Educational Benefits & Chapter Summaries

Educational Benefits & Chapter Summaries

Active Duty

The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

For more information see the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty pamphlet.


Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective August 1, 2009. 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.

The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Servicemembers to transfer all or some unused VA Education benefits to their spouse or dependent children. For more information see Transfer of Entitlement Option.

The Post 9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program is available for Undergrad and Graduate nonresident students who are eligible per the VA at the 100 percent rate. Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate, as determined by service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Per the VA Active Duty Servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of the Active Duty Servicemembers may be eligible if the Servicemember qualified for the 100 percent rate.

The Post 9/11 program is also commonly known as Chapter 33.

For more information see the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program pamphlet.


WAVE Notice For Chapter 30, 1606 and 1607 Veterans

Once you have been certified by the school VA Clerk 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.

All end of the month, Verification may be verified 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.


Guard or Reserves

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. 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.

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 eligibility for the program normally ends on the day you leave the Selected Reserve. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 1606.

For more information see the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve pamphlet.


Reserve Education Assistance

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.

This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 1607.

For more information see REAP.


Dependents' Educational Assistance

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.

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

Important Notice for Chapter 35 Dependents - Nebraska State Educational Benefits

You may also be eligible for a tuition waiver through the State Department of Veterans Affairs. For further application information, contact the State Department of Veterans Affairs, State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE, 68508, (402) 471-2458.


Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

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.

For more information call 1-800-827-1000 to consult with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to determine eligibility.