Chapter 33-Post 9-11GI Bill
Depending on the students situation, chapter 33
benefits can include payment of tuition and fees, a
monthly housing allowance, and a stipend for books and
supplies. To be eligible for chapter 33 benefits the
service member had to serve on active duty for at least
90 aggregate days after 09/10/01. Tuition and fees are
based on the service members eligibility rate. Monthly
housing allowance and book stipends are based on the
students rate of pursuit. If the student is only
enrolled as a half time student they will only receive
50% of their BAH. BAH rate information can be found
Upon approval the student usually has 36 months of
entitlement, they may be able to extend benefits to the
end of the term if their benefit expire before the term
ends. All decisions on extensions are requested and
determined through the VA. The student has 15 years from
last date of discharge or separation to use their
benefit. Sometimes a student will not receive the full
36 months if the benefits were transferred to them by a
spouse or parent, or if they are switching from one
chapter to another.
Chapter 30-Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
To qualify for Chapter 30 benefits, you must have
entered active duty on or after June 30, 1985 and made
contributions to the Montgomery Fund while on active
duty. Eligibility is based on how much time has been
served as active duty. To qualify for the monthly
benefits the service member has to either be active for
at least 2 years, or have an obligation of 3 years or
been active for 2 years and 4 years in the Selected
Reserves. Additional veterans may be eligible if they
were voluntarily or involuntarily separated from the
service because of a reduction in personnel, or if they
were able to convert their education benefit from
Chapter 32 to Chapter 30. 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
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 apply,
call the VA (1-888-442-4551) to determine when your Chapter 30
benefits will exhaust, and when to apply for Chapter 33. You
will have to make it clear on the "Remarks" section of your
application that you wish to start your benefit after you fully
exhausted your Chapter 30 entitlement.
Chapter 31-Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational Rehabilitation or Voc Rehab assists
veterans with service connected disabilities to prepare
for, find, and keep suitable jobs.
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 Veterans Affairs.
Is in need of vocational rehabilitation due to
disability and employment handicap. Once
eligibility is determined you will be assigned a
Voc Rehab counselor, who will work with you to
determine the following:
Determine transferable skills, aptitudes, and
Identify viable employment and/or independent
living services options.
Explore labor market and wage information.
Identify physical demands and other job
Narrow vocational options to identify a suitable
employment goal. Investigate training
Identify resources needed to achieve
Entitlement to services is determined on an individual basis,
Voc Rehab may be provided for up to 48 months, and the veteran
usually has 12 years from the date they are notified of
entitlement. The VA may approve an extension of time and/or
length of training in certain cases. For more detailed
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service
Chapter 35 - Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
Chapter 35 is educational assistance paid to dependents of
veterans. Eligible dependents receive a monthly stipend to
assist with costs of school and supplies. The dependent is
responsible to make payments to the school, the VA will not send
funds to the university on behalf of the student.
You must be a son, daughter, or spouse of:
A veteran who died or is permanently and totally
disabled as the result of a service connected
disability. the disability must arise out of
active service in the Armed Forces.
- A veteran who died from any cause while such
permanent and total service connected disability
was in existence.
- A service member missing in action or
captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
- A service member forcibly detained or
interned in line of duty by a foreign government
- A service member who is hospitalized or
receiving outpatient treatment for a service
connected permanent and total disability and is
likely to be discharged for that disability.
Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill - Selected
Chapter 1606 is an educational program for active
members of the Selected Reserves. This 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 the Selected Reserves and have
completed basic training. A monthly stipend is paid to
the students based on their training time and/or
training program. You may reeive up to a maximum of 36
months and have 14 years from the date you became
eligible for the program to use the benefit.
Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program
REAP is an educational program for active members of the
Selected Reserve called to active duty and members of the
Individual Read Reserve (Army IRR, Air Force IRR, Navy IRR, and
Marine Corps IRR) called to active duty in response to a
contingency operation declared by the President or Congress.
Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security
(Coast Guard) determine who is eligible for chapter 1607. The
Department of Veterans Affairs administers the program and pays
Detailed information about all VA educational benefits are
listed on the the Veterans Affairs