Veterans Education Benefits

Ready to complete your education? The federal government offers numerous options to help, from standard financial aid to multiple military benefits programs, and our office of Veterans Services can guide you through this process so that your college experience begins seamlessly.

New Comparison Tool: Education Benefits for Veterans

Please use the VA Comparison Tool to calculate your VA education benefits. This is a great tool to show you how much you would receive based on your benefit chapter and percentage. Then come into our office to fill out all required VA applications and paperwork to receive your actual benefits.

Some of Your Veteran Education Benefits Options

Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB)

The Montgomery G.I. Bill program provides up to 36 months of benefits to eligible individuals who:

  • entered military service on or after July 1, 1985 AND
  • had their basic military pay reduced by $100.00 per month for the first 12 months of their service AND
  • received a discharge specified as “HONORABLE.”

Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

You may be eligible if you are a veteran of World War II or thereafter who:

  • has a service-connected disability that entitles him/her to DVA disability compensation AND
  • is in need of vocational rehabilitation because the disability creates an unemployable handicap. 

Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals who were honorably discharged with:

  • at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 OR
  • who were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill Entitlement to Dependents (T.O.E)

Since August 1, 2009, service members enrolled in the Post 9/11 GI Bill program can transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children. Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits may also be transferred through the new Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. The scholarship expands eligibility under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include children of an active duty service member in the Armed Forces who dies in the line of duty.

Chapter 35 – Survivors & Dependents Educational Assistance Rate Table

Veteran education benefits for dependents may be available for sons, daughters and spouses if the veteran:

  • dies on active duty
  • was released from active duty due to a service-connected disability
  • is permanently and totally disabled
  • was/is an MIA, POW, or detained by a foreign government while on or in the line of duty

Generally, the eligibility period for sons and daughters is between the ages of 18 and 26 years of age. A spouse may use educational benefits during a 10-year period after eligibility is found. A surviving spouse may use those benefits during a 10-year period after the veteran’s death or 10 years after the DVA determines the veteran’s death was caused by a service-connected disability, provided the surviving spouse does not marry.

Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve

Individuals who have agreed to serve six years in the selected reserve, on or after July 1, 1985, re-enlisted or extended an enlistment for a period of at least six years may be eligible. Note: Active duty personnel are reimbursed for tuition and fees only, but are accessed entitlement charges at the rate of attendance.

For a more extensive description and additional information on all veteran education benefits and programs you may be eligible for, contact LCCC Veteran Services at (440) 366-7685.