Educational Assistance

Overview

Several programs are available to help with educational costs for veterans; some programs may have additional eligibility requirements. Note: These programs provide assistance with educational opportunities for veterans; view information about educational opportunities for dependents and survivors, and information about scholarships for dependent children.

Chapter 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill

  • Eligibility: If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after September 10, 2011, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably charged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program.
  • Length of Eligibility: You have 15 years from your last separation from active duty or until you have used all of your 36 months of entitlement.
  • Application Form: VA Form 22-1990

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill

  • Eligibility: First entered active duty July 1, 1985 or later and completes active duty of 2 years or more or who completes 2 years of active duty and enters the Selected Reserves for 4 or more years.
  • Length of Eligibility: You have 10 years from the date of your last separation from active duty, or until you have used all of your months of entitlement, whichever is earlier.
  • Application Form: VA Form 22-1990

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation

(See Vocational Rehabilitation Page)

  • Eligibility: Must have a service-connected disability rated at 20% or more which causes a demonstrable employment handicap.
  • Length of Eligibility: You have 12 years from your last separation from active duty or from the date service connection is established.
  • Application Form: VA Form 28-1900

Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

  • Eligibility: Served on active duty for at least 181 continuous days and enlisted for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 inclusive, and signed up prior to April 1, 1987 to make contributions while on active duty; can disenroll and later re-enroll if still on active duty.
  • Length of Eligibility: You have 10 years from the date of your last separation from active duty.
  • Application Form: VA Form 22-1990

Chapter 1606 - Educational Assistance for the Selected Reserve

  • Eligibility:
    • Officer - Added 6 years to their current obligation after June 30, 1985.
    • Enlisted - Enlisted, reenlisted, or extended enlistment for a 6-year period after June 30, 1985.
  • Length of Eligibility: You may receive benefits until your eligibility period ends or you use all your entitlement, whichever comes first. You have 10 years from the date you became eligible to use your benefits. If you leave the Selected Reserve, generally your benefits end the day you separate; however, there are certain exceptions to this rule.
  • Application Form: VA Form 22-1990

View the VA's website for education benefits. The VA's Educational Benefits Call Center phone number is 888-442-4551.

CPT James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship

This is an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a Special Forces Veteran who is working towards the completion of a higher education degree. To apply, visit the CPT James Ahn Memorial Scholarship website.