You may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits, but there are many things to consider before you apply for a GI Bill program. Your decision to apply for a certain education benefit could impact your eligibility for other benefits. Here are a few factors to keep in mind:

• If you’re eligible for more than one education benefit, such as Chapter 33 Post-9/11 and the Montgomery GI Bill, you must choose which benefit to receive, a decision that may be final and cannot be changed.

• Once you elect to utilize the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Education Benefit program and your application with the Department of Veterans Affairs has been approved, this decision is final, and requires you to give up any additional education benefits for which you might also be eligible.

Please note that eligibility for benefits is not determined by Emporia State University Veterans Services, but by the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office. In order to determine eligibility, a servicemember, veteran, or dependent should complete the Application for Benefits.  To apply for benefits online, please use the Department of Veterans Affairs VONAPP site.

Chapter 30 -- Montgomery G.I. Bill (Active Duty)

The Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (Chapter 30) is an education benefit that provides up to 36 months of full-time payments to eligible veterans for approved College, Business, Technical or Vocational Courses, Correspondence Courses, Apprenticeship/Job Training and Flight Training.  Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty.  

Chapter 31 -- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VRE)

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program, also referred as the Chapter 31 program, is administered by a different department of VA than regular education benefits. The goal of VR&E Chapter 31 is to assist a service-disabled veteran to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment. For those veterans who are severely disabled and that gainful employment is not an option, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Chapter 32 -- Veterans Educational Assistance Program

The Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program.  The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.


Chapter 33 -- Post 9/11

The Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

Yellow Ribbon Program

Beginning with the Fall 2012 semester Emporia State University will participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs Post 9-11/Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon Program.  The criteria for eligibility at Emporia State University are as follows:

  • Yellow Ribbon funds will be available to 100% eligible out-of-state veterans or out-of-state transfer of eligibility students
  • Yellow Ribbon allocations will be awarded on a first-come/first-served basis per academic year.
  • The maximum contribution will be $2,000 per academic year to out-of-state veterans or out-of-state transfer of eligibility students ($1,000 per Fall/Spring semester)
  • Emporia State University will fund up to 10 out-of-state veterans or out-of-state transfer of eligibility students per academic year.
  • All supporting documentation MUST be submitted with the VA Form.
  • A degree plan must be completed and signed by the academic advisor each semester.

For further information, contact the Veterans Educational Services Certifying Official.

Chapter 35 -- Survivors & Dependents Assistance

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans 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.

Chapter 1606 -- Montgomery G.I. Bill (Selected Reserve)

The Montgomery G.I. Bill Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, as well as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.

Chapter 1607 -- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)  is education assistance provided to members of the reserve components - Selected Reserve and Individual Ready Reserve who are called or ordered to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress. A member who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under Title 10, U.S.C., for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation is eligible for REAP. Your eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves.