Veterans Educational Programs


Post-9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33

Service members and veterans who served on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001 for at least 90 aggregate days and have been honorably discharged; or be honorably discharged for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days from this date.  Benefits are determined based upon active duty time served after Sept. 10, 2001.  If qualified under more than one education benefit program, an irrevocable election must be made to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  Benefits end 15 years from last period of active duty.  Maximum entitlement is 36 months of educational assistance.

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty - Chapter 30

Veteran entered active military service after July 1, 1985. In order to be eligible, veteran must have contributed $1,200 and have an honorable discharge.
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Veteran entered service before Jan. 1, 1977 and had remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era GI Bill on Dec. 31, 1989, served on active duty between Oct. 19, 1984 and July 1, 1985 and continued to serve on active duty to July 1, 1988 or to July 1, 1987 followed by four years in the Selected Reserve.  Benefits end 10 years from separation date. Maximum entitlement is 36 months of educational assistance.

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve - Chapter 1606

Reservists who have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985 (an additional six years if you are an officer) and have a high school diploma or GED are eligible for up to 36 months of educational assistance. Benefits end 10 years from date of eligibility or date of separation, whichever comes first. 

Reserve Educational Assistance Program - REAP - Ch. 1607

Members of a reserve component who serve on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 under Title 10 U.S. Code for a contingency operation and who serves at least 90 consecutive days or more is eligible for up to 36 months of educational assistance. National Guard members are also eligible if their active duty is under section 502 (f) title 32 U.S.C and they serve for 90 consecutive days when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency and is supported by federal funds.  Benefits end with date of separation. 

VA Vocational Rehabilitation - Chapter 31

Veteran must have a service-connected disability that is rated at least 20% disabling (10% disability may also be found eligible if a serious employment handicap exists), separation under other than dishonorable conditions, and rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap is necessary.  Benefits end 12 years from separation date. Maximum entitlement is 48 months of educational assistance.  

Dependent's Educational Assistance - Chapter 35

A spouse or widow who has not remarried and children between the ages of 18 and 26 of a veteran whose death or permanent and total disability (100%) is service connected, or who has been listed MIA or POW for a period of 90 days, is eligible for VA education benefits.  Benefits end 10 years from the date the individual is found eligible or from the date of death of the veteran. Maximum entitlement is 45 months of educational assistance. 

Veterans Education Assistance Program - Chapter 32

Veteran entered active military service on or after January 1, 1977 and before July 1, 1985; served for a continuous period of 181 days or more; had an other than dishonorable discharge; and contributed to the matching fund program.
Benefits end 10 years from separation date. If found eligible, you may receive up to 36 months of educational assistance depending on the number of months you contributed.

Post-9/11 Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)

DOD may offer members of the Armed Forces on or after Aug. 1, 2009, the opportunity to transfer benefits to a spouse or dependent children.  DOD and the military services must approve all requests for this benefit.  Members of the Armed Forces approved for the TOE may only transfer any unused portion of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits while a member of the Armed Forces, subject to their period of eligibility. 

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholorship

This scholarship entitles children of those who die in the line of duty on or since Sept. 11, 2001, to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.  Eligible children are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level.  Benefits begin on a child?s 18th birthday and end on their 33rd birthday (max. 15 years).

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