Process to Apply for Benefits

Applying for your VA education benefits can be done in just a few steps:

  • Apply online today if you know which benefit you want to use.
  • Visit your nearest VA regional office to apply in person.
  • Consult with the VA Certifying Official—who is usually in the Registrar’s or Financial Aid office—at the school of your choice. This official has application forms and can help you apply.
  • Call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (888-442-4551) to have the application mailed to you.

Visit U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' Website for more information.

 

Veterans Benefits

Types of benefits Must have honorable discharge Benefits Received When to Apply/Use Submission/Requirements
Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Chapter 30 If you have maximum benefit and are enrolled full time you will receive up to $1700 monthly to pay tuition and your expenses. There is no BAH with this program Must use the benefit within 10 years of your date of separation - Submit application and you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. If you selected a college or university they will also receive a copy
- You may apply to the college or university and sign up for classes prior to receiving your COE but your benefits will not be effective until you have submitted the COE
- Apply for benefit on VONAPP
- Click here for more detailed information
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Chapter 31 - Active Duty: Apply to the VA and be rated as having a 20% service connected disability

- Veterans: Apply to the VA and be rated as having a 10% service connected disability
Must apply within 12 years of receiving disability rating or date of separation - Receive counseling from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to determine if eligible for services
- Nearly all education related expenses are covered and subsistence allowance is provided
- Submit application and wait to be contacted by the VA
- Apply for benefit on VONAPP
- Apply for VRE benefit using VA Form 28-1900 online or print and mail to the nearest VA office
Click here for more detailed information
Post/911 GI Bill Chapter 33 - All in-state tuition fees are covered
- Veterans using the benefit will receive E-5 BAH with dependents for your local area
- Students with a percentage of benefits or part time enrollment will receive a percentage of the BAH based upon their circumstances
- A book stipend benefit based on credit hours will be received
- Activity duty receiving the benefit will not receive additional BAH
Must use the benefit  within 15 years of your date of separation - Minimum of 90 days of active service after September 10, 2001
- Must make an irrevocable election of Post/911 that will not allow you to use any remaining Chapter 30 benefits
- Submit application and you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. If you selected a college or university they will also receive a copy
- You may apply to the college or university and sign up for classes prior to receiving your COE but your benefits will not be effective until you have submitted the COE
- Apply for benefit on VONAPP
- Apply for Post/911 GI Bill benefit using VA Form 28-1900e online or print and mail to nearest VA office
Yellow Ribbon Program - All resident tuition and fees for a public school
- The lower of the actual tuition and fees or the national maximum per academic year for a private school
Qualify on a year to year basis - You must be eligible for the maximum benefit rate under the Post-9/11 GI Bill
- You must not be on active duty or a spouse using transferred entitlement
- Jacksonville University and Nova Southeastern University are the only Northeast Florida institutions that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program
- Your school must have not offered Yellow Ribbon to more than the maximum number of individuals, as stated in their participation agreement
- Your school must certify your enrollment to VA and provide Yellow Ribbon Program information
- Not only does VA need to approve your eligibility but your institution as well
- Click here for more detailed information

Dependent Benefits

  Eligibility Benefits Received/When to use Submission
Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)
Chapter 35
Service member must have died on active duty or as the result of a service-related condition or be permanently and totally disabled due to a service related condition

Surviving children are eligible between the ages 18 to 26 and some exceptions may be made to extend benefits to age 31
DEA beneficiaries may receive 45 to 81 months of education benefits if used in conjunction with GI Bill benefits

Surviving spouses of service members who died on active duty must use the benefit within 20 years from the date of death

Surviving spouses or the spouses of permanently and totally disabled Veterans are eligible for 10 to 20 years based on specific circumstances of the case
Submit application and you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail. If you selected a college or university they will also receive a copy

You may apply to the college or university and sign up for classes prior to receiving your COE but your benefits will not be effective until you have submitted the COE

Apply for benefit on VONAPP
Apply for benefit using VA Form 22-5940 online or print and mail to the nearest VA office
Click here for more detailed information
Fry Scholarship Children and surviving spouses of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001

