The Post 9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for 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 is effective for training on or after August 1, 2009 and pays tuition and fees, book stipend and Basic Allowance for Housing according to a service percentage based upon the veteran's length of service after 9/11/2001. Please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs for additional information. Effective August 2011, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay based upon the in-state tuition rate, regardless of the recipient's actual residency status or tuition charges.
You must be enrolled at least 51% of full-time to receive the housing allowance (BAH), and enrollment levels of at least 51% but less than full-time will be prorated. If you are enrolled exclusively in online training you will receive BAH based upon a rate of one-half the national BAH average. If you are on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance, but you are entitled to the books & supplies stipend. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits; generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
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. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30. Check payment rates
for current rates of payment. The CGCC veterans Services Office is not able to determine your eligibility. The Department of Veterans Affairs makes determination of eligibility. For more information on the MGIB please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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. This program is also known as Chapter 1606. Check payment rates for current rates of payment. For more information on the MGIB-SR, please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Regan 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 individuals who were activated after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. This program is also known as Chapter 1607. Check payment rates for current rates of payment. For more information on REAP please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. 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. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. This program is also known as Chapter 35. Check payment rates for current rates of payment. For more information on DEA, please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
In order to be eligible for Chapter 31 education benefits a veteran must complete an application and meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) in order for the counselor to make an evaluation. If the VRC determines that an employment handicap exists as a result of a service-connected disability, the veteran is found entitled to services. The VRC and the veteran will then continue counseling to select a track of services and jointly develop a plan to address the rehabilitation and employment needs of the veteran. The rehabilitation plan will specify an employment or independent living goal, identify intermediate goals, outline services and resources needed to achieve these goals. The VRC and the veteran will work together to implement the plan and achieve successful rehabilitation. This program is also known as Chapter 31. For more information, please visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Congress passed and the President has signed into law the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans.
VRAP offers 12 months of training to veterans who:
- Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Are unemployed on the date of application
- Did not receive a dishonorable discharge
- Are not eligible for any other VA education benefit program
- Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
- Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
The program is limited to a total of 99,000 participants and applications closed Oct. 1, 2013. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive benefits, limited to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill ($1,648 effective October 1, 2013). Department of Labor will offer employment assistance to every veteran who participates upon completion of the program.
Participants must be enrolled in a VA-approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, non-college degree, or a Certificate, and train the veteran for a high demand occupation.
The VRAP program expires on April 1, 2014. The VA ceased accepting VRAP applications on Oct. 1, 2013.
For more information, see the VOW to Hire Heroes website.