Veterans Education Benefits
Below is a brief description of the current VA education benefit programs. If you would like to get a detailed description of VA education benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) or visit them on the web at: www.gibill.va.gov.
To qualify, you must have entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985 and paid $1,200 in to the program, or have remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance program (Chapter 34 of title 38, U. S. Code) on December 31, 1989, you served on active duty for any number of days during the period October 19, 1984 to June 30, 1985, and you continued on active duty without a break from July 1, 1985 through June 30, 1988.
Participants must have obtained a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate before or during the qualifying period and the character of discharge must be "Honorable." Basic entitlement provides assistance for 36 months. Eligibility expires 10 years after last discharge from active duty.
VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program helps veterans with service-connected disabilities that have a demonstrated employment handicap in two ways: Veterans who are feasible for employment are provided assistance in preparing for, obtaining, and maintaining suitable employment and Veterans who cannot work because of the severity of their disabilities may be provided assistance to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
If the DVA chooses to send a veteran to Columbus State the DVA will pay tuition and fees, books and supplies, and provide a monthly subsistence allowance.
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition.
The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. For children eligibility expires at age 26. If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran.
To qualify, you must have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after July 01, 1985, satisfactorily completed initial active duty for training (IADT), completed a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT and remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit.
You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Your benefit entitlement ends 10 years from the date of your eligibility for the program, or on the day you leave the Selected Reserve.
The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
This program is available to any student receiving VA education benefits that are attending school three-quarter time or more. An individual working under this program may work at the school Veterans' Office, VA Regional Office, VA Medical Facilities, or at approved State employment offices.
Work-study students are paid at either the state or Federal minimum wage, which ever is greater. If you have questions on this program contact the VA Work-study Coordinator at 1-800-827-1000 Ext. #3302 (outside Ohio 1-888-442-4551).
You can serve in the National Guard while you complete your college education. The Guard offers many programs to help you pay for tuition and other educational expenses. Talk to your recruiter about the education opportunities that will fit your needs.
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