GI Bill Information
Veterans Education Benefits
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers education benefits for veterans and their eligible dependents and spouses as described in the brief overview below.
For information about how to receive your VA benefits at the University of North Alabama, visit our VA Benefits FAQ’s page. For specific details about your eligibility, we recommend that you contact the VA directly at www.gibill.va.gov, or call toll-free at 1-888-442-4551.
Montgomery GI Bill — Chapter 30
Enlistment after July 1, 1985, is required. The service person must have participated in the pay reduction program. The monthly payment rates vary with the length and type of service. Monthly self-certification is required to insure benefit payments.
Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve — Chapter 1606
Enlistment or extension for six years’ Selected Reserve or National Guard duty after July 1, 1985 is required, and does not require a contribution by the service member. You may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits, which end 10 years from the date you become eligible for the program.
Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) — Chapter 1607
This is a new education benefit available to certain individuals who were activated on or after September 11, 2001.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment — Chapter 31
This program is available to some veterans who have a service-connected disability of 20% or greater. Although the date of entry to active service is not considered, it is advised that students use this benefit within 12 years of the date of discharge. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. Contact your state VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services Office.
VEAP Post Viet Nam Era — Chapter 32
Enlistment between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985 is required in order to participate in this program. To be eligible, contributions must have been made to VEAP accounts while on active duty while this program was open.
Viet Nam Era GI Bill — Chapter 34/30
Some members or veterans who entered active duty prior to January 1, 1977 and had remaining Chap 34 entitlement on January 1, 1990 were automatically converted to the Montgomery GI Bill Program. Breaks in service can affect this entitlement and the eligibility period for use. If you have questions concerning your eligibility for MGIB, contact your Service MGIB Program Manager or the VA directly for assistance, www.va.gov or toll-free at 1-888-442-4551. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) — Chapter 35
A child or spouse of a deceased service-connected or 100% permanently disabled veteran may be eligible for VA educational assistance. The marital status of a dependent child is not a factor in determining eligibility. Benefits may be used until the dependent has reached the age of twenty-six, or for eight years from the date that eligibility is determined, whichever is later.
Educational Assistance Test Program Section 901
Those eligible for this program should already be aware of their eligibility. However, please contact the VA at www.va.gov or toll-free at 1-888-442-4551 to speak to a Veterans Benefits Counselor if you have questions about your eligibility.
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 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.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill became effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. The amount of support that an individual may qualify for depends on where they live and what type of degree they are pursuing. For a summary of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, see the benefit comparison chart.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents. For more information, see the pamphlets and fact sheets about the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-256-765-4971 today for further information about VA benefit programs. The first step is filling out the veteran data sheet and reviewing the requirements in the handout attached below.