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The Office of Veterans Affairs is located in the Student Union, Room 244. Our primary mission is to help students obtain educational benefits for which they are eligible. The Certifying Official and veteran-student workers work closely with students to help them understand and successfully navigate this sometimes complex process involving multiple agencies.

Our office helps students apply for the various GI Bills, maintain eligibility, and troubleshoot payment and other issues. The Certifying Official submits enrollment and tuition information to the VA Regional Processing Office and/or to the student's Vocational Rehabilitation counselor.

In addition, the Office of Veterans Affairs may serve as a central resource regarding other programs and resources available to veterans and military-connected students both on campus and in the surrounding community.

During peak times, we may need to ask you to schedule an appointment. Peak times are:

  • The middle of July through the middle of September (Fall Quarter).
  • The middle of December through the middle of January (Winter Quarter).
  • The middle of March through the middle April (Spring Quarter).

Your individualized VA benefits counseling deserves our focus and attention.

Funding College with Veterans Education Benefits

 

Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) & Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)

This program provides financial support for education and housing to veterans with at least 90 days of active service on or after September 11, 2001, and eligible dependents that meet requirements for transfer of benefits. Benefits are available for up to 15 years following discharge.

  • An annual book stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment.
  • Tuition payment will be made directly to the school after registration, not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition/fees at a public institution.
  • Monthly housing allowance when meeting the basic allowance for housing criteria for an E5 with dependents based on the location of the school of higher learning.
  • If you participated in the $600 buy-up under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty, you will not receive that additional benefit under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

  • You will receive a monthly payment at a rate set by Congress based on your expenses for 36 months, which varies based on enrollment status.
  • Monthly check (via direct deposit) sent to veteran after proof of enrollment and monthly online verification.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

This program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard.

  • Allows "kickers" up to $350 per month.
  • Monthly check (via direct deposit) sent to veteran after proof of enrollment and monthly online verification.

Reserve Education Assistance Program—REAP (Chapter 1607)

This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.

  • Monthly check (via direct deposit) sent to veteran after proof of enrollment and monthly online verification.
  • Allows "kickers" up to $350 per month.
  • Increased benefits based on longest continuous time on active duty.

Survivors and Dependents Assistance—DEA (Chapter 35)

DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans (Determine DEA eligibility). The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

  • For a son or daughter, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26.
  • If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible.
  • For surviving spouses (spouses of service members who died on active duty) benefits end 20 years from the date of death.

Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

This program provides effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities.