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The California State University System TROOPS TO COLLEGE Advising Veterans and Dependents throughout the CSU. CSU Counselor Conference 2008 Vicki Hernandez, Veterans Coordinator-CSU San Marcos Joan Putnam, Veterans Coordinator-SDSU. OUTLINE Advising Troops to College
TROOPS TO COLLEGE
Advising Veterans and Dependents throughout the CSU
CSU Counselor Conference 2008
Vicki Hernandez, Veterans Coordinator-CSU San Marcos
Joan Putnam, Veterans Coordinator-SDSU
In January, 2006 Bucky Peterson a retired Marine and Chair of the Troops to College initiative, discussed the paucity of veterans within the California public university system
To make California the nations leader and model in providing educational opportunity and assistance to both active duty and Veterans
The CSU, UC, and Community College systems will expand their respective outreach programs, academic and financial aid advising, and admission opportunities for active duty and eligible veterans.
This will be achieved by building strong partnerships between the three systems of higher education and outside veterans agencies.
The Troops to College oversight committee has been appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the formal body to discuss educational issues between California’s public colleges and universities and the military.
The oversight committee is made up of representatives from the CSU, UC, and Community College systems. In addition representatives from the Department of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, Veterans Affairs, and active duty military leadership.
The oversight committee has developed five task force groups to develop and implement successful strategies to meet the Troops to College objectives
It is important that transfer students are put in contact with their incoming schools Veterans Affairs (VA) Office prior to their first semester.
A strong relationship with the campus VA office and the student will ensure a smooth transition.
The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.
Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
*Some military members may contribute an additional $600 to the GI Bill to receive increased monthly benefits. For an additional $600 contribution, you may receive up to $5400 in additional GI Bill benefits
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
REAP 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 or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency.
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.
Deployed less than 1 year but more than 90 days:
Deployed 1 year or more:
Deployed 2 years or more:
Chapter 35 provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and spouses of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.
This chapter of benefits may be open to veterans who have been diagnosed with a service connected disability.
This is an employability program and was put in place to help disabled veterans find and keep suitable employment
Each Additional Dependent
The California Veterans Fee Waiver is designed to assist eligible dependents and spouses with their educational needs by waiving all mandatory system wide tuition and fees at any California Community College, UC Campus, or any CSU.
PLAN A: The spouse, child or unmarried surviving spouse of a veteran who is totally service-connected disabled or who has died of service-related causes, may qualify. The veteran must have served during a “qualifying war period.” This program does not have an income limit. A child must be under 27 years of age to receive the fee waiver benefit. The age limit is extended to 30 years of age if the child is a veteran. There are no age limits for a spouse or surviving spouse. *Note: a dependent cannot receive this benefit if they are in receipt of VA Chapter 35 benefits,
PLAN B: The child (no age limit) of a veteran who has a service-connected disability, or had a service-connected disability at the time of death, or who died of service-related causes, may also qualify for a waiver of fees. The child’s income, which includes the student’s ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME, PLUS THE VALUE OF SUPPORT provided by the parents, cannot exceed the “national poverty level” as published by the U.S. Census Bureau on December 31st of last year. *NOTE: This figure changes annually.
On January 4, 2007 Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) introduced S.22 which was a Bipartisan Effort with 57 co-sponsors.
The Post- 9/11 GI Bill is a new benefit providing educational assistance to individuals who have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
The Bill was signed into law June, 19th, 2008
www.gibill.va.govis by far the best resource for both staff and student to learn about the ever evolving use of VA benefits. The website can answer almost any question or concern that the student has.
A student can visit http://www.calstate.edu/veterans and gain information regarding opportunities throughout the CSU.
If a student receiving benefits familiarizes themselves with this website it will take away a lot of the fear and anxiety associated with using benefits