VA Educational Programs

To access current rate payments for Chapters 33, 30, 1606 and 35, refer to the official website: Current Rate Payments

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

This bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. You may be eligible for education benefits if you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

At least one of these must be true. You:

  • Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
  • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
  • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or
  • Are a dependent/child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member

Note: If you're a member of the Reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (Chapter 30)

These benefits generally apply to veterans who began active duty service for the first time after July 30, 1985, had their pay reduced $100/month for 12 months and received an honorable discharge. Called "MGIB" for short, this bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

This program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve for the Army, Navy Reserve, Air Force, Marine Corp, Coast Guard, and the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of your eligibility for the program, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.

Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31)

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E helps you explore employment options and address training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits.

Current VR&E Information

Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

The Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans (Chapter 35). You must be the spouse OR child of:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A service member missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A service member forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A service member who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service-connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability.