To activate your VA Education Benefits, you will need to have the following documents on file in the Veterans Office:
VONAPP Application, Request for Change of Program, or Place of Training
Form DD214 (discharge documents)
Veteran Program Check (obtained from the Counseling Department)
Chaffey Veteran Information Card (located in the VRC)
Veterans interested in using the new Post 911 GI Bill, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 888/442-4551 or visit the GI Bill website at www.gibill.va.gov for more information.
VETERAN/DEPENDENTS EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS GUIDE
Months of Entitlement
Montgomery GI Bill
Generally, the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) assists students who entered active duty for the first time after July 1, 1985, and who agreed to have their pay reduced by $100 for 12 months. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and active-duty personnel must have served at least two years to be eligible to use their benefits.
More info: http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/ch30/ch30_pamphlet_general.htm
Veterans Educational Assistance Program
The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32 - VEAP) extends benefits to active-duty personnel and veterans who enlisted in the military between January 1, 1977, and July 11, 1985. Veterans must have been released under conditions other than dishonorable. Individuals must have contributed voluntarily to an educational fund through monthly pay reductions of $25 to $100, up to a maximum of $2,700. Contributions are matched at the rate of two dollars for each dollar contributed. Eligibility to enroll in VEAP ended on March 31, 1987.
More info: http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH32/CH32_Pamphlet_General.htm
Post 911 GI Bill
The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate active duty 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.
For additional info: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/Post-911.htm
Montgomery GI Bill
Vietnam era education program
Survivors and dependents educational assistance
Survivors and Dependents Benefits (Chapter 35) provide educational benefits to spouses and children of veterans who either died while in service, died as a result of a service-connected disability, or became totally and permanently disabled as a result of their military service. Spouses have 10 years from the date of the veteran’s effective date of permanent and total disability rating or the veteran’s death. Dependents’ benefits end on their 26th birthday or eight years from the veteran’s effective date of permanent or total disability rating or the veteran’s death, but not after the dependent’s 31st birthday.
More info: http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH35/CH35_Pamphlet_General.htm
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.
More info: http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH1606/CH1606_Pamphlet_General.htm
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 new 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.
For more info: http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/CH1607/REAP_FAQ.htm
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program(VRAP)
Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heros Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.
For more info: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm
Monthly benefit payments are based on the following unit load format:
Fall and Spring semesters
Percent of Full Time
12 units or more
Less than 6 units
Tuition and fees only
May vary; contact Veteran Services for the latest information.
Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill — Active Duty)
Rates based on enlistment of 3 years or more.
Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation)
F-T Rates vary with number of dependents:
Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill)
Rates are based on 100% eligibility (at least 36 months of active duty service).
Chapter 35 (Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program).
Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill—Selected Reserve)
Dependents of eligible service connected veterans may participate in the fee waiver program. Information is available from the California Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition to benefits specifically intended for veterans and eligible dependents, you may also qualify for federal and state student aid, educational loans and privately-funded scholarships. For more information, contact the Financial Aid staff at the Rancho, Chino or Fontana campus.