VA Benefit Information
Information on the Different Chapters of VA Benefits
Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill
This is the most common VA education program. There are four eligibility categories with the most common being those individuals who entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and contributed $100.00 a month for 12 months and have an honorable discharge.
Chapter 33: Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty for at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 continuous days. Under the new chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:
- Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school). If the veteran or dependent is eligible at the 100% level, then full tuition and fees are covered. If the veteran or dependent is eligible at less than the 100% rate, then the VA will only pay that percentage of resident (not non-resident) tuition and fees.
- Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the service member, veteran or dependent); and
- Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid directly to the service member, veteran or dependent).
- In Logan County, full BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) is set at $1095.00 dollars per month, as of 2015.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Yellow Ribbon Program was designed to offset tuition balances accrued for out of state tuition fees or Private College’s tuition cost while using the Post- 9/11 Benefit. Since the Federal Government has declared that all colleges give in state tuition to Veterans and Southern’s tuition is the lowest in the state, the Yellow Ribbon Program is unneeded here at Southern.
Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program
The program is for dependents or spouses of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled as the result of a service connected disability or died while evaluated as having a total and permanent disability, or dependents or spouse of a person who is listed as a POW or MIA.
- Since the VA can take up to 8 weeks in order to process educational benefits, it is highly recommended that you fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current year at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. Keep in mind that you cannot be considered for any grants, scholarships or loans without completing a FAFSA.
- If you change major, be sure you see the VA Certifying Official to ensure proper paper work is filed, to keep your benefits.