VA Education Benefits
Navigating the Veteran Affairs Education Benefits can be a difficult task. Below are descriptions of VA education benefit programs that military Active Duty, Veterans, and Family can use at Georgia Southern for their educational needs and goals.
VA Education Benefit Programs
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® / Chapter 33
The Post-9/11 GI Bill® / Chapter 33 helps Veterans or Family to pay for some, or all, of the cost of school or training. Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, the VA will pay the tuition directly to the school, and send the student a monthly housing stipend based on location, along with $500 per semester (Spring and Fall) to aid in book fees. The student does not make any payments directly to the school with the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. For more information, including criteria for use, see the VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill® website.
Montgomery GI Bill® / Chapter 30
The Montgomery GI Bill® / Chapter 30 helps Veterans or Family cover some, or all, of the costs for school or training. Under the Montgomery GI Bill®, the VA will pay the student directly, and the student must pay the school fees. Monthly payment depends on the eligibility of the student which can be found, along with eligibility criteria, on the VA’s Montgomery GI Bill® / Chapter 30 website.
VA Vocational Rehabilitation / Chapter 31
The VA Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E) / Chapter 31 helps Veterans with a service connected disability. This program offers support and services so the Veteran is able to live and work as independently as possible. VR&E helps the Veteran to find the best employment option and will address any education or training needs that the Veteran needs to complete their track. Follow the VA VR&E link to find out which of the 5 different service tracks are right for you.
Forever GI Bill®
The Forever GI Bill enhances, expands, or in some cases, restore, VA education benefits. Also known as the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, many benefits for Active Duty, Veterans, and Family continue to be updated. Some benefits of the Forever GI Bill must be initiated by those impacted by certain events. Follow the Forever GI Bill® link to find out the changes to a program you use, or may use in the future. Also, to find out if you are eligible to have certain benefits restored.
Tuition Assistance Top-Up
The Tuition Assistance Top-Up program allows funds from the Montgomery GI Bill®, or Post-9/11 GI Bill to be used for tuition and fees for high-cost courses that are not fully covered by TA funds. This program will cover the difference between the full cost of the course and what the Active duty TA program covers, up to 36 months total. To find out more information, including how to apply and the affect on GI Bill benefits visit the Tuition Assistance Top-Up page on the VA website.
Individual Tutorial Assistance
The VA Tutorial Assistance program will help pay for a tutor if you need extra help with your coursework. Georgia Southern offers tutors through the Academic Success Center, however, if needed the VA will pay up to $100 per month for Tutorial Assistance for a private tutor. For more information visit the Tutorial Assistance VA information page.
VA Work-Study Program
The VA Work-Study Program is a great way to earn extra money while attending Georgia Southern University. The work study students will assist the Military and Veteran Services staff to ensure the mission of helping Active Duty, Veterans, and military Family members is a success. To find out more about the work study program, as well as eligibility, visit the VA Work-Study program site.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program / Chapter 35
If you’re a dependent spouse or child—or the surviving spouse or child—of a Veteran, you may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits or job training through a GI Bill program. You will find information on the VA Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program / Chapter 35 website.
Once you have researched and decided which VA education benefit best suits you, complete the appropriate education benefits form. You can find more information on the VA how-to-apply for benefits site. Once you have applied for VA benefits, contact one of the VA education specialists at Georgia Southern University. Visit the MVS contact us page for more information on your journey at Georgia Southern.
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Last updated: 11/30/2023