Educational Benefit Programs for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) offers a variety of educational benefit programs. Explore your options and find the right program for you.

Who Qualifies?

  • Veterans
  • Active duty military
  • Active and former members of the National Guard, Air National Guard and Selected Reserve
  • Eligible family members

Check your Eligibility

Educational benefits administered by the U.S. VA vary in eligibility- check to make sure you qualify.

Reserve Education Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP/Chapter 1607)

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. The Post-9/11 GI Bill in many ways has replaced REAP because it also provides educational assistance benefits for Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001, and in many cases provides a greater benefit than REAP.

Contact

If you would like additional information concerning the legislation that ended REAP, please utilize this link to review the information contained on the GI Bill website or contact the VA us at 1-888-442-4551.

Montgomery GI Bill/Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Montgomery G.I. Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Chapter 30 has four eligibility categories. The benefits generally apply to Veterans who began active duty service for the first time after June 30, 1985, had their pay reduced $100 a month for 12 months, and received an honorable discharge. For further information, you can view an information pamphlet published by the VA here.


To be eligible for education payments under MGIB, Veterans must possess an Honorable discharge. This would exclude those Veterans with a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions or any other discharge. Also excluded are officers who obtained their commission after December 31, 1976 through a military academy (Annapolis, West Point, Air Force Academy, or Coast Guard Academy), or through an ROTC scholarship program (payments exceeding $3,400/yr).


Individuals released from active duty with an Honorable character of service by reason of Convenience of the Government (COG) with 20 months of service on a two-year contract, or 30 months on a three-year contract, are eligible even if they did not complete their full contract period. They will receive one month of Chapter 30 benefits for each month of active duty. Chapter 30 benefits are paid on a monthly basis directly to the veteran. Rates can be found here.


Higher monthly benefits are paid to Chapter 30 participants with “kickers” and to Chapter 30 participants who make additional Chapter 30 payments. Veterans may have a kicker, additional contributions, or both. The higher benefit rates are paid automatically when benefits are paid. If Veterans don’t receive the benefit they believe they are entitled to receive, they should call VA about the discrepancy so that VA can resolve the discrepancy with the Department of Defense. A kicker is part of the enlistment contract. It might be referred to as the Army College Fund, Navy Sea College Fund or similar name. If a contract has a $12,000 kicker, for example, then the monthly kicker is $333.33 ($12,000 ÷ 36 months), which increases the $1,928.00 full-time Chapter 30 benefit to $2,261.33.


Service persons who participate in Chapter 30 contribute $1,200.00 towards Chapter 30. The contribution is non-refundable, with one exception. Chapter 30 (category 1 only) students who elect and then exhaust their Chapter 33 entitlement and are receiving a monthly housing allowance will receive a refund of the $1,200.00 contribution proportional to the amount of unused chapter 30 entitlement at the time of election for chapter 33. The refund is included in their last monthly housing allowance payment.


Service persons may have contributed up to $600.00 more into the program. The maximum $600.00 additional contribution will increase the basic full-time Chapter 30 benefit by $150.00 per month. Additional contributions are not refundable for those who elect Chapter 33.


Individuals making an initial application for this benefit may complete an on-line application using the VA's vets.gov website or by completing and submitting an Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. Students who have used this benefit at another school or wish to change their degree or program should complete and submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services.

Chapter 30 Kickers and Opportunities for Additional Contributions

Higher monthly benefits are paid to chapter 30 participants with "kickers" and to chapter 30 participants who make additional chapter 30 payments. You may have a kicker, additional contributions, or both. The higher benefit rates are paid automatically when benefits are paid. If you don't receive the benefit you believe you are entitled to receive, call the VA about the discrepancy so that VA can resolve the discrepancy with the Department of Defense.

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a benefit that provides educational assistance to individuals who served on active duty beginning September 11, 2001. Chapter 33 pays from 40 to 100% of a student’s allowable tuition and fees. Payment of tuition & fees is made by the VA directly to the college or university where the student is enrolled. You also receive a monthly living allowance of up to $1,367.00 per month and an annual stipend of up to $1,000 to help offset the cost of textbooks and school supplies.You can view an information pamphlet published by the VA here.


As a matter of policy, Chemeketa Veterans' Services reports your credits to VA when you submit your benefit request each term. Tuition and fee costs are reported to the VA beginning the 3rd week of each term.


