Education Benefits Basics
You may be eligible for more than one Education Benefit. If you are, you must select which benefit you want to receive. You cannot receive payment for more than one benefit at a time. If you are eligible for more than one benefit, make sure you choose the benefit that best suits your educational goals.
Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill®
The Post 9/11 GI Bill® provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or to individuals with a service related disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill®. This benefit provides up to 36 months of Education Benefits. Your benefit is based on your length of Active Duty service. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from Active Duty. If you elect to use Post 9/11 GI Bill® in lieu of Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill, this decision is irreversible.
Some of the benefits the Post 9/11 GI Bill® will provide include:
Your full tuition & fees directly to OC for in-state residents
A monthly Housing Allowance for time in class.
An Annual Books and Supplies Stipend
More details about the Post 9/11 GI Bill® can be found here.
Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill® to Dependents
The transferability option under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® allows service members to transfer unused benefits to their spouses or dependent children.
More details about transferability can be found here. As a dependent to apply you must complete your own application online.
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Education (VR&E)
VR&E is a program designed to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain gainful employment that can be supported by the current labor market and is consistent with their interests, aptitude, and abilities. To qualify for VR&E you must be a veteran with a discharge that is “other than dis-honorable”, have a service related disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Entitlement to services is determined on an individual basis following an evaluation of the veteran’s unique interest, aptitude, education, work experience, and vocational abilities. This benefit is payable for up to 48 months. An eligible veteran generally has 12 years from the date they are notified of entitlement to VA compensation to use these benefits.
More details about VR&E can be found here. To schedule an appointment with our local VR&E office please call (206)341-8600.
Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Education Assistance (DEA)
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. This benefit provides up to 45 months of benefits. It includes a Monthly Housing Allowance, and the chance to qualify for a Washington State Tuition Waiver.
More details about Chapter 35 DEA can be found here.
Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill
To qualify for Chapter 30 benefits, you must have entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985, and made contributions to the Montgomery Fund while on active duty. A monthly benefit is paid to students based on the training time and time in service. This benefit provides up to 36 months of benefits. Benefits are payable up to 10 years following release from Active Duty.
More details about the Montgomery GI Bill can be found here.
Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill for Selected Reserves
If you are a member of the Selected Reserves, you may be eligible for this program. The Selected reserves includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Cost Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, and Air National Guard. You must have a six-year obligation to service in Selected Reserves and completed Basic Training.
More details about Chapter 1606 can be found here.
Chapter 1607 – Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
REAP provides educational assistance to members of the Select Reserve and Individual Ready reserve who are called or ordered to Active duty in response to a war or national emergency. You must have served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001, for at least 90 consecutive days to be eligible. If you became injured or have an illness incurred or aggravated in the line of duty and are released from active service before completing the 90 days, you may still be eligible.
More details about REAP can be found here.