You 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.
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. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursements are approved under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
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.
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.
If you are enrolled in Chapter 30, you have the option of exhausting your entitlement, then obtaining an additional 12 months through Chapter 33 for a total of 48 months of entitlement. To do this, contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 to determine when your entitlement exhausts, the best time to apply for Chapter 33 and when to specify for your Chapter 33 benefits be effective. When you complete the VA form 22-1990 state in the "Remarks" section that you wish for this benefit to be effective after your Chapter 30 benefits are exhausted.
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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs website has detailed information available regarding the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program.
The Post-Vietnam Veteran's Educational Assistance Program provides education and training opportunities to eligible veterans and active duty personnel who contributed to the program while on active duty.
You may be eligible for education benefits if you entered active duty for the first time after December 31, 1976 and before July 1, 1985. While serving, you enrolled and contributed to VEAP and have at least 3 months of contributions available. Benefits end 10 years from the date of your last discharge or release from active duty.
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.
REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Selected Reserve (Sel Res) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) who are called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency. You must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 for at least 90 consecutive days to be eligible. If you became injured or have an illness incurred or aggravatged in the line of duty and are released from active service before completing 90 consecutive days, you may also be eligible.
The educational assistance allowance is a percentage of the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty rate based on the number of continuous days served on active duty. If you are released before 90 days for a disability, you will receive the 40% rate. You may receive a maximum of 36 months of this benefit.
More information about Chapter 1607 benefits is available through the Department of Veteran Affairs website. To apply, you must complete VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits, listing Chapter 1607 on the form.