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VA Educational Benefits 101 and MyCAA . Presented by: Jim Flippin Jane Pennington Rose Bremenkamp. VA Educational Benefits. Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 31 – Disabled Veterans Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) Chapter 33 – Post 9/11

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va educational benefits 101 and mycaa

VA Educational Benefits 101and MyCAA

Presented by:

Jim Flippin

Jane Pennington

Rose Bremenkamp

va educational benefits
VA Educational Benefits
  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 31 – Disabled Veterans
  • Chapter 32 - Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11
  • Chapter 34 – Old Montgomery GI Bill
  • Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA)
  • Chapter 1606 – Reserves
  • Chapter 1607 –Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
chapter 30 montgomery gi bill
Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill
  • Veteran had to pay $1200 over a 12-month period before separating from the military.
  • Veteran has 36 months of eligibility.
  • Benefit must be used within 10 years of delimiting date.
  • Active Duty personnel only receive actual tuition and fees.
  • Other chapter 30 recipients receive funding based on the enrollment status.
chapter 31 disabled veterans
Chapter 31 – Disabled Veterans
  • Must have a 10% disability as determined by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC).
  • Once disability is determined, the VA pays tuition, fees, books, supplies, as well as a monthly allowance based on the number of dependents.
  • The VRC assists with choosing an appropriate major based on the disability.
  • The VA Certifying Official invoices the VA for all appropriate charges related to the student’s education.
chapter 32 veap
Chapter 32 - VEAP
  • Entered service for the first time between January 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985;
  • Opened a contribution account before April 1, 1987;
  • Voluntarily contributed from $25 to $2700.
  • Contributions matched on a $2 for $1 basis.
  • Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions.
  • Most veterans elected to switch to chapter 30 when they were given the chance as the benefits were better.
chapter 33 post 9 11
Chapter 33 – Post 9/11
  • Veterans who were on active duty as of September 10, 2001, may have eligibility for this program.
      • Eligibility is based on the amount of time served on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligibility can range from 40% to 100%. A veteran must have served at least 90 consecutive days on active duty to meet minimal eligibility criteria. This excludes time in basic military training and/or skill training.
chapter 33 continued
Chapter 33 – continued