Children are eligible after their 19th birthday (unless they have already graduated high school). A child may be married and over 23 and still be eligible. Eligibility ends on their 33rd birthday
Eligible beneficiaries attending school may receive up to 36 months of benefits at the 100% level

A spouse has 15 years from the date of death of the Service member to use the benefit.
Apply for benefit using VA Form 22-5490 online or print and mail to the nearest VA office

If you are eligible for both Fry Scholarship and DEA, you will be required to make an irrevocable election between the two programs when you apply unless he or she is a child or parent died prior to August 1, 2011

Click here for more detailed information
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Spouse of active duty service members in pay grades E1 to E5, W1 to W2, and 01 to 02 and the spouse of activated Guard and Reserve members while activated

MyCAA does not apply to Coast Guard spouse due to this being a Department of Defense program

Payments are made directly to the financial institutions and students will not be reimbursed for any education expenses or receive any stipends
Benefit or $2000 per year with a maximum of $4000 total maximum assistance. Benefit is limited to associate degrees, certification and licensure. Benefits will also pay for high school completion courses, GED tests and English as a second language courses

Must complete program of study within 3 years
Spouse can visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal online and provide the required Spouse Profile information

A real-time Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System eligibility check will confirm if spouses meet MyCAA eligibility requirements

Once confirmed, spouses can move forward and establish a MyCAA Account. Those who do not pass will be provided additional guidance

Click here for more detailed information
  Eligibility - Child Eligibility - Spouse Additional Information
Scholarship for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans Be a dependent child of a qualified veteran whose official military and residency status is certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs

Between the ages of 16 and 22

Be an initial eligible student prior to their 23rd birthday

Spouse of a qualified veteran whose official military and residency status is certified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs

Florida resident for one year immediately preceding the occurrence of the veteran’s disability or time of death

Must apply within 5 years and be married to the disabled veteran for one or more years, or remain unmarried after the deceased spouse

Children receive educational opportunity until such a time as the parent so classified as prisoner of war or missing in action is returned alive or until classified otherwise. Must complete FFAA by April 1st

Funding for spouses of disabled veterans are given only during the duration of the marriage and up to the point of termination of marriage by dissolution or annulment

List of eligible institutions
Fixed Award Amounts for Private Institutions

Financial Resources

  Information
College Board:
Net Price Calculator
• Using the financial information you enter, the NET Price Calculator estimates the amount of money your family would be expected to contribute
• Evaluates your eligibility for financial aid at specific colleges by matching your financial and personal characteristics to the criteria the schools used to distribute financial aid
• Provides understanding to what a specific college is likely to cost; allowing for a better comparison of your out-of-pocket expenses
College Board:
Savings Tools
• More than ten different tools and calculators to help organize your college payment plan and help you learn how to find the best savings
FAFSA4caster • Gives you an understanding of the different options you have to pay for college
• Will need to provide basic information so the forecaster can estimate your eligibility for federal student aid
FastWeb • Leading online resource to help you find scholarships right for you
FinAid: Calculators  • Figure out how much school will cost
• How much you need to save and how much aid you will need
GI Bill Calculator • Calculate your benefits
• Provides an estimation of what it will cost you to attend each college after your benefits are considered
Money Geek If you are a woman seeking for ways to fund your education, you will probably find plenty of choices here when looking for scholarships.
Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program • Emergency grants are available on an ongoing basis for eligible veterans who are enrolled in postsecondary education and experience unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out of school. Grants will be available for a one-time distribution up to $1,000 based on the cost of the emergency need, such as rent, utilities, daycare and medical expenses. There is no application deadline, but grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.
Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program • Applications for the scholarship program are being accepted today through February 29, 2016. Awards will be made to honorably discharged veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who are high school or GED graduates. Renewable scholarships for up to $10,000 per year will be granted, determined by financial need and consideration of academic performance, work experience, leadership and community service, and challenges to completing a postsecondary program.

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