The Department of Veteran Affairs provides a variety of veterans education benefits and assistance programs, benefiting both veterans and some dependents. The Montgomery GI Bill is the primary source of funding for Active Duty Veterans (MGIB-AD), while The GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) and the Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) provide education help for some Reservists and National Guards. The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) is designed for the families of selected Veterans.
If you are rated as 10% disabled or greater by the VA you could be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation, which can provide a wide variety of additional educational benefits. For more information about Disability Compensation click here.
Basic Eligibility Information for Veterans Education Benefits
For information about specific education programs visit the links below:
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Montgomery GI Bill
- GI Bill Selected Reserve
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program
The information below lists the basic eligibility criteria for the major educational assistance programs.
If you are currently in service, you may be eligible for Veterans Education Benefits after two years of active duty. Please consult with the Education Services Officer at your installation, or call 1-888-GIBILL-1, for information about your eligibility.
If you are separated from service, you may be an eligible veteran if you: entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985;
You may be considered an eligible reservist or National Guard member if:
Eligibility for Veterans Education Benefits will be determined by the Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as appropriate. Generally, a member of a Reserve component who serves on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 under title 10, U.S. Code, for at least 90 consecutive days under a contingency operation, is eligible for REAP. There is no specific time frame to use REAP; however, your eligibility generally ends when you leave the Selected Reserves.
National Guard members are eligible for Veterans Education Benefits if their active service extends for 90 consecutive days or more and their service is:
To be an eligible for Survivors’ & Dependents’ Education Assistance you must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
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