Life in the military is one of great courage and discipline. The GI Bills and other programs provide military finances/benefits for veterans pursuing higher education. These benefits are well earned because of the value in protecting our country. Below you will find more information about available benefits for your call into furthering your education.
Apply Your Benefit to Grace College
Visit the eBenefits website to apply for your benefits. Submit your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to Grace College so we can certify your classes for VA payment.
Chap. 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill
This bill is for those who have served at least 90 days of active duty after September 11, 2001. You can receive these benefits if you are still on active duty or if you have been honorably discharged. You can receive up to 36 months of education benefits. These benefits can be transferred to dependents with service branch approval. If you have 100 percent eligibility, you are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program.
The VA’s website has more information on the GI Bill.
Chap. 30 - Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty)
These benefits are available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is eligible for those who have served 2 years active duty. Those who are eligible can receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
The VA’s website has more information on the Montgomery Bill.
Chap. 31 - VA Vocational Rehabilitation
You may receive this to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Those who expect to receive an honorable discharge or have a severe injury may be eligible for this.
The VA’s website has more information on Vocational Rehabilitation.
Chap. 32 - VEAP
This program is available for those who made contributions from military pay for their education benefit program. The government will match your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis. You must have first entered the service between 1977 and 1985.
The VA’s website has more information on VEAP.
Chap. 35 - Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
This program applies to dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of a Veteran who died while on active duty. They may receive up to 45 months of education benefits.
AS OF MAY 2010: The Fry Scholarship under Chapter 35 extends benefits to children of servicemen and women who were killed in the line of duty during the Global War on Terror.
The VA’s website has more information on DEA.
The children of military personnel who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001 can apply for an educational scholarship similar to the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. Benefits are retroactive to Aug. 1, 2009.
The scholarship, which is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is named after Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry, 28, a Texas native who died in Iraq in 2006 while disarming an explosive. He was survived by three young children.
“The Fry scholarship represents this nation’s solemn commitment to care for children whose mothers and fathers paid the ultimate price for our country,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
VA began accepting applications for the Fry scholarship on May 1, 2010. For more information or assistance applying, call toll-free 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551), or visit the VA GI Bill Website.
VA estimates nearly 1,500 children will receive benefits under the Fry scholarship program in 2010. Recipients generally have 15 years to use their benefits, beginning on their 18th birthdays.
Eligible children attending institutions of higher learning may receive payments to cover their tuition and fees up to the highest amounts charged to public, in-state students at undergraduate institutions in each state. A monthly housing allowance and stipend for books and supplies are also paid under this program.
VA will began paying benefits under the Fry scholarships on Aug. 1, 2010. Eligible participants may receive benefits retroactively to August 1, 2009, the same day the Post-9/11 GI Bill took effect.
Eligible children may be married. Recipients are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100 percent level.
When dependents also serve in the military, the reserves, or are Veterans in their own right, eligible for education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill for Active Duty, the Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), then they would relinquish their eligibility under those programs to receive benefits under a Fry scholarship.
Chap. 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserves)
This program is eligible for members of selected reserves. They must have a six-year obligation in one of those areas. Those who are entitled may receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
The VA’s website has more information on MGIB-SR.
Chap. 1607 - Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
This program is available to those who have been called to active duty in response to a war. This must have occurred for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001.
The VA’s website has more information on REAP.
Tuition Assistance Top Up
This can be used for active duty members who do not plan to continue their education after service. This program is not available for those who are eligible for Chapter 1606. This allows you to serve GI Bill benefits for after your service to complete your education program.
The VA’s website has more information on Tuition Assistance Top Up.
Tuition Assistance is a DOD program, not a VA program. It provides money for college course costs and has limits on how much it will pay per credit hour and how many credit hours per fiscal year it will pay for.
The GoArmyEd website has more information on Tuition Assistance.