Service Requirements % of Max Benefits

At least 36 months 100

At least 30 consecutive days on active

duty with discharge due to service-connected

disability 100

At least 30 months, but < 36 months 90

At least 24 months, but < 30 months 80

At least 18 months, but < 24 months 70

At least 12 months, but < 18 months 60

At least 6 months, but < 12 months 50

At least 90 days, but < 6 months 40

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Chapter 33 - continued
  • Students who currently have VA educational benefits under another program must make an irrevocable decision to relinquish a program should they wish to use Chapter 33.
  • Tuition and fees are sent to the Business Office of the college that submitted the Enrollment Certification.
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Chapter 33 - continued
  • In order to receive the housing and book allowances, the veteran must be enrolled more than half-time and be enrolled in at least one in-resident class. These allowances are sent directly to the veteran.
    • Book allowance is up to $1000 per academic year based on a 24 credit hour enrollment per year.
    • Calculated at $41.67 per credit hour. Prorated based on the percentage of maximum benefit payable
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Chapter 33 - continued
  • Veterans discharged after 30 consecutive days of active duty who have a service-connected disability may receive 100%.
  • A veteran typically has 15 years from the date of discharge to use the VA educational benefits.
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Chapter 33 – Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)
  • Veterans who qualify for Chapter 33 and who were members of the Armed Forces as of August 1, 2009, and are still members may elect to transfer all or part of their educational benefits to a spouse or their children. To transfer to a child, the child must be under 18, or, if in school, before the child is 23 years old.
  • The veteran must have served 6 years as of the date of election and agree to serve an additional 4 years to transfer to a spouse
  • The veteran must have completed at least 10 years of service before the child can use the benefit.
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Chapter 33 – TOE continued
  • A family member must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System (DEERS) and be eligible for benefits, at the time of transfer to receive transferred educational benefits.
  • Eligible service members may make transfer designation at
  • After veteran has designated the recipient(s) and approval granted by Department of Defense, the recipient(s) must apply using VA Form 22-1990E.
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Chapter 33 – TOE continued
  • If transferor is on active duty, the spouse is not eligible to receive the housing and book allowances.
  • If transferor is on active duty, the children may receive the housing and book allowances.
  • Children may use the VA educational benefits until the age of 26 if they have eligibility. Children are not limited to the 15 year delimiting date.
yellow ribbon
Yellow Ribbon
  • Institutions within the U.S. may voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund the tuition and fees that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. Participating institutions agree to:
    • provide contributions to eligible individuals on a first-come, first served basis.
    • State the maximum number of individuals for whom contributions will be made per academic year.
    • State the maximum dollar amount of contributions that may be provided per individual per academic year.
    • Provide contributions using funds under the unrestricted control of the institution.
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Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
  • Allows children to use Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits that could have been transferred to them if their military parent had lived.
  • The VA began accepting applications as of May 1, 2010.
  • Enrollments can’t be certified until August 1, 2010; however, enrollments can then be certified retroactive to August 1, 2009.
  • Apply using VA Form 22-5490.
chapter 34 old montgomery gi bill
Chapter 34 – Old Montgomery GI Bill
  • There are a few veterans still receiving this benefit.
  • Monthly benefits are based on the enrollment status, the number of family members, and the enrollment status of the dependents.
  • Different categories, but most had entered service before July 1, 1977.
chapter 35 survivors and dependents assistance
Chapter 35 – Survivors and Dependents Assistance
  • Must be the child or spouse of:
    • a veteran who died or is totally or permanently disabled as a result of a service-connected disability.
    • A service-member missing in action or captured in the line of duty.
  • The child must be between the ages of 18 and 26.
  • For spouses, benefits end 10 years after the date the spouse is deemed eligible or from the date of death of the veteran.
1606 montgomery gi bill selected reserve
1606 – Montgomery GI BillSelected Reserve
  • If eligibility for this program began prior to Oct. 1, 1992, the veteran has 10 years from the beginning date of eligibility to use benefits.
  • If eligibility for this program began after October 1, 1992, the veteran has 14 years from the beginning date of eligibility to use benefits.
  • Need to submit a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) signed by the commanding officer of the unit.
1607 reserve education assistance program reap
1607 –Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
  • It is a 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.
  • Reservists activated for at least 90 days after 9/11/2001 are eligible for benefits or have increased benefits based on consecutive time served.
  • May contribute up to $600 to increase benefits.
how to apply
How to Apply
  • VONAPP – Veterans Online Application
    • Go to Apply for benefits
  • Forms are also available in the VA Office of the school the veteran plans to attend.
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How to Apply - continued
  • Please submit a copy of the VA Application to the VA Certifying Official at the school.
    • The VA Regional Office will not notify the school an application has been received.
  • Other forms requested include:
    • NOBE (if applicable)
    • DD-214 (if applicable)
    • Certificate of Eligibility (if received from the VA)
application forms
Application Forms
  • 22-1990 – Application for VA Education Benefits
    • Initial application for benefits for all chapters except Chapters 31 and 35.
  • 22-1990E – Application for Family Members to Use Transferred Benefits
  • 22-1995 – Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (except 31 and 35)
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Application Forms - continued
  • 22-5490 – Dependents Application for VA Education Benefits (chapter 33 (Fry) and chapter 35)
  • 22-5495 – Dependents Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (chapter 33 (Fry) and chapter 35)
mycaa military spouse career advancement accounts
MyCAAMilitary Spouse Career Advancement Accounts
  • Provides up to $6,000 of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in Portable Career Fields.
  • Spouses of DoD Active Duty members and activated members of the National Guard and Reserve Components are eligible.
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MyCAA continued
  • Currently enrolled spouses with approved Financial Assistance documents will be able to start taking new courses after March 13, 2010.
  • Can’t be used concurrently with other VA programs because it is considered an Active Duty Tuition Assistance (TA) program.
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MyCAA Continued
  • Eligible spouses can establish a MyCAA Account by visiting the MyCAA website ~ MyCAA resumes accepting applications.
helpful websites resources
Helpful Websites/Resources

DoD Housing Allowance Website

    • Use E-5 with dependents. Determined by using the school’s zip code

GI Bill Hotline 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)