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VA Education Benefits

Montgomery GI Bill®

The Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs:

  • Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD): Often referred to as Chapter 30, and is for active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.
  • Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR): Often referred to as Chapter 1606, and is for Reservists with a six-year obligation in the Selected Reserve who are actively drilling.

The VA pays the student directly, therefore Montgomery GI Bill® participants are required to make a minimum 30% down payment, pay a deferred payment fee of $50 (if not paid in full) and make payment arrangements with the Office of Student Accounts. Note: In order to receive payment, students will be required to verify their enrollment at the end of each month they attended classes/training by contacting the VA at 877.823.2378 or logging into the WAVE system on the GI Bill® website.

CHAPTER 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E)

You may receive Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.  For more information and eligibility (search tabs on the left) please visit here.

Once accepted into the Voc Rehab program, you must submit an Education Plan, which shows the necessary course path to complete your degree, to your Voc Rehab counselor. If approved, your counselor then issues a VA form 1905, which must be received by the university’s certifying official prior to any funding (tuition, books, supplies, etc.) approvals.  For instructions regarding how to receive your text books and supplies, please access “Forms” on the home page.

CHAPTER 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®

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.  For more information regarding the Post 9/11 GI Bill® Program please visit here.

CHAPTER 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of La Verne is pleased to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a partnership between the University of La Verne and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program is designed to supplement the Post 9/11 GI Bill® Tuition Benefit. The program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 and is designed to help students supplement their Post 9/11 GI Bill® Tuition Benefits.

The Veterans Administration limits eligibility to Post 9/11 GI Bill® recipients who are eligible for 100% of the benefit. The tuition and fees yearly cap is adjusted each year effective August 1. Awards are given on a first-come first serve basis; however, applications will not be considered until all documentation is received. For more information, to include the current national maximum, please visit here.

Note: Eligible students should check each year to insure his/her yearly tuition (year begins on August 1) will not surpass the VA’s yearly tuition cap. If you believe you will need additional tuition assistance from the Yellow Ribbon Program, please submit the Application for Yellow Ribbon located here.

CHAPTER 35 Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. For more detailed information please visit this link.

The VA pays the student directly, therefore participants are required to make a minimum 30% down payment, pay a deferred payment fee of $50 (if not paid in full) and make payment arrangements with the Office of Student Accounts.

CHAPTER 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress. Changes in REAP Eligibility:  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.  For current information regarding REAP benefits please visit here.

Note:  In order to receive payment, students will be required to verify their enrollment at the end of each month they attended classes/training by contacting the VA at 877.823.2378 or logging into the WAVE system on the GI Bill® website.

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