Veterans & Military Personnel

Veterans Education Benefits - GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) makes all determinations of a student’s eligibility for education benefits. Individuals applying for GI Bill benefits should allow a minimum of 6-8 weeks after submitting application for benefits and all supporting documents to the DVA before receiving notification of eligibility.

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

  1. Complete and submit VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits online at https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1990/introduction.
  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 http://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do.

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

  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 http://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do.

Previous Recipients Transferring to or Re-entering Western (Chapters 30, 33, and 1606)

  1. Complete and submit VA Form 22-1995, Change of Program/Change in Training online at https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1995/introduction.
  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 http://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do.

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 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, 2018, the basic monthly rates for institutional training (for those completing an enlistment of three years or more) are as follows:

Training Time Monthly Rates
Full time $1,994.00
¾ time $1,495.00
½ time $997.00
¼ time or less $498.50*

* Tuition and fees only - payment cannot exceed this amount.

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, 2018, the basic monthly rates for institutional training are as follows:

Training Time Monthly Rates
Full time $384.00
¾ time $287.00
½ time $191.00
Less than ½ time $96.00*

* Tuition and fees only - payment cannot exceed this amount.

Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill

Education benefits may be available to eligible individuals to assist with tuition/fees, books/supplies and housing. To be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33 program, applicants must have at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or must have been discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.

Individuals who may qualify for more than one education program may or may not want to enroll in the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Chapter 33 program until exhausting other program benefits. Prior to applying for Post-9/11 GI Bill 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.

Review additional information at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives may be consulted to discuss benefit eligibility by telephoning (888) GI-BILL-1 or (888) 442-4551.

To apply for the program for the first time, individuals must complete and submit VA Form 22-1990, Application for Educational Benefits online at https://www.vets.gov/education/apply-for-education-benefits/application/1990/introduction.

Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA)

Educational assistance is available to eligible dependents of certain veterans. This program provides up to 45 months of educational benefits. Eligible dependents must complete the online Application for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance, VA Form 22-5490, which is available at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp. The basic monthly rate varies depending on the types of training. Effective October 1, 2018, the basic monthly rates for institutional training are as follows:

Training Time Monthly Rates
Full time $1,224.00
¾ time $967.00
½ time $710.00
¼ time $306.00

Contact Information

Macomb Campus

Veterans Resource Center
Wright Residence, 333 N. Ward Street
Macomb, IL 61455

Phone: (309) 298-3505
Fax: (309) 298-3509
Email: VeteransResources@wiu.edu

Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM each weekday

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