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Veteran's Administration Educational Benefits

‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill®." 

Application for Eligibility

To be eligible for education benefits, the Veteran, Service member, or eligible family member must apply with VA Form 22-1990 or VA Form 22-5490 in person or by mail with a VA regional benefit office or online at www.va.gov. Eligibility is determined by the VA. Upon the eligibility determination, the individual will receive a certificate of eligibility which must be kept on file in the Financial Aid Office.

Benefits Usage and Processing

Eligible Veterans and/or their dependents can use these educational benefits to work towards a degree, train for a specific career, trade, or industry, work in co-op training or work study, and/or take classes from home. Students should submit a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214 Member 4 for the Veteran to the Financial Aid Office to confirm eligibility for benefits. Benefits may be certified for one term without these documents. If a student is transferring to IECC and has used benefits elsewhere, the Financial Aid Office will collect VA Form 22-1995 or 22-5495 to request a change in program or place of training.

Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33)

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® offers up to 36 months of education benefits for higher education and training benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families who served a minimum of 90 days after September 10, 2001. Benefits include tuition and fees paid to the institution and a monthly housing allowance and book stipend paid to the student. The benefit eligibility percentage is based on length of service.

Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (Chapter 30)

The Montgomery GI Bill® assists active duty and Reservists with the pursuit of higher education degrees, certificates, and other education and training. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty, was honorably discharged, and has a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit. Other requirements apply based on when the Service member entered active duty. Benefits are paid to the student as a monthly basic housing allowance.

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

The Montgomery GI Bill® assists Reservists with the pursuit of higher education degrees, certificates, and other education and training. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education and training benefits to members of the Selected Reserve that have a six year obligation or, for officers, have agreed to serve six years in addition to the initial obligation. The Service member must also have completed the initial active duty for training, have a high school diploma or equivalent before completing IADT, and remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. Benefits are paid to the student as a monthly basic housing allowance.

Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 32)

Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if an individual entered the service for the first time between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and opened a contribution from his or her military pay prior to April 1, 1987 to participate in this program. There is no active application for this program, but benefits can be certified if a Veteran has previously been notified of eligibility.

Survivors' and Dependendents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) offers up to 45 months of education and training opportunities to eligible children and spouses of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. Benefits are paid monthly to the student.

Marine Gunary Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

The Fry Scholarship is available for children and spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001, is missing in action or was captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, was detained by force while in the line of duty by a foreign government or power, or is in the hospital (or receiving outpatient treatment) for a service-connected permanent and total disability. Benefits offered by this program are equivalent to the Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits.

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