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Military and Veteran Education Benefits

You may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits, but there are many things to consider before you apply for a GI Bill® program.  Your decision to apply for a certain education benefit could impact your eligibility for other benefits. Here are a few factors to keep in mind:

• If you’re eligible for more than one education benefit, such as Chapter 33 Post-9/11 and the Montgomery GI Bill®, you must choose which benefit to receive, a decision that may be final and cannot be changed. 

• Once you elect to utilize the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Education Benefit program and your application with the Department of Veterans Affairs has been approved, this decision is final, and requires you to give up any additional education benefits for which you might also be eligible.

In addition to VA educational benefits, there are also Military Service Scholarships, as well as Federal and State Tuition Assistance programs available. More information on these opportunities can be found on our Scholarships and Tuition Assistance page.

Eligibility for benefits is not determined by Washburn, but by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In order to determine eligibility, a service member, veteran, or dependent should complete the Application for Benefits.  To apply for benefits online, please use the Department of Veterans Affairs VONAPP site.

Which educational benefits apply to you?
What do these benefits include?

Detailed descriptions of programs and eligibility requirements are available at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.  Be sure to review the Benefit Guidelines for important information regarding your VA education benefits.

If you have questions or need help with the certification process, please contact the WU Diversity and Inclusion Office at 785-670-1622.

This program, commonly known as Chapter 30, provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible active duty service members or veterans.  This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.  MGIB-AD eligibility requirements include at least two years of continuous active duty service. Students who are on active duty or terminal leave are eligible for reimbursement of tuition and required fees only. For detailed information, see the Veterans Benefits Administration Montgomery GI Bill page.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. VR&E offers comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation and counseling to determine abilities, skills and interests for education and employment. Post-secondary education training at a college, vocational, technical or business school is commonly known as Chapter 31.  This program pays tuition and fees, cost of required textbooks and supplies, a monthly stipend and assistance with finding employment.  For more information call 1-800-827-1000 to consult with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to determine eligibility.  Effective August 1, 2011, if you are also eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33), you may choose the Post-9/11 GI Bill monthly housing allowance instead of the Vocational Rehab subsistence allowance.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective August 1, 2009, and is commonly known as Chapter 33. If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. The program provides financial support for education tuition with academic fees, a book stipend with a housing allowance. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.  For more information see the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program pamphlet.

Post 9/11-GI Bill Chapter 33, Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® Transfer of Entitlement is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.  Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill® program can apply to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children. For more information see Transfer of Entitlement Option.

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents or spouses, of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 35.

This program pays a monthly benefit based on enrollment status. These benefits are available to dependents of:

  • a veteran who died or was permanently and totally disabled while serving on active duty, or who died from any cause while so disabled;
  • a service member missing in action or captured in line of duty; or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power;
  • a service member hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service-connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged from service for that disability.

For more information see the DEA pamphlet and information on the Marine GYSGT John David Fry Scholarship.

This is an educational program for active members of the Selected Reserve and provides a monthly stipend based on enrollment status.  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. Chapter 1606 eligibility is determined by the Department of Defense.  You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.  Basic eligibility requires a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve and satisfactory participation in required Selected Reserve training.  This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. For more information see the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve pamphlet.

This educational benefit is for certain Reservists who were activated after September 11, 2001. Eligible recipients receive a monthly stipend based on enrollment status and period of service. To be eligible, you must be a member of a reserve component and have performed active service for a minimum of 90 consecutive days. Additional benefits may be available under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

*The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 ended REAP on November 25, 2015. Some individuals will remain eligible for REAP benefits until November 25, 2019, while others are no longer eligible for REAP benefits.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill in many ways has replaced REAP because it also provides educational assistance benefits for Reserve and National Guard members called to active duty on or after September 11, 2001, and in many cases provides a greater benefit than REAP.

For more information see REAP.

Once you have been certified by the school VA official and your certification has been processed by the VA, you need to do a monthly verification to the VA at the end of each month of enrollment.

Verification may be completed in one of two ways:

  1. At the end of each month of enrollment, call 1-877-823-2378 on a touch-tone phone
  2. Follow this link to verify your enrollment through the VA Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) program.

Both options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You do not have to use the same method each month, but you must verify enrollment each month. Students can verify their enrollment as early as the last day of each month, and if there has been no change in your enrollment status, payment should be received in about 5-7 working days after verification.

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