VA Education Benefits
The VA administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many
veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one
education benefits program.
A. 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
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.
B. VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program
This program assists veterans who have 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, vocational rehabilitation offers services
to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
Services that may be provided by the vocational rehabilitation program include:
- Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine
abilities, skills and interests for employment
counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
- Employment services, such as job-training, job-seeking skills,
resume development and other work readiness assistance
- Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of
special employer incentives and job accommodations
- On-the-Job Training known as OJT, apprenticeships and non-paid
- Post-secondary training at a college,
vocational, technical or business school
rehabilitation services including case management, counseling and
- Independent living services for veterans
unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities
C. The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (NGIB-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. This program is also
commonly known as Chapter 30.
D. The 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, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air
You may use this education assistance program
for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses,
cooperative training, independent study programs,
apprenticeship/on-the-job training and vocational flight-training
programs. Remedial, refresher and deficiency training are available
under certain circumstances. Eligibility for this program is
determined by the Selected Reserve components. VA makes the payments
for this program. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of
education benefits. Your eligibility for the program normally ends on
the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
E. The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a
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.
F. The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
VEAP is available if a veteran elected to make
contributions from your military pay to participate in this education
benefit program. 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.
Benefit entitlement is from one to 36 months, depending on the number
of monthly contributions. Veterans have 10 years from their release
from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If there is entitlement not
used after the 10-year period, the portion remaining in the fund will
be automatically refunded.
Veteran's educational programs continue to change.
Please contact the VA Education Office at 888-442-4551, the VA's
Regional Office at 800-827-1000, or visit the VA's website at www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/
for more current information.