Education Benefit Programs
The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many Veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one education benefits program. For more information about these programs, click on the links below.
Chapter 33 or The 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 on or after September 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 GI Bill.
For more information visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/index.html (Opens in a new window)
Chapter 30 or The Montgomery GI Bill
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.
For more information visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/active_duty.html (Opens in a new window)
Select Reserve (MGIB-SR) Chapter 1606
The Select Reserve program is eligible to the members of the selected reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. Benefits are only eligible while in the Selected Reserve for a total of 36 months.
For more information visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/montgomery_gibill/selected_reserve.html (Opens in a new window)
REAP (Reserve Educational Assistance Program) Chapter 1607
Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
For more information visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/reap.html (Opens in a new window)
VEAP (Veterans Educational Assistance Program)
VEAP is available if 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. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available.
For more information visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/veap.html (Opens in a new window)
Chapter 35 or Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA)
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.
For more information visit:http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html (Opens in a new window)
Educational Assistance Test Program
Educational Assistance Test program provides education and training assistance members that enlisted from September 30 1980 to October 1, 1981. Benefits could be up to a maximum of 36 months of eligibility depending on amount of qualifying service.
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
Veterans Retraining Assistance program provides benefits for unemployed veterans. This program is a new initiative by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor. This program is scheduled to begin on July 1,2012. This program is designed to assist with retraining for Veterans hit by the current economic conditions. Benefits are for 12 months of training assistance.
For more information visit: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm (Opens in a new window)
Online Education Benefits Application (VONAPP)
The VONAPP (Veterans On Line Application) website is an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that enables service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for benefits using the Internet.
For more information visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application/(Opens in a new window)