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

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

This employment program provides educational support to eligible veteran’s who are entering the work force. Veterans will meet with their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop an education plan. This benefit may cover the entire cost of tuition and fees. To contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, visit this page:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp

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:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is an education benefit to assist Reserve and National Guard members called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) for at least 90 cumulative days after 9/11/2001. This benefit pays directly to the student and can be used toward the cost of tuition and fees, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with DCC business office. Find more information here:

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

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

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.
Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 GI Bill ® to Dependents

Eligible active duty service members may be able to transfer their unused Post 9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33) benefit to their spouses or dependent children, while on active duty. This benefit may cover 100% of tuition and fees up to $19,198.31 per fiscal year (Aug 1st – July 31st). Find more information here:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

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 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 at www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/vonapp 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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