VA Education Benefits

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


Many benefits are available to advance the education and skills of Veterans and Service members. Spouses and family members may also be eligible for education and training assistance in fact, 25 percent of those benefitting from VAs education programs are non-Veterans. Some might find they're eligible for more than one benefit or that one program is more suited to certain education and training goals than another. Learn about these and other education and training programs administered by VA and inquire on what benefits you may be eligible to use while attending Chabot College.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

  • The Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty and Selected Reserve. This benefit assists with cost of tuition based on enrollment status.
  • For more information: visit the VA website about the Post-/9/11 GI Bill®.

Chapter 31: Veterans Readiness & Employment 

  • The Veterans Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program is administered by a different department of VA than regular education benefits. This program has two key goals:
    1. First, to assist the service-disabled veteran to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment.
    2. 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®

  • If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level.
  • For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides up to 36 months of education benefits.
  • Benefit assists with cost of tuition, books and supplies stipend and monthly housing allowance
  • For more information: visit the VA website about the Post-9/11 GI Bill®

Chapter 35: Dependents Education Assistance

  • The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. 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.
  • For more information: visit the VA website about the DEA program.

Chapter 1606: Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill®

  • MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments. Eligibility requirements are, six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985, complete your initial active duty for training, remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit and meet requirements to receive high school diploma or equivalency.
  • For more information, visit the VA website about the MGIB-SR program.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

  • REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill® in many ways has replaced REAP because it also provides educational assistance benefits for Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001, and in many cases provides a greater benefit than REAP
  • For more information: visit the VA website about REAP.

Tuition Assistance

CAL VET : College Fee Waiver

  • The College Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of Veterans may be eligible.
  • For more information: visit the CAL VET website.