Veterans and Dependents

Eligibility and Entitlements title 38, U.S.C.

VA Educational benefits are provided to the veteran and qualified dependents as follows:

Chapter 30 - Montgomery GI Bill Service personnel may be eligible to receive benefits if they initially entered active duty on or after July 1, 1985, were discharged from active duty with an "Honorable Discharge," have completed their contractual active duty obligation and have contributed $100.00 a month for 12 months of active duty service.

Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation Vocational Rehabilitation is provided for veterans who have a service connected disability and were discharged or released from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. The Veteran Administration determines eligibility.

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 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.

Approved training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill includes graduate and undergraduate degrees, and vocational/technical training. All training programs must be offered by an institution of higher learning (IHL) and approved for GI Bill benefits. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay your tuition (based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located) and fees. For the first time in history, service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused education benefits to their spouses or children starting Aug. 1, 2009.

Chapter 35 – Dependents of veterans with a 100% permanent service-connected disability or service-connected death are eligible for 45 months of educational entitlement.

Chapter 1606 - Selected Reserve Basic eligibility exists for a person who, after July 1, 1985

  • Enlists, reenlists or extends an enlistment for a period of not less than six years, or
  • Completes IADT (initial active duty for training), participating in Selective Reserve training and remains in good standing. Meets the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT.

Chapter 1607 – Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Reap) 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.

Columbus State University allows students who are using Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) and Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to enroll, will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes or other services due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students must provide the Office of Military Enrollment and Adult Learners, University Hall 026, with a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility or Statement of Benefits provided as provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Approved students who are receiving less than 100% of tuition and fees covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, must pay remaining balance by the deadline as stated by the Bursars Office.