There are various VA education programs available, all of which have their own unique qualifying criteria and rates of payment. These programs do not pay a student’s tuition (except for Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, and Chapter 33 – Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), instead; students pay their own tuition and then receive monthly benefit payments from the VA. Eligible students may apply for advance payment of benefits. It is possible to receive both veterans’ educational benefits and federal or state financial aid. All veterans are urged to apply for financial aid if additional financial assistance is needed to pursue post-secondary education. Various options are available at Norfolk State University for students who need financial assistance while attending classes. The Office of Financial Aid is the best place to start to obtain information regarding scholarships and grants, as well as federal, state and institutional financial aid opportunities. Students who have questions or need more individualized assistance can contact the Financial Aid Office at http://www.nsu.edu/financialaid or telephone (757) 823- 8381. The Financial Aid Office is located in the New Student Services Center, Suite 211.
Education Information Educational assistance is available for U.S. military veterans and members of the National Guard and Selected Reserve. In some cases, dependents of veterans in certain categories may be eligible for these benefits. In all instances, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines eligibility. The VA sends monthly benefit checks directly to the student following verification of enrollment each semester. Receipt of VA benefits may have an impact on levels of federal and state financial aid for which a student may be eligible, and therefore inquiries regarding financial aid eligibility should be directed to the Norfolk State University Office of Financial Aid. Students who will attend school under the sponsorship of the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program should make their initial inquiry to the VA by calling the toll-free number 1-800-827-1000. The University accepts the College Fee Waiver for Vocational Rehabilitation recipients. Applications and appropriate documentation should be completed at the Veterans Affairs Office at least 6-10 weeks prior to the term starting date to ensure timely processing. Application materials will be forwarded to the Regional Processing Office in Buffalo, New York. Montgomery GI Bill monthly checks are sent directly to the student, Post-9/11 GI Bill monthly checks housing allowance and the book stipend checks are sent to the student, the tuition checks are sent to the University.
CHAPTER 33 - Post-9/11 GI Bill
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill is effective August 1, 2009. Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, on-the-job training, flight training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs, and tutorial assistance. All training programs must be approved for GI Bill benefits. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.
CHAPTER 30 - Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) for Active Duty
Individuals who have been on active duty since July 1, 1985, and who paid into an education fund for one year are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) for Active Duty. They receive 36 months of full-time benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses but must have prior approval by the Veterans Administration. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty. Please see Required Documents about how to apply for the Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 30 benefits. For the payment rate, please see Monthly Education Allowance Rates.
CHAPTER 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation
A veteran of World War II or thereafter who has a service-connected disability (80% - 100%) which entitles him or her to VA disability compensation and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits. Vocational rehabilitation may be provided for up to 48 months and an eligible veteran now generally has 12 years from VA discharge or release from active duty in which to use these benefits. Disabled veterans are encouraged to contact the VA Regional Office in Hampton, Virginia at (757) 441-6762, to obtain detailed information and to request VA Form 28-1900, the Disabled Veteran’s Application for Vocational Rehabilitation. For assistance regarding the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, CHAPTER 31, Cynthia Lewis, VA Certifying Official, (757) 823-2586, or send email correspondence at email@example.com
CHAPTER 32 - VEAP (Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program)
VEAP is available for those who entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, and elected to make contributions from their military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. 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. See Required Documents on how to apply for the Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 32 benefits.
CHAPTER 35 - Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
The sons, daughters, spouse or surviving spouse of a veteran may be eligible for educational assistance if the veteran died while on active duty, died after release or discharge from active duty or a service-connected disability (80%-100%), became permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, died while a service-connected disability was rated permanent and total, or has been listed as missing in action, captured, detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power for more than 90 days. Eligible persons are entitled to 45 months of educational assistance and are paid benefits on the same basis as a veteran with no dependents. See Required Documents on how to apply for the Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 35 entitlement.
CHAPTER 1606 - Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserve
Individuals who are in the Selected Reserve or National Guard (not on active duty) who, after June 30, 1985, enlists, reenlists or extends an enlistment in the Selected Reserve are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill for the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, the Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. They must be actively drilling and under a 6-year contract. They are only eligible for benefits while they remain in the reserves. See Required Documents on how to apply for the Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 1606 benefits. For the payment rate, please see Monthly Education Allowance Rates.
CHAPTER 1607- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
A new education benefit for Activated Reservists was signed into law on October 28, 2004. The new benefit makes certain individuals who are members of a reserve component, who serve on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10 U/S Code for a contingency operation, and who serve at least 90 consecutive days or more eligible for Chapter 1607. National Guard members are also eligible if their active duty is under section 502(f), title 32 U.S.C. and they serve for 90 consecutive days when authorized by the President or Secretary of Defense for a national emergency that is supported by federal funds. Individuals are eligible as soon as they reach the 90-day point whether or not they are currently on active duty. Disabled members who are injured or have an illness or disease incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and are released from active duty before completing 90 consecutive days are also eligible.