Types of Benefits
This is a summary of your types of benefits. For complete benefit information, eligibility requirements, application forms and current payment charts, go to www.gibill.va.gov. Payment received by the DoD and/or VA may not, under any circumstances, exceed 100% of the cost of student tuition and fees.
Chapter 30, 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.
Chapter 31, VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, USC, Chapter 31 and Code of Federal Regulations, Part 21. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. This program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs and may fully fund the cost of post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school.
Chapter 35, Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
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. To be eligible, dependents must be the child or spouse of a veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
Chapter 1606, Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve, have completed Initial Active Duty for Training (Basic and AIT), and have a current 6-year contract. 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. You must receive a Notice of Basic Eligibility from your unit and provide that to CCV in order to be certified for benefits.
Chapter 1607, Reserve Educational Assistance Program
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.
Federal Tuition Assistance (TA)
Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members.
Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process’ and restrictions. This money is paid directly to the institution by the individual services. For service specific information, please see the links below.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program
Usually known as “spouse’s tuition assistance,” MyCAA is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing licensure, certification or an Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
MyCAA Fact Sheet (PDF)