To apply for Veterans Education Benefits please go to www.gibill.va.gov and select apply online and click on education. You may also call 1.888.442.4551 or for more Veterans benefit info. Call 1.800.827.1000
The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is 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. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. This program will pay eligible individuals:
Tuition & fees directly to the school not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition & fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning, a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school, an annual books & supplies stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment a one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals.
The Montgomery GI Bill — Active Duty (Chapter 30) provides up to 36 months of education benefits on the basis of one month of active duty for one month of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree pursuit by either residence instruction or distance education. Residence instruction or training may also be taken for non-degree diploma or certificate programs, advanced flight training, and apprenticeship/on-the-job training. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses as well as tutorial services may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Rare exceptions to the 10-year rule are based on an individual’s circumstances.
The Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve program, also referred to as Chapter 1606, may be available if you are a member of the Selected Reserve for at least six years. 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. This benefit may be used for degree pursuit by either residence instruction or distance education. Residence instruction or training may be taken for non-degree diploma or certificate programs, advanced flight training, and apprenticeship/on-the-job training. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses as well as tutorial services may be approved under certain circumstances. This benefit generally terminates 14 years from the date of enlistment in the reserve.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), also called Chapter 1607, was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called up or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new 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.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA), or Chapter 35, is a program for the spouses and survivors of veterans that were detained (POW/MIA), deceased, or disabled (100% and permanent) due to service-connected cause are eligible for MGIB benefits. The schools and programs approved for the other chapters of the MGIB are approved under this provision. When eligible dependents reach the age of 18 (thereby losing dependent support) they may collect the MGIB to finish high school. Five months of high school benefits may be used that are not charged to the post-secondary eligibility. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. This benefit expires at the dependent’s 26th birthday.
Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), or Chapter 32, is available if you entered active duty for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the federal government. This benefit may be used for a degree by residence or correspondence training. Certificate and diploma programs, flight training, and apprenticeship/on-the-job training may be taken by residence training only. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
If you are eligible under Chapter 30, Chapter 35 or Chapter 1606 the benefit rates you can receive can be accessed at http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm. Basic rates can vary. Applying for education benefits can be accomplished by completing an online application or by printing forms out and mailing them to the Department of Veteran Affairs Muskogee Regional Processing Office at 125 South Main Street, Muskogee, OK 74401.