Familiarize yourself with the different VA educational benefits.
As a veteran or service member, you may be eligible to use educational benefits from more than one GI Bill program. It’s important to understand the difference between programs and choose the one that’s best suited to your educational goals. The VA’s decision-making tools will help you get the most from your benefits: GI Bill Education Programs
The VA’s education programs include:
- the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) for veterans and service members who served after Sept. 10, 2001;
- the Machine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship provides Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to spouses and children of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10,2001;
- the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30) for veterans and service members who have a minimum of two years of active duty;
- the Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) for Reservists and National Guard members who signed a six-year obligation on or after July 1, 1985;
- the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607) for members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty;
- the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35) for eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service related condition or of veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition;
- the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program (Chapter 31) for veterans who have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable and have a service connected disability rating.
If you have questions about benefits, speak to a VA representative at the VA’s Education Call Center in Muskogee, OK. Call 888 442 4551.
The decision to relinquish benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) for the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) is irrevocable. Contact the Education Call Center in Muskogee, OK, at 888 442 4551, for assistance.
A Veteran participating in the VR&E (Chapter 31) Program who qualifies for Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits can elect to receive the GI Bill rate of pay instead of the regular Chapter 31 subsistence allowance. In most cases, the GI Bill rate is higher than the regular Chapter 31 rate of pay. To elect the GI Bill rate, the Veteran must have remaining eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and must formally choose (or “elect”) the GI Bill rate. Your VRC can help you with election.