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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 porgram you use, or may use in the future. Also, to find out if you are elible to have certain benefits restored.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon Program works hand in hand with the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. The Yellow Ribbon Program can help pay for costs the Post-9/11 GI Bill® / Chapter 33 does not pay, such as:

– Higher Out-of-State Tuition
– Private School Tuition
– Foreign School Tuition
– Graduate School Tuition

For more information visit the Yellow Ribbon Program VA information page.

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

The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program / Chapter 35 aids the family members of Veterans, that meet the criteria, by paying some or all of the cost of tuition and housing. There are two different benefits under Chapter 35, to see which one you may qualify for, please visit the VA Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program / Chapter 35 website for more information.

Apply for VA Education Benefits

Once you have researched and decided which VA education benefit best suits you, be sure to fill out the appropriate education benefits form, more information found on the VA how-to-apply for benefits site. Once you have applied for VA benefits, please contact one of the VA education specialists at Georgia Southern University by visiting the MVS contact us page for more information on your journey at Georgia Southern.

Last updated: 4/6/2022