Glossary of Veteran Educational Benefit Programs

Chapter 33: Post- 9/11 G.I. Bill

GI Bill USA stamp graphicThe Post-9/11 GI Bill is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty for at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001 or were discharged with a service-related disability after 30 continuous days. Under the new chapter, effective August 1, 2009, eligible participants (veterans, service members and dependents) pursuing a VA approved training program may receive the following benefits at a percentage based on the length of active duty service:

  1. Cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state undergraduate tuition at a public institution of higher education (paid directly to the school);
  2. Monthly housing allowance equal to the basic allowance for housing payable to a military E-5 with dependents, in the same zip code as the primary school (paid directly to the service member or veteran); and
  3. Yearly books and supplies stipend of up to $1000 per year (paid directly to the service member or veteran)

Specific questions about eligibility for VA benefits should be addressed to the VA.

Note: If an individual’s tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funding may be available for eligible students through a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill called the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Yellow Ribbon Program
(Currently not offered at PNC)

Prior to August 1, 2011, the Post- 9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. Effective August 1, 2011, the Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay all eligible public school in-state tuition and fees. Since tuition and fees may exceed these amounts for non-resident students, the Yellow Ribbon program allows participating Institutions of Higher Learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition and fees at a certain level above the in-state charges. The VA then matches the payment.

Chapter 30: Montgomery G.I. Bill

This is the most common VA education program. There are four eligibility categories with the most common being those individuals who:

  1. Entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985 and
  2. Contributed $100.00 a month for 12 months and have an honorable discharge

Chapter 35: Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program

The program is for:

  1. Dependents or spouses of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled as the result of a service connected disability or died while evaluated as having a total and permanent disability, or
  2. Dependents or spouse of a person who is listed as a POW or MIA

Chapter 1606: Montgomery G.I. Bill- Selected Reserve

This program is for active members of components of the Selected Reserve and National Guard. Eligible participants require:

  1. Enlistment or reenlistment in the selected reserve with an obligation to serve for a period of not less than 6 years following enlistment on or after July 1, 1985
  2. Completion of secondary school diploma requirements, or
  3. Completion of IDAT (initial date active training)

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new 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 new 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.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

To qualify for this benefit the service member must have a service-connected disability. For more information regarding this benefit and the application process, contact the Department of Veteran Affairs at 1.800.827.1000.

Kickers & Additional Contributions

A kicker is part of an enlistment contract, often referred to as the Army College Fund. The kicker is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. Service members also have the opportunity to pay additional contribution amounts that are generally matched 9 to 1 and added to the monthly benefit in even disbursements. The VA should automatically pay the higher benefit rate as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing their claim.