GI Bill

If you or your dependent qualifies for any of the following federal programs, a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility letter from the Regional VA Office should be submitted to the School Certifying Official located in the Financial Aid Office.

Post 9/11 (Chapter 33)

You may be eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, also referred to as Chapter 33, if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty (excluding entry level and skill training) after September 10, 2001. You may also qualify if you were discharged due to a service-connected disability after serving at least 30 continuous days on active duty after September 10, 2001.  Apply online www.gibill.va.gov using the VA form 22-1990.

Post 9/11 Transfer to Dependent (Chapter 33)

As a dependent of a veteran you may be eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).  The Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2009/0409_gibill/website lists process, application, policy and fact sheet concerning transferability. To apply:

  1. Veteran uses CAC card, DoD Self-Service Logon, or DFAS pin (myPay) to log on to the Dod Transfer of Education Benefits (TEB) web application at https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/TEB/ to submit transfer request.
  2. Student applies online at www.gibill.va.gov (VONAPP) for federal VA benefits OR completes the VA form 22-1990e to mail to the Regional Processing Office.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30)

You may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, also referred to as MGIB or Chapter 30, if you served on active duty and meet certain conditions.  Apply online www.gibill.va.gov using the VA form 22-1990.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

You may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program, also known as MGIB-SR or chapter 1606, if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and meet certain requirements, including a 6-year commitment. Apply online www.gibill.va.gov using the VA form 22-1990.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program/REAP (Chapter 1607)

You may be eligible for benefits under the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), also known as Chapter 1607, if you are a member of the Ready Reserve and were called or ordered to active service to support a contingency operation for at least 90 consecutive days on or after September 11, 2001.   Apply online www.gibill.va.gov using the VA form 22-1990.

Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31)

For Veterans with service-connected disabilities, please refer directly to Montgomery VA office 334-396-1986 or online at http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm. See also Student ADA Coordinator located in Wilson Hall if any additional assistance on campus is required.

Dependents’ Educational Assistance/DEA (Chapter 35)

Dependents’ Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.  Apply online www.gibill.va.gov using the VA form 22-5490.

Alabama Dependent GI Scholarship Program

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs offers financial assistance to eligible dependents of Alabama disabled veterans.  While this is a state benefit not federal , it is included in this section because a student can be eligible for both state and federal benefits.  For application requirements visit http://www.va.state.al.us/scholarship.htm for more information or visit local VA office, usually located in county courthouse, to apply for state benefits.