VA Education Benefits

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

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 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

You may receive VR&E services to help with job training, academic/education counseling, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.  For more information and eligibility from the VA, please visit here.  When at this site, note the Eligibility and How to Apply links on the left.

Once accepted into the VR&E program (formerly Voc Rehab),  you should discuss your options with your VR& E Counselor.  Request a full Education Plan and estimated Cost Analysis from the related ULV program academic advisor and fill out this Academic Worksheet (signed by your ULV academic advisor). Submit all to your VR&E counselor. If approved, your counselor will issue a Tungsten Authorization/PO Number, separately, to both your University’s Certifying Official and the University (Follett) Bookstore.  Both must be received prior to any funding (tuition, books, supplies, etc.) approvals.  To check on the receipt of your PO, email the ULV Certifying Official at vareg@laverne.edu and, email the Bookstore following instructions on how to receive your text books and supplies via “Forms” on the Veteran home page. NOTE:  An unofficial transcript must be submitted to your VRE counselor at the end of each semester.

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 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.