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Donald S. Pfeffer , Director 218-855-8148 dpfeffer@clcmn.edu. Higher Education Veterans Programs. Reliance of Guard/Reserve Forces for Deployments. Percent currently deployed by type of service (June ’09). Source: http://dva.state.wi.us/WebForms/Data_Factsheets/ResDistribution_Jun09.pdf.

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donald s pfeffer director 218 855 8148 dpfeffer@clcmn edu
Donald S. Pfeffer, Director

218-855-8148

dpfeffer@clcmn.edu

Higher Education Veterans Programs

reliance of guard reserve forces for deployments

Reliance of Guard/Reserve Forces for Deployments

Percent currently deployed by type of service (June ’09)

Source: http://dva.state.wi.us/WebForms/Data_Factsheets/ResDistribution_Jun09.pdf

mn higher education legislation
MN Higher Education Legislation

Higher Education Fairness and Assistance for Public Institutions

  • Resident Tuition Status
    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate
  • Delayed Tuition Payment
    • Tuition payment extensions granted.
    • No late fees or denial of course enrollment
  • Course Options for Deployments
  • “Space” for Veterans on Campus
  • Staff for Campus Veterans Assistance
  • Benefit and Service Information and Assistance
higher education veterans programs
Higher Education Veterans Programs

Created by MDVA in 2006 with mission to:

ASSIST MN Public Colleges and Universities

  • Create on -campus Veterans Resource Centers
  • Develop “veterans friendly” policies/procedures
    • Deferred tuition/fee payment
    • Residency status
    • Military transfer credits
  • Coordinate on/off campus veterans higher education information and services for students
  • Private Colleges Encouraged to Participate
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Higher Education Veterans Programs

Desired Outcome is for Veterans, Military Members and their Families:

Start College …

Succeed in College …

Complete College …

To Obtain Their Career Goals!

Minnesota received more than $62 Million Dollars in Veterans and Military funding for Higher Education in 2008

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Higher Education Veterans Programs
  • FIRST and ONLY program of its kind –parts replicated in other states
  • Coordinated Services available to ALL Minnesota Colleges and Universities
  • MN Colleges and Universities develop programming with their own funds
  • Serve All Military branches and their families
  • Member of the MN Army National Guard Reintegration Team
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Higher Education Veterans Programs

Calendar Year 2008

  • Twelve Regional Coordinators
  • 59 Campus Veterans Resource Centers
  • 5,100+ Individuals Served
  • College and Community Training
  • Reintegration Activities
higher education veterans programs call center
Higher Education Veterans Programs Call Center

MyMilitaryEducation.org

Operators on Duty 7 days a Week

7 AM to 9 PM Monday- Friday

10 AM to 3:30 PM Sat/Sun

On-line, Call In or Live Chat

Frequently Asked Questions

3,000 contacts per month

where do you go to get help
Where do You Go to Get Help?

www.MyMilitaryEducation.org

veterans needing academic assistance
Veterans Needing Academic Assistance
  • Free program for veterans needing remedial coursework in reading, writing, math, computer skills, and/or study skills.
  • Students can enroll weekly, and take the full curriculum or only needed courses.
  • Veteran is eligible for full VA benefits.
  • For more information, contact:
    • Minneapolis Community and Technical College 612-659-6570.
    • Anoka Ramsey Community College

763-433-1687

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Current Tobacco Use

Veterans and All Students by Gender

(8)

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High-Risk Drinking

Veterans and All Students by Gender

(8)

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Diagnosis of Any Mental Health Condition -

Past 12 Months

Veterans and All Students by Gender

(8)

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Diagnosed Mental Health Condition -

Past 12 Months

Veterans by Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Service Status and Gender

Diagnosed With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Within Past 12 Months

Diagnosed With Panic Attacks Within Past 12 Months

(8)

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Depression Diagnosis - Past 12 Months

Veterans and All Students by Gender

(8)

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Sexual Assault - Past-12 months

Veterans and All Students by Gender

(8)

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Physical Fight - Past 12 Months

Veterans and All Students by Gender

(8)

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Domestic Violence - Past 12 Months

Veterans and All Students by Gender

(8)

service member education benefits
Service Member Education Benefits

Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

MN GI Bill

State Tuition Reimbursement (STR)

ARNG Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA)

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

  • Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty
  • Chapter 33 – Post 911 GI Bill

