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VA Education Programs

VA education Programs

Montgomery GI Bill®

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) assists active duty and Reservists with the pursuit of higher education degrees, certificates, and other education and training. The MGIB is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs; the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) and the Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve (MGIB-SR). 
The MGIB-AD (Chapter 30) program provides education benefits to Veterans and Service-members who have at least two years of active duty service.  Eligible Service-members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program.  Click here for more information on the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty.

MGIB-SR (Chapter 1606) program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including 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 and VA makes the payments.  Click here for more information on the Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve.
Veterans Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31)

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, United States Code, Chapter 31.  The VR&E program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. It also assists Service-members who are in the process of transitioning from military to civilian employment.  For Veterans and Service-members with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.  Click here for more information on Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.  
Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)

The Post - 9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001.  Veterans may be eligible if they served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.  Benefits include tuition and fees paid to Norfolk State University at the in-state rate, a housing allowance and a book and supplies stipend paid directly to the student. Click here for more information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Survivors and Dependents Assistance 
There are two main GI Bill programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans.  The two programs are the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program.   
The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Service-members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after September 10, 2001. Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level. Click here for more information on the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
The Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35) 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.  Benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.  Click here for more information on the Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program.

State of Virginia Education education benefits

The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who have been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as totally and permanently disabled or at least 90 percent permanently disabled as a result of military service. Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, or the Virginia National Guard.

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is responsible for managing the program and collaborates with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Virginia’s public colleges and universities to assist spouses and children of qualified military service members and Veterans in attaining their educational goals.

Benefits are available for up to eight semesters, the equivalent of four academic years.  Click here for more information on VMSDEP

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