Financial Assistance Programs for soldiers in active service, veterans and their dependents
As a member of the armed forces in active service, reserve or as a veteran, you can be eligible for educational benefits under the GI Bill programs. Following is a summary of the different chapters of the GI Bill with a brief description of each program. Remember that the benefits for which you will be eligible depend on your military career.
List of GI Bill Programs:
- Chapter 33, GI Bill Post-9/11
This is a program to provide study benefits to individuals who served in active duty after September 11, 2001. In this program, the contribution granted is based on the time served.
- Chapter 30, Montgomery GI Bill
Program for Active Service Personnel. Applies to the veteran of the Armed Forces who has been in active service for a minimum of 24 months and has been honorably discharged.
- Chapter 31 (VR and E)
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. Provides educational assistance to the veteran who receives vocational rehabilitation.
- Chapter 35 (DEA)
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program. Provides educational assistance to dependents of a veteran who was in active duty for a minimum of 24 months and has a 100% service-related disability or dependents of a soldier who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.
- Chapter 1606 (MGIB-SR)
Montgomery GI Selected Reserve Program. Applies to the soldier in the military or National Guard reserve with a contract of 6 or more years. They are eligible to receive additional benefits (kickers).
- Chapter 1607 (REAP)
Reserve Educational Assistance Program. Applies to soldiers of the military or National Guard reserves who were called to active duty for at least 90 days. These reservists are eligible to receive additional benefits (kickers).
The soldier must fill the military benefits application online (VONAPP) to request the benefits.
For further information about the different programs, you can call the Education Division of the GI Bill benefits free of charge at 1-888-442-4551 or apply online by clicking here and choosing National University.