Veteran Benefit Programs

ABOUT VA EDUCATION BENEFITS

The Veteran Affairs Office of the College makes every effort to ensure that all veterans, dependents, and reservists receive their educational benefits in a timely manner. If you have any questions about applying for VA education benefits, please contact the Veterans Affairs Office. For other information, including questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) at 1-888-GIBILL1.

VA CHAPTERS FOR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 31 – VA Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11
  • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Chapter 35 – Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Chapter 36 – Counseling Services
  • Tuition Assistance – for individuals currently on active duty and active reserve
  • State VA – Alabama scholarship for dependents and spouses
  • More information (1-888-442-4551) or at www.gibill.va.gov.

DESCRIPTION OF CHAPTERS

Chapters 30, 1606, 1607 and 35 - These Chapters receive benefits in the form of a monthly check; none of these chapters pay for tuition or books. Muskogee Regional office determines their eligibility.

Chapter 31 - This chapter pays for tuition and books and receives a monthly stipend, which is determined by their local office. The local office is responsible for getting an authorization form to the College’s Veterans Affairs Office so that tuition and books can be paid for.

Chapter 33 - This chapter is for veterans, spouses and children. It pays tuition (based on percentage rating), provides stipends for books, and pays a basic monthly housing allowance. The tuition money is sent to the College, and the book stipend and housing allowance is paid straight from the VA to the student via check or direct deposit. In order to be eligible for the full housing allowance, students must be full time and must have at least one campus course. If the student is less than full-time, the allowance will be prorated. Students must have at least seven hours or more to qualify for the housing allowance period. For individuals whose eligibility rating is less than 100 percent, the housing allowance will be paid based on percentage (60 percent, 70 percent, 80 percent, etc.).

Chapter 36 - This chapter is designed to provide professional, educational, vocational and career counseling services to service members, veterans and dependents. This benefit is available to service members within six months of anticipated discharge, veterans within one year following discharge from active duty, and service member or veteran currently eligible for a VA education benefit and all current VA education beneficiaries. These are the VA forms students will need for counseling VAF 28-8832, VAF 22-1990, VAF 28-1902 and VAF 28-8606. Information about this benefit can be found by clicking here.

Tuition Assistance - This benefit is for active duty and active reserve only. Neither spouses nor children can receive this benefit. Veterans must apply for this benefit through www.GoArmyEd.com. Upon approval, he/she must submit a Tuition assistance Authorization form to the College’s Veterans Affairs Office so the tuition can be paid. This covers tuition and fees only (no books or housing allowance).

State Veterans’ Affairs - This benefit is for spouses and children of a disabled veteran. The veteran has to have at least a 40 percent service-connected disability and must be a resident of the State of Alabama when he/she enlisted. If the veteran was not a resident of the State of Alabama at the time of enlistment, but he/she has lived in Alabama for five years or longer, then he/she may qualify. State VA pays tuition and a portion of fees and books. State VA does not cover $19 per credit hour of fees, nor do they cover remedial courses. Remaining balances can be paid for by cash or alternative methods of financial aid.

HOW TO APPLY:

NEW APPLICANTS

Chapters 30, 33, 1606 and 1607 – Go to the VA website (www.gibill.va.gov), and complete a 22-1990 form. The VA will contact the student by mail letting them know their eligibility. The College’s Veteran Affairs office requires a copy of the DD214 (discharge notification), along with a completed in-house form known as the Request for Certification of Enrollment.

Chapter 33, Post 911 – Students need to submit a copy of their certificate of eligibility once they receive it from the VA.

Chapter 35 – Students must go to the VA website (www.gibill.va.gov) and complete a 22-5490 form. 

Veteran students who have received benefits through Chapter 30, 33, 1606 or 1607, are required to complete a 22-1995 form. The Veterans Affairs Office requires a completed 22-1995, along with a copy of the DD214 and a completed in-house form known as the Request for Certification of Enrollment. Chapter 35 established veterans will need to fill out a 22-5495 and submit it to the Veterans Affairs Office.

NEW DEPENDENTS FOR POST-9/11

Veterans must go to the Department of Defense website (DOD) and elect how many months of benefits they wish to transfer to their child or spouse. Once the Department of Defense approves their request, the veteran can complete the application online at www.gibill.va.gov or can complete a paper 22-5490 form. Once receiving a certificate of eligibility, the veteran needs to submit a copy to the Veterans Affairs Office. The Veterans Affairs Office will require a copy of the veteran’s certificate of eligibility if the veteran is applying for Chapter 33, Post 9/11.

