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VA Educational Benefits

  • Montgomery GI Bill (CH. 30) Benefits
    • The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.
    • The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, and if DOD put extra money in your MGIB Fund (called "kickers").
    • You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits
    • For more information go to MGIB Benefits Chart
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (CH. 31) Benefits
    • Vocational Rehabilitation is a program which helps eligible disabled veterans get and keep lasting, suitable jobs. It also helps seriously disabled veterans achieve independence in daily living.
    • You may be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation if you are rated 10% disabled, and you have a serious employment handicap.
    • VA will pay your training costs, such as tuition and fees, books, supplies, equipment, and, if needed, special services. While you are in training, VA will also pay you a monthly benefit to help with living expenses, called a subsistence allowance.
    • For more information go to CH. 31 Benefits Chart
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill (CH. 33) Benefits
    • a tuition & fees payment (paid directly to the school) not to exceed the tuition & fees at the most expensive state Institution of Higher Learning
    • a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This amount is based on the ZIP code of the location of the school you are attending. For those attending foreign schools (schools without a main campus in the U.S.) the BAH rate is fixed at $1,333.00 for 2009.
    • an annual book stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment
    • For more information go to Post 9/11 Benefits Comparison
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (CH. 35) Benefits
    • 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 son or daughter and wish to receive benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26
    • 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
    • For more information go to CH. 35 Benefits Chart
  • Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (CH. 1606) Benefits
    • You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs
    • Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments for this program.
    • You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.
    • Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve
    • For more information go to CH. 1606 Benefits Chart
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (R.E.A.P.) Benefits
    • REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a 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 as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
    • Some reservists may contribute up to an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits
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