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Military Educational Benefits Overview

TUITION ASSISTANCE

Tuition Assistance is a Department of Defense program administered by each individual branch of service and the National Guard. The eligibility requirements for tuition assistance vary by branch of service, but the service member will always need to apply for this program prior to starting classes.

For additional information on Tuition Assistance see your service branch website.

BENEFITS OVERVIEW

Top Up
Top Up allows a service member to use Tuition Assistance in conjunction with either the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) ® or the Post 9/11 GI Bill® if the cost of tuition exceeds the amount covered. You must be eligible to use either Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 of the GI Bill® and meet the eligibility guidelines for tuition assistance. For more information, please click here:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/tuition_assistance.asp

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill®

This program is for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlisted in the select reserve with an obligation to serve 6 or more years on or after July 1st 1985. In order to be eligible for this benefit, the member will have had to complete their IDAT (initial date active training). Chapter 1606 expires once a service member has separated. This benefit pays directly to the student; arrangements for tuition and fees payment will need to be made with DCC business office. Find more information here:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program—also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps you explore employment options and address education or training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits. Learn more at:

https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/

Fry Scholarship
This scholarship provides the Post 9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33) to children of service members who have died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. Students who are entitled to this benefit may have a significant portion of their tuition covered. Effective January 1, 2015, the law expands eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to include surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces who died or die in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. For more information, please visit:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

Or

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/factsheets/fry_scholarship.pdf

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered when eligible. Find more information here:

https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependents Assistance
This program provides educational assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled, as a result of their service, and may be able to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. This benefit pays directly to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with DCC business office. Find more information here:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program
This program provides educational assistance to spouses of Active Duty members towards an Associates or Certificate program. Students who are eligible can qualify up to a $4,000 lifetime limit, with a maximum of $2,000 per Department of Defense fiscal year (Oct 1st – Sep 30th). For more information, please click here:

http://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Factsheets/SECO/MyCAA_Factsheet_Overview.pdf

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with DCC business office. Find more information here:

https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-active-duty/

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Kickers & Additional Contributions
A kicker is part of an enlistment contract and is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. The VA should automatically pay this benefit as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing his or her claim. No additional paperwork is needed.
Financial Aid Shopping Sheet for Service Members and Veterans & Cost of Attendance and Cost of Living 2023-24

Section 1018 of Public Law 116-315, Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, adds new requirements for universities to provide financial information to students using benefits under chapter 30, 31, 32, 33, or 35 of title 38, U.S.C., or chapter 1606 of title 10, U.S.C. For timely updates about this new law, please visit the Isakson and Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 webpage. For specific information regarding any area that applies to your situation, please contact the respective department or the Veteran Certifying Official at jstjuste@dallas.edu for further contacts.

Download full document that includes:

  • Estimated Costs of Attendance for Traditional Programs Based on 15 Credits per Semester
  • Estimated Tuition Costs for Online Programs for 2023-2024
  • Other possible Fees
  • Cost of Living (off campus)
  • Other Types of Federal Aid—Eligible federal loan amounts may depend on students’ classification and dependency status
  • Graduation RatesGraduation rate refers to how many first-time full-time freshmen completed the course of study within six years of their entrance date. Using this criterion, the current graduation rate of the freshman class in 2015 at DCC is 17%. The graduation rate of transfer students from the same entering class was 29%.
  • The estimated amount of Student Loan debt the individual would have upon graduationThe average loan amount in combined Subsidized and Unsubsidized for the graduating class of 2021 was $31,396.
  • Job Placement Rates for GraduatesDCC has a placement rate of 40% of its most recent Class of 2023 graduates. It should be noted that individuals change careers from time to time, causing this number to change on a regular basis. DCC is pleased to note that 65% of that class also planned to continue their education in various post-baccalaureate and graduate programs.
  • Acceptance of Transfer Credits including military credits

MILITARY EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS PROCESS

ACTIVE/RESERVE

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1 – Apply at your education office on your assigned service base.

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2 – Ensure DCC is listed to receive your educational benefits.

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3 – Complete appropriate steps related to your branch of military.

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4 – Provide a copy of approved Tuition Assistance form to the DCC business office.

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5 – DCC business office will communicate with you once they receive your educational benefits.

VETERAN

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1 – Visit www.va.gov for additional information on military veteran educational benefits.

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2 – Send off to receive your DD214 form. (If necessary)

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3 – Apply online for eBenefits.

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4 – Ensure DCC is listed to receive your educational benefits.

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5 – Send copy of certificate of eligibility letter to the VA certifying official at DCC.

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6 – VA certifying official will process student’s enrollment certification to the VA.

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