There are a variety of federal aid programs for veterans. The programs with eligibility and payments are listed by The Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans and Active Military can qualify for more than one education benefits program. Their primary educational assistance programs include:
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On June 30, 2008 the President signed into law his final war spending bill that provides
not only one more year of funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but
also funding to expand veterans education benefits for those who served after September, 11, 2001. This new law will have a significant and positive impact for student veterans and public colleges and universities.
Tuition and Fees Benefit
Effective August 1, 2009, but not payable until October 1, 2011
Effective August 1, 2011
Effective October, 2011
Active Duty Veterans who have not used any of their Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty Educational Assistance (Chapter 30) benefits, will need an original or certified copy of their Member 4 of their DD Form 214 to send to the VA.
Application Procedure: Application forms are available at all VA offices, the Office of Veteran Affairs on campus, room Namm 104, active duty stations and American embassies as well as online.
GI Bill Educational Training- Persons who served over 180 days between January 31, 1955 and December 31, 1976, and:
Veterans are entitled to benefits for full-time study at an approved post secondary institution for 1½ months for each month of active service, up to 45 months. Eligible veterans who served 18 continuous months are entitled to benefits for 45 months of full-time study. In each case, the equivalent in part-time study may be authorized.
Monthly Verification- Veterans receiving benefits under Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 must verify their enrollment each month to the VA in order to receive payment for that month. This monthly verification can be done in either of these ways:
Once either system confirms that you are certified for the month, you can expect payment within 10-14 days for checks, or 3-5 days for direct deposit. Veterans and reservists must still notify our College certifying official, Jennifer Serrano in the Office of the Registrar, when their enrollment changes, even though the change has been reported to the VA on WAVE. Current rate charts are available.
The GI Bill equivalent program for reservists is Chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S.C., Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve, referred to as the Montgomery G.I. Bill- Selected Reserve. Since July 1, 1985, DVA has held benefit payment responsibility, although the funding of educational assistance payments under this program is provided by the Department of Defense.
Monthly Verification- Veterans receiving benefits under Chapter 30 or Chapter 1606 must verify their enrollment each month to the VA in order to receive payment for that month. This monthly verification can be done by one of two systems:
Once either system confirms that you are certified for the month, you can expect payment within 10-14 days for checks, or 3-5 days for direct deposit. Veterans and reservists must still notify our College's certifying official, Jennifer Serrano in the registrar, when their enrollment changes, even though the change has been reported to the VA on WAVE Current rate charts are available.
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain individuals who were activated after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.Monthly Rate Online
Federal Work- Study Program (FWSP)- A federal need-based program for eligible students. Application is made through the Financial Aid Office by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or on the FAFSA website.
The applicant must be enrolled in courses totaling at least 6 degree credits. Students may work up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session.
Veterans Work-Study Program-A VA run work-study program for Veterans. Recipients must be receiving full-time GI Bill benefits to be eligible. Up to 750 hours per year are available to eligible veterans. The hourly rate is $5.15. Placements are in areas which directly affect the student population. The Work Study Guide can be downloaded online
This is available to veterans who have at least a 20% disability rating from the Veterans Administration and includes payment for tuition, fees, and a monthly stipend. Full-time and part-time veteran students are eligible. The VA website has complete information
Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.
The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:
The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.
Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.
To be eligible for tutorial benefits, veterans must be receiving monthly benefits on at least a half-time basis. A veteran is entitled to 12 months of tutorial benefits to a maximum of $100.00 per month. Downloadable Guide Online
Please visit the G.I. Bill web site at www.gibill.VA.gov.
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
If you are eligible under the above guidelines and wish to receive benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26. In certain instances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to continue after age 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit. If you are in the Armed Forces, you may not receive this benefit while on active duty. To pursue training after military service, your discharge must not be under dishonorable conditions. VA can extend your period of eligibility by the number of months and days equal to the time spent on active duty. This extension cannot generally go beyond your 31st birthday, althoughthere are some exceptions.
If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran.
You should make sure that your selected program is approved for VA training. If you are not clear on this point, VA will inform you and the school or company about the requirements.
Obtain and complete VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. Send it to the VA regional office with jurisdiction over the State where you will train. If you are a son or daughter, under legal age, a parent or guardian must sign the application.
If you have started training, take your application to Monique Smith Blake in the Office of Registrar. Ask her to complete VA Form 22-1999, Enrollment Certification, and send both forms to VA.
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This National Call to Service Incentive program requires a participant to perform a period of national service to be eligible for benefits. It is a Department of Defense program that is administered by VA.
More information is available in our factsheet
Eligibility Requirements for Incentives
There is a three-tiered service requirement to qualify for incentives under the National Call to Service program:
Choice of Incentives
Individuals who participate in this new program have a choice of incentives as follows:
National Call to Service (NCS) participants who elect to receive an educational assistance incentive are not entitled to additional assistance under chapter 1606 or chapter 30 benefits unless the participant completes the service requirements necessary to establish eligibility.
An individual who receives benefits under the NCS program who also establishes eligibility under chapter 1606 or chapter 30 will have entitlement under chapter 1606 or chapter 30 reduced by the amounts paid under the NCS program.
The effective date of this program is October 1, 2003.
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
Beginning August 1, 2011, break (or interval pay) will no longer be payable under the Educational Assistance Test Program except during periods your school is closed as a result of an Executive Order of the President or an emergency (such as a natural disaster or strike). For example, if your Fall term ends on December 15th and your Spring term begins January 10th, your January housing allowance will cover 15 days in December and your February housing allowance will cover 21 days in January.
More information is available in our pamphlet
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