Montgomery GI Bill, VEAP, and DEA Veteran Education Benefits

By Ted Daywalt   

Montgomery GI Bill, VEAP, and DEA Veteran Education Benefits
The Education Service administers the following Montgomery GI Bill, Military Tuition Assistance, VEAP and DEA veteran benefit programs. They make available various documents and forms which will aid school officials, veterans and dependents. If you need additional assistance, you can call toll-free number 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor.

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty
The Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB) program provides up to 36 months of veteran education benefits. This program is also referred to as Chapter 30. The GI Bill may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve
The Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. Branches includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. Like the MGIB, this GI Bill benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Military Tuition Assistance Top-Up
On October 30, 2000, the President signed into law an amendment to the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty education program that permits VA to pay a Tuition Assistance Top-up benefit. The amount of the benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military for the course.

Veterans Educational Assistance Program – VEAP
VEAP is available if you first entered active duty between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 and you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program – DEA
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. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.