VA Educational Benefits
Which program is best for you?
• Picking the Right Educational Benefit
• Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
• Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30)
• Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
• Montgomery GI Bill – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607)
• Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E) (Chapter 31)
• Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) (Chapter 35)
• Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
• Transferring Chapter 33 Benefits to Dependents
Picking The Right Educational Benefit
Need help picking out the right educational benefits? This website will help you understand which Chapter or active benefit best fits you: Best Educational Benefits for You
Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a benefit for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate 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.
Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty - Chapter 30
The Montgomery GI Bill is a benefit for individuals who contributed $1200 to the basic program while on Active Duty. All individuals who were separated or retired with an honorable discharge or were separated under the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) are eligible.
Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve - Chapter 1606
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and have completed your Initial Active Duty Training (tech school). 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.
Montgomery GI Bill - Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - Chapter 1607
The Secretaries of each military service, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) will determine eligibility and establish the program to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserves of the Armed Forces who are called to duty for 90 days or more. Members may be eligible after serving 90 consecutive days on active duty after September 11, 2001.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E) - Chapter 31
VR&E's primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-connected disability of 10% and higher. To receive services a veteran must be found both eligible and entitled. The desired outcome of these services is to lead disabled veterans to suitable employment that is consistent with their aptitudes and interests or achieving independence in their daily living.
Follow link for more information on the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program and see our Chapter 31 Information Sheet.
You can call or visit the VR&E at the following address below :
Thomas Clark, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Fairbanks Vet Center
540 4th Ave Suite 100
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-452-1644 or 907-456-4238
If you are already in the VR & E program, did you know that UAF also has assistance available to you? Contact Disability Services for classroom accomodations to facilitate your learning.
Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) - Chapter 35
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, who are anticipated to be released from a military hospital with 100% disability or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:
• Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
• Are unemployed on the date of application
• Received an other than dishonorable discharge
• Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
• Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
• Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
• Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.
Transferring Chapter 33 Benefits to your Dependents
There is a provision under Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill that enables eligible service members to transfer their eligibility to their dependents, but there are very strict requirements to do so (including an incurred service obligation if the service member has served less than 10 years). To manage these transferred benefits, please see the DoD MilConnect site.
Eligible dependents include:
For more information about the process see Transfer of Benefits. Eligible transferees may access their benefits by creating an account and signing up with VA Form 22-1990E on VONAPP
Children of service members who died in the line of duty are eligible for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, which entitles full Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to each eligible child.