Veterans Education Benefits
All students should visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/ for up-to-date information on the following education benefits listed below.
The Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30) provides up to 36 months of financial assistance for education training. This is paid directly to you at the end of each month of training.
You may be eligible while you are on, or after you separate, from active duty. You must have a high school diploma or GED, an honorable discharge, and you have generally 10 years from your last date of separation from active duty to use your MGIB-AD benefits.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides assistance to active duty service members and veterans with service-connected disabilities. This program's primary function is to help veterans who have service-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or to achieve independence in daily living.
You may be eligible if you have a service-connected disability rating of at least 20 percent, and be discharged or released from military service under other than dishonorable conditions. For more information, please visit www.va.gov.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) provides to eligible Service members and Veterans up to 36 months of education benefits. Your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits may include financial support for school tuition and fees, books and supplies, and housing.
You may be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits if you (1) have at least 90 aggregate days of qualifying active service after September 10, 2001, or (2) were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving at least 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.
If you are in the Armed Forces, you may be eligible to your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to your spouse and children. Generally, you must use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits within 15 years from your last period of active duty service of at least 90 days.
The Dependent's Educational Assistance (DEA) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans. Eligible dependents include a son, daughter, or spouse of a veteran who is deceased or has a service-connected disability.
The program offers 36 months of education benefits for those beginning school on or after August 1, 2018 (45 months for those that begin before August 1, 2018). Dependents generally have between the ages of 18-26 to use these benefits, and spouses have 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of your spouse.
The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserves is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the reserve branch of the Armed Forces. 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 may be eligible for MGIB-SR benefits if you have a 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve, complete your Initial Active Duty for Training, serve in a drilling unit and remain in good standing, and obtain a high school diploma or equivalency. The Guard and Reserves decide if you are eligible, while VA makes the payments for the program. Generally, your eligibility for MGIB-SR benefits end on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
Other education benefits (non-VA):
If you are on active duty, a drilling reservist, or a member of the National Guard you may qualify for Federal or State Tuition Assistance (TA). Many of these programs are time-sensitive so the earlier you get things done, the smoother your benefits will go. Keep in mind that schools and other programs have their own deadlines as well.
Work with your respective branch of service if you plan to use Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA). Please use the following links for additional information.
- Air Force
- Coast Guard
- Kentucky National Guard
- Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Tuition Waiver
Speak with your Educational Services Officer (ESO) or Counselor prior to enrolling.
Verifying your enrollment for VA benefits: Chapters 30, 1606, 1607
VA Benefits Questions
The Veterans Services Office does not a approve or deny benefits. Only the US Department of Veterans Affairs can do this. We will be happy to assist you with finding VA answers to your questions and even assisting you with the application for benefits.
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