The word Military itself commands great respect and the amount of guts and sacrifice that one requires to join this service is undoubtedly tremendous.
Whatever high the benefits offered to them, they all remain matchless to those selfless souls.
The Government is trying to support our Veterans and their families by providing them with various benefits in the field of Education, Housing, Medical, Personal and many more.
The benefit that drives more and more people towards the Military service is The Veterans Education Benefits.
The Veterans Education Benefits are provided to all those who attend school before, during and after their military service. These benefits not only provide College financial aid for veterans but also college financial aid for veterans dependents. These benefits are made available to them through various forms such as:
* Yellow Ribbon Program
* Transfer of Entitlement Option
This is a bill, which offers education benefits for service personnel’s’ to assist all their educational requirements. This help proves to be very useful as education is the most treasured asset for anyone for that matter.
This MGIB is said to provide benefits to service-members up to the tune of $64K, according to the 2015-2016-student payment disbursal rate. This Payment is disbursed over a course of 36 months. This means you are eligible to receive benefits for 4 years of full-time academic education.
There are a few eligibility criteria that one has to conform to, before applying for benefits under the MGIB:
The person applying for the benefits:
In addition to these basic requirements a person should meet the following requirement too:
While getting separated from active service you will receive a discharge and it is important that you receive an “honorable” discharge in order to be eligible for the MGIB. Any other type of Discharge like: under honorable conditions “and “under general conditions” makes your eligibility status null and void.
The amount of benefits that you receive under the Montgomery GI Bill is based on two major factors:
A student is considered to be a full-timer when he/she takes 12 or more credits per semester.
If active – The actual tuition fees expenses would be reimbursed
After Leaving Active Service – You will be paid full payment that you re eligible for without considering the actual tuition fees.
As already discussed the eligibility for using the GI Bill is after you complete 2 full years of service. There might be a question for you as to – Do GI Bill benefits Expire? The fact is yes GI Bill Benefits do expire.
You have a time limit of 10 years from the date of leaving service to utilize your benefits under GI Bill. If this is not used, then your benefits are ceased and what more, you will not be reimbursed the initial contribution amount of $1200, which you have paid as $100 a month for the first 12 months.
You are eligible to benefits under Post 9/11 GI Bill, if your combined active service days are at least 90 days after Sept. 10, 2001, or if you happen to be a Veteran who was honorably discharged or discharged with a disability related to duty-service after 30 days.
If in case you find yourself eligible for benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill or any other GI Bill program for that matter, you must make a finalchoice of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, in order to receive benefits under this Veteran Assistance Program.
Under this program you are entitled to receive the benefits up to 36 months and the benefits have an expiry period od 15 years from discharge of service.
In most cases you are entitled to the fees for a government / public school and in case you enroll yourself in a private school, you will be paid the actual tuition fees and expenses or the prescribed amount for an academic year for a private school.
But in either case, the actual expense amount will definitely be higher than the benefits offered, if you are in a private school. Under such circumstances, this Yellow Ribbon program in association with some educational institutions offers you additional benefits at the same cost.
To avail benefits under this Program, You will have to fulfill the following requirements:
Transfer of Entitlement Option under the Post – 9/11 Bill offers the military service members a choice to transfer the benefits that are unused to their spouse or dependent children. However, the Department Of Defense has the right to decide whether you are eligible to transfer or not.
If you find yourself eligible under this option, you can transfer your benefits to your spouse, your children or both of them. For availing this benefit, your family members should have been registered under the DEERS (Defense Eligibility Enrolment Reporting System).
REAP is an assistance program offered to those service members who are part of a Reserve Force Team, generally employed in situations such as an outbreak of a war or any other natural or man made calamities or a national emergency.
This REAP program has been called back after formulation of The National Defense Authorization Act of 2016. However some will continue to be covered under the benefits of REAP until November 25, 2019. The withdrawal of the REAP program is due to the fact that the Post 9/11 GI Bill has replaced the former program.
This VEAP is made available to service members who have voluntarily decided to make payments to this education assistance program. The government contributes its share in a 2:1 ratio. That is if you choose to contribute $ 100, the government contributes $200.
The benefits under the VEAP could be put to use for degree, certificate, distance education, training/on-the-job training programs, and professional flight training programs.
Eligibility factors for availing benefits under VEAP:
The benefits under VEAP are available for up to 36 months based on the amount of Contribution. You have 10 years from the date of discharge before the benefits expire. However, the amount contributed by you towards the program will be refunded back to you after these 10 years.
The GI Bill offers two special education Assistance programs to survivors and Dependents of Veterans under:
This program provides education and training prospects to eligible dependents of Veterans who suffer from a permanently or totally disability while on service or of Veterans who sacrificed their lives while on active duty.
With regards to the benefits provided by the Military to veteran, they all seem to be more or less the same across all the states. Each state has its own features and educational policies. Hence The Veteran education benefits are also provided in a unique way that will suit and gel with the features and requirements of the state. The benefits are given different names according to their plans & strategies:
The List of Veterans educational benefits offered under each state are as follows:
Unfortunately the following states have no specified Educational benefits for Veterans:
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However, they are entitled to receive other benefits due to them.
The federal government also offers some basic veterans education assistance &Education Grants for veterans like:
Proper research and understanding of the available benefits, its expiry and eligibility criteria’s is inevitable to utilize the veteran benefits to the fullest. The government has many notifications regarding this from time to time. It is in the best interest of the veteran or to- be veteran to go through and make full use of the information provided.