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.
How to Apply for Chap. 33 -Post 9/11 GI Bill
IMPORTANT – If you are transferring benefits to a spouse or dependent, you must determine your options. Otherwise, if you are using you own benefits, proceed with the instructions below:
Complete VA Application
Go to the VONAPP website and fill out the appropriate form. Once you fill out the online form and submit it, you will need to print a copy and send it to us so we will have it on file. To verify you have successfully submitted your form, a confirmation number will appear on the bottom of each page of the form you print out to send us. Receiving your COE from the department of Veterans Affairs may take up to six weeks (please note: we can still move forward with your certification).
Fax or Email Your Certificate of Eligibility to Grace College
The Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Office will process the VA form and will send a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to the veteran. Once the COE is received, please fax or email the document to Grace College and Theological Seminary’s Admissions. Fax: 574-372-5120 or email Cindy Sisson.
Note: Credit cannot be applied to the student account without this document; although, we will take VA processing time into consideration, therefore allowing the student to move forward with registration.
Grace College and Theological Seminary will certify enrollment to the VA
Once we receive your COE, Grace College and Theological Seminary’s VA Certifying Official will submit an enrollment certification to the VA.
- VA will process Enrollment Certification and release payment
The VA will process the certification and will release funds for tuition and fees to the school. The VA will also pay the veteran for the book stipend as well as the students predetermined BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) entitlement.
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.
How to Apply for Chap. 31 -VA Vocational Rehabilitation
Determine if you are Eligible
Please contact the VA at 1-800-827-1000 to determine your eligibility for the program.
Connect with your VA Counselor
Once you have been approved to receive VA benefits, you will be assigned a VA education counselor in your state.
Direct your VA Counselor to issue Authorization to Grace College and Theological Seminary
Your VA counselor must issue VA Form 28-1905 to Grace College and Theological Seminary authorizing you to register for courses in a given term or year. VA forms should be faxed directly to 574-372-5120.
Contact your VA counselor to order your text books
A list of text books can be obtained through the Grace College portal.
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.
How to Apply for Chap. 35 -Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Complete VA paperwork
Go to the VONAPP website and fill out the appropriate form. Once you fill out the online form and submit it, you will need to print a copy and send it to us so we will have it on file. To verify you have successfully submitted your form, a confirmation number will appear on the bottom of each page of the form you print out to send us.
Fax or email a copy of your VONAPP to Grace College and Theological Seminary
Fax a copy to 574-372-5120 or email a copy to Cindy Sisson. You will then be contacted by an academic advisor to discuss registration.
You will be contacted by an academic advisor to discuss registration
Please remember that you will need to make payment arrangements with the business office prior to the start of the semester. Students eligible for VA benefits will receive their entitlement directly from the VA after the school term activates.
- Grace College and Theological Seminary will certify enrollment to the VA once you have registered for classes. Once completed, you will receive email confirmation indicating the dates reported and current VA processing times. The average processing time is 6-8 weeks.
VA will process certification & issue payment
Monthly checks will be issued at the beginning of each month for the previous month. Note: The government will only pay for courses that are relevant to the degree the student is enrolled in.
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.