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The Department of Veterans Affairs has made funds available for veteran students who are still awaiting their education benefit claim to be processed. Eligible veterans can receive up to a $3,000 advance, which will be recouped from future benefit payments. If you are a student who applied for one of V.A.’s education programs and have not yet received your monthly benefit payment , you can request a one-time advance payment at your local V.A. regional office or through V.A.’s website, www.va.gov.
Eligible students will receive a monthly payment at a rate set by Congress that does not vary based on your expenses. View this chart to see the benefits based on Post-9/11 G.I. Bill; Montgomery G.I. Bill — Active Duty; Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve; and the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP).
For a comprehensive review of benefits, please see the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/. A summary of benefits is presented in the chart below.
To begin the benefit application process, contact 1-888-GIBILL-1 to have a form mailed to your home, or log onto the aforementioned V.A. website.
Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty (MGIB)
Created in 1984, the MGIB-AD provides a monthly stipend for service members for up to 36 months. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. The Montgomery GI Bill may also be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve.
Each month that you attend class, you will be required to verify your enrollment in order to receive your mothly benefits payment. You can verify your attendance by the online WAVE system or calling the Interactive Voice Response telephone number 1-877-823-2378.
— 3 year active duty
— 2 years if still active duty
— Service after 1985
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
This program was established for active duty service members and veterans with service-connected disabilities. The Department of Veterans Affair's Veterans Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service is vested with delivering timely, effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities, enabling our injured soldiers, sailors, airmen, and other veterans with disabilities to achieve a seamless transition from military service to a successful rehabilitation and on to suitable employment after service to our nation.
— Served 30 days active duty
— Have a 100% combined service related disability
SBU Military-Aligned Student Assistance Grant
Veterans, active duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, and their dependents are eligible for the SBU Military-Aligned Student Assistance Grant. The grant assures that veterans and their dependents (as defined on the FAFSA) will receive a minimum of 50% of their tuition costs in grants and scholarships.
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Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Chapter 32 was initially designed to attract people to the Armed Forces. Every $1 service members contributed from their military pay is matched by $2 by the government. VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. You may use these benefits for degree and certificate programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.
— Entered active duty between 1/1/1977 and 6/30/1985
— Made contributions from their military pay
— Honorably discharged
Chapter 33: The Post 9/11 G.I. Bill
The most recent addition to the V.A.’s Educations Benefits is the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill. It is the most comprehensive benefit offered. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001, or 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 G.I. Bill. The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill will become effective for training on or after Aug. 1, 2009.
— Minimum: 90 aggregate days after 9/11/2001
— Still active duty or honorably discharged
Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reserve
Chapter 1606 is for reservists and members of the Army and Air National Guard, and benefits are available for 36 months.
— Only if currently in reserves or guard
— Currently drilling in good standing
National Call to Service Program
This program requires participants to serve through three distinct and uninterrupted tiers of service, beginning with 15 months of active duty.
— Successful completion of the three tiers of service.
Veterans Tuition Award
Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York state.
Active Duty Servicemembers
Active-Duty Personnel Tuition Percent Paid Under Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
Active Duty Completed
After Sept. 10, 2001
Percentage of Maximum
At least 36 months
At least 30 continuous days on active duty
and discharged due to service-connected disability
30 to 36 months
24 to 30 months
18 to 24 months
12 to 18 months
6 to 12 months
90 days to 6 months
Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependants Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
This benefit is for spouses and dependents of service members who have a 100% service connected disability or who have died while on active duty. Dependents Educational Assistance 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. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
— Spouse/Dependent of a veteran with a 100% combined service connected disability
— Surviving spouse/Dependent whose spouse/parent died as a result of active duty conditions
Reservists Tuition Percent Paid Under Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
At least 30 cumulative months
At least 24 cumulative months
At least 18 cumulative months
At least 12 cumulative months
At least 6 cumulative months
90 aggregate days
Chapter 1607: Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
Chapter 1607 exists to support the educational endeavors of reservists and guardsmen who have been called to duty by war or national emergency. The Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S. Code) a benefit providing educational assistance to members of the reserve components — Selected Reserve (Sel Res) and Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). The MGIB-SR provides financial assistance to eligible persons.
— Must meet all 1606 qualifications
— Deployed for 90 or more days as a reservist or guardsman.
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