Veteran Benefits Education Program
The following program descriptions are up-to-date, thumbnail descriptions. Detailed descriptions are available at the Education Benefits and Services Homepage. From the menu in the left frame of the page, click "Education Benefit Programs" to view a general description of each program.
NOTE: All students who feel they may be eligible for education benefits should submit an application. Even if someone appears ineligible, VA should review his or her application and officially grant or deny benefits.
Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) 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 ten years following your release from active duty.
- Kickers and Additional Contributions Higher monthly benefits are paid to Chapter 30 participants with "kickers" and to Chapter 30 participants who make additional Chapter 30 payments. The higher benefit rates are paid automatically when benefits are paid. If veterans don't receive the benefit they believe they are entitled to receive, they should call VA about the discrepancy so that VA can resolve the discrepancy with the Department of Defense. A kicker is part of the enlistment contract. It's often referred to by it's Madision Avenue name: Army College Fund, Navy Sea College Fund, or whatever the newest recruitment ads call it. If a contract has a $12,000 kicker, than the monthly kicker is $333.33 ($12,000 over 36 months).
- Tuition Assistance "Top-Up" On October 30, 2000, the President signed into law an amendment to the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty education program that permits VA to pay a Tuition Assistance Top-up benefit. The amount of the benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of tuition assistance that is paid by the military for the course.
Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve Educational program for active members of the Selected Reserve. Selected Reserve components of the Ready Reserve include the Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. Chapter 1606 eligibility is determined by the Department of Defense of by the Department of Transportation (Coast Guard), not by VA. Basic eligibility requires a six-year oblication to serve in the Selected Reserve and satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training.
- Kickers An additional amount, called a kicker, may be added to the benefit of some Chapter 1606 students. A Chapter 1606 Kicker may be a part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract.
Chapter 32: Veterans Education Assistance Program (VEAP) VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2-for-$1 basis by the Government. 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.
Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill 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.
Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. This 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 make take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Persons who may be eligible are:
- A child (between ages 18 and 26, with some exceptions) of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died in service, or who died of a service-connected disability, or who died while evaluated as having total and permanant service-connecty disability, or who is listed as a POW or MIA.
- The surviving spouse of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability, or died in service, or died while evaluated as having total and permanent disability resulting from a service-connected disability. Surviving spouses whose benefits stopped when they remarried can receive DEA benefits again if their remarraige ends by death or divorce, or they cease to live with the person to whom they presented themselves in public as married.
- A spouse of a veteran or serviceperson who has a total and permanent disability resulting from a service-connected disability, or who is listed as a POW or MIA.
Tutorial Assistance Program Tutorial assistance is available if you are receiving VA education assistance at the half-time or more rate and have a deficiency in a subject making tutoring necessary. If you have questions on this program please contact the VA Education assistance office at 1-888-442-4551 (toll-free).