Veterans Education Benefits

VA Chapters

honorYou may be eligible for more than one educational benefit. If you are, you must select which benefit to receive. You cannot receive payment for more than one benefit at a time. If you are eligible for more than one benefit, you should contact the VA to discuss your educational plans.

For more information regarding educational benefits, please review vets.gov.

Once you have selected the chapter you wish to apply for you can do so either online through vets.gov, or by submitting VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.

Below you can find a brief overview of the different benefits available.

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill®
Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits to Dependents (TEB)
Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty
Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 35 – – Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserves (MGIB – SR)


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 active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, or for 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 Bill®. Your benefit will be based on your length of active duty service.

Approved training includes both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as some certificate programs. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursements are approved under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

For more details about Chapter 33 view the Department of Veterans Affairs website. To apply, complete the form either online through vets.gov, or by mail VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill® Benefits to Dependents (TEB)

Service members in the Post 9/11 GI Bill® program are able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouse or children effective August 1, 2009.

After you have received transferred entitlement you need to apply with the VA to use the benefit.

Details about the TEB program are available on the Department of Defense website. To apply, complete the form either online through vets.gov, or by mail VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill® – Active Duty

To qualify for Chapter 30 benefits, you must have entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and made contributions to the Montgomery Fund while on active duty. A monthly benefit is paid to students based on the training time and/or training program. You may receive up to a maximum of 36 months of benefits under this program. Veterans have 10 years from their discharge date to use the benefits.

Detailed information on the Chapter 30 program is available through the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. To apply, complete the form either online through vets.gov, or by mail VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits.

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation

This program is designed to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain gainful employment that is consistent with their interests, aptitudes, and abilities and that can be supported through the current labor market.

Eligibility

  • Veterans who have received, or will receive, a discharge that is ‘other than dishonorable’
  • Have a service-related disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Is in need of vocational rehabilitation due to disability and employment handicap

Facts about Chapter 31

  • Entitlement to services is determined on an individual basis following an evaluation of the veteran’s unique interests, aptitudes, education, work experience, and vocational abilities
  • Vocational Rehabilitation may be provided for up to 48 months
  • An eligible veteran generally has 12 years from the date they are notified of entitlement to VA compensation in which to use these benefits
  • VA may approve an extension of time and/or length of training in certain cases
  • Entitlement to Chapter 31 does not guarantee approval for training or any desired training program
  • Chapter 31 does not have to approve Chapter 30 approved training facilities

The Department of Veterans Affairs website has detailed information available regarding the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program.

Chapter 35 – Dependents Educational 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.

Benefits are available for undergraduate and graduate training for up to 45 months. In some cases, DEA beneficiaries can use up to 81 months of benefits in combination with other benefits programs.

To apply, complete application form 22-5490 at the Department of Veterans Affairs website, where you can find additional details and payment rates.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserves (MGIB – SR)

If you are a member of the Selected Reserves, you may be eligible for this program. The Selected Reserves includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. You must have a six-year obligation to service in Selected Reserves and have completed basic training.

A monthly benefit is paid to students based on their training time and/or training program. You may receive up to a maximum of 36 months of benefits. Veterans have 14 years from the date you became eligible for the program in order to use the benefits.

Detailed information on the Chapter 1606 program is available at the Department of Veterans Affairs website. To apply, complete the form either online through vets.gov, or by mail VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits