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VA Educational Benefit Programs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of educational benefit programs. Many Veterans and active duty personnel can qualify for more than one program and there also are programs for qualified dependents. You can explore the many benefits of the GI Bill® and other programs, often known as Chapters, through the links in the accordion below and then follow the steps to apply for benefits.
EFSC's Military and Veterans Service Center experts can help you understand the choices. For assistance determining which program best fits your particular needs, use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool, customized for EFSC, at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs website. This information, along with assistance from our staff, can be useful in helping you select a benefit program.
NOTE: Any person whose military service began on or after August 1, 2011 will only be able to utilize their service to qualify for one GI Bill. Such service may not be used to qualify for both Chapter 30 and 33.
If you are not sure what academic program to pursue, the VA provides free online career interest resources to service members and veterans.
Eastern Florida State College prohibits the payment of any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including DoD Tuition Assistance funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance, and EFSC prohibits high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (three or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments in college credit courses, certificates, and degrees.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) helps you pay for school or job training. If you’ve served on active duty after September 10, 2001, you may qualify for this benefit.
To determine eligibility, at least one of these must be true:
- You served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
- You received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
- You served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or
- You’re a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member
Note: If you’re a member of the Reserves who lost education benefits when the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) ended in November 2015, you may qualify to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Visit the VA Post-911 GI Bill website for full details, an explanation of possible benefits, and how to apply.
The Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) can help you pay for education and training programs. If you’ve served at least 2 years on active duty, you qualify for the MGIB-AD program. There are multiple categories of people who can qualify, with different eligibility requirements for each group.
Visit the VA Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty website for all the details, possible benfits, and how to apply.
The Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits. If you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, you may be eligible for this benefit.
For eligibility requirements, possible benefits, and how to apply, visit the Motgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve website.
Find out if you’re eligible for VA education benefits for dependents and survivors (also called Chapter 35 benefits). If you’re a dependent spouse or child — or the surviving spouse or child — of a Veteran, you may qualify for Chapter 35 benefits or job training through a GI Bill program.
Visit the VA Survivor and Dependent Benefits website for information on who's eligible, how to apply, and possible benefits.
If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can assist.
This program — also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E — helps those who qualify explore employment options and address education or training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits.
For full details, eligibility guidelines, how to apply, and possible benefits, visit the VA Chapter 31 website.