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Active Duty, Reservists, and National Guard

Thank you for your service to our country!

Now you can serve and prepare for your career simultaneously. As an Active Duty, Reservist, or National Guard member of the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for educational assistance to help with tuition and fees. Please look at these benefits to see which one best fits your needs:

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is a Department of Defense program and is not administered by the VA. This benefit provides financial support to active duty and some National Guard and Reserve components of the military. Eligibility requirements may vary by branch of service and different units.

Tuition Assistance provides $250 per semester credit, and $166.67 per quarter credit up to $4500 per DOD fiscal year (Oct. 1st – Sept. 30th)
*Navy limit is $4000 per fiscal year

Please set an appointment with your Education Service Officer or school Counselor to learn more

Top Up

If the cost of tuition exceeds the amount Tuition Assistance provides, by using either the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) or the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), a student can use this benefit to pay the difference of the total tuition cost of a course and Tuition. You must be eligible to use either GI Bill benefit and meet eligibility guidelines for Tuition Assistance.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered when eligible.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/index.html

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your Finance Counselor.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill
This program is for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlisted in the select reserve with an obligation to serve 6 or more years on or after July 1st 1985. In order to be eligible for this benefit, the member will have had to complete their IDAT (initial date active training). Chapter 1606 expires once a service member has separated.

This benefit pays directly to the student, arrangements for tuition and fees payment will need to be made with your Finance Counselor.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP is an education benefit to assist Reserve and National Guard members called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) for at least 90 cumulative days after 9/11/2001.

This benefit pays directly to the student and can be used toward the cost of tuition and fees, you will need to arrange a payment plan with your Finance Counselor.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/reap.html

Kickers & Additional Contributions
A kicker is part of an enlistment contract, often referred to as the Army College Fund. The kicker is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. The VA should automatically pay this benefit as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing their claim. No additional paperwork is needed.

 

Veterans

Thank you for your service to our country!

Let us help you with your post-military career aspirations. As a Veteran of the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for educational assistance to help with tuition and fees. Please look at these benefits to see which one best fits your needs:

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill
An education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered while eligible.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/index.html

Yellow Ribbon Program
Provides assistance to veterans with 100% eligibility of Ch 33 Post 9/11GI Bill whose cost of tuition and fees exceeded the annual cap. Once the annual cap is reached, half of the remaining cost for tuition and fees for the fiscal year will be covered by the school and the VA will match the other half. Active duty service members, and their spouses, are not eligible.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/yellow_ribbon_program.html

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill
Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your Finance Counselor.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation
This employment program provides educational support to eligible veteran’s who are entering the work force. Veterans will meet with their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop an education plan. This benefit may cover the entire cost of tuition and fees.

To get in contact with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, visit:
http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp

 

Spouses and Dependents

As a spouse or dependent of a member of the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for educational assistance to help with tuition and fees. Please look at these benefits to see which one best fits your needs:

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program: Provides educational assistance to spouses of Active Duty members towards an Associates or Certificate program. Students who are eligible can qualify up to a $4,000 lifetime limit, with a maximum of $2,000 per Department of Defense fiscal year (Oct 1st – Sep 30th).

Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 GI Bill to Dependents
Eligible active duty service members may be able to transfer their unused Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefit to their spouses or dependent children, while on active duty. This benefit may cover 100% of tuition and fees up to $19,198.31 per fiscal year (Aug 1st – July 31st)

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.html

Fry Scholarship
Provides Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to children of service members who have died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. Students who are entitled to this benefit may have a significant portion of their tuition covered.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/factsheets/fry_scholarship.pdf

Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependents Assistance
Provides educational assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled, as a result of their service, and may be able to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. This benefit pays directly to the student, you will need to arrange a payment plan with your Finance Counselor.

For more information, visit:
http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html

 

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