The Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of education benefit programs. Many veterans and active duty personnel may qualify for more than one education benefits program, including but not limited to, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty MMGIB-AD), the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), and the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA).
For help in determining which program best fits your particular needs, visit the "Benefits Comparison Tools" web page at: http://www.gibill.va.gov/resources/benefits_resources/benefit_comparison_tools.html.
Please note that the Veterans Administration determines eligibility for receiving benefits, not the Office of Registration and Records. You may contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551 to speak to a benefits representative or visit their web site here: www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
After downloading, printing, and completing the appropriate forms, you can either deliver them to the Office of Registration and Records or mail them to the following address:
Room 110, Administration Building
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill -- Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
You may be eligible to receive MGIB benefits while you're on active duty or after you're separated from active duty. Eligibility requirements are set by law and are complex. To determine your eligibility, complete a Veterans On-Line Application "VONAPP" located at www.gibill.va.gov/apply-for-benefits/application. The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. 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. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.
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Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill
The 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 10, 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. The benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.
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Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. You must be a spouse, son, or daughter (including stepchild or adopted child) of a 100% service-connected disabled veteran or of a veteran who died in service. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective October 1, 2013, some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they are eligible for more than one education benefit. Refer to https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1479 for more clarification. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course.
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Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill --Selective Reserve (MGIB-SR)
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve which includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of education benefits. 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.
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Chapter 1607: Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP)
Chapter 1607 (REAP) was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
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**For information on the National Call to Service Program, please contact the VA Office at the contact information below.
Questions: If you have any questions about eligibility for educational benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551, or refer to their web site (www.benefits.va.gov/gibill).
If you have any questions about how to file a VONAPP, feel free to contact the Office of Registration and Records by e-mail, phone (419) 372-8413, or stop by and see us at 110 Administration Bldg. Email may be sent to the VA certifying official at VABenefits@bgsu.edu, or you can contact the Office of Registration & Records via Registrar@bgsu.edu.