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Veterans Education Benefits - GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Affairs makes all determinations of a student's eligibility for education benefits. Individuals should allow a minimum of 6-8 weeks after an application for benefits and all supporting documents have been submitted to the DVA before receiving notification of eligibility.

Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) - Educational assistance is available to individuals who have an honorable discharge and meet additional eligibility criteria as determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). This program provides up to 36 months of educational benefits. Generally, benefit entitlement ends 10 years following the release from active duty.

Effective October 1, 2011, the basic monthly rates for institutional training (for those completing an enlistment of three years or more) are as follows:

Full time $1,473.00
¾ time $1,104.75
½ time $736.50
¼ time or less $368.25**

** Payment is for tuition/fees only and cannot exceed the amount listed above.

Chapter 1606 Educational Assistance (Selected Reserve Program) - Educational assistance is available to individuals who are members of the Selected Reserve, which includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. This educational assistance is also available to members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. Reservists may be entitled to receive up to 36 months of educational benefits. Generally, benefit entitlement ends 14 years from the date of eligibility for the program.

Effective October 1, 2011, the basic monthly rates for institutional training are as follows:

Full time $345.00
¾ time $258.00
½ time $171.00
Less than ½ time $86.25**

** Payment is for tuition/fees only and cannot exceed the amount listed above.

Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP) - Educational assistance is available to individuals who are 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. The Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security will determine who is eligible for this program.

The basic monthly rate varies depending on the length of the training time and the type of training. Effective October 1, 2011, the basic monthly rates for institutional training are as follows:

Training Time 90-364 Days 1 Year + 2 Years +
Full time $589.20 $883.80 $1,178.40
¾ time $441.90 $662.85 $883.80
½ time $294.60 $441.90 $589.20
¼ time $147.30** $220.95** $294.60**

** Payment is for tuition/fees only and cannot exceed the amount listed above.

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill - Financial support is available 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. While the Post-9/11 GI Bill expands the number of people who qualify for education support from the VA, individuals who may qualify for more than one education program may or may not receive the greatest benefits through the Chapter 33 program. Prior to applying for education benefits, each potential applicant is encouraged to complete a thorough benefit comparison of eligibility through each program because the decision to apply for the Post-9/11 GI Bill is irrevocable. To obtain additional information, visit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives may be consulted to discuss benefit eligibility by telephoning (888) GI-BILL-1 or (888) 442-4551.

Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) - Educational assistance is available to eligible dependents of certain veterans and may provide up to 45 months of educational benefits. Eligible dependents must complete the online application for Dependent's Educational Assistance, VA Form 22-5490, which is available online. The basic monthly rate varies depending on the types of training.

Effective October 1, 2011, the basic monthly rates for institutional training are as follows:

Full time $957.00
¾ time $718.00
½ time $476.00
¼ time $239.25**

** Payment is for tuition/fees only and cannot exceed the amount listed above.

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation - Veterans with a service connected disability may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services by the DVA.
The online application, VA Form 28-1900 is available at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Online Application System. These individuals must contact their Veterans Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Counselor, who will notify the Billings and Receivables Office of each veteran's eligibility.

First Time Applicants for Education Benefits (Chapters 30, 33, 1606, and 1607)

  1. Complete and submit VA Form 22-1990, Application for VA Educational Benefits online at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Online Application System.
  2. Complete B/R GI Bill Information page (located on STARS) every semester benefits are to be received.
  3. Students receiving Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty), Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Program), and Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance) benefits must verify their enrollment the last day of each month (or after) with the DVA by calling (877) 823-2378 or online at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - WAVE.

Previous Recipients of Education Benefits (Chapters 30, 33, 1606, and 1607)

  1. Complete B/R GI Bill Information page (located on STARS) every semester benefits are to be received.
  2. Students receiving Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty), Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Program), and Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance) benefits must verify their enrollment the last day of each month (or after) with the DVA by calling (877) 823-2378 or online at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - WAVE.

Previous Recipients of Education Benefits Transferring to Western (Chapters 30, 33,1606, and 1607)

  1. Complete and submit VA Form 22-1995, Change of Program/Change in Training online at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Online Application System.
  2. Complete B/R GI Bill Information page (located on STARS) every semester benefits are to be received.
  3. Students receiving Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty), Chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Program), and Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance) benefits must verify their enrollment the last day of each month (or after) with the DVA by calling (877) 823-2378 or online at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - WAVE.

The Billings and Receivables Office, 106 Sherman Hall, is responsible for submitting class certifications for the GI Bill to the Department of Veteran Affairs. The telephone number is (309) 298-3147.

Academic Reporting

In addition to certifying the class schedule, the Billings and Receivables Office is required to report changes, such as when a student drops below full-time, three-quarter time, half-time, or one-quarter time, receives an unsatisfactory non-punitive grade, is academically dismissed, or is suspended.

Concurrent Enrollment

If a student is obtaining his or her degree at Western and is completing a course at another institution, he or she may be eligible for GI Bill Education Benefits. Consult with the Billing and Receivables Office at (309) 298-3147 to complete the specific procedures for eligibility determination. Completion of a new Application for VA Education Benefits or a Change of Program/Change in Program may cause a delay in receipt of DVA payments.