ESTABLISHED DEPENDENTS FOR POST-9/11

Veterans must complete a 22-5495 and submit a copy of their certificate of eligibility to the Veteran Affairs Office.

TUITION ASSISTANCE

To apply for tuition assistance, the service member will need to access www.GoArmyEd.com. Once Go Army Ed approves the tuition assistance, the service member needs to submit a copy of the Tuition Assistance Authorization form to the Financial Aid Office.

TUITION GUIDELINES

The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees purposes:
  • A veteran using educational assistance under either Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either Chapter 30 or Chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.
  • Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)
    (9)) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal state of
    residence).
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.
  • The policy shall be read to be amended as necessary to be compliant with the requirements of 38 U.S.C. § 3679 as amended.

STATE VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

A veteran must apply within the county he/she lives in. To locate a number for the county office, the veteran can go to www.va.alabama.gov. On the left-hand side of the website, choose County Veterans’ Service Office, then choose the county of residency.

ANGEAP - ALABAMA NATIONAL GUARD EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

An award to be used for tuition, educational fees and books/supplies for Alabama National Guard members to attend a public postsecondary educational institution in Alabama. Awards limited to $600 per term and no more than $2,000 per year. Applications are available at Alabama National Guard units.

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

Vocational Rehabilitation is an agency providing funding for education. To contact this agency, students should call (251) 441-5616.

GI BILL COMPARISON TOOL

Thanks to VA’s new GI Bill® Comparison Tool, veterans can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries. Before this tool launched, estimating how much beneficiaries may receive under the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit was challenging. The new comparison tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click.

In addition, Veterans can find and compare information on our 10,000+ approved education and training programs, including estimated tuition and fee amounts and your projected housing allowance. Also available are each school’s graduation rate, student loan default rate and Yellow Ribbon participation. Together, the GI Bill benefit estimator and school comparison information enable students to compare education options and make the best decision for their future. In the future, VA will add additional functionality to the tool, including the ability to compare up to three schools side-by-side

VETERAN EMPLOYMENT WEBSITE

An Employment Center is available on www.ebenefits.va.gov. The Department of Veterans Affairs worked closely with our federal partners to develop the Employment Center, which is the single federal source for Veterans looking for new career opportunities in the private and public sectors, as well as Servicemembers transitioning to the civilian workforce, military spouses and dependents looking for employment opportunities, G.I. Bill® beneficiaries transitioning from training to the job market and employers looking to connect with high quality applicants. This new site integrates multiple tools and resources for both job seekers and employers, including the Veterans Job Bank.

If you or someone you know is a veteran, service member, military spouse or a dependent who is either unemployed or looking for a different career opportunity, I strongly encourage you to check out the new Employment Center. Once on the site you will be able to use the Skills Translator to translate your military skills to civilian skills or skip directly to building a resume with the Resume Builder tool. Resumes created on the site will be available for viewing by both private and public sector employers who are specifically looking to hire Veterans. Please, visit www.ebenefits.va.gov and click on the Employment Center tab on the top navigation bar to create and post your resume. This will ensure that employers looking to hire Veterans like you have access to your resume online.

IN-STATE TUITION RATES FOR VETERANS

The following individuals shall be charged a rate of tuition not to exceed the in-state rate for tuition and fees purposes:

• A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

• Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor's discharge or release from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

• Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same school. The person so described must have enrolled in the school prior to the expiration of the three-year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30 or chapter 33, of title 38, United States Code.

• Anyone using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal State of residence).

• Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in Alabama while attending a school located in Alabama (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and the transferor is a member of the uniformed service who is serving on active duty.

Anyone using educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation/Employment (VR&E), also be charged the resident rate.  Effective for courses and terms beginning after March 1, 2019, a public institution of higher learning must charge the resident rate to chapter 31 participants, as well as the other categories of individuals described above.  When an institution charges these individuals more than the rate for resident students, VA is required to disapprove programs of education sponsored by VA.

• The policy shall be read to be amended as necessary to be compliant with the requirements of 38 U.S.C. 3679(c) as amended.