To be eligible for full benefits under Chapter 33, you must have served at least 30 days of continuous active duty service after September 10, 2001 and been discharged due to a service-connected disability OR have served a total of 36 months of active duty service since September 11, 2001.


If you have served an aggregate of 90 days of active duty after September 10, 2001 and continue to be on active duty OR were –

  • Honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable and placed on the retired list, transferred to the Fleet Reserve or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve
  • Released from the Armed Forces with service characterized as honorable for further service in a reserve component
  • Discharged or released from the Armed Forces for Existed Prior to Service (EPTS), hardship or Condition Interfered with Duty (CIWD)

You will be eligible for Chapter 33 benefits based on the number of months of service you complete as determined by the VA. If you served:

  • at least 90 days, but less that 6 months service you will receive 40%
  • 6 months but less than a year you will receive 50&
  • 12 months but less than 18 months you will receive 60%
  • At least 18 months but less than 2 years you will receive 70%
  • At least 2 years but less than 30 months you will receive 80%
  • At least 30 months, but less than 3 years you will receive 90% of the benefit

Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) Restrictions

  • As of August 1st, 2017, the MHA amount for a full-time Chemeketa student who is 100% eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill is $1357.00 per month for every full month of schooling.
  • The MHA is paid based on a 30 day month, regardless of the number of days in the month and is only paid while school is in session.
  • The MHA is NOT payable to individuals on active duty.
  • It is only payable to students whose rate of pursuit is 51 percent or greater
  • Full-time students enrolled only in on-line courses will receive one-half the national average of the Chapter 33 living stipend (currently $840.50 if the student is 100% eligible).
  • Individuals who paid into a $600 buy-up plan under another chapter cannot transfer it to their chapter 33 settlement
  • The housing allowance is paid based on the zip code of the Salem campus, regardless of what Chemeketa campus the student attends
  • Spouses receiving Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits under a transfer of entitlement (TOE) from their spouse, will not receive the MHA if their spouse is receiving a housing allowance as part of their military pay
  • The amount of the monthly housing stipend is tied to the student's rate of pursuit, rounded to the nearest multiple of 10. Rate of pursuit is determined by dividing the number of credits the student is taking by the number of credits it takes to be a full time student.
    • As an example, if you are taking 8 credits and 12 credits is full time, your rate of pursuit is 66.6% and you would receive 70% of the housing stipend. If you are taking 10 credits, your rate of pursuit is 83.3% and you will receive 80% of the housing stipend.

Book & Supply Stipend

  • The book and supply stipend is paid based on your percentage of eligibility as determined by the VA. Students who are 100% eligible receive $1000.00 per year, while a student who is 90% eligible receives $900.00 per year and so on.
  • A student who is 100% eligible is paid at the rate of $41.67 per credit hour for the first 24 credits the student registers for each year. The per credit amount is reduced by the student's percentage of eligibility. That year begins August 1st and ends the following July 31st.
    • As an example, a student who is 100% eligible and registers for 12 credits for the fall term will receive a book and supply payment for $500.00 (12 x $41.67=$500.04). If the student registers for 12 credits for the winter term, they will receive a second $500.00 payment and the will have exhausted their book and supply fund for that year. It will reset the following August 1st.
    • Effective October 1, 2011, students on active duty receive the book and supply stipend but remain ineligible for the housing stipend.

Individuals making an initial application for the Post 9/11 GI Bill may complete an on-line application using the VA's vets.gov website or by completing and submitting an Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. Students who have used the Post 9/11 GI Bill at another school or wish to change their degree or program should complete and submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services.


Individuals who are applying for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits that were transferred to them by a family member (Spouse, Mother, Father) should complete and submit an Application for Family Member to USe Transferred Benefits (VA Form 22-1990e) after the U.S. Department of Defense has approved the benefit transfer.

Montgomery GI Bill/Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

Montgomery G.I. Bill - Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

This is the educational benefit program for active members of the Selected Reserve. Selected Reserve components include the –

  • Army Reserve
  • Naval Reserve
  • Air Force Reserve
  • Marine Corps Reserve
  • Coast Guard Reserve
  • Army National Guard
  • Air National Guard

The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) determine who is eligible for chapter 1606. The Department of Veterans Affairs administers the program and pays benefits. Basic eligibility requires a 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve and satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training. You can view an information pamphlet published by the VA here.

As of October 1st, 2015, the basic full-time (12 more credits) monthly benefit is $375.00 for a maximum of 36 months or the equivalent in part-time training.