Disabled Veteran - 20% or More Disability

  • Chapter 31 – Voc. Rehab and Employment
dependent education benefits
Dependent Education Benefits

Free Application for Student Aid

State of Minnesota

    • State Tuition Reimbursement (STR) - Spouse Only

Federal Active Duty (Title 10 Deployment)

    • Chapter 33 – Dependent Option
    • Chapter 35 - 100% Disabled Veteran – Dependents

National Program

  • MyCAA – Spouse Only
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Active duty since Sept. 11, 2001 or 5 consecutive years Guard/Reserve

MN resident; MN college/university

Maximum benefit:

$1K/semester (full-time)

$3K/fiscal year

$10K lifetime “Cost of attendance minus Aid

and Benefits”

For information: www.getreadyforcollege.org/military

Service Member Education Benefits

Minnesota GI Bill, M.S. 197.791

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Service Member Education Benefits

State Tuition Reimbursement

  • Pays up to 100% of tuition upon successful coursework completion
  • Pays Tuition, but NOT Fees
  • Maximum reimbursement is 100% of the undergraduate rate of the U of M
  • Lifetime maximum STR benefit is 144 Semester credits
  • Notify Unit prior to start of classes and submit Grades and Fee statement upon completion
dependent education benefits1
Dependent Education Benefits

State Tuition Reimbursement

  • Spouses are authorized to use the remaining balance of a service member’s STR
  • Spouse can use up to 12 semester credits per year
  • The Member must have accumulated 8 years of qualifying service in the MANG.
  • Payments will be direct deposited into the Member’s bank account
  • Obligation and Payment requests will work the same as for a Member
service member education benefits2
Service Member Education Benefits

Federal Tuition Assistance Non Deployed Enlisted and Officer Guard Members

  • Funds up to 100% of tuition and most fees to a maximum amount
  • Paid directly to the college and eligible members CAN use FTA with MGIB-AD.
  • Maximum benefit is $4,500 per Fiscal Year (FY) Oct 1 to Sep 30.
  • First come - first served, not guaranteed
  • Service member initiates - conditions apply!

Apply: https://minuteman.ngb.army.mil/Benefits/

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Service Member Education Benefits

Federal Tuition Assistance for AGR and Deployed

Enlisted Soldier’s thru Army Continuing

Education System (ACES)

Funds up to 100% of tuition plus most fees

Pays up to a maximum amount per credit

Maximum benefit is $4,500 per Fiscal Year (FY)

Oct 1 to Sep 30.

To Apply www.GoArmyEd.com

For information Contact Rock Island Education

Center (309) 782-1849 email

earmyu@ria.army.mil

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Service Member Education Benefits

Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve (SR)

This Montgomery GI Bill provides:

up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserve.

doesn't require a person to serve on active duty in the regular Armed Forces to qualify.

Can be used by member separated from the Reserve component if they are eligible for Chapter 1607.

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Service Member Education Benefits

  • Chapter 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)This Montgomery GI Bill provides:
  • Provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency,
  • as declared by the President or Congress.
  • Generally, a member of a Reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S. Code, for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation, is eligible for REAP.
  • No specific time frame to use REAP - Eligibility generally ends upon leaving the Selected Reserves.
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Service Member Education Benefits

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty

Provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans for:

post 9 11 gi bill chapter 33
Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

Service Member Education Benefits

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill consists of three components:
    • Tuition & fee payment
      • Paid directly to the institution. In Minnesota, pays up to $326/credit for tuition & $4,359/term for fees
      • Additional expenses may be covered at participating Yellow Ribbon institutions
    • Housing stipend
      • Paid directly to the student based on the zip code of the institution
      • Equivalent to the BAH rate for an E-5 w/dependents
      • Must be training at greater than ½ time and have at least one course on-campus to qualify for the housing stipend
    • Books & supplies
      • Paid directly to the student
      • Prorated to about $42/credit up to $1,000/year
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Service Member Education Benefits

Post 911 GI Bill Eligibility

  • Active service after September 10, 2001
    • At least 90 days (entry & skill training excluded for 24 mo. or less)
    • 30 days if discharged due to service connected disability
    • Cumulative post-9/11 active service determines % of benefit
  • Make an irrevocable election of Chapter 33 and relinquish eligibility for one other qualifying benefit (if applicable)
  • Eligible veterans have 15 years from date of eligibility/discharge to use 36 months of benefit
  • No buy in is required
post 9 11 gi bill benefit levels
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit Levels

Service Member Education Benefits

Percentage of Maximum Amount Payable (post-9/11)

At least 36 cumulative months (incl training time): 100%

At least 30 cumulative months (incl training time): 90%

At least 24 cumulative months (incl training time): 80%

At least 18 cumulative months: 70%

At least 12 cumulative months: 60%

At least 6 cumulative months: 50%

At least 90 cumulative days: 40%

At least 30 continuous days on active duty and

discharged due to service-connected disability: 100%

*Percentage applies to each component (tuition, housing, books)

combination with other va benefits
Combination With Other VA Benefits
  • For those eligible for MGIB-AD (CH30)
    • Normally, months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will equal the number of months of entitlement remaining under MGIB-AD. However, if all MGIB-AD benefits are used before electing Post-9/11 GI Bill, students may be entitled to a maximum of 12 additional months of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • For those eligible for MGIB-SR (CH1606) and/or REAP (CH1607)
    • Generally, individuals who are eligible for more than one benefit may use a maximum combined total of 48 months of benefits
    • For example: If you have used 20 months of benefits under REAP, you may be eligible for 28 months of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
combined with non va education benefits
Combined With Non-VA Education Benefits

The Post-9/11 GI Bill may not be thebest option for everyone

  • For those with the following circumstances/benefits, CH1607 or CH30 may be more beneficial than changing to the Post-9/11 GI Bill:
    • Less than 100% of CH33 rate, part time and/or online students
    • Federal Tuition Assistance
    • State Tuition Reimbursement
    • Dislocated Workers Program
  • Changes to FTA & STR are expected, but have not yet been announced. It is uncertain at this time how these benefits might impact CH33.
  • Electing the Post-9/11 GI Bill is a permanent decision
post 911 gi bill application process
Post 911 GI Bill Application Process

Service Member Education Benefits

  • Updated 22-1990 or VONAPP
    • If eligible for other chapters, make an irrevocable election
    • Supply the VA with any supporting information: DD214, orders, kicker agreement, etc
  • Applicant will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) which lists the percentage and number of months of entitlement
  • Bring copy of COE to campus certifying official
  • School will certify once registered for classes
spouse dependent transfer option
Spouse/Dependent Transfer Option
  • Service member must be on active duty or actively drilling on or after August 1, 2009
  • Generally, service member must have served a minimum of 6 years and commit to serving an additional four years from the date benefit transfer is approved
    • To phase in, certain waivers will be granted to the 4 year added service requirement
  • Benefits can be transferred to a spouse, children, or a combination of the two
  • The entire benefit, up to the full 36 months, can be transferred
post 911 gi bill spouse dependent transfer option
Post 911 GI Bill Spouse/Dependent Transfer Option

Service member retains ownership of the benefit and can modify and/or revoke at any time

Spouse/dependents receive the same benefit (at the same percentage level) as service member

Spouse has 15 years to use after member leaves service and can use benefits immediately upon approval

Children can use up to age 26 once the member has served at least 10 years ) Must be in DEERS

Member can change Transfer during their 15 Year Window

post 911 gi bill additional considerations
Post 911 GI Bill Additional Considerations

Kicker/College Fund will be paid as a lump sum/semester

One-time reimbursement of up to $2,000 for approved licensing or certification tests

Tutorial assistance of up to $1,200 ($100/mo.)

Work study allowance will be available similar to other chapters

Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program are posted at www.gibill.va.gov

Eligible veterans must carefully weigh their options

survivor education benefits
Survivor Education Benefits
  • MN Department of Veterans Affairs – “Surviving Spouse/Dependent Benefit”
  • Chapter 33 – “Machine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship” - Children Only
  • Chapter 35 - “Survivors' & Dependents' Educational Assistance” – Dependent Benefit
other education updates
Other Education Updates

Financial aid: Starting July 01, 2009, VA benefits will not be considered when calculating Federal aid 

contacts for help
Contacts For Help
  • See your Unit Education Specialist first for Guard Related Education Details
  • Your Unit will contact the State Guard Education Office if Needed
  • At any time you may contact a Higher Education Veterans Program Regional Coordinator
  • Go To: www.MyMilitaryEducation.org