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Description and Comparison of Veteran Education Programs

In general, veterans receive 36 months of full-time benefits. If a veteran is eligible for two programs, he or she may use a combined amount of 48 months of benefits. You may be eligible for education benefits as a veteran, dependent or service person. Eligibility is determined only by the Department of Veteran Affairs, not by the Veteran Services office at Mott. The veteran must submit an application to the DVA to determine eligibility.

The following links contain information about each program. For further help deciding which chapter is best for you, please contact the Veteran Services Office at (810) 762-5632.

Chapter 33 - 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. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI 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 10 years following your release from active duty.

Chapter 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. 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. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits.

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Purpose of Chapter 1607 is 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 operations) as declared by the President or Congress.

NOTE: The "reserve components" consist of Army Reserve, Naval Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. A "member of a reserve component who serves on active duty" includes persons from the Selected Reserve and the IRR (Individual Ready Reserve).

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation is a program whose primary function is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living. The program offers a number of services to help each eligible disabled veteran reach his or her rehabilitation goal. These services include vocational and personal counseling; education and training; financial aid; job assistance; and, if needed, medical and dental treatment. Services generally last up to 48 months, but they can be extended in certain instances.

VA Form 28-8832, Application for Vocational Educational Counseling is available at www.va.gov/vaforms.

Chapter 35 – Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. 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. The basic period of eligibility is 10 years. Entitlement is limited to 45 months. There is no extension of entitlement under Chapter 35.

NOTE: A dependent child cannot receive Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) benefits before his or her 18th birthday unless he/she has completed secondary school or the equivalent, beyond the age of compulsory school attendance. No DEA entitlement exists for a child who reached his/her 26th birthday before the veteran's disability or death occurred. No child is eligible beyond his 31st birthday

Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

Top-Up

Top-Up provides additional financial assistance to those veterans using Tuition Assistance and that qualify for either MGIB or the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

http://gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resources/programs/tuition_assistance_top_up.html

Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901)

National Call to Service Program

Benefit Comparison Tools

Need help figuring out which benefit addresses your needs? Each and every veteran has different needs and goals. See the benefit comparison tools to determine which program will satisfy yours.

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April 18, 2017
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