits you may be eligible for while attending
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty)
The Montgomery GI Bill establishes a program of educational benefits for eligible
persons entering military service after June 30, 1985. Military pay is reduced
each month for the first 12 months of active duty in order to establish an educational
The maximum entitlement is 36 months of full-time benefits. The VA determines
monthly benefit rates.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program is administered
by a different department of VA than regular education benefits. This program
has two key goals:
- First, to assist the service-disabled veteran to prepare for, obtain,
and maintain suitable employment.
- Second, for those persons who are severely disable and that gainful
employment is not an option, assistance may be provided to allow that person
to live more independently in his or her community.
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
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 09/11/2001,
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
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer of Entitlement
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.
Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance
Survivors and dependents of a veteran may be eligible for benefits if the veteran
died while on active duty, died after discharge from active duty of a service-connected
disability, is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected
disability, or listed as missing in action for a total of more than 90 days.
Eligible persons are entitled to a maximum of 45 months of full-time benefits.
Payments are usually provided for children between the ages of 18 and 26.
Chapter 1606: Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill
To be eligible for educational assistance a person must have a 6-year obligation
to serve in the selected reserve signed after June 30, 1985. Maximum entitlement
is 36 months of full-time benefits, which terminate 10 years from the date of
eligibility or the day following separation from a reserve component.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
Chapter 1607, makes certain individuals who were activated after 09/11/2001
either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. The
Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and VA are
working on an implementation plan for this new benefit.
You will received 36 months of full time entitlement at your give rate. A
Chapter 1607 participant may not use more than 48 months of entitlement under
any combination of VA Educational programs. For example, if you've already used
20 months of Chapter 1606, you will only receive 28 months of Chapter 1607.
Remember, that's 36 months at the full time training rate.