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Veteran Benefit Opportunities

You may be eligible for several types of education and training benefits

Below are a few factors to keep in mind

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 service member, 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.


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 more information, contact the Veterans Educational Services Certifying Official.


Military Tuition Assistance

The Armed Forces offers soldiers, sailors, marines, guardsman, and airmen several programs to support their education goals, including up to 100% Tuition Assistance for college courses taken during off-duty hours. Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Congress has given each service the ability to pay up to 100% of the tuition expenses of its members. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services. For more information, visit Military.com's website.

Contact Vicky Cooper about your Tuition Assistance paperwork, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at cashier@emporia.edu or by calling 620-341-5340.


State of Kansas Military Service Scholarship

The Kansas Military Service Scholarship is available for the payment of tuition and fees at a public Kansas institution for students who are residents of Kansas and have:

  • served in military service in international waters or on foreign soil in support of military operations for which the person received hostile fire pay for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, or served less than such 90 days because of injuries during such military service;
  • have received an honorable discharge or under honorable conditions (general) discharge from military service or are still in military service; and
  • have provided copies of military discharge papers (DD-214 form) or active duty orders whichever such paper or order indicate the location of such person’s deployment and indicate the person has served after September 11, 2001, in any military operation for which the person received hostile fire pay.

Because financial need is a priority in awarding this scholarship, students will need to file a FAFSA form. Once your school considers you as a graduate status student, you are not eligible for this scholarship. Priority Deadline: May 1.

Additional Information: http://www.kansasregents.org/students/student_financial_aid/scholarships_and_grants

Apply: State of Kansas Student Aid Application - online | PDF


State of Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance

The Kansas National Guard Educational Assistance provides a percentage of tuition and fees paid; up to a maximum rate not to exceed the maximum rate that would be charged by the state educational institutions for enrollment and that percentage is determined by the number of eligible students and available appropriations. Students may be pursuing a certificate, diploma or degree program and must be an enlisted member of a Kansas Air/Army National Guard unit. Full-time enrollment not required. Student must have a GED or high school diploma to qualify for this assistance. The member must have less than 20 years of service with the National Guard and not already have obtained a bachelor’s degree.

Additional Information: http://www.kansasregents.org/students/student_financial_aid/scholarships_and_grants

Apply: State of Kansas Student Aid Application - online | PDF