Veteran Education Benefits

  1. Montgomery GI Bill (Ch.30)

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. 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.

  1. Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch. 31)

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

  1. The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 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 GI Bill.

  1. Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance (DEA) (Ch. 35)

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, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

  1. Tuition Assistant (Active duty benefits)

From active duty benefits like GoArmyEd to the good old GI Bill, students’ U.S. Army education benefits ensure students will be able to get the education they need to excel, both during their military career and after they re-enter civilian life. Education benefits are designed for active duty personnel and veterans alike.

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs has an organized web site designed to assist current and former military members with an understanding and calculation of benefits programs. Please vist the the web site at www.gibill.va.gov for a detailed explanation of Veteran Benefits Programs and the application process.

  • Veterans Online Application– Otherwise known as the VONAPP, this website is a connection to an online application for GI Bill eligibility. Go to https://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp . Prospective students can also apply for these benefits at the financial-aid office. Doing so ahead-of-time will speed up the in-office visit here at Columbia College. If all documentation is in order, a student can receive a Certificate of Eligibility within six weeks.
  • Calculator– This is a virtual calculator to assist former military personnel  calculate what his/her benefits may be under the Post 9/11 GI bill. Go to http://www.newgibill.org/calculator  to do so.
  • Housing Allowance Calculator– Once a service-member knows what his/her military pay-grade is, he/she can find out what his/her housing allowance will be. The calculation is based on that information and the number of dependents. It is very easy-to-use. Go to http://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm

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