Military Student Center
GI Bills & Programs
Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) went into effect August 1, 2009. The percentage of the following benefits you will receive is determined by the number of days you served on Active Duty (not including training) after September 10, 2001:
- Payment of tuition directly to the school.
- A book stipend of up to $1000 per academic year payable to the student.
- A monthly housing allowance paid to the student. This payment is equal to the BAH of an E-5 with dependents in the same zip code as the school. This is the applicable rate regardless of your rank/family size. The BAH in the Roanoke area is $1316 (as of January 1, 2018)
Please note: The housing allowance is not payable if you are enrolled only half-time or less. The law has been updated to allow a reduced payment if you are enrolled in exclusively distance learning courses.
In order to receive Ch 33 benefits, you must submit an application (Form 22-1990) to the Veterans Administration specifically electing this benefit. If you are eligible for any other benefit, you will have to give up that benefit in order to receive Ch 33. This election CANNOT be reversed. Please research and discuss your options so you can make the correct decision for your circumstances.
In certain instances you may qualify to transfer all, or a portion, of your benefits under Ch 33 to your spouse or children. For the most up-to-date information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, please refer the Veterans Administration's website at http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/.
Montgomery GI Bill
The Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30) will provide you with a monthly educational allowance to help you pay for your education. The monthly benefit amount depends on the number of credits you are taking each term, the length of each course, and the length of your enlistment. During a standard 16-week semester, 12 or more credit hours is considered full-time and will result in a monthly payment of $1928 (effective October 1, 2017) for each full month of classes if you completed three or more years of active duty service. If you are eligible for the College Fund, Top-up, or Kicker, you will receive additional monies.
Reserve GI Bills
There are 2 GI Bill® programs reservists and Guard members are eligible for, even if they don’t qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill. You must be actively drilling with a unit to receive these benefits. If you have had no Active Duty service beyond training, you are eligible for Chapter 1606 benefits. The monthly pay rate for a full-time student under this program is $375 (effective October 1, 2017). Any kickers, etc. will be paid in addition to this base amount.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended Chapter 1607 (REAP) on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits. Veterans who were attending an educational institution on November 24, 2015, or during the last semester, quarter, or term ending prior to that date, are eligible to continue to receive REAP benefits until November 25, 2019. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs will be evaluating each claim on a case-by-case basis. If a veteran is deemed no longer eligible for REAP benefits, the VA will determine if they have eligibility under another program, typically the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and will award benefits accordingly.
If you have specific concerns, related to your benefits, please contact the GI Bill education center at 1-888-442-4551.
Educational Programs for Dependents
Dependents (spouses and children) of veterans may be eligible for educational benefits as well. The VA provides benefits to dependents of disabled/deceased veterans under the Dependent Educational Assistance (DEA) program (Chapter 35). For children, you may receive this benefit from the age of 18 to 26. There is no age limit for spouses, but the benefit is only available for 10 years after you are deemed eligible to receive it. The monthly pay rate under this benefit is $1041 (effective October 1, 2017) for a full-time student. Please visit http://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ for more information.
Virginia also provides benefits for certain dependents at public colleges within the state. You may collect both benefits simultaneously if eligible for both. The Virginia Military Spouses and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) provides a full waiver of tuition at public colleges and universities in Virginia. It also provides a stipend that may be used to purchase books, supplies, etc. The tuition waiver is always provided, but the stipend can vary based on available funding. Please visit https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/education-employment/virginia-military-survivors-and-dependents-education-program-2-2/ for more information on this program.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
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