Individuals making an initial application for this benefit may complete an on-line application using the VA's vets.gov website or by completing and submitting an Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. Students who have used this benefit at another school or wish to change their degree or program should complete and submit a Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. To expedite processing and approval by VA, students making an initial application should include a copy of their Notice of Basic Eligibility/DD Form 2384.

1606 Kickers: An additional amount, called a kicker, may be added to the benefit of some chapter 1606 students. The possible monthly kicker levels are $200 & $350. A chapter 1606 kicker may be a part of the original enlistment contract or part of a re-enlistment contract.

Dependent's Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

This benefit is available to the qualified dependents of certain disabled veterans. You may view an information pamphlet published by the VA here. As of October 1st, 2015, the full-time monthly benefit is $1041.00. To be eligible for Survivors’ & Dependents’ Education Assistance, you must be the spouse or child of –

  • A veteran who died, or is permanently and totally disabled, as the result of a service-connected disability
    • The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence
  • A service member missing in action or captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power
  • A service member hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care, services, or treatment for a VA determined service-connected permanent and total disability

Surviving spouses whose benefits stopped when they re-married can receive DEA benefits again if their re-marriage ends by death or divorce, or they cease to live with the person to whom they presented themselves in public as married.


Spouses and surviving spouses have 10 years from the date VA establishes eligibility to use the benefit. Surviving spouses of veterans who died while on active duty have 20 years from the date of the veteran’s death to use the benefit. Children may use the benefit while they are between the ages of 18 and 26.


Individuals making an initial application for these benefits may complete an on-line application using the Veteran's On-Line Application System (VONAPP) or by completing and submitting a Dependents' Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-5490) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. Students who have used the benefit at another institution or have not used their benefits in more than one year should complete and submit a Dependents' Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-5495) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services.

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

The mission of Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) is to help Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers.


Veterans approved for this program will receive 48 months of training entitlement and, at the end of their program, specialized employment services.

Eligibility (Active Duty Service Members):

  • Expect to receive a honorable discharge upon separation from active duty
  • Obtain a memorandum rating or proposed IDES rating of 20% or more from VA
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment services

Eligibility (Veterans):

  • Honorable or other than dishonorable discharge
  • VA service-connected disability rating or memo rating of 10% or more
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment services
  • Entitlement based on establishment of employment handicap resulting from a service-connected disability
  • Serious employment handicap needed to establish entitlement for Veterans rated 10%

To Apply:

  • Submit an application using the VA's vets.gov website
  • Complete and submit a Disabled Veteran's Application for Vocational Rehabilitation (VA Form 28-1900) by mail.

GySgt John David Fry Scholarship

GySgt John David Fry Scholarship

Provides Post 9/11 GI Bill benefit eligibility to the children and spouse of active duty members of the Armed Forces who die in the line of duty after September 10th, 2001. You may view information published by the VA here.

Eligible Children:

  • May be married or over 23 and still be eligible
  • Are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • Have 15 years to use the benefit beginning on their 18th birthday
  • May use the benefit until their 33rd birthday
  • A child eligible for the Fry Scholarship may be eligible for Dependent's Educational Assistance (Chapter 35). Although the benefits cannot be used at the same time, a child may be eligible for up to 48 monts of benefits between the two programs.
  • A child eligible for benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) or the Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve) must relinquish eligibility under one of those programs to receive benefits under the Fry Scholarship

Eligible Spouses:

  • Are entitled to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level
  • May use the benefit until the date that is 15 years after the date on which the Veteran died or the date on which the eligible spouse remarries, whichever is earlier
  • Spouses eligible for both the Fry Scholarship and Dependents Educational Assistance are required to make an irrevocable election as to which benefit they wish to receive
  • To compare the two programs, you may view a comparison chart here.

Individuals making an initial application for this benefit may complete an on-line application using the Veteran's On-Line Application System (VONAPP) or by completing and submitting a Dependents' Application for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-5490) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services. Students who have used this benefit at another school or wish to change their degree or program should complete and submit a Dependents' Request for Change of Program or Place or Training (VA Form 22-5495) to Chemeketa Veterans' Services.


The rules concerning on-line classes that apply to Chapter 33 also apply to the Fry Scholarship.

Contact

If you would like additional information, please contact us at 503.399.5004 or via e-mail. You may also fax us at 503.